1 John 5:6–12 (ESV)
Testimony Concerning the Son of God
is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one 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 these three agree. 9 If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe
God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. 11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the
Son of God does not have life.
I remember one of my professors stating that wherever you have Jesus, you have the Holy Spirit. You cannot separate the two. Jesus came by water (Baptism) and
blood (Crucifixion). We also hear John state in his Gospel that Jesus is the Truth, and in today’s reading... the Spirit is Truth. This one paragraph points back to what my professor was stating... that is, wherever you see Jesus, there too
is the Holy Spirit. You cannot separate the two. The Lutheran Study Bible states: “The testimony of the apostles, the life of Jesus, and the work of the Spirit testify that God has given us life in His Son. This testimony is in stark contradiction
to all who teach that God’s Son did not suffer in the flesh or that He comes to us apart from the flesh of His humanity.”
I pray: O Heavenly Father, you are the giver of eternal life.
I believe and confess my faith in your Son, for your Son has life. You promise eternal life to those who believe in your Son. I give thanks and praise for your gift of eternal life. I know what I deserve, but you have given me far more that
I deserve. Thank you! Amen.