John 3:33 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 3:33, NIV: "Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful."

John 3:33, ESV: "Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true."

John 3:33, KJV: "He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true."

John 3:33, NASB: "The one who has accepted His testimony has certified that God is true."

John 3:33, NLT: "Anyone who accepts his testimony can affirm that God is true."

John 3:33, CSB: "The one who has accepted his testimony has affirmed that God is true."

What does John 3:33 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus is the only one who has come to earth from heaven (John 3:13). For that reason, there is no other valid source of spiritual truth (John 3:12). According to verses 31 and 32, Jesus brings us knowledge which is far superior to any other teacher, or any other claim. However, most people will not accept it. Verse 32 uses an exaggeration (also called "hyperbole") by saying that "nobody" accepts Jesus' message. Verse 33 puts this in context. Accepting Jesus as the Light (John 1:9–10) means admitting our sin (John 3:19). Rejecting Christ means rejecting God (1 John 5:10). Some will accept, but only those willing to admit that God is correct.

However, those who do accept Jesus are accepting God (John 3:16). This leads to eternal life, as well as spiritual growth (John 1:12). A person cannot truly understand spiritual things without this salvation (1 Corinthians 2:14). Repeatedly, the Bible explains that the only way to be saved is through Jesus Christ (John 14:6; John 3:36; John 3:18).