John has just described that all believers have victory and hope through Jesus Christ and in 1 John 5:6-12 he confirms the sufficiency of Jesus as the object of our faith. Since the false teachers questioned the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ, John presents Him as the divine One whom God the Father also sent as a man in order to die for the sins of those who believe. John writes, “This is He who came by water and blood–Jesus Christ; not only by water [baptism], but by water and blood [death]. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth (5:6). Jesus’ baptism as well as His death testified to His observable humanity, but the Holy Spirit also confirmed the testimony of God through His inner witness. John was probably writing these things to combat a specific dualistic false teaching which said that the divine Christ entered the human man, Jesus, at His baptism and then departed before His death; however, John wanted his readers to know that Jesus’ deity (and humanity) was not only evident in His baptism, but also His death. Beyond the earthly witness of the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ baptism, and Jesus’ death (5:8), there were three heavenly witnesses – God the Father, God the Son (the Word), and God the Holy Spirit (5:7). As one, their witness establishes truth. If a person willingly receives human testimony, how much more should they be willing to receive the testimony of God? (5:9-10)
John then writes regarding the end result of those who believe in Jesus Christ as the Savior from sin, “And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (5:11-12). John probably inserts this reminder for those false teachers who claimed that believers could not have eternal life through Jesus Christ. To imply that eternal life can be given outside of belief in Jesus Christ is a lie and anyone who teaches this invites God’s judgment. It is important that we accept only one way to eternal life -belief in Jesus Christ – and anyone who teaches otherwise must be rejected.
Dear God, thank You for giving eternal life to those who believe in Your Son, Jesus Christ. I know I am undeserving of Your forgiveness, but I receive Your mercy with open arms so I can enjoy everlasting life in Your presence.