1 John 5:7
by Thomas Golda
"For there are THREE that BEAR RECORD in heaven, the Father, the Word,
and the Holy Ghost: and these THREE are ONE." I John 5:7(KJV)
The 1611 KJV preserves this verse, as other Bible's do not
THREE bear record or witness in heaven....the "oneness" doctrine" is false where they say Jesus IS the Father, and vise versa.
The Trinity is 100% true. 3 "persons" bear record in heaven and these three are one....one God.
While this verse is not found in the majority of Greek manuscripts, it is found in a minority (10 total, out of about 500 that contain I John 5)
The Greek texts include 629 (fourteenth century), 61 (sixteenth century), 918 (sixteenth century), 2473 (seventeenth century), and 2318 (eighteenth century). It is also in the margins of 221 (tenth century), 635 (eleventh century), 88 (twelfth century), 429 (fourteenth century), and 636 (fifteenth century)
I John 5:7 can be traced back to the Waldensian Church to the translation of the Old Italic in the 2nd century
In the 7th century at least 12 Old Latin MSS contained the passage
In the 8th century at least 21 Old Latin MSS contained the passage
In the 9th century at least 189 Old Latin MSS contained the passage
Over 6,000 Latin manuscripts remained unexamined to this day
I John 5:7 was referred to going back to 200AD
200 AD - Tertullian quoted the verse in his Apology, Against Praxeas
250 AD - Cyprian of Carthage, wrote, "And again, of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost IT IS WRITTEN: "And the THREE are ONE" in his On The Lapsed, On the Novatians.
Note that Cyprian is quoting and says "it is written, And the three are One." He lived from 180 to 250 A.D. and the scriptures he had at that time contained the verse in question. This is at least 100 years before anything we have today in the Greek copies. If it wasn't part of Holy Scripture, then where did he get it?
350 AD Priscillian referred to it [Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum, Academia Litterarum Vindobonensis, vol. xviii, p. 6.]
"and there are three which give testimony on earth, the water, the flesh the blood, and these three are in one, and there are three which give testimony in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Spirit, and these three are one in Christ Jesus." - PRISCILLIAN (380AD)