1 John Chapter 5

GOD IS LIFE

(1 John 5:1)
Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.

  • Born of God means being born from above, born again spiritually
  • Because Jesus is one with the Father, loving God means loving Jesus
  • God the Father begat the only begotten Son of God-that is, sent Him into fleshly form to a fallen world. Jesus is God and not created, just His earthly Body was placed here...this is a mystery only partly understood by the Holy Ghost, and that whole plan is still foreign to our minds
BEGET', v.t. pret. begot, begat; pp. begot, begotten.
  1. To procreate, as a father or sire; to generate; as, to beget a son.
  2. To produce, as an effect; to cause to exist; to generate; as, luxury begets vice.
(1 Corinthians 13:12)
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

(1 Corinthians 2:14)
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

(1 John 5:2)
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

  • God's commandment is to believe in the Son
  • God's commandment is to love the brethren, our neighbor, our enemies
  • It is saying specifically that we love the brethren because we love God first, because He loved us first
  • We have everything important in common with the other believers, making it easier to love them
  • The keeping of the commandments is the lifestyle, the habit of living right, daily, however imperfectly
(1 John 3:23)
And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

(Matthew 5:43-44)
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

(Matthew 19:18)
He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,

(John 13:34-35)
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

(1 John 3:14)
We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

(1 John 5:3)
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

  • It is not saying that they are easy to keep, but rather, when kept, they are not burdensome to keep
  • We know this because we know for sure that it is hard and often impossible in our flesh to love either the brethren or our enemies
  • Take your pick on the meaning of grievous: heavy, oppressive, burdensome, afflictive, painful, hard to be borne, causing grief or sorrow, distressing, great, atrocious, causing unease, provoking, offensive, irritating, hurtful, destructive, mischievous
  • Loving our brethren is none of these
GRIE'VOUS, a. [from grieve, or grief.] Heavy; oppressive; burdensome; as a grievous load of taxes.
  1. Afflictive; painful; hard to be borne.
    Correction is grievous to him that forsaketh the way. Prov 15.
  2. Causing grief or sorrow. The thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight, because of his son. Gen 21.
  3. Distressing. The famine was very grievous in the land. Gen 12.
  4. Great; atrocious. Because their sin is very grievous. Gen 18.
  5. Expressing great uneasiness; as a grievous complaint.
  6. Provoking; offensive; tending to irritate; as grievous words. Prov 15.
  7. Hurtful; destructive; causing mischief; as grievous wolves. Acts 20.
(1 John 5:4)
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

  • Our object of faith is Jesus Christ, Jesus overcame the world so, therefore, as we place our faith in Jesus Christ, we overcome the world through Him
  • When we read the end of the book, we see that we have already won the war...
  • The world presses in, persecutes, causes tribulation, strife, problems
(John 16:33)
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

(1 John 5:5)
Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

  • Restated for emphasis, we believe in Jesus Christ, therefore we are in Christ, therefore we overcome the world when we abide in Christ
  • This is achieved through prayer, fasting, careful study of God's Word and faith in the Written Word (the Scriptures) and the Living Word(Jesus Christ)
(1 John 5:6)
This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

  • The coming by water is in the womb of his earthly mother Mary.
  • God does not have a Mother!
  • Mary is not the mother of God, just the mother of Jesus Christ the Man
(1 John 5:7)
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

  • Many new "versions" omit this verse, saying it was added later, yet this is the clearest verse on the Trinity there is
  • The following is from the Book, "Which Version is The Bible", from Dr. Floyd Nolen Jones, found here
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APPENDIX B - The Johannine Comma

FIRST JOHN 5:6-8

This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
7  For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
8  And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
(KJB) The embolded portion of the passage is omitted from the NIV and RSV and is footnoted or missing in nearly all modern versions, reading instead, "There are three that bear record, the Spirit, and the water and the blood" or something closely akin. Comment: This Scripture has been entitled the "Johannine Comma" by textual critics. The verse as found in the King James is the strongest single Scripture on the Holy Trinity. As such, it is not surprising that it should be the subject of vehement debate and an object of Satan's attack. It is a shameful, sad comment upon our time as to how readily modern Christians will surrender this and other passages on "textual grounds" without bothering to delve more closely into the evidence.

Dr. J.A. Moorman - a dedicated Godly minister, capsuling the posture of modern textual criticism which insists upon the omission of the passage, has set forth the following particulars:1

1. The passage is missing from every known Greek manuscript except four, and these contain the passage in what appears to be a translation from a late recension (revision) of the Latin Vulgate. These four are all late manuscripts. They are a 16th century ms (#61), a 12th century ms (#88) which had the passage written in the margin by a modern hand, a 15th century ms (#629), and an 11th century ms which has the passage written in the margin by a 17th century hand.

2. The passage is not quoted by any of the Greek Fathers who would have employed it as proof in the Trinitarian controversies (Arian and Sabellian) had they known of the section. Its first appearance in Greek is in a Greek version of the (Latin) Acts of the Latern Council in 1215.

3. The section is not present in the mss of all the ancient versions except the Latin. Even then, it is not found in the Old Latin in its early form and it is not in Jerome's Vulgate (c.405). The earliest instance of the passage being quoted as part of the actual text of First John is a fourth century Latin treatise. Supposedly the "gloss" arose when the original passage was understood to symbolize the Trinity (through the mention of three witnesses; the Spirit, and the water and the blood). This interpretation, they tell us, may have been written as a marginal note at first and, as time went on, found its way into the text. The "gloss" was quoted by Latin Fathers in North Africa and Italy in the 5th century as part of the text of the Epistle. From the 6th century on, it is found more and more frequently in mss of the Old Latin and Vulgate.

4. If the passage were original, a compelling reason or reasons should have been found to account for its omission, either accidently or deliberately, by all of the copyists of hundreds of Greek mss and by translators of ancient versions (called "transcriptional probability" - p. 1). Lastly, they inform us that the passage makes an awkward break in the sense (called "intrinsic probability" - p. 1).

There it is! These are the standard arguments that have been repeated ad nauseam. It certainly sounds convincing, but is the entire story being told?


1 Moorman, When The KJV Departs From The "Majority" Text, op. cit., pp. 115-123.

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WHO Would Want This Verse Removed?

(1 John 5:8)
And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

  • Yet another trinity described on earth, using the elements within our bodies, our character as triune beings
  • The water is referred to when Jesus speaks to Nicodemus in John 3
  • We are also body, soul and spirit, but our spirit is born dead, stillborn until it is quickened at salvation
  • So, as God is Triune and, as we are created in His image, then we also are Triune, albeit in a different way is all
  • Our triune nature also bears witness on earth
(John 3:5-6)
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

(1 John 5:9)
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

  • The words of men are never as powerful as God's Word, Scripture
  • The Word of God is to be read, studied, memorized and quoted as needed
  • Our words and arguments are not Scripture nor can ever carry the same weight, or even close
(Isaiah 55:11)
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

(1 John 5:10)
He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

  • This would be us who are saved, having the witness in us, not to be bottled up, but shared with the lost
  • Believing in the Son is the same as believing God, at His Word
  • "I don't believe" is the same as saying, "God is a LIAR!"
  • We must always remember that the Word of God is a record of what God did and does still, a historical record, better and more accurate than all other records made
(1 John 5:11)
And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

  • Again, a message of salvation from the Gospels, of Jesus Christ the life giver
(1 John 5:12)
He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

  • When we believe and are saved, we have the Son
  • When we have the Son, we have life, true life, true living, no matter the circumstances in our lives here on earth, and eternal life as hope, as an anchor for our soul, by which we are moored and not drifting any more, at the mercy of waves, but rather now at the mercy of God
  • When we have the Son, we witness, verbally and with our behavior for those watching
(1 John 5:13)
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

  • This is the single best verse for eternal salvation there is, as it is simple and direct, to the point
  • There are no works for us to be saved as far as the east is from the west, like our sins removed are
  • This is knowledge that we are going to heaven, no matter what. This knowledge gives us peace, hope, joy, a desire to return to God what He gave us, etc.
(1 John 5:14)
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

  • This verse is the context of the verse in John's Gospel which the prosperity gospel charlatans twist and torture and take out of context to proclaim that we just need to ask God for millions and it is ours for the asking
  • This is because of the phrase that includes the rest of the context of our lives, "according to His Will", which means His will may be we simply abide and be content with such things as we have, no matter how little
  • Like having the free gift of eternal life is not enough!
  • It says that if we ask against His will, He will not hear us

(John 14:13)
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

(Hebrews 13:5)
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

(James 4:3)
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

(1 John 5:15)
And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

  • We know that He hears us if we pray according to His Divine Will
  • Since we know He hears us, we know He will answer when we ask according to His Will
  • Again, repetition so that we get it
(1 John 5:16)
If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.

  • This is physical death here, not spiritual, because a believer has eternal life
  • This physical death is for Christians, believers only, not the lost
  • This sin is one that disgraces and does not glorify God
  • This sin unto death can also mean the deaths of others...a lot of others
  • Moses smote the rock twice and died, not seeing the promised land, as God said
  • Aaron made the golden calf
  • Ananias and Sapphira did the same in Acts
  • The Corinthians did this also, and Paul mentioned it
  • It is different for each relationship of every Christian with God
  • Only God decides which one is "the sin unto death"

THE SIN UNTO DEATH

MOSES

(Numbers 20:7-12)
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink. And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also. And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.

Later...

(Deuteronomy 3:23-26)
And I besought the LORD at that time, saying, O Lord GOD, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand: for what God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might? I pray thee, let me go over, and see the good land that is beyond Jordan, that goodly mountain, and Lebanon. But the LORD was wroth with me for your sakes, and would not hear me: and the LORD said unto me, Let it suffice thee; speak no more unto me of this matter.

AARON ALSO

(Numbers 20:24)
Aaron shall be gathered unto his people: for he shall not enter into the land which I have given unto the children of Israel, because ye rebelled against my word at the water of Meribah. Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up unto mount Hor: And strip Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son: and Aaron shall be gathered unto his people, and shall die there. And Moses did as the LORD commanded: and they went up into mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation. And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there in the top of the mount: and Moses and Eleazar came down from the mount. And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they mourned for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel.

KORAH

(Numbers 16:1-49)
Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men: And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown: And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?
And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face: And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to morrow the LORD will shew who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him. This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company; And put fire therein, and put incense in them before the LORD to morrow: and it shall be that the man whom the LORD doth choose, he shall be holy: ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi.
And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi: Seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them? And he hath brought thee near to him, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee: and seek ye the priesthood also? For which cause both thou and all thy company are gathered together against the LORD: and what is Aaron, that ye murmur against him?

And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab: which said, We will not come up: Is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, except thou make thyself altogether a prince over us? Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land that floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards: wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? we will not come up. And Moses was very wroth, and said unto the LORD, Respect not thou their offering: I have not taken one ass from them, neither have I hurt one of them. And Moses said unto Korah, Be thou and all thy company before the LORD, thou, and they, and Aaron, to morrow: And take every man his censer, and put incense in them, and bring ye before the LORD every man his censer, two hundred and fifty censers; thou also, and Aaron, each of you his censer. And they took every man his censer, and put fire in them, and laid incense thereon, and stood in the door of the tabernacle of the congregation with Moses and Aaron.

And Korah gathered all the congregation against them unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the congregation. And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment. And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation? And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him. And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins. So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children. And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind. If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the LORD hath not sent me. But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD.

And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them: And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation. And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also. And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, that he take up the censers out of the burning, and scatter thou the fire yonder; for they are hallowed. The censers of these sinners against their own souls, let them make them broad plates for a covering of the altar: for they offered them before the LORD, therefore they are hallowed: and they shall be a sign unto the children of Israel.

And Eleazar the priest took the brasen censers, wherewith they that were burnt had offered; and they were made broad plates for a covering of the altar: To be a memorial unto the children of Israel, that no stranger, which is not of the seed of Aaron, come near to offer incense before the LORD; that he be not as Korah, and as his company: as the LORD said to him by the hand of Moses. But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, Ye have killed the people of the LORD. And it came to pass, when the congregation was gathered against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the tabernacle of the congregation: and, behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD appeared. And Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of the congregation.

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces. And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the LORD; the plague is begun. And Aaron took as Moses commanded, an d ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people. And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed. Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah. And Aaron returned unto Moses unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the plague was stayed.

(Acts 5:1-11)
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.

(1 Corinthians 11:20-30)
When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper. For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.
For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

(1 John 5:17)
All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

  • This sin unto death is personal, between God and differing with any individual man or woman
  • This would be because we are all different, and God holds people to different criteria s believers due to different lusts, amounts of faith, temperaments, personalities, etc.
(1 John 5:18)
We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

  • Spiritually speaking, in Christ, before God, we cannot sin or be sinners, lest we would not be declared holy and righteous, nor get to Heaven
  • This is because we are begotten of God, born again, born of God, born from above
  • However, before man, on earth, we are very capable of any sin, and the world never hesitates to point this out.
(1 John 5:19)
And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

  • As in verse thirteen here, we know we are saved, so then we know we are of God
  • The world is not of God, not living for God, but is under the control and power of the evil one, and so hates God's people merely for existing
(1 John 5:20)
And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

  • The Holy Ghost, Holy Spirit gives us all truth from God's Word, wisdom from God when we need it, and discernment for this world, understanding how it works
  • Another verse on the Deity of the LORD Jesus Christ, we know Him Who is true, we are in Jesus Christ Who is true, and God is true
(1 John 5:21)
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

  • We are God's little children, and so are our children, so were John's flock
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