- 1 John 5:6-10
- 1 John 5:6 (KJB)
- This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not
by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth
witness, because the Spirit is truth.
- Here John is giving testimony in the next few verses of the Lord Jesus
Christ. In this verse we read that Christ came by water and blood. John
continues to build on the truth that Jesus came in the flesh and here he is
pointing to the ministry of Christ in the last 3 ˝ years. The Lord Jesus
Christ began His ministry at the Jordan when John baptized Him, which is the
water and then he jumps to the crucifixion of Christ, which is the blood.
Note that John emphasizes the fact that Jesus did not just come by water.
Water is the symbol for purification.
(Heb 10:22 KJV) Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of
faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies
washed with pure water. So this would only have
been part of His ministry but not the fulfillment of it. The second part was
the blood and that is the symbol of atonement. It was that symbol which
permeated the Mosaic system that looked forward to the actual sacrifice of
Christ on Calvary when He shed His blood for the Elect. This verse goes on
to state that the testimony of this is being borne not by man but by the
Holy Spirit who is the third person of the Godhead. It is the witness of God
Himself to the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Mat 3:17 KJV) And lo a voice from heaven,
saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Since the Holy Spirit is a direct witness to these
things, when He indwells the believer, He implants the same witness in the
Christian and then that witness is manifested to the world via evangelism.
- 1 John 5:7 (KJB)
- For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the
Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
- That bear record - Bearing witness (present tense)
- Here is the heavenly witness of the Lord Jesus Christ. Since the words
“that bear record” are in the present tense, that means the witness still
continues to this day. The first witness is the Father, the first person of
the Trinity. (John 5:37 KJV) And the
Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have
neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.
The second witness is the Lord Jesus Christ himself that
stated on the cross that the salvation plan of God was now finished.
(John 19:30 KJV) When Jesus therefore had
received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and
gave up the ghost. The third witness is the Holy
Ghost Himself who is the third person of the Godhead.
(Heb 9:14 KJV) How much more shall the blood of
Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God,
purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
This verse is also stating that these three are one, that
is, they are one God in three persons and in this case their unification is
in the matter of the salvation plan of God, that it was planned and executed
by all three members of the Godhead. The salvation of the Elect will
continue until the last one is saved on the last day.
- 1 John 5:8 (KJB)
- And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the
water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
- Agree - Are (in present tense)
- This verse gives us the earthly witness of the Lord Jesus Christ. The
first witness is the Holy Spirit. This could possibly be pointing toward the
baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ when the Holy Spirit came upon Him.
(Mat 3:16 KJV) And Jesus, when he was baptized,
went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto
him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon
him: Most likely, since the words are in the
present tense and the baptism of Jesus was a single event, it is more likely
that the Spirit’s witness is being done through the believers that He
indwells. This means that the witness of the Lord Jesus Christ by the Holy
Spirit is being accomplished on a daily basis in the world through those who
are redeemed. The water is possibly pointing to His baptism in the Jordan by
John the Baptist. This too was a single event and this may be pointing
toward the baptism of believers which is a witness to those in attendance of
the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. A second witness is that of
the sanctification of the believer by the washing of water by the Word of
God. (Eph 5:26 KJV) That he might
sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
The third witness is that of the blood. It is definitely
pointing to the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ which continues to save
people today. No one can become saved unless they are cleansed by the blood
of Christ. (Rom 5:9 KJV) Much more then, being now justified by his
blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
(Col 1:14 KJV) In whom we have redemption
through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
The believer is justified by the blood of Christ, that
is, declared not guilty because of Calvary. Then the believer receives
redemption and forgiveness of sins through His blood. This is the continuing
witness as it is preached and as God applies it to those He planned on
- 1 John 5:9 (KJB)
- If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for
this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.
- He hath testified - Bore witness
- John is asking his readers to elevate their understanding of the
Christian witness. We easily receive the witness of those who have become
saved and we see how great a work God has done in the lives of His children
but John is telling his readers to look above the testimony of men and
understand the testimony of God which he has just given to them. John is
impressing upon them that the entire Trinity is involved with the on-going
salvation program of God and the continuing witness of it. Since God can
never change, as man does, the witness He brings is much more secure or
foundational as it is established in the Godhead.
- 1 John 5:10 (KJB)
- He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that
believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the
record that God gave of his Son.
- The record - The witness
- Those who are truly saved are the ones that believe on the Son of God
because the Holy Spirit indwells us and places that witness within us as we
have seen in previous verses. Those who disbelieve the witness of God are
going so far as to accuse Him of being a liar, that is, they are saying that
He is bringing falsehood about the Lord Jesus Christ. The tremendous witness
that God has given concerning the Lord Jesus Christ is based upon the entire
Trinity being involved in it, so to disbelieve it is the same as to say that
God has lied about Jesus. Those major religions like Islam or Judaism that
reject the Lord Jesus Christ are in essence calling God a liar about Jesus
and this is why Christianity is the only true faith upon this earth, because
it embraces the truth about the Lord Jesus Christ.