Monday, March 27, 2017

Commentary On 1 John 5:7

“Some suggest that “water” refers to the baptism of Jesus and “blood” to the crucifixion. This is unlikely, since John in his gospel does not directly recount the baptism of Jesus. Others suggest that “water and blood” refers to the two sacraments, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. This is also unlikely, since John does not recount the institution of the sacraments in his gospel. The difficult saying of this verse probably reflects John 19:34. In John’s gospel, the testimony God bears to Jesus His Son is a key theme. The blood and water that flowed from Jesus’ side after His death attested to the reality of His death; the wound later confirmed the reality of His bodily resurrection (John 20:20, 25–27). Both the death and the resurrection were denied by the Docetists, who denied the humanity of Christ (4:2). “The Spirit “testifies” to the truth of Jesus’ incarnation as the divine Christ.”

Excerpt taken from the Reformation Study Bible

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