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

  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 5:21 FOR AS THE FATHER RAISETH UP THE DEAD AND QUICKENETH THEM EVEN SO THE SON QUICKENETH WHOM HE WILL JOHN 6:63 IT IS THE SPIRIT THAT QUICKENETH THE FLESH PROFITETH NOTHING THE WORDS THAT --I SPEAK--UNTO YOU THEY ARE SPIRIT AND THEY ARE LIFE REVELATION 19:13 AND HE WAS CLOTHED WITH A VESTURE DIPPED IN BLOOD AND HIS NAME IS CALLED --- THE WORD OF GOD --- PSALM 119:50 THIS IS MY COMFORT IN MY AFFLICTION FOR THY WORD HATH QUICKENED ME --- ROMANS 8:11 BUT IF THE SPIRIT OF HIM THAT RAISED UP JESUS FROM THE DEAD DWELL IN YOU HE THAT RAISED UP CHRIST FROM THE DEAD SHALL ALSO QUICKEN YOUR MORTAL BODIES BY HIS SPIRIT THAT DWELLETH IN YOU --- ACTS 13:30 BUT GOD RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD --- PSALM 119:88 QUICKEN ME AFTER THY LOVINGKINDNESS SO SHALL I KEEP THE TESTIMONIES OF THY MOUTH REVELATION 19:10 AND I FELL AT HIS FEET TO WORSHIP HIM AND HE SAID UNTO ME SEE THOU DO IT NOT I AM THY FELLOWSERVANT AND OF THY BRETHREN THAT HAVE THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS WORSHIP GOD --- FOR THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS IS THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY 1 JOHN 2:29 IF YOU KNOW THAT HE IS RIGHTEOUS YOU THAT EVERYONE THAT DOETH RIGHTEOUSNESS IS --BORN OF HIM--
  • Brother Daniel FC
    It is not meant to be an insult: it just states a fact. To a Disciple. When I ask someone: how much is 1 1 1? and tells me he doesn t know, I say he she is ignorant or uneducated. Then, if I tell him that 1 1 1 3 and he says: I don t believe it, I say he is an non-believer. But: if he tries to explain to me that 1 1 1 1 I say he she has a mental challenge.
  • A disciple
    "And this is the confidence that we have in him that if we ask any thing according to his will he hears us: and if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him." And then John goes on to talk about recovering one that sinned. Jesus has given us the keys of the kingdom of heaven in our confession and faith, for binding and loosing on earth.
  • A disciple
    Brother Daniel F; what do you mean by, "I think some people have mental problems not spiritual..." ?
  • Brother Daniel F
    Jhn 20:17 Jesus replied, "Do not touch me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father. Go to my brothers and tell them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'" I think some people have mental problems not spiritual...
  • BSP
    Verse 3: If we truly love God, we will obey his commandments.

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