The experience just referred to, in the preceding note, is summed up in this. The Spirit of truth is witness to the Word of truth and so John is able to proclaim that we know that the eternal Son of God has come to earth.. to live and to die as the perfect, sinless Son of Man - and that He has given us understanding in Him - for He is the visible image of the invisible God, full of grace and truth. 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. So that (hina) is a term of purpose which should always cause us to pause and ponder what is the purpose? We know also that the Son of God is come by his presence; by his power put forth on our behalf; by the answers which he gives to prayer; by the way in which he appears in dark and gloomy hours, making crooked things straight and rough places plain, discovering himself to us as the Way, the Truth, and the Life, showing unto us that in him there is rest and peace, solid, abiding happiness, and in no other. (The Epistles of John- An Expositional Commentary), WE KNOW CHRIST HAS 1 John 5 Resources - Multiple Sermons and Commentaries; ONE LAST WARNING: WATCH OUT FOR IDOLS! The relationship expressed by “in Him” brings us back to the fellowship with God with which John begins the epistle (1Jn 1:3-note). God is eternal life (John 5:26) and He gives it to us through Christ. John 5:1-20 New International Version (NIV) The Healing at the Pool. How do you know that the sun rose this morning? NASB 1 John 5-8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and all three give the same testimony. John 5:20, ESV: "For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing.And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel." (KJV) 1. 3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. (NET Note). (5:20) Three times John affirms that the heretics are wrong. This is the true God and eternal life - "He is both “the true God, and eternal life.” The second designation, used without the article, is closely joined to the first designation; He is both true deity and life eternal. Eph. The relationship involves the knowledge… being in the Father, we are in the Son, and, vice versa, being in the Son, we are in the Father. Many, however, refer it to the Son." Read Introduction to 1 John “And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. ", Wuest on true - “True” is not alethes, “true,” that is, veracious, but alethinos “genuine” as opposed to the false and counterfeit, here, the genuine God as opposed to the false God of the heretics. As the Bible clearly states that there is only one true God then this might mean that John was saying that the Son, aswell as the Father, were this "God". God in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ came to earth to reconcile man to the Father through the Son.. and to give spiritual understanding and godly wisdom to all who would trust in His name - Who is the only way to God, the only truth from God and the only life of God. 5 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 3 For # 2 John 6; See John 14:15 this is the love of God, that we # See ch. ESV 1 John 5-8 the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 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. 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. If the Son is less, if he is not the real God even as the Father is the real God, then this entire epistle and all that it declares about his blood, expiation, our fellowship with God, etc., are futile.''" 2:3 keep his commandments. The first predicate which follows This one in 5:20, the true God, is a description of God the Father used by Jesus in John 17:3, and was used in the preceding clause of the present verse to refer to God the Father (him who is true). This incarnation is God making Himself accessible to human thought—God opening to man the possibility of correspondence through Jesus Christ. 1 John 5:20 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. Again, God is not only the source of truth, He is the one and only genuine God. 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. Vine sums this up by noting that "God is not an abstract conception, existing in the minds of people who hold certain doctrines, He is a personal reality, revealed in and through the Son, and experienced personally by believers. We know that Christ has made the Father known to us and we know that in Him we have been given spiritual understanding and godly wisdom. At John 17:3, eternal life is to KNOW (1) the only true God and (2) Jesus. Now as God is light, when he is pleased to shine into the soul, we walk in the light as he is in the light, and then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. 1 a The elder to the elect lady and her children, b whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who c know d the truth, 2 e because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever: 3 f Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father … O the blessedness, which eternity itself can never exhaust, of possessing eternal life! — 1 John 5:20. John again asserts the Christian certainty that the Son of God has come (1Jn 5:20a), indicates the resultant gift of understanding (1Jn 5:20b), and expresses the resultant experiential realization of believers (1Jn 5:20c)." The new birth provides a new nature from God, which cannot sin. Dianoia (John's only use of this word) signifies a process of the mind leading to a conclusion, hence denoting the faculty of forming a conclusion from certain facts. 2:5; 3:24; 4:13 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. (The Epistles of John- An Expositional Commentary), Vine adds that 1Jn 5:20 "states the ground upon which believers are assured of the facts mentioned in 1Jn 5:18-note and 1Jn 5:19-note, as to their relationship with God and their consequent condition regarding sin, Satan and the world. Wuest says "John does not use erchomai (to come) here, a verb which speaks only of the act of coming, but hēkō which includes in the idea of coming, the fact of arrival and personal presence. 1John 5:20. But he is more -- much more. The apostle has stated that “God is light” (1Jn 1:5-note) and that “God is love” (1Jn 4:8-note, 1Jn 4:16-note); he now says, in effect, that “God is life.” At the same time he recalls his opening phrase “concerning the Word of life” (1Jn 1:1-note), which forms his great subject. That was a title of deity. (Hiebert), Vine - The word dianoia, “mind,” is not merely, like nous, the seat of the faculty of perception, it is the thinking faculty of reflection itself, a disposition (not a function, but a product), which may be good, e.g., He 8:10-note and He 10:16-note, or evil, as here (Col 1:21-note) and in Luke 1:51, “imagination.”. If so, this is one of the strongest direct statements of the deity of Christ in the New Testament. Believers have eternal life in the covenant of the gospel. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda [] and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. By the Sun of righteousness arising upon you with healing in his wings and the shining light which he diffuses in your heart. Vine on eternal life - Literally., “life eternal,” with stress on each word. This is the true God, and eternal life. 1 John 5:20 Translation & Meaning. “True”: The word means “genuine” as opposed to what is false (verse 21). Robertson adds "Grammatically houtos (this) may refer to Jesus Christ or to “the True One.” It is a bit tautological to refer it to God, but that is probably correct, God in Christ, at any rate. (1) Being born of God is the source of love. Always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that our labour is not in vain in the Lord. Comp. Comp. 1 John 5-8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood–and all three agree. Both views have their ardent advocates… We accept a reference to Jesus Christ here as the true capstone of the epistle. Bible > 1 John > Chapter 5 > Verse 20 Library • Free Downloads • eBibles True (228)(alethinos from alethes = true, one who cannot lie) is an adjective which pertains to being in accordance with historical fact - genuine, real, true, valid, trustworthy (worthy of confidence, dependable). The Christological affirmation which results is striking, but certainly not beyond the capabilities of the author (see John 1:1 and 20:28): This One [Jesus Christ] is the true God and eternal life. 1. The reason I put it like that is because of what 1 John 1:9 says and what Hebrews 12:16 says. He was a fisherman, one of Jesus’ inner circle (together with James and Peter), and “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (Jn 13:23; see note there). R. E. Brown (Epistles of John [AB], 625) comments, “I John, which began with an example of stunning grammatical obscurity in the prologue, continues to the end to offer us examples of unclear grammar.” The nearest previous antecedent is Jesus Christ, immediately preceding, but on some occasions when this has been true the pronoun still refers to God (see 1 John 2:3). He is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 3:16. In 3:9, John based his assertion that those born of God could not sin on the fact that God’s seed abides in them. We know (1492)(eido/oida) means we know absolutely, beyond a shadow of a doubt and that intuitive knowledge which is divinely derived is our permanent possession (as indicated by the perfect tense)! Yet the second predicate of This one in 5:20, eternal life, appears to refer to Jesus, because although the Father possesses “life” (John 5:26, 6:57) just as Jesus does (John 1:4, 6:57, 1 John 5:11), “life” is never predicated of the Father elsewhere, while it is predicated of Jesus in John 11:25 and 14:6 (a self-predication by Jesus). ", Jackman points out, “Understanding Christian truth is not a matter of mastering doctrinal formulations, important though they are, or of grasping philosophical ideas like those the Gnostics propagated; but of meeting, knowing and submitting to the person who is truth, ‘so that we may know Him Who is true.’ (The Message of John's Letters), Compare Jesus prayer request to His Father “And this is eternal life, that they may know (ginosko in the present tense = that we may know the Father personally and continue growing in that knowledge) Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent." (Cole). Did not our blessed Lord say, "I am come a light into the world, that whoever believes on me should not abide in darkness?" The perfect tenses indicate the permanent results of what is stated. Knowing the true God;… The Greek of 5:20 has only the true (one) and reads literally: we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding ‘so that we know the true(one)and we are in the true(one)’, in his Son Jesus Christ. See 1 John 5:20 with its adjacent verses in bold below. 1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 1 John 5:20 "This is the true God, and eternal life." The perfect tense marks the abiding nature of this gift of understanding. John 5:20. This power and process of the knowledge of God through the understanding given to us, is set in contrast to the darkness of the world (1Jn 5:19-note; cp. Here John uses a different word for know, which means, to know experientially. John 5:20 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] John 5:20, NIV: "For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does.Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed." Only He can reveal the Father to us, according to His sovereign will. Alethinos describes that which has not only the name and resemblance, but the real nature corresponding to the name, in every respect corresponding to the idea signified by the name -- thus genuine not spurious, fictitious, counterfeit, imaginary, simulated or pretended. 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. It is, “the Son of God has come (in incarnation), has arrived and is here.” While He departed in His glorified body to Heaven, yet He is here in His presence in the Church. GNT And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. In John 5:17-18, Jesus claimed that God is His Father, which the Jews understood as blasphemy, because he was making Himself equal with God. Thus, there is every reason to believe that the “true God” of 1 John 5:20 is the heavenly Father, and there is no precedent for believing that it refers to the Son. Cole introduces this verse noting that in 1Jn 5:20 "John has just mentioned the true God. And we are in the Genuine One, in His Son, Jesus Christ. 1 John 5:20 20 And we know that the Son of God has come and r has given us understanding, so that we may know s him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. 1 John 5 – Born of God and Believing in the Son of God A. By the light which rose with it. "And we know that the Son of God has come, and has 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. John wants to assure believers of the eternal life they possess and spur … Ginosko is in the present tense which signifies that we continually know or we have the constant experience of knowing. Yet the second predicate of This one in 5:20, eternal life, appears to refer to Jesus, because although the Father possesses “life” (John 5:26, 6:57) just as Jesus does (John 1:4, 6:57, 1 John 5:11), “life” is never predicated of the Father elsewhere, while it is predicated of Jesus in John 11:25 and 14:6 (a self-predication by Jesus). 1 John 3:16. Denomination: Baptist. If Jesus doesn’t reveal the Father, we cannot know Him. This is the true God, and eternal life." If you have never read it, there is a modern day classic on knowing God written by J I Packer entitled "Knowing God". Then let us thankfully receive the record of Scripture. 1 John 5:20 clearly expresses a similar idea to John 17:3. 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. — 1 John 5:20. Vincent says the idea is that we might "Apprehend progressively. Daily Words for Zion's Wayfarers. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. So the Lord speaks to Zion--"Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you." If the above is correct then we would have to accept that Jesus Christ is "the only true God." Thus we know that the Son of God has come. Throughout His gospel and his letters, the apostle John points to the Lord Jesus Christ as God incarnate - the Word made flesh, Who dwelt among us.. full of grace and truth. So we may say, spiritually, "How do you know that the Son of God has come?" Thank You that in Your goodness and grace we have been given understanding, by the Holy Spirit.. so that we may know Him more fully - for He is the only way to God, the only truth from God and the only life of God. At John 17:3, eternal life is to KNOW (1) the only true God and (2) Jesus. John 5:20. [1 John]5.20-21. And He alone has made the Father known to all who will trust in His name. ", Hiebert says “This” may refer either to “him that is true” (the Father) or to Jesus Christ. Has given (1325)(didomi) means to give and in context is based on decision of will of Giver and no merit of the recipients. They can be sure about *eternal life with Jesus (1 John 3:3; 1 John … (John 17:3), Robertson on Him Who is true - "That is, God." 1 John 5:20 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 genuine God and life eternal. Grayston adds that "The deepest level of awareness of God, is achieved only by intimate communion with the Son.” (New Century Bible Commentary), Vine adds that "The increasing knowledge of Him that is true is possible because we are in Him. He Himself assures me, ‘This is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.’ Do I not now discern the deeper meaning in Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent? The believer is not groping in the dark. John 10:30; 14:9, 10). In stressing again, and finally, the divine relationship imparted to believers, the apostle recalls the truths of the preexistence of the Son of God and His incarnation. So 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins” — he doesn’t specify any particular kind — “he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” That is the way in which the darkness is dispersed; for he adds, "Behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall rise upon you, and his glory shall be seen upon you." This is the true God, and eternal life." We are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ - The Twentieth Century New Testament helps us understand the pronouns in this passage (but there is some disagreement) “and we are in union with the True God by our union with his Son, Jesus Christ.” John is reminding us of our union with God. This [Man] is the true God and Life eternal. https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-25-knowing-guard-yourself-1-john-518-21 Drummond on knowing God - “God very strangely condescends indeed in making things plain to me, actually assuming for the time the form of a man, that I at my poor level may better see Him. ‘This (one) is … (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal … In context what is involved is the mental ability to discern the significance of the coming of Christ (Messiah as prophesied over in the OT), specifically the incarnation of the Son of God. GIVEN US UNDERSTANDING. (1 John 5:18-21 Knowing This, Guard Yourself), Understanding (1271)(dianoia from dianoéomai = to agitate in mind in turn from dia = through + noeo = to think, nous = mind) is literally "a through mind (which) denotes the ability to pass beyond the external and superficial to discern and understand true reality. 2:17-18-note; Heb 4:14–16-note). He claimed that the day is coming when those in the tombs would hear His voice and come forth, either to a resurrection of life or of judgment (John 5:28-29). This could refer to either God the Father or Jesus (see explanation of NET Note below). The abiding reality of His incarnate appearing here on earth is essential for His present heavenly ministry (Heb. J. C. Philpot. John 3:35. γὰρ refers to the whole of what follows down to ποιεῖ, of which καὶ μείζονα, etc., … John and his fellow apostles recognized Jesus as the Son of God, because He had opened their eyes. This is the true God and eternal life.” And we know that the Son of God has come This is the true God, and this is eternal life. Love of the Lord Jesus and obedience to His command is the focal points of John's writing.. so that all who believe on the name of the only begotten Son of God would know, without question that they have eternal life in Him. All things have been handed over to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” Jesus there claims a unique relationship with the Father that all others lack. 1 John 5:20 "This is the true God, and eternal life." “True”: The word means “genuine” as opposed to what is false (verse 21). 1 John 5:20 (GNT) We know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we know the true God. (Word Studies from the Greek New Testament), Hiebert has a helpful note on this verb (heko) - The verb (hēkei, a present tense verb with the force of the perfect) expresses the finality of His appearing in incarnation. If the above is correct then we would have to accept that Jesus Christ is "the only true God." Here, as he closes the letter, John asserts Jesus'full divinity once again: "He is the true God and eternal life." Jesus is the only way to the Father (John 14:6), yet throughout the ages man has attempted to devise other paths to God through false religions or to live in such a way as to merit His approval. ", And (de) "is literally a mild adversative particle, contrasting the blind indifference of the world (1Jn 5:19) with the new understanding of the believer." Every prayer, every petition, every sigh and cry, every longing look that you cast up to him, and every word of his grace, every sweet promise, every glimpse or glance of the King in his beauty, which you receive out of his fullness, are all so many testimonies that the Son of God has come, and that you know that he has come. ", Vine explains that know is ginosko "which stresses the appropriation of knowledge rather than the possession of it (eido/oida); the present tense, too, conveys the thought of a continuous process of getting to know God. The Living Bible by Kenneth Taylor here reads: "Jesus Christ his Son, who is the only true God; and he is life eternal.". What is predicated of the Father is here likewise predicated of the Son. John does not hesitate in the least to call Jesus "God" (John 1:1, 18; 20:28). What does this verse really mean? It is important to know that fellowship with God comes exclusively through Jesus Christ. Not simply a historic fact but an abiding operation—not ‘came’ (ēlthe) but ‘hath come and hath given us.’ Our faith is not a matter of intellectual theory but of personal and growing acquaintance with God through the enlightenment of Christ’s Spirit (ton alethinon), “the real” as opposed to the false God of the heretics.”, Has come (hēkō) means to have come, have arrived, be present. Has given is in the perfect tense, which could be paraphrased “has given with the result that the gift is in the permanent possession of the recipient." This is the true God and eternal life: Greek - oidamen (1PRAI) de hoti o huios tou theou ekei (3SPAI) kai dedoken (3SRAI) hemin dianoian hina ginoskomen (1PPAS) ton alethinon kai esmen (1PPPAI) en to alethino en to huio autou Iesou Christo houtos estin (3SPAI) o alethinos theos kai zoe aionios: Amplified - And we [have seen and] know [positively] that the Son of God has [actually] come to this world and has given us understanding and insight [progressively] to perceive (recognize) and come to know better and more clearly Him Who is true; and we are in Him Who is true—in His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah). There is something to my mind so singularly blessed in the expression "eternal life," that I cannot help dwelling upon it. Throughout His gospel and his letters, the apostle John points to the Lord Jesus Christ as God incarnate - the Word made flesh, Who dwelt among us.. full of grace and truth. Commentary on 1 John 5:13-17 (Read 1 John 5:13-17) Upon all this evidence, it is but right that we believe on the name of the Son of God. But, many early church fathers, as well as the Reformers, argued that the phrase refers to the closest antecedent, namely, to Jesus Christ. NET And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us insight to know him who is true, and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. (1 John 5:18-21 Knowing This, Guard Yourself), David Smith - “The assurance and guarantee of it all—the incarnation, an overwhelming demonstration of God’s interest in us and His concern for our highest good. 17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death. 2 John Greeting. There is a great difference between knowing about someone and actually knowing the person himself. Since John has clearly said that believers do sin (1:8, 10; 2:1; 5:16), he must mean here that no genuine child of God lives in a state of sin. 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