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1 John 5:8

    1 John 5:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For there are three who bear witness, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and the three agree in one.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    There are three witnesses, the Spirit, the water, and the blood: and all three are in agreement.

    Webster's Revision

    For there are three who bear witness, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and the three agree in one.

    World English Bible

    the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and the three agree as one.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For there are three who bear witness, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and the three agree in one.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 John 5:8

    The Spirit, and the water, and the blood - This verse is supposed to mean "the Spirit - in the word confirmed by miracles; the water - in baptism, wherein we are dedicated to the Son, (with the Father and the Holy Spirit), typifying his spotless purity, and the inward purifying of our nature; and the blood - represented in the Lord's Supper, and applied to the consciences of believers: and all these harmoniously agree in the same testimony, that Jesus Christ is the Divine, the complete, the only Savior of the world." - Mr. Wesley's notes.

    By the written word, which proceeded from the Holy Spirit, that Spirit is continually witnessing upon earth, that God hath given unto us eternal life.

    By baptism, which points out our regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost, and which is still maintained as an initiatory rite in the Christian Church, we have another witness on earth of the truth, certainty, importance, and efficacy of the Christian religion. The same may be said of the blood, represented by the holy eucharist, which continues to show forth the death and atoning sacrifice of the Son of God till he comes. See the note on 1 John 5:6.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 John 5:8

    And there are three that bear witness in earth - This is a part of the text, which, if the reasoning above is correct, is to be omitted. The genuine passage reads, 1 John 5:7, "For there are three that bear record (or witness, μαρτυροῦντες marturountes) - the Spirit, and the water, and the blood." There is no reference to the fact that it is done "in earth." The phrase was introduced to correspond with what was said in the interpolated passage, that there are three that bear record "in heaven."

    The Spirit - Evidently the Holy Spirit. The assertion here is, that that Spirit bears witness to the fact that Jesus is the Son of God, 1 John 5:5. The testimony of the Holy Spirit to this fact is contained in the following things:

    (1) He did it at the baptism of Jesus. Notes, Matthew 3:16-17.

    (2) Christ was eminently endowed with the influences of the Holy Spirit; as it was predicted that the Messiah would be, and as it was appropriate he should be, Isaiah 11:2; Isaiah 61:1. Compare Luke 4:18; Notes, John 3:34.

    (3) the Holy Spirit bore witness to his Messiahship, after his ascension, by descending, according to his promise, on his apostles, and by accompanying the message which they delivered with saving power to thousands in Jerusalem, Acts 2.

    (4) he still bears the same testimony on every revival of religion, and in the conversion of every individual who becomes a Christian, convincing them that Jesus is the Son of God. Compare John 16:14-15.

    (5) he does it in the hearts of all true Christians, for "no man can say that Jesus is Lord but by the Holy Ghost," 1 Corinthians 12:3. See the notes at that passage.

    The Spirit of God has thus always borne witness to the fact that Jesus is the Christ, and he will continue to do it to the end of time, convincing yet countless millions that he was sent from God to redeem and save lost people.

    And the water - See the notes at 1 John 5:6. That is, the baptism of Jesus, and the scenes which occurred when he was baptized, furnished evidence that he was the Messiah. This was done in these ways:

    (1) It was proper that the Messiah should be baptized when he entered on his work, and perhaps it was expected; and the fact that he was baptized showed that he had "in fact" entered on his work as Redeemer. See the notes at Matthew 3:15.

    (2) an undoubted attestation was then furnished to the fact that he was "the Son of God," by the descent of the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove, and by the voice that addressed him from heaven, Matthew 3:16-17.

    (3) his baptism with water was an emblem of the purity of his own character, and of the nature of his religion.

    (4) perhaps it may be implied here, also, that water used in baptism now bears witness to the same thing,

    (a) as it is the ordinance appointed by the Saviour;

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    Verses Related to 1 John 5:8

    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.
    Ephesians 4:30 - And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
    John 14:16 - And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;