1 John 5:8

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And there are three that beare witnesse in earth, the Spirit, and the Water, and the Blood, and these three agree in one.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For there are three who bear witness, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and the three agree in one.
- American Standard Version (1901)

There are three witnesses, the Spirit, the water, and the blood: and all three are in agreement.
- Basic English Bible

the Spirit, and the water, and the blood; and the three agree in one.
- Darby Bible

And there are three that bear testimony on earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
- Webster's Bible

and there is complete agreement between these three.
- Weymouth Bible

the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and the three agree as one.
- World English Bible

`And thre ben, that yyuen witnessing in erthe, the spirit, water, and blood; and these thre ben oon.
- Wycliffe Bible

and three are who are testifying in the earth], the Spirit, and the water, and the blood, and the three are into the one.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 5:8

5:8 And there are three that testify in heaven - The testimony of the Spirit, the water, and the blood, is by an eminent gradation corroborated by three, who give a still greater testimony. The Father - Who clearly testified of the Son, both at his baptism and at his transfiguration. The Word - Who testified of himself on many occasions, while he was on earth; and again, with still greater solemnity, after his ascension into heaven, #Rev 1:5|; #Rev 19:13|. And the Spirit - Whose testimony was added chiefly after his glorification, #1Jo 2:27; Joh 15:26; Ac 5:32; Ro 8:16|. And these three are one - Even as those two, the Father and the Son, are one, #John 10:30|. Nothing can separate the Spirit from the Father and the Son. If he were not one with the Father and the Son, the apostle ought to have said, The Father and the Word, who are one, and the Spirit, are two. But this is contrary to the whole tenor of revelation. It remains that these three are one. They are one in essence, in knowledge, in will, and in their testimony. It is observable, the three in the one verse are opposed, not conjointly, but severally, to the three in the other: as if he had said, Not only the Spirit testifies, but also the Father, #John 5:37|; not only the water, but also the Word, #John 3:11|,#John 10:41|; not only the blood, but also the Holy Ghost, #John 15:26|, &c. It must now appear, to every reasonable man, how absolutely necessary the eighth verse is #1Jo 5:8|. St. John could not think of the testimony of the Spirit, and water, and blood, and subjoin, The testimony of God is greater, without thinking also of the testimony of the Son and Holy Ghost; yea, and mentioning it in so solemn an enumeration. Nor can any possible reason be devised, why, without three testifying in heaven, he should enumerate three, and no more, who testify on earth. The testimony of all is given on earth, not in heaven; but they who testify are part on earth, part in heaven. The witnesses who are on earth testify chiefly concerning his abode on earth, though not excluding his state of exaltation: the witnesses who are in heaven testify chiefly concerning his glory at God's right hand, though not excluding his state of humiliation. The seventh verse, therefore, with the sixth, #1Jo 5:7|,6 contains a recapitulation of the whole economy of Christ, from his baptism to pentecost; the eighth, #1Jo 5:8 the sum of the| divine economy, from the time of his exaltation. Hence it farther appears, that this position of the seventh #1Jo 5:7|,8 and eighth verses, which places those who testify on earth before those who testify in heaven, is abundantly preferable to the other, and affords a gradation admirably suited to the subject.

People's Bible Notes for 1 John 5:8

1Jo 5:8 There are three that bear testimony. For notes on how these three (the water, blood, and Spirit) bear witness, see 1Jo 5:6. These three agree in one. They bear testimony to the same end.

Discussion for 1 John 5

  • Wayne
    Same as Matt. 28:19, the words of the Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
  • Wayne
    Eternal life is to know the Father and Son. John: 17:3.
  • BSP
    We only have the privilege for eternal life by means of God's son Jesus.
  • Kotka
    So good to know that Gods love, grace, and mercy will allow us eternal life through Christ Jesus who strengthens us.
  • Eric
    Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation? O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come. My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever. And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation. These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me for they are thine. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition that the scripture might be fulfilled. And all flesh shall see the salvation of God. And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
  • MockingBird
    I Praise God that through the new birth of being born again I have eternal lie. my flesh will die , rot , decay : But I through Jesus will live forever !!! Praise God !! Jesus Christ being the first born from the dead !!

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