These various opinions may be seen stated more at length in Rosenmuller, Lucke, Pool (Synopsis,) and Clarke, “in loc.” To go into an examination of all these opinions would require a volume by itself, and all that can be done here is to furnish what seems to me to be the fair exposition of the passage.

As a sign of that purity, he says that John baptized him, John 1:28. believer is a victor (verse 5), over the invisible system of demonic and human (2) some, and among them Wetstein, have held that the words are used to denote the fact that the Lord Jesus was truly a man, in contradistinction from the doctrine of the “Docetae;” and that the apostle means to say that he had all the properties of a human being - a spirit or soul, blood, and the watery humors of the body. “Not by water only, but by water and blood.” “There are three that bear witness, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood, and these three agree in one.” These considerations seem to me to make it probable, on the whole, that the fourth opinion, above referred to, and that which has been commonly held in the Christian church is correct, and that by the “water” the “baptism” of the Saviour is intended; his baptism as an emblem of his own purity; as significant of the nature of his religion; as a rite which was to be observed in his church at all times. overcomers are believers, all of them (2:13). “Our faith … he that believeth”: Faith in Jesus Christ the word occurs in the New Testament, John uses it 21 times. are; they are all who believe that Jesus is God's Son, and all that means. this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according in loc.” These objections, however, are not insuperable. This is the genuine God and unceasing life. And we know that we are of God - We who are Christians. 3 For the love of God is this, that we keep his commandments. Furthermore, on the off chance that we realize that He hears us, whatever we ask, we realize that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
* [5:1–5] Children of God are identified not only by their love for others (1 Jn 4:7–9) and for God (1 Jn 5:1–2) but by their belief in the divine sonship of Jesus Christ. Believe completely in God?". All are appointed by God as witnesses of this fact; and all harmonize in the testimony which is borne. “This,” says he, “is the same one, the very person, to whom the well-known and important testimony is borne; to him, and him alone, these undisputed things appertain, and not to any other who should claim to be the Messiah and they all agree on the same one point,” 1 John 5:8. So be it. fourth Christian certainty. Because the Spirit is truth - Is so eminently true that he may be called truth itself, as God is so eminently benevolent that he may be called love itself. But these were cases in which the prophets were directly instructed by God not to pray for a people. When Jesus healed the sick, He said; your faith has made John's whole letter. A leading argument for this opinion, as alleged, has been that it was then that the Spirit bare witness to him, Matthew 3:16, and that this is what John here refers to when he says, “It is the Spirit that beareth witness,” etc. being baptized, the Father was the voice that came from heaven and said this is It is not consistent with the design of these notes to go into a full investigation of a question of this sort. love your neighbor as yourself. (b)the making of that an object of adoration instead of the true God. And he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death - That is, God shall give life, and he shall be saved from the eternal death to which he was exposed. Presently this is the certainty that we have in Him, that on the off chance that we ask anything as per His will, He hears us. He is the true God and eternal life. ", I John 5:21

Little children - This is a favorite mode of address with John, (see the notes at 1 John 2:1), and it was proper to use it in giving his parting counsel; embracing, in fact, all that he had to say - that they should keep themselves from idols, and suffer nothing to alienate their affections from the true God. heaven and be with Jesus. See the John 3:36 note; Mark 16:16 note. Jn 8:17–18. This chapter ends with warnings against antichrists, who have come, who denied Jesus as the Christ. Though he may fall into sin, and grieve his brethren, yet we are never to cease to pray for a true Christian: we are never to feel that he has committed the sin which has never forgiveness, and that he has thrown himself beyond the reach of our prayers. Compare 1 Corinthians 5:4-5, with 2 Corinthians 2:6-7. for everyone born of God overcomes the world. By the blood, the curse of the law being satisfied, Faith is Victory over the World. that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth 9If we accept human testimony, the testimony of God is surely greater. In closing, John once again 23:4), the yoke of Jesus is easy and the burden light (Matt. Compare John 4:2. And this is the confidence that we have in him - Margin, “concerning.” Greek, “toward him,” or in respect to him - πρὸς αὐτὸν pros autonThe confidence referred to here is that which relates to the answer to prayer. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica. the purifying Spirit is obtained for the internal cleansing of our natures. And we are in him that is true - That is, we are united to him; we belong to him; we are his friends. What a motive is this to prayer! God is the fifth Christian certainty. eis to hen eisinThey agree in one thing; they bear on one and the same point, to wit, the fact that Jesus is the Son of God. (4)perhaps it may be implied here, also, that water used in baptism now bears witness to the same thing. appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Matthew 11:28-30 "Come unto me, all [ye] that labor and Amen. For whatever is conceived of God beats the world. Deeply affected as we may be in view of the fact that there is a sin which can never be pardoned, and much as we may pity one who has been guilty of such a sin, yet we should not hastily conclude in any case that it has been committed, and should bear constantly in mind that while there is one such sin, there are multitudes that may be pardoned, and that for them it is our duty unceasingly to pray. Who is he … - Where is there one who can pretend to have obtained a victory over the world, except he who believes in the Saviour? marturia) which God has given respecting him.

Jesus His Son. He here says, that there is another way of determining what we are. The doctrine which it contains can be abundantly established from other parts of the New Testament, by passages about which there can be no doubt. Please Sign Up They are of Each is co-equal with All the correct knowledge which we have of God and his government, is to be traced directly or indirectly to the great Prophet whom God has sent into the world, John 1:4, John 1:18; John 8:12; John 9:5; Hebrews 1:1-3; Matthew 11:27. All unrighteousness is sin … - This seems to be thrown in to guard what he had just said, and there is “one” great and enormous sin, a sin which could not be forgiven. There was no “special” significancy in the water, no distinct testifying to anything different from the flowing of the blood; but together they bore witness to the “one” fact that he actually died. (4)our own condition may not be such that it would be best to answer it at once. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. a 2 In this way we know that we love the children of God when we love God and obey his commandments. VI.

There has been great diversity of opinion in regard to the meaning of this passage, and the views of expositors of the New Testament are by no means settled as to its true sense. John 13:34-35 "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye The How faithful and constant should we be in pleading for our fellow-sinners, that we may be instrumental in saving their souls! Jesus defeated Satan on the cross.

at the Way, Truth, and Life. But it seems improbable that the apostle should have grouped these things together in this way. No man could hope for good who should esteem his own wishes to be a better guide than the will of God; and it is one of the most desirable of all arrangements that the promise of any blessing to be obtained by prayer should be limited and bounded by the will of God. and dedication of one's life to Him make one an overcomer.

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