Feb. 26- 1 John 5

Today we get to one of the, if not the, most debated passages in 1 John- 5:6-8- “6This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.” What does water and blood mean?

One of the reasons for John’s writing of his letter was to refute Doecetism- the belief that Jesus did not come in the flesh, but was spirit in human form.  John uses the concepts of Jesus coming by “water and blood” to affirm he was both flesh and divine.  The exact meaning of the phrase has been debated.  Some believe the water indicates his divine side, and the blood his coming in the flesh.  Some believe the water indicates his physical birth and blood refers to the blood that was shed when he died.  Others hold it is a reference to his baptism (water) and his death (blood).  Still others believe it is only a reference to his death (blood and water flowing out of his side when pierced).

Whatever the meaning John is using the phrase to indicate that Jesus was both God and human.  And the water and the blood, as well as the Holy Spirit testify to that fact.

For a more comprehensive read on the subject, this is a good link:  http://www.academia.edu/749523/Jesus_came_through_water_and_blood

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4 Responses to Feb. 26- 1 John 5

  1. Sharon Owen says:

    Verse 18 is noteworthy: “We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.” I don’t really think it is true that Christians don’t sin. I believe he meant that we don’t sin unto death because we are protected by Christ from Satan’s clutches.

  2. Beth Jones says:

    1 John 5:11-12: “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” So John is hitting home that if we do not have the Son of God in our lives, we do not have life!

    So how do you explain this to someone who is in a different religion and believes they are in the right religion to get to heaven? You have devout Jews and Muslims, and people who practice Hinduism or Buddhism etc. who truly believe they are going to have eternal life with God through the faith they are practicing. How do you share Jesus with them without offending them or coming across judgmental to them? You certainly have to be open to what they believe in in order to talk to them about Christianity. So again, what is the best way to evangelize to those who are deep in their faith through other religions?

    • Randy says:

      Beth, it goes back to the sermon on Sunday. Using the argument for cure of cancer. If you believe you have found the cure for cancer, you would want to share it with someone, if it you were telling them their current mode of treatment (another religion) is not working. At that point it becomes their choice, hopefully being influenced by the Holy Spirit to choose whether or not to accept it.

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