An opportunity for you to continue your study of God’s Word throughout the week…
“Water, Blood, and Spirit”
1 John 5:6-8
“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.”
The words “faith” and “believe” are important words in this chapter and throughout the New Testament. Faith is the noun form of the Greek verb “to believe”. In the Bible, to believe in something is the same as having faith in something.
In order to believe in Christ, we must know who Christ is. John wants his audience to know that the water, blood, and Spirit all testify in agreement to the truth of who Christ is. Each one of these (water, blood, and Spirit) represents an important aspect of the humanity and deity of Christ.
Water is best understood to represent the baptism of Christ and the blood to represent His crucifixion. These two events mark the beginning and end of His public ministry. John was specifically arguing against a teaching of his time that the divine Christ descended on the man Jesus at His baptism and left Him before His crucifixion. This would deny the humanity of Christ as well as His suffering, death, and victory over the grave.
THOUGHT: Jesus was fully God and fully man.