1 John 5:20

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And we know that the Sonne of God is come, and hath giuen vs an vnderstanding that wee may know him that is true: and wee are in him that is true, euen in his Sonne Iesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternall life.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we 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.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And we are certain that the Son of God has come, and has given us a clear vision, so that we may see him who is true, and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
- Basic English Bible

And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us an understanding that we should know him that [is] true; and we are in him that [is] true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
- Darby Bible

And we know that the Son of God hath 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.
- Webster's Bible

And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we know the true One, and are in union with the true One--that is, we are in union with His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and the Life of the Ages.
- Weymouth Bible

We know that the Son of God has come, and has given us an understanding, that we know him who is true, and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
- World English Bible

And we witen, that the sone of God cam in fleisch, and yaf to vs wit, that we know veri God, and be in the veri sone of hym.
- Wycliffe Bible

and we have known that the Son of God is come, and hath given us a mind, that we may know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ; this one is the true God and the life age-during!
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 5:20


5:20 And we know - By all these infallible proofs. That the Son of God is come - Into the world. And he hath given us a spiritual understanding, that we may know him, the true one - The faithful and true witness. And we are in the true one - As branches in the vine, even in Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God. This Jesus is the only living and true God, together with the father and the Spirit, and the original fountain of eternal life. So the beginning and the end of the epistle agree.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 5:20


1Jo 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come. Not only by testimony from men but by God's witness. We have life in Christ, and Christ dwells in us. This is the true God, and eternal life. In Christ the true God is revealed to us, and in him we have eternal life.

Discussion for 1 John 5:20

  • Enrique Diaz for verse 20
    Is pretty obvious JESUS is the one ,true God . and only in him is there life. Baptism in the name of JESUS and filled with his SPRITE .
  • Rev. Autrey for verse 20
    erse 20 "And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life " Jesus is God speaking to us, or the way God speaks to us. And while he is in the flesh he calls himself the Son of God. This helps him identify with us as human sons. This means that the term Son of God is only a title for Jesus. That is, he is not a literal son. God is not human and he does not have children the way humans do. God talks to us like this, Hi, I d like to say good day to you, again. I am Jesus, God 's Son. But this is only a title for me. I have always been God and always will be. I used the title Son of God so I can identify with the human sons I have come to save. I also call myself the Son Of Man. This let 's you know that I am also man, or the God Man. I have to be human too so I can die for the sins of the world. By the way the Father sends his greetings, too. " And when we ask Jesus to show us the Father, he says, When you see me, you see the Father who sent me, meaning the Father and Jesus are the same God. Then Jesus says, By the way, The Holy Spirit says hi, too , meaning that the Holy Spirit is the same God that the Father and Jesus are. God help us to understand!
  • Luis Calderon for verse 20
    That Jesus is God, and that there is not other God
    before Him or after Him. That He is the Word,The Father, The Son, The Holy Spirit, The Alpha, The Omega, The Beginning, and The End.

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