“I Believe in Jesus”
What is it that makes us who we are? Said another way, what are the key components of a persons identity? I think the identifying traits are these:
1. Where did I come from? ______________________________________
2. What do I do? _______________________________________________
3. What do I believe? _______________________________________________
There has been a substantial challenge for the Church relative to what is the core of its identity and that is what we have been dealing with in our study of 1 John.
1 John 5:1-21 Know what you mean. Mean what you say.
The first five verses of chapter 5 form a unit of understanding, almost like solving a mathematical formula. Let me list the elements of this problem:
1. Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God (vs. 1) – you can’t be born from above and reject Jesus as Messiah, “he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God”. (vs. 5)
2. Everyone who loves Him who begot (vs.1) – Those who love the Father keep His commandments and they are not a burden because of love (vs. 3 “For this is the love of God”)
3. We know that we love the children of God (vs. 2) – this is the love of God, keeping His commandments.
4. Whatever is born of God overcomes the world (vs. 4) – our faith is that victory and in it we overcome the world! (vs. 5)
The calculation is complete and the answer is true. Love of the Father + Love of Jesus + Obedience + Faith = victory in overcoming the world.
Verse 6 contains his rebuttal of the false teaching of the Gnostics and the partial truth spread by the defectors of the faith. “This is He who came by water and blood – Jesus Christ.” 1. Interpretation #1 – John was talking about baptism (cleansing) and blood (remission of sins) and Jesus provided a witness of baptism and a sacrifice of blood.
2. Interpretation #2 – the terminology, immersed in Jewish tradition figuratively, water represented the Holy Spirit and blood represented the payment for sin.
3. Interpretation #3 – John was an eyewitness of the crucifixion and testified, “But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear; and immediately blood and water came out.” John 19:35 _______________________________________________________________________
John now gives a quick tutorial on the witnesses that we have as Christians:
1. Three that bear witness in heaven – the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit. ________ ______________________________________________ Look at John 1:1,14.
John clearly declares our Trinitarian theology – “and these three are one.” The word trinity is not used but the triune Godhead is clearly articulated.
2. Three that bear witness on earth – the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. _______________________________________________________________
John now concludes the matter with the dynamic of which witness will we receive. The witness of men, apart from God, or the witness of God, given by the Son. ______________________
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