1 John Chapter 5

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THIS chapter embraces the following subjects:

I. A continuance of the discussion about love, 1Jn 5:1ff. These verses should have been attached to the previous chapter.

II. The victory which is achieved over the world by those who are born of God. The grand instrumentality by which this is done, is by the belief that Jesus is the Son of God, 1Jn 5:4, 1Jn 5:5.

III. The evidence that Jesus is the Son of God; or the means by which that truth is so believed as to secure a victory over the world, 1Jn 5:6ff. In this part of the chapter the apostle goes fully into the nature of this evidence, or the ways in which the Christian becomes so thoroughly convinced of it as to give to faith this power. He refers to these sources of evidence:

(a.) The witness of the Spirit, 1Jn 5:6.

(b.) The record borne in heaven, 1Jn 5:7 -- if that verse be genuine.

(c.) The evidence borne on earth, by the Spirit, the water, and the blood -- all bearing witness to that one truth.

(d.) The credit which is due to the testimony of God, or which the soul pays to it, 1Jn 5:8.

(e.) The fact that he who believes on the Son of God has the witness in himself, 1Jn 5:10.

(f.) The amount of the record, that God has given to us eternal life through his Son, 1Jn 5:11, 1Jn 5:12.

IV. The reason why all this was written by the apostle, 1Jn 5:13. It was that they might know that they had eternal life, and might believe on the name of Jesus.

V. The effect of this in leading us to the throne of grace, with the assurance that God will hear us, and will grant our requests, 1Jn 5:14, 1Jn 5:15.

VI. The power of prayer, and the duty of praying for those who have sinned. The encouragement to this is, that there are many sins which are not unto death, and that we may hope that God will be merciful to those who have not committed the unpardonable offence, 1Jn 5:16, 1Jn 5:17.

VII. A summary of all that the apostle had said to them, or of the points of which they were sure in the matter of salvation, 1Jn 5:18ff. They knew that those who are born of God do not sin; that the wicked one cannot permanently injure them; that they were of God, while all the world lay in wickedness; that the Son of God had come, and that they were truly united to that Saviour who is the true God, and who is eternal life.

VIII. An exhortation to keep themselves from all idolatry, 1Jn 5:21.


1: Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. edit

2: By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. edit

3: For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. edit

4: For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. edit

5: Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? edit

6: This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. edit

7: For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. edit

8: And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. edit

9: If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. edit

10: He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. edit

11: And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. edit

12: He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. edit

13: These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. edit

14: And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: edit

15: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. edit

16: If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. edit

17: All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death. edit

18: We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. edit

19: And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. edit

20: And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. edit

21: Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. edit

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