The Testimony of Jesus Christ (1 John 5:6-12)

Hey, readers! We are very close to finishing first John, this is the second to last post. We still have a good bit left to look into and think about, very little is covered here on my blog compared to that of what you can dig into deeper and study more fully on your own.

I encourage you to do that, after you finish reading this, go look up a commentary or grab your Bible, spend some extra time thinking about the passage, and studying it a little deeper than we can on here.

Feel free to read the passage as I have included it below.

[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. [7] For there are three that testify: [8] the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. [9] If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. [10] Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. [11] And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. [12] Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. (1 John 5:6-12 ESV)

Jesus came to cleanse us 

In order to understand John’s use of “water and blood” when he says: “He who came by water and blood” I think we need to look at other uses of the word “water”, and the word “blood”.

In John 3:5,  John mentions being born of water and Spirit, and water symbolizes cleansing, as also mentioned a couple times throughout the book of John, “being baptized with water”.  Jesus coming by water, is symbolic to Jesus having the power to cleanse us from our sin.

This is John’s way of writing that Jesus came to save us-cleanse us, from all the filth and stain of our own sin and shame, he is simply using creative writing through his use of these helpful word pictures.

Also, the word “blood” as mentioned in this passage, is symbolic for purifying us from every sin.

What is Jesus’ Testimony?

Jesus’ testimony is as Matthew 20:28 says: “Jesus came to serve, not to be served” Jesus came to earth to cleanse us from our sin. The meaning of this passage is pretty simple, and quite easy for us to understand.

Through Jesus’ cleansing, He gave us eternal life, by believing in and trusting in Jesus Christ we have life.



One thought on “The Testimony of Jesus Christ (1 John 5:6-12)

  1. Thank you for reminding us of the Gospel’s power. John was probably referring to the water and blood which flowed from Christ’s wounded side. Yet the Holy Sprit gave him deep insight into the true meaning. The blood was shed for our Justification. The penalty of sin has been removed by the price Christmas paid. The water, to the grace if sanctification, where the Holy Spirit gradually removes the pollution of sin. I look forward to your next blog. God bless.


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