New Life In Christ

Who indeed is the victor over the world
but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

This is the one who came through water and Blood, Jesus Christ,
not by water alone, but by water and Blood.
The Spirit is the one who testifies,
and the Spirit is truth.
So there are three that testify,
the Spirit, the water, and the Blood,
and the three are of one accord.
If we accept human testimony,
the testimony of God is surely greater.
Now the testimony of God is this,
that he has testified on behalf of his Son.
Whoever believes in the Son of God
has this testimony within himself.
Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar
by not believing the testimony God has given about his Son.
And this is the testimony:
God gave us eternal life,
and this life is in his Son.
Whoever possesses the Son has life;
whoever does not possess the Son of God does not have life.

I write these things to you so that you may know
that you have eternal life,
you who believe in the name of the Son of God.
(1 John 5:5-13)

Scripture Study

5:6 Water and blood (1 Jn 5:6) refers to Christ’s baptism (Mt 3:16–17) and to the shedding of his blood on the cross (Jn 19:34). The Spirit was present at the baptism (Mt 3:16; Mk 1:10; Lk 3:22; Jn 1:32, 34).

5:9 the testimony to Christ as the Son of God is confirmed by divine witness (1 Jn 5:7–9), greater by far than the two legally required human witnesses (Dt 17:6). To deny this is to deny God’s truth; cf. Jn 8:17–18.

5:11 The gist of the divine witness or testimony is that eternal life (1 Jn 5:11–12) is given in Christ and nowhere else.

5:12 To possess the Son is not acceptance of a doctrine but of a person who lives now and provides life.

Scripture Reflection

In his characteristic style, St. John strings together a series of short phrases which are full of meaning. In a very few words, he enunciates three important truths, which he expects Christians to be very familiar with: (1) God the Father has borne witness to his Son; (2) this witness brings an obligation with it; if one does not believe one is making God out to be a liar; (3) God has given us life in Christ.

Although John does not expressly say so, it is clear that God bore witness to Jesus throughout his earthly life: Jesus’ words, miracles, passion and death, and his resurrection are evidence God has supplied of Christ’s divinity. He who believes in Jesus Christ manifests his faith in others, passing on to them the conviction that Jesus is true God.

Faith produces the fruit of supernatural life, which is the seed and first-fruit of eternal life; that life can be given us only by Jesus Christ, our Savior. “To those of us who are still making our pilgrim way in this life, have been given the hope of eternal life, which we shall only receive in its full form in heaven when we reach Him” – St Bede.

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.