|1 John 5 |
1 [In this chapter John carefully defines what are the qualifying experiences of a believer who is born of God, which are summarized here:
1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ, is born of God, and everyone who loves the father also loves him who is begotten of him.1
2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commands.
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep [obey] his commands; and his commands are not burdensome. [To keep his commands is to fulfill the law, walking in the light as children of light, in loving obedience to the total control of the Lord's Word and Light in your heart, (who is the Spirit of Christ), which Word and Light control and supply your thoughts, words, and deeds. Jesus said, "Truly, truly, I say to you; the Son can do nothing of himself [by his own will], but only does what he sees the Father do. For whatever things he [the Father] does, these are also likewise done by the Son." John 5:19. Jesus did nothing in his will, only by the Father's will; this is what it means when you pray: thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. All true sons do nothing of themselves, only what they are commanded to say and commanded what to do; as Paul confirmed: "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." Rom 8:14. We have to learn from Him and be changed by Him to be able to only do the Father's will on earth, the same as the Father's will is done in heaven by the angels.]
4 For whoever is born of God overcomes [has conquered] the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. [John tells us what it means to overcome the world in 1 John 2:17: the world passes away and disappears, and with it the forbidden cravings (the passionate desires, the lust) of it. Paul confirms: they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world have (past tense) come; the world has been crucified to me, and me to it, Gal 6:14. To overcome the world is to be crucified from the lusts of the world: to have mortified the lusts and desires for things, wealth, bodies, sex; that is the victory that overcomes. But the only victory the believers of Christendom have experienced, is victory over their conscience and guilt for committing sin .]
5 Who is he who overcomes [has conquered] the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? [Unless you believe Jesus, you will never be able to overcome the world; but the converse is not true. Just because you believe Jesus is the Son of God, does not mean you have automatically conquered the world; to conquer the world you must crucify your sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial.]
6 This is he who came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.
7 For there are three that bear record in heaven: the Father, the Word [Jesus], and the Holy Spirit; and the three are in agreement.2 [The words in italics are not found in earlier manuscripts. See the below footnote for a detailed explanation of the true relationship of Jesus to the Father.]
8 And there are three that bear witness in earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; these three agree as one.3 [The three witnesses are : First, the spirit that bears witness in the earth, which mortifies them, which circumcises them, which leads them into all truth; Secondly, They come to know the water which is a witness in the earth; by which they are washed, their minds, their souls, their spirits, and in their bodies, with this pure water. The third witness is his blood, with which the hearts of people are sprinkled, and their consciences are sprinkled with the blood of Jesus, by which blood they are sanctified, they are cleansed from all their dead works, to serve the living God. (Dead works are decided to be done by the carnal mind and will of man. Works of obedient faith to God's orders are not dead works.) From the Word of the Lord within: "The three witnesses: these three clearly must be manifest; eyes have to germinate. When you are purged from dead works, you are freed from serving iniquity to serving God. Every man must experience being a slave to God. You must submit continually. He must do all things. Happy are they who serve God in His kingdom."]
9 If we accept the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness that God has testified of his Son.
10 (He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made him a liar, because he does not believe the testimony that God gave about his Son.) [John has defined what it means to believe in the Son of God. You must have witnessed in your heart by the light that manifests all things the three witnesses in the earth: first, the spirit that bears witness in the earth, which mortifies them, which circumcises them, which leads them into all truth; secondly, they come to know the water which is a witness in the earth; by which they are washed, their minds, their souls, their spirits, and in their bodies, with this pure water; and the third witness is his blood, with which the hearts of people are sprinkled, and their consciences are sprinkled with the blood of Jesus, by which blood they are sanctified, they are cleansed from all their dead works, to serve the living God. In the footnote 3 below, see George Fox's complete description of these events that you must see, feel, and experience for you to be a true believer in the Son of God. From the Word of the Lord within: "The three witnesses: these three clearly must be manifest; eyes have to germinate."]
11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He who has the Son has life; and he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. [Because of Adam's fall, we all are dead to the life of God, Gen 2:17,3:24, having been cut off from eating from the tree of life. The life this references is the life of God, which is received when you are freed from all sin, translated into the Kingdom of Heaven, and enter union with God and Christ. To have the life, is to have Christ, who is the life; and is to be restored to the spiritual image of God in true righteousness and holiness. To have the life is to be in the kingdom eating from the tree of life again. From the Word of the Lord within: "The new life is as radically different as a man who has lived underground his whole life, suddenly coming above ground to see the sun, the sky, the plants, the animals, the wind, the stars."]
13 These things have I written to you, who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you will have eternal life. [Keep believing Jesus, what you hear him speak to you in your heart, so that you might attain the radically different eternal (without beginning or end) life of God, who is Jesus, the life.]
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. [He hears what you ask only if you ask according to His will; and unless you have crucified your sinful nature, to receive his Spirit in sufficient measure to reveal His will, you have no idea what His will is. Christianity suffers from the sad delusion that God is waiting for their prayers so that He can do their will on earth. They have no idea that they could do His will on earth as it is in heaven, NOW, by them taking up the cross and crucifying their carnal minds and evil imaginations to receive a new heart, new mind, and new Spirit; so that the believer is pure enough to be God's servant, hearing from God the words to pray before praying, hearing from God the words to speak before speaking, and seeing from God what is to be done before doing it, thus to bring pleasure, honor, and glory to God.]
15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. [Since He only hears if we ask according to His will, this is why the vast majority of prayers, made in the carnal minds of beginning believers, are never answered. When we can do His will, we hear what to pray from Him, and we know for sure such prayers are heard and will be granted. Notice how this verse alone, (quoted out of context, absent verse 14 above), creates a horrible error in understanding. From the Word of the Lord within: "Problems stem from people taking the Bible and saying, 'Look what this verse says.'"]
16 If any man sees his brother commit sin a sin that does not lead to death, he will ask, and God will give him life for a sin that does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death; I do not say that he should pray for that.
17 All unrighteousness is sin; and there is a sin that does not lead to death.4
18 We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; instead God protects the one he has fathered, and the wicked one does not touch him.5 [The one whom God has fathered is a new creature, who is the believer with Christ resurrected within him; both then are raised to the heavens, to sit down in Christ, who never fell. He cannot fall to sin again because God protects him; he is sanctified, protected from evil. My Father, who gave them to me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. John 10:29. Those born again live in heaven, but they also still walk the earth with Christ dwelling within them and guiding them with all words to speak and all deeds to be performed.]
19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness. [From the word of the Lord within: "The whole world lies in wickedness; the wickedness knows no shame. Darkness mocks the earth; darkness covers the earth. Woe be to the inhabitants of the earth, who stand not in the counsels of the Lord, but as they wish. People of the world are taught vanity. There is no fear of God or common sense in the world. Everyone walks after the imagination of their heart. No one walks by me. All men are profane. All men are evil. Pride is eminent. Corruption is over all, corruption is under all, corruption is everywhere. The world knows no restraint; their passions are their downfall."]
20 And we know that the Son of God is present [with us],6 and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true, and are in him who is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. [This is the union of the believer with Christ and the Father; He brought us to life in union and fellowship with Christ, Eph 2:5. Like Paul said: I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. Gal 2:20. Like Jesus said: If a man loves me, he will keep my words [obey me, practice my teachings]; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him. John 14:23. His home is in a crucified believer's heart; and they live in a kingdom, which they also bring to you.]
21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. [Paul tells us that covetousness is idolatry. So whatever we want or value, we worship; and how one spends their free time defines their devotion. From the Word of the Lord within: "you must learn to hate everything you worship." — The Greek in this verse for little children is Teknia <5040>; these disciples are yet to be freed from sin and without salvation.]
1 The single scripture verse, taken out of context, which people use to fool themselves to believe they are born again, is:
Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God .. 1 John 5:1.
"See" they say — "scripture proves I am born again because I believe Jesus is the Christ."
But look at the verses immediately after this partial verse taken out of context: 1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves him who is begotten of Him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commands. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commands. And His commands are not burdensome. 4 For whoever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
So John is saying: if you have been born of God: 1) you love God, 2) you love your fellow believers, 3) you keep God's commands [are obedient], and 4) you have overcome the world. John tells us who really believes that Jesus in the Son of God: he who has overcome the world, by fighting the good fight of faith, to victory over sin. He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself ... He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life, John 5:10,12. To have the Son, is to possess the Son and the Father in your heart, in sufficient measure to be your true Lord in control of your thoughts, words, and deeds. If you have been born again, you know Him to be in total control of you; you don't have to search the scriptures to think that you have eternal life. Paul confirmed: "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." Rom 8:14.
2 For there are three that bear record in heaven: the Father, the Word [Jesus], and the Holy Spirit; and the three are in agreement. In this verse all the words, "in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and the three are in agreement." — did not appear in any of the many manuscripts before 1400; click and read the Net Bible Footnote 2 for details. This means the words were inserted by a Roman sect scribe, (whose name is even known), to support their invention of the so-called trinity, of which there is not single mention in all scripture. There are only two Spirits: the Spirit of God, and the spirit of Satan. Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit are spirit beings, and they are all one Spirit. They are three different manifestations of the same Spirit of God, just like red light, blue light, and yellow light are three manifestations of white light, as seen by passing light through a prism. There are not three individual persons, which leads one to think of Jesus and the Father being persons like you and me, when Jesus and the Father fill the entire universe. Only the King James versions include this verse's wording. There are many scriptures that defy the concept of Jesus being God, including these below:
But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. 1 Cor 11:3
(God is the head of Jesus.)
The below scriptures state that the God of Jesus is the Father — Jesus has a God too!
- So that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him. Eph 1:17
- The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed forevermore, knows that I do not lie. 2 Cor 11:31
- Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his abundant mercy will produce again for us to live through the raising up of Jesus Christ from the spiritually dead, 1 Pet 1:3
- Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.. Eph 1:3
- And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is to say, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Mat 27:46, Mark 15:34.
- Jesus then said to her, "Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, 'I ascend to my Father and your Father, and to my God and your God.'" John 20:17
(Since the above scriptures prove that the god of Jesus is the Father, that places the Father as superior to Jesus; and they are definitely not the same. They are one Spirit, but two different manifestations of that same Spirit.)
the Son himself also be subject to Him [God].. 1 Cor 15:38
We give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Col 1:3 (God is the Father of Jesus)
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, Christ Jesus, himself having been human. 1 Tim 2:5
(If Jesus were God, there would be no mediator needed between himself and men; but Jesus is the one mediator between men and God, the Father.)
Then comes the end, when he [Christ] delivers the kingdom to God, the Father; when he has put down all rule and all authority and power.
For he must reign, until he has put all enemies under his feet.
The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.
For he has put all things under his feet. But when he said all things are put under him, it is evident that this does not include the one [God the Father], who put all things under him [Christ, the Son].
And when all things are subdued to him, then will the Son himself also be subject to him [God] who put all things under him, that God [the Father] may be all in all. 1 Cor 15:24-28
(If Jesus were God, then there would be no need for Jesus to subject himself to the Father, making all things subject to God, the Father.)
You have heard how I said to you, 'I am going away, and will come again to you.' If you loved me, you would rejoice, because I said,
'I am going to the Father,' because my Father is greater than I. John 14:28
(Jesus did not claim equality with the Father, the one God.)
Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Mat 28:18
(Did Jesus give all power in heaven and earth to himself? No, the Father gave it to Jesus.)
And now, O Father, glorify me with your own self with the glory that I had with you before the world began. John 17:5
(If Jesus were God, he would just glorify himself to any degree he wished; but because Jesus is not God,
Jesus asked the Father to glorify him as he was before the world even began.
From the Word of the Lord within: "Jesus did not order his glory.")
Jesus never claimed to be God; he claimed to be the Son of God, and he said he was less than the Father. As Jesus said, defending himself for saying he was the Son of God: Then Jesus answered them, "is it not written in your law (Psa 82:6), 'I have said, You are gods' ? So he called them gods, men to whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;" John 10:34-35. Now if men to whom the Word of God came are gods, then clearly Jesus, who is the Word of God and who created the heavens, the worlds, and all that is in them, [Jesus] is also a god, (and the only begotten Son of God is a god much greater than any man who became or becomes a god; Jesus is, and will continue to be, their Lord and King, the KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS).
When he told Phillip, "anyone who has seen me, has seen the Father;" in the next two verses John 14:10-11, Jesus explained:
"Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak to you are not spoken from myself; but from the Father living in me, who does the miracles.
Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me, or else believe me because of the miracles themselves." John 14:10-11
Further, Jesus is the only visible representation of the Father to be seen, "who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature." Col 1:15.
When Jesus said, "I and my Father are one," John 10:30, Jesus was not saying that He is the Father; Jesus was saying that the Father was in Him and that He was in the Father, which is like crucified believers that can be in union with and one with Christ and the Father too, as John 17:20-23 below describes:
"Neither do I pray for these alone, but also for those also who will believe in me through their word [teachings]; that they all may be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. John 17:20-21.
And the glory which you gave me I have given them; so that they may be one, just as we are one. John 17:22.
I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that you have sent me, and have loved them, as you have loved me." John 17:23
(and John 14:20 confirms: "In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.")
A crucified believer in union is one with Jesus and one with the Father, but that does not make such believers Jesus or the Father; they are one in Spirit, but the believers are not, (nor can they ever be), Jesus or God. The same is true with Jesus; he is one with the Father, he possesses all the fullness of the Father, he is the only visible representation of the Father, but he is not the Father; they are one in Spirit, but Jesus is not God. Scripture tells us there is only one God, and He is the God of Jesus.
Yet, Jesus is the express image of his [God's] person; and Jesus exists in the form of God; Phil 2:6; and he is the only begotten Son, (all other sons of God are adopted), and all things in heaven and earth were created by him; and Jesus and the Father are one spirit, and no one comes to the Father except through Jesus, and Jesus came out from the Father, and he [the word] was with God, and he [the word] was god. We strive to make Jesus our Lord and King forever. In no way do I diminish Him by limiting him to Lord and the image of the invisible of God; Jesus is a god too, but he is not God, even though when you see Jesus, you have seen the visible representation and glory of God. God is light. God is a consuming fire. God is a spirit. In the beginning, Jesus stepped out of the light, fire, and spirit called God, to become the only visible representation of God as the first-born (Jesus) of all the new creation, so that all God's fullness could dwell in him, (Jesus) and then by him (Jesus) were all things created, that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together — so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
He is one with God and in the form of God, Phil 2:6-8, so that all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father, John 5:21-23; if we are to honor the Son, even as we honor the Father, then to us the Son is equal to God.
God commanded the angels to worship the Son, Heb 1:6; and so we, being far less than angels, should also worship the Son, our one Lord, (when able to worship properly).
From the Word of the Lord within: "When you honor the Son, you honor me."
All things were created from the Father and for whom we exist; all things were created by Jesus, for the pleasure of Jesus, through whom we exist. Therefore Jesus is the creator of the heavens and the worlds.
From the Word of the Lord within: "One God, one Spirit."
The following scriptures sum it all up:
One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Eph 4:5-6.
Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom all things exist, and for whom we exist; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things are made, and through whom we exist. 1 Cor 8:6
Jesus is the one Lord. The Father is the one God.
When Jesus is in control of our thoughts, words, and deeds, then Jesus is our Lord and King; then, and only then, we belong to Jesus.
Until then, we are a slave to sin and our master is sin, serving Satan. Jesus said himself, you cannot serve two masters! Luke 16:13.
From the Word of the Lord within: "If you are still sinning, you belong to sin and not to Me. The King is where He is king. I am king for all time."
Jesus is king of the angels. Jesus is king of men made perfect to become kings and priests; and though He calls them brothers, they are junior to Him — their king. He is king after the whole creation is subdued to Him and He subjects Himself to God, so that God [the Father] may be all in all.
Years ago, the Word of the Lord within told us: "You can reach salvation by focusing on Jesus alone; you can reach salvation by focusing on the Father and Jesus; but you cannot reach salvation by focusing on the Father alone." So, the importance of understanding that there is no triune God is to see the evidence of Babylon's [the false churches] inventions, and see how the lie has almost totally captivated Christendom. The trinity, infant baptism, confirmation, and communion are the some of the many inventions of the Roman sect that have been retained and embraced by almost all of Protestantism. Of course, the worst invention of the Roman sect, which was adopted by most of the early Protestants, was torturing and killing anyone with a different religious opinion; both the Roman Catholics and the early Protestants burned people at the stake for denying the carnal mind's invented trinity, which word appears nowhere in scripture. The trinity, a rather trivial invention, was invented in an attempt to explain the unfathomable, just as that which is without beginning or end is unfathomable to our human minds.
Think of natural light: when you pass the white light through a glass prism, it exits as a rainbow of seven different colors: infrared, red, orange, green, blue, violet, ultraviolet; but they are all part of the same light. Jesus the Holy Spirit, and the Father are manifestations of the same one Spirit; not the three persons of the trinity. The seven spirits of God are manifestations of the one spirit too, but they are not a seven-headed god.
Next, consider this: when we attain union with Christ, we attain union with the Father, and we attain union with all the saints of the past and present. From the Word of the Lord within: "We come up to God, but we are junior to God." Does that make those in union with Christ and the Father gods too? Yes, "You are gods; and all of you are children of the most High." Psa 82:6.
Now if that frightens you to consider, then realize Jesus quoted that exact same scripture to defend himself: Then Jesus answered them, is it not written in your law, 'I have said, You are gods'? So he called them gods, men to whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken. John 10:34-35.
(Beware of thinking your hearing the word within a few times is to have experienced "the word of God came" as it did to Moses, Abraham, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, John the Baptist, Samuel, Elijah, Haggai, Zechariah, Jonah, etc.; all of whom demonstrate that came in this context means the Spirit was received in sufficient measure to direct their works and supply their words to be spoken.)
Now if men to whom the Word of God came are gods, then clearly Jesus, who is the Word of God and who created the heavens, the worlds, and all that is in them, [Jesus] is also a god, (and the only begotten Son of God is a god much greater than any man who became or becomes a god; Jesus is, and will continue to be, their Lord and King, the KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS). Jesus never said he was a god and only claimed to be the Son of God; however, because Jesus "is before all things, and by him all things consist," Col 1:17, Jesus is a god much greater than the men who became gods, (but still not the God of Jesus, the Father, the one God).
Further to that point, Jesus is going to require all the false Christians from the Synagogues of Satan, those who say they are Jews (hearts circumcised) but are not, to come and bow down before the feet of the overcomers and know that Jesus has loved those who overcame, Rev 3:9; overcomers being those who have overcome the wicked one [Satan within themselves] and who have overcome the world [with its lusts], which means they have been purged of sin, purified, and made holy while on the earth. Are the false christians going to be worshipping the overcomer? No! They are going to be bowing before Christ at the feet of the overcomer because the overcomer becomes a part of Christ, a part of his body, one with his Spirit — and so they will be worshipping God and Christ, embodied in the overcomer.
It is also stated that the purpose of life is to create the body of Christ, so that through the church the complicated, many-sided wisdom of God in all its infinite variety and innumerable aspects might now be made known to the angelic rulers and authorities (principalities and powers) in the heavenly sphere. Eph 3:10. So God is grafting his overcomers into Jesus with their different experiences retained in their soul, in order to reflect a different facet of the personality of God, to reflect a different facet of the wisdom of God, to His glory and to the overcomers' joy. (However great or small our different facet of the personality of God might become, I was told by the Word of the Lord within, "Jesus will be your king forever," which is a great comfort to me).
There is another very important point to consider: as Jesus stated below, Jesus came to the earth as a servant to the Father, speaking, judging, and doing only as the Father ordered Jesus.
For I do not speak of myself, but the Father, who sent me, himself commands me what I should say and what I should speak.
And I know that [to obey] his command is life everlasting. Therefore, whatever I speak is just as the Father tells me to speak. John 12:49-50
Then Jesus answered them and said, "Truly, truly, I say to you; the Son can do nothing of himself [by his own will], but only does what he sees the Father do. For whatever things he [the Father] does, these are also likewise done by the Son. John 5:19
Of my own self, I can do nothing. I judge only as I hear, [the Father's words of judgment]; and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will, but the will of the Father who has sent me. John 5:30
Before he came to the earth, Jesus was a servant to God in heaven; and on the earth Jesus was a servant to God; and Jesus is still a servant to God. Why is that important?—because he came to the earth as the example to us, for what we should become — servants. He died a horrible death on the cross in obedience to God, why?—to show the extent of obedience that we must have in order to attain salvation.
Jesus, the (greatest) servant of God, came to the earth to create more trustworthy servants. From the Word of the Lord within:
Think about it. How could anything but a humble servant, (Jesus, the greatest servant to have ever lived), be our example and pattern to follow? If the Father himself had come to the earth, in whatever form he chose, He could have issued many commands, given us incredible direction, and of course demonstrated miracles without limit; but how could the Father show us how to be a servant, other than commanding us to be servants? Love shows us how to act by example; love does not insist on its own way; and love came to the earth with total obedience to show us the obedient way of the cross, the only way to make peace with God during our life on the earth.
From the Word of the Lord within: "Those who continue to believe that Jesus is God, may do so until He makes it clear to them."
3 The Spirit, the water, and the blood bear witness on the earth. These are the events that you must see, feel, and experience for you to be a true believer in the Son of God. From George Fox's Letter 265.
"So Christ the light teaches his people to believe in the light which manifests all things; and they that believe in the light have the witness in themselves of Christ, in whom they believe. They have the witness in themselves, that he is their redeemer, and savior, and their way, their truth, and their life; for with the light they see him, they believing in the light that makes manifest; and after they believe in the light, become children of the light; they witness themselves, that they are sealed, for their belief in the light stands in Christ the light, who has bought and purchased them; and after they are sealed by the spirit of promise, having God's mark or stamp set upon them, they can set to their seal, that God is true in all his promises, in all his prophets concerning Christ Jesus; who taught them to believe in the light. With the light they see, and come to know the "three that bear record in heaven," and the "three that bear record on earth, the spirit the water, and the blood."
- First, the spirit that bears witness in the earth, which mortifies them, which circumcises them, which leads them into all truth; in which spirit is their fellowship, and a bond peace, that keeps down that which troubles them; by which spirit the believers are baptized into one body; brought out of the many bodies; and so by the spirit they are brought to the one head, who is Christ Jesus, (though there are many heads in the world), by which spirit they are sanctified, by which spirit they are instructed, by which spirit they worship God, by which spirit they are covered, by which spirit they pray, and by which spirit they sing praises to God who is a spirit, by which spirit they have an understanding, the spirit of wisdom and knowledge, which is to know God and Jesus Christ whom he has sent, which is eternal life.
- Secondly, They come to know the water which is a witness in the earth; by which they are washed, their minds, their souls, their spirits, and in their bodies, with this pure water. And this is a witness in the earth with the light; to those who believe in it, it manifests these two witnesses in the earth, and with the light they see the pope's counterfeit holy water, which he has set up since the apostles' days, who with the light bear witness against it, not to be God's witness, nor of God's setting up. And so the children of the light, who believe in the light, their bodies, their souls, their spirits, and their minds are washed clean in this pure, clean, holy water; that comes from above, from the pure holy God, which is one of these witnesses in the earth.
- The third witness is his blood, with which the hearts of people are sprinkled, and their consciences are sprinkled with the blood of Jesus. As Moses sprinkled the outside of the posts, etc. with the blood of bulls and goats; which blood of bulls and goats, Christ's blood ends, which sprinkles the heart and conscience of people. So this blood of Jesus Christ, the heavenly man, is felt in the hearts and consciences of people; by which blood they are sanctified, they are cleansed from all their dead works, to serve the living God, and to serve their dead works no longer. So by this blood they are cleansed from all sin. Those who walk in the light, and believe in the light, they are children of the light, and children of the day; and the blood of Jesus Christ, the son of God, cleanses them from all sin; and their garments are made white in the blood of the Lamb; by which they come to testify of Jesus; they overcome the beast, the whore, the false church.
And so every true believer, believes as Christ has taught them, to believe in the light, that so they may become children of the light. They have these three witnesses that bear witness in the earth, to bear witness in themselves; and they can set to their seal, that God is true in all his works, in prophets and apostles, and his son; and they shall come to know, and do come to know, the three that bear record in heaven, and the three that bear record in the earth."
I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service and worship. Rom 12:1. At the conclusion of the death of our selfish, sinful nature, we are washed on the inside with holy water, we are burned with the Holy Spirit's baptism of fire, the blood of Jesus is sprinkled in our consciences, (the door to our heart), and we offer the incense of prayerful praise, joy, and thanksgiving for being freed from the darkness of this world to enter the kingdom.
From the Word of the Lord within: "The three witnesses: these three clearly must be manifest; eyes have to germinate." You must clearly see the three witnesses with the eyes of your heart, and the eyes of your heart must first be developed, which comes with persistent and patient waiting on God in humble silence to hear and see His revelations from the Word and light within your heart.
4 John said, If any man sees his brother commit sin a sin that does not lead to death, he will ask, and God will give him life for a sin that does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death; I do not say that he should pray for that. 1 John 5:16
Let's analyze scripture to understand the sin that leads to death.
There are two stages in perfection [and purity] through the grace of Christ: 1st) to be raised up to the perfection of Adam and Eve in paradise, but still capable of falling to temptation, and 2nd) to be born again and raised up to union with Christ Jesus, an everlasting perfection, which is incapable of falling to sin or temptation.
The first stage of perfection occurs after you have crucified your sinful nature and received the fruit of the Spirit; here you learn to be continually watchful against temptation. After reaching this first stage of perfection, should we fall to temptation, unless we wilfully disobey, we can still choose to repent as we walk in the light and the blood of Jesus cleanses us of all sin, 1 John 1:7. However, once we have arrived at this first stage of perfection and purity, if we wilfully disobey the Lord, then we are lost; this is the sin that leads to death.
In this first stage of perfection you enter paradise and have fellowship with Christ and the Father; then you certainly have the knowledge of the truth that Heb 10:26-29 states results in no further repentance possible for wilful sins.
But this only applies after purity, after looking into the face of Jesus, and after knowledge of the truth.
In the past, after having been 'saved,' I stupidly committed some grievous sins; I asked if there was still hope for me.
His exact words to me were: "Until you look me in the face, and then return to sin, you can come back to me."
(I had not even started the journey to purity.)
To look Jesus in the face, you have to be pure: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Mat 5:8
This purity occurs in the first stage of perfection.
Until you are purified, (and receive knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus, who is the truth), and then wilfully disobey the commands of the Lord guiding you, your sins can be cleansed and forgiven.
So you still have the hope of purity. You still have changing grace available to you. You still have the chance to attain salvation.
For more on this subject: see the Footnote to Gal 5:24 and Sin That Leads to Death Examined.
5 We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; instead God protects the one he has fathered, and the wicked one does not touch him. A person born of God can be tempted, but he cannot fall to temptation; he cannot again because he is protected by Christ and God within him. A man born of God is raised us up together [with Christ], and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Eph 2:6. He who is born of God is a part of Christ's body, in Christ; and Christ never sinned, and will never fall to sin. So the man who is part of Christ is protected from the wicked one — the walls of New Jerusalem are built high and strong within that man's heart, and the enemy cannot get in. My Father, who gave them to me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. John 10:29.
6 And we know that the Son of God is present [with us]; Click to see the original Greek of this passage that the translators did not understand. The King James got the present tense correct to state the Son of God is come, but that is not correct English; so all the other translations changed to past tense the son of God has come, which is grammatically correct but not accurate. The present tense is clearly in the original Greek and if the translators had understood that Jesus appears within a purified believer in all generations, they would have selected the available alternate translation of is present, which is more accurate. The rest of the verse supports this translation for it speaks of we are in him who is true; if a believer is in him, then Jesus also is present in the believer. Like Paul said: It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. Gal 2:20. He lived in union with Christ: Christ in him, and he in Christ, who is in the Father; the Father in Christ, the Father in Paul.