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THE BOOK OF I JOHN
1 John 5:6-10
Wednesday, November 1, 2006
INTRODUCTION: In our lesson last week, we looked at Three Expressions of Faith. First, a Common Faith, as evidenced in our love for God and for others. Next, a Compliant Faith: When we love God we will show our love by our faithfulness. Finally, a Conquering Faith: As believers, our victory over the world comes from our faith in Jesus Christ.
This evening, we will pick up with John's on-going discussion concerning the deity of Christ. John gives three things that attest to, or are a witness to the deity of Christ:
I. The Witness of the Water
II. The Witness of the Blood
III. The Witness of the Spirit
I. THE WITNESS OF THE WATER
(Vs. 6a,) "This is He that came by water..." (Vs. 8a), "And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood..."
A. Various interpretations
1. Some say that the water refers to Jesus'
baptism by John. In Matt 3:16-1, the Bible says, And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
2. Some say that the water refers to the water that
came from His side when the Roman centurion plunged his spear into His side. In John 19:34, it says, But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water."
a. I do not believe the last interpretation is
correct, and I have my doubts as to whether or not Jesus' baptism is what John is referring to.
B. Another interpretation
1. I believe it is very likely that the water here
refers to Jesus Himself:
a. Please notice in (vs. 6), Jesus came by three
things: water, blood, and the Holy Spirit.
b. In (vs. 7), there ...
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