I John: Six Witnesses. Part 3.

6 “This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.” (I John 5:6-8)

Thus far, John’s epistle has been pretty straightforward. However, I have to confess that at first glance, I John 5:6-8 is a bit obscure in its meaning? What exactly is the apostle writing about when he refers to the water, blood and the Spirit?”

John sets forth in I John 5:6-12 six evidences that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. The first three evidences are the Spirit, the water and the blood.

To begin with, we have the witness of Jesus’ baptism. The word “water” (ὕδατος; hydatos) occurs four times in vs. 6-8. These four occurrences strongly indicate that John had the baptism of Jesus in mind.

The second witness is the blood. John uses this word three times. This particular word for blood in the Greek is αἷμα (haima). It can mean the blood of man or animals which refers to the seat of life.

The third witness is the Spirit. Each time the word Spirit is used in today’s text it is capitalized. This leads to the conclusion that the Apostle John is referring to the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead.

John says the Spirit testifies or declares truth. John then gives us the reason why the Spirit testifies or declares truth: it is because the Spirit is the truth. The word truth (ἀλήθεια; aletheia) refers to that which actually happened or which is real.

John 15:26 says, But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.”

Dr. John MacArthur writes, “John no longer stresses apostolic testimony (1:1–4; 4:14) but writes of the testimony of God that comes through the Holy Spirit. Since the Spirit of God cannot lie, his testimony is sure. At the baptism of Jesus, the Father and the Spirit testified to the Son (see Matt. 3:16–17). The death of Jesus Christ also witnessed to who he was (Matt. 27:54Heb. 9:14). The Holy Spirit testified throughout Jesus’ life as to his identity (Mark 1:12Luke 1:35Acts 10:38).”  

As the arrow of a compass always points north, the Holy Spirit always points to Jesus. You may be sure that if a religious leader, or even a pastor, directs your attention to anyone other than Jesus Christ, this individual has the spirit of antichrist.

Take note of the religious leaders or programs you watch or of which you listen. What is their emphasis? Is it upon themselves or is it upon the person and work of Jesus Christ?

May the Lord’s truth and grace be found here.

Soli deo Gloria!

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