“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.” 1 John 5:20
Have you ever known something to be true that you couldn’t prove to anyone else?
When my brother was taking a college physics course he knew that he was going to have some difficulty with the material so he found a study partner that could give him the help he needed. But a problem came one day after they’d taken a test. His teacher was accusing him of cheating because his answers were too similar to those of his study partner. The steps and process they’d used to solve the physics problems were identical.
My brother, of course knew exactly why there was so much similarity. He’d learned his method from his study partner. In a manner of speaking he was copying. Not his study partners paper. He was copying his study partners method and process and that was what was revealed in his answers to his test.
But how do you prove that you’ve only copied a method and not a paper? My brother found himself helpless to prove his case to his teacher. He hadn’t cheated but his test answers seem to show that he might have.
But while it was impossible to prove his case to his teacher his study partner knew my brother hadn’t cheated. He knew not because he’d been watching my brother. He knew because he knew my brother. His relationship with my brother was his proof.
As Christians we have an experience that gives us knowledge that we can’t prove.
We know because the Holy Spirit works in our hearts, everyday fulfilling Christ’s promises: leading us into truth, guiding the steps of our lives, giving us strength to overcome temptation, reminding us of the teachings of Christ. Because of all this, and much, much more, we know that the Son of God has come into the world. We know that God is even now giving us eternal life through our relationship with him and that when he comes we”ll also be given immortality.
These things, and so much more, we know but we’re helpless to prove them in anyway that would remove doubt.
But friends we aren’t called to prove God to the world. We’re called to be witnesses. We’re called to share our experiences. We’re called to tell others about our relationship with God and then to invite them to receive a relationship of their own.
God reserves to himself the task of proving himself to the world. And he does prove himself. One person at a time. In everyone that accepts him and the relationship he offers.