1 John 5:7 Question

July 6, 2015

During our bible study on 1 John we came across a curious thing – 1 John 5:7 doesn’t read the same in various versions. So we took a closer look.

1 John 5:6-8 NASB
6 This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood. It is the Spirit 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 the three are in agreement.

1 John 5:6-8 AMP
6 This is He Who came by (with) water and blood [His baptism and His death], Jesus Christ (the Messiah)—not by (in) the water only, but by (in) the water and the blood. And it is the [Holy] Spirit Who bears witness, because the [Holy] Spirit is the Truth.
7 So there are three witnesses in heaven: the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit, and these three are One;
8 and there are three witnesses on the earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree [are in unison; their testimony coincides].

Commentary from KJV Study Bible

Water symbolizes Jesus’ baptism and blood symbolizes His death. These are mentioned because Jesus’ ministry began with His baptism and ended with His death.

John is reacting to the heretics of his day(Gnosticism) who said that Jesus was born only a man and remained so until His baptism. At that time they maintained that Christ descended on the human Jesus, but left him before his suffering on the cross – so that it was only the human man Jesus who died.

Throughout this letter John insists that Jesus is God as well as man(1 Jn 1:1-4,4:2,5:5). He now asserts that it was this God-man Jesus Christ who came into the world, was baptized and died. Jesus was the Son of God not only at His baptism but also at His death.

This truth is extremely important, because if Jesus died only as a man, His sacrificial atonement(1 Jn 2:2,4:10) would not have been sufficient to take away the guilt of man’s sin.

The Holy Spirit testifies that Jesus is the Son of God in 2 ways: The Spirit descended on Jesus at His baptism(Jn 1:32-34) and He continues to confirm in the hearts of believers the testimony that Jesus’ baptism and death verify that He’s is the Christ, the Son of God(1 Jn 2:27;1 Cor 12:3).


Wait and Be of Good Courage!

July 4, 2015

Hope for and expect the Lord
Believe you will see His goodness.

Be brave and of good courage
Remember it is the Lord your God who is with you

Be of good cheer
In Him you have His peace –Jn 16:33;Eph 2:14
He will strengthen your heart.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 AMP
16 Now may the Lord of peace Himself grant you His peace (the peace of His kingdom) at all times and in all ways [under all circumstances and conditions, whatever comes]. The Lord [be] with you all.

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Psalm 27:13-14 AMP
13 [What, what would have become of me] had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living!
14 Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.

From NetBible Ps 27:14

  • Be brave and of good courage =  Be strong and confident
  • Let your heart be stout and enduring = He shall strengthen your heart

Joshua 1:9 AMP
9 Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Isaiah 64:4 AMP
4 For from of old no one has heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who works and shows Himself active on behalf of him who [earnestly] waits for Him.


A New Day Dawning

July 3, 2015

For those who revere and worshipfully fear My name
It’s a new day dawning
The Son of righteousness rises
Shining brighter
Brighter than the noonday. –
Ps 37:6; Prv 4:18

As surely as the sunrise
Jesus comes
With healing in His wings
Anointed with joy.

Anointed healing wings
Joy unspeakable and full of glory!1Pe 1:8

Malachi 4:2 AMP
2 But unto you who revere and worshipfully fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings and His beams, and you shall go forth and gambol like calves [released] from the stall and leap for joy.

2 Samuel 23:4 AMP
4 He dawns on them like the morning light when the sun rises on a cloudless morning, when the tender grass springs out of the earth through clear shining after rain.

Hosea 6:3 AMP
3 Yes, let us know (recognize, be acquainted with, and understand) Him; let us be zealous to know the Lord [to appreciate, give heed to, and cherish Him]. His going forth is prepared and certain as the dawn, and He will come to us as the [heavy] rain, as the latter rain that waters the earth.

Precious Tears

July 1, 2015

2 Kings 20:5 NASB
5 … I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD.

Precious Gems

Through the valley of weeping
Through the sorrow and pain
Each tear is seen and collected
Precious gems recorded and saved
By the God of ALL comfort
Who is with you, never to leave.

Precious gems collected and saved
The gift of tears
Turned into pools of blessings
By God the Father of fresh new mercies –2 Cor 1:3-4
Ever faithful to uphold and sustain.

Psalm 56:8 NLT
8 You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.

Psalm 84:6 NLT
6 When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs, where pools of blessing collect after the rains!

From NetBible Ps 84:6

  • * valley of weeping = valley of affliction
  • * He [God] makes it [the valley] [into] a spring
  • * Pools of water. Because water is so necessary for life, it makes an apt symbol for divine favor and blessing. As the pilgrims traveled to Jerusalem, God provided for their physical needs and gave them a token of His favor and of the blessings awaiting them at the temple.

Sustain Me

June 30, 2015

Psalm 55:22 AMP
Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail).

1 Peter 5:6-7 AMP
6 Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you,
7 Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.

Humble yourself before the Lord
Cast the whole of your care upon Him
Release the weight of it
Be upheld by His mighty hand
He will sustain you
Because He affectionately cares for His children.

Consider the lilies.Mt 6:28

Psalm 119:116 NIV
Sustain me according to Your promise[word], and I shall live; do not let my hopes be dashed.

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Sustain Me{prayer}

Walk Through the Fire!

June 28, 2015

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You WILL walk through the fires of adversity/ oppression
=> you will not be burned.

Do not be afraid
The flames will not consume you or set you ablaze
For the Lord your God is with you.

Through the Lord’s great mercy
Mercy fresh and new every morning
We are not consumed!Lam 3:22-23

U WILL walk through the fires of adversity-The flames will not consume U-Don’t be afraid-The Lord of mercy is with U!

Isaiah 43:2-3 NLT
2 When you go through deep waters and great trouble,
=> I will be with you.

When you go through rivers of difficulty,
=> you will not drown.

NIV … When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. 

BBE … When you go through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not go over you 

NRSV … When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you

When you walk through the fire of oppression,
=> you will not be burned up;
=> the flames will not consume you.

NIV … When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

BBE … when you go through the fire, you will not be burned; and the flame will have no power over you.

NRSV … when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

3 For I am the Lord, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior …

5 Do not be afraid, for I AM with you. …

Hold To God’s Unchanging Hand

June 25, 2015

Going through a sudden and difficult transition?
The Lord encouraged me with the following song and scriptures.

Time is filled with swift transition,
Naught of earth unmoved can stand,
Build your hopes on things eternal,
Hold to God’s unchanging hand.

Trust in the Lord Jesus completely
Allow Him to guide and sustain you
Lean not on your own understanding
Hold to His unchanging hand.

Even when things look uncertain
Know He is forever faithful
In all your ways acknowledge Him and be
Upheld by His unchanging hand!


– God’s hand IS there  –
Even if you can’t see it right now.


Proverbs 3:5-6 AMP
5 Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
6 In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

Isaiah 41:10-13 AMP
10 Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice. …

13 For I the Lord your God hold your right hand; I am the Lord, Who says to you, Fear not; I will help you!

Psalm 32:8 AMP
8 I [the Lord] will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.

Joy Made Complete

June 22, 2015

1 John 1:3-4 NASB
3 what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.

True joy is only found in fellowship with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.

John 15:9-12 NASB
9 Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. 12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.

True joy and love come through obedience to the Word of Life – the Living Word – Jesus Christ.1Jn 1:1;Jn 1:1,14;He 4:12;1Pe 1:23

Apart from the Father and His Son Jesus Christ
==> there is no true joy or love.

John 15:4 NASB
4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.

Jesus Prays:
John 17:13-21 NASB
13 But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.

20 “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; 21 that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.

The Incarnate Word

June 17, 2015

1 John 1:1-2 NASB
Introduction, The Incarnate Word
1 What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life— 2 and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 

Word of life = Jesus Christ
From the beginning the Word with God and
… the Word was God
Jn 1:1-4

Word of life = Light of men
Light of the world = Light of lifeJn 8:12

Jesus Christ = The Word made flesh
… Full of grace and truthJohn 1:14

Jesus Christ = The Word of God
… King of kings and Lord of lords 
Rev 19:13,16

John 17:3 NASB
3 This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

1 John 1:3-4 NASB
3 what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.

The fruit of fellowship with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ = joy!

John 15:9-11 NASB
9 Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.



Word of Life

June 10, 2015

Matthew 4:4 AMP
4 … Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God

John 10:27-28 AMP
27 The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me.
28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never lose it or perish throughout the ages. [To all eternity they shall never by any means be destroyed.] And no one is able to snatch them out of My hand.

The Word of God = the Word of life
To those who listen to and follow the Lord’s voice.

Without true bread there is no power to live!

Luke 1:37 AMP
37 For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.

What “sign” is given, that one may see, believe and live?
=> True Bread

John 6:29-35 AMP
29 Jesus replied, This is the work (service) that God asks of you: that you believe in the One Whom He has sent [that you cleave to, trust, rely on, and have faith in His Messenger].
30 Therefore they said to Him, What sign (miracle, wonderwork) will You perform then, so that we may see it and believe and rely on and adhere to You? What [supernatural] work have You [to show what You can do]?
31 Our forefathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as the Scripture says, He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.
32 Jesus then said to them, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, Moses did not give you the Bread from heaven [what Moses gave you was not the Bread from heaven], but it is My Father Who gives you the true heavenly Bread.
33 For the Bread of God is He Who comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world.
34 Then they said to Him, Lord, give us this bread always (all the time)!
35 Jesus replied, I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry, and he who believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me will never thirst any more (at any time).


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