He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all. He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony. Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. John 3:31-36
Some translators include today’s verses in the quotation that started in verse 27. This makes sense as it appears that John is still talking. But whether John the disciple is quoting John the Baptist or just paraphrasing John does not make any difference in the meaning. Some get so caught up in these trivial issues that they lose sight of what God is telling them. Today we see a great summary of some of the essential Christian doctrines.
First we are told that Jesus came from heaven and is above all. Now the only person in heaven who is above all is God. So what John is telling us once again is that Jesus is God. Next John says that Jesus speaks with heavenly authority. In fact John contrasts his teaching as being earthly rather than Jesus’ heavenly teaching, once again stating that John was not the Messiah.
John then tells us that whoever receives Jesus’ testimony and sets their seal on that testimony, believes in Jesus, will have eternal life. Once again John tells us that Jesus is sent from God and therefore speaks the words of God. Words being from God are necessarily true. We see that God has given all things to Jesus another way of saying the Jesus is God. Consequently, the words that John the disciple wrote down are true because they too came from Jesus. Finally John tells us that whoever refuses to believe in Jesus, not obeying Him, will not see life and face the wrath of God.
So in six verses we see that Jesus is divine and is God that what He speaks is true and that those who believe in Jesus will receive eternal life. While those who refuse to believe in Jesus will not receive life but be condemned by God. Quite a bit in just a few verses. John once again refutes those who would relegate Jesus to Rabi or just a good person. John continues to tell us that in his Gospel that Jesus is God.
Have a blessed day,