â€œMost assuredly, I say to you,Â WeÂ speak whatÂ WeÂ know and testify whatÂ WeÂ have seen, and you do not receiveÂ OurÂ witnessâ€.
At first glance we think â€œwhatâ€™s the big deal?â€ The big deal is this, if somebody asked you about what you were going to eat and you said, â€œweÂ are eating dinner thenÂ weÂ will have desert afterÂ weÂ sit down atÂ ourtable. People would assume you were with somebody or that you were carrying passengers. (invisible friends)
The thing is Christ said that, while He was talking to Nicodemus. There is no mention of other people being there and it was actually at night that this conversation took place. Nicodemus did not want others to know he was even talking to Christ. If it was me in that situation I would exit stage left.Â WeÂ speak,Â WeÂ know ,Â WeÂ see. Huh? C-ya! No wonder some people said he had a demon.
Yes this behavior is peculiar but there is more. Ya! So checkÂ this out. Jesus also frequentlyÂ referredÂ to himself as the third person. Here is an example from John 5.19:
Â Then Jesus answered and said to them,Â â€œMost assuredly, I say to you,the SonÂ can do nothing ofÂ Himself, but whatÂ HeÂ sees the Father do; for whateverÂ HeÂ does,Â the SonÂ also does in like manner.
HeÂ repeatedlyÂ calls himself â€œSon of manâ€œ, â€œSon of Godâ€ and He says things like â€œthe bread of God isÂ HeÂ who comes down from heavenâ€, â€œitâ€™s time for the Son of man to be glorifiedâ€. He isÂ talkingÂ of himself as the 3rd person.
He speaks of himself as if he is speaking of someone who is not there, but he is speaking of himself.
The truth of the matter is this. If you recall from the Genesis creation account, God said â€œLetÂ usÂ make man inÂ ourÂ image andÂ ourÂ likenessâ€. From this we can understand more of the plurality of God, and the Holy Spirit in Christ saying â€œWeÂ speak whatÂ WeÂ know and testify whatÂ WeÂ have seen.
With this in mind it makes sense that Christ spoke as 3rd person. A fact is this. Had Christ not been a plurality, He would not have been God. As scripture says â€ for in Him dwells theÂ fullnessÂ of the God head bodyâ€. and â€œHe is the head of all powers and principalitiesâ€ and â€œall things have been given to the Sonâ€
I praise the father for this glorious gift for us.