1 John 5:6–12 (ESV)
Testimony Concerning the Son of God
6 This 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.
This is Jesus who came by water and blood. This is a reference to his baptism and death on the cross. The baptism marked the beginning of Jesus ministry here on earth
and it is the blood that fulfills his purpose for salvation on the cross. John is addressing some heresies that some in the early church were teaching. Unfortunately, there are some still teaching this heresy today. The heresy is that Jesus
was simply a man until his baptism, then the Holy Spirit descended on him and he became divine. The spirit stayed with him right up to the point of death and left before he died. This is not too far off from the teachings of the Mormon Church.
The problem is that Jesus has been around before the creation of the earth. Jesus is eternal. John writes in John 1:1-4, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.” The Word is Jesus and “All things were made through him.” Jesus was
present in the beginning. When he came to earth, born of the virgin marry, he was still eternal. He was God in a manger. The Baptism of Jesus marked the beginning of his ministry, but he already and always has been God. John is driving
this point home in today’s reading. Wherever Jesus is, there the Holy Spirit is also. The Holy Spirit testifies Jesus Christ is the Son of God. At his baptism, God spoke and said “This is my son whom I’m well pleased",
and the Holy Spirit descended on to Jesus. Jesus is eternal. Through your faith in Jesus, you are eternal too. Your body may die, but you will live forever with God in His Kingdom. I pray: Lord, I give thanks for your love and
patience for me, I have let you down so many times, but you are there to pick me up. Thank you Jesus for stepping in for me as a substitute and setting me free, restoring me into the Kingdom of God. Amen.