Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Jesus Christ -- He who came by Water and Blood

This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. (1 John 5:6-8)

The water and blood have been interpreted in at least four ways: (1) as Jesus’ baptism and death, (2) as His incarnation, (3) as the water and blood that flowed from His side on the Cross, and (4) as the baptism of the believer and the Lord’s Supper. Most scholars favor the first interpretation.

In this epistle, John is correcting the false teacher Cerinthus, who denied the Incarnation by teaching that the divine Christ descended on the human Jesus at His baptism and then departed before His crucifixion (1 John 2:22). But if Jesus died only as a man, he could not have taken upon himself the sins of the world, and Christianity would be an empty religion. Only an act of God could take away the punishment that we deserve for our sin. Click here to read more on Cerinthus.

John teaches that Jesus did not merely enter into an already existing human being, but He came as a human being. The Greek tense of the verb has come and the meaning of the noun flesh indicates that not only did Jesus come as a human being; He was still a human being even as John wrote. God the Son is forever fully God and fully man. He is immortal and has received a resurrected human body that does not age or die. A denial of Jesus’ full and true humanity proves that a teacher is not of God. The Gospels twice record God’s clear declaration that Jesus was his Son—at Jesus’ baptism (Matthew 3:16, 17), and at his transfiguration (Matthew 17:5).

Heavenly Father, it is my prayer this morning that you search my heart and make it in accordance with Your will.  Lord give me the wisdom needed to discern Your Word and use it in my life so others can see Christ in me.  Lord, forgive me if there is anything that I may have done to become a stumbling block for those that are not yet believers.  Father God, I just give you all the praise and Glory for everything that comes out of my life because I am forever Yours.  I pray this all in my Lord and Savior, Jesus' name.  Amen.

References: NKJV Holy Bible, Life Application Bible (NIV), and the Nelson Study Bible.


Niecy said...

Awesome Post!!!
Thank You so much for sharing this prayer. I pray that the Lord will continue to use us to do his will in all that we do.
Have a Blessed Day My Friend!
In God's Love.


Muito obrigado pela visita, amado irmão. Seu blog é muito edificante. God's blessings.

In Jesus:

Pr Ronaldo P Mendes

Sonja said...

I'm so glad you stopped by and you are welcome any time! I have really enjoyed hopping over here and seeing your very special blog! The music hit me right away, one of those good OLD songs that I grew up with.

The truth spoken here is a real blessing. Keep sharing.


Proverbs 27:19 said...

Hello Llyod! Thank you for visiting "My Heart Speaks..." and inviting me here.

I enjoyed getting to know you a little through your profile and I look forward to learning more by reading your posts!


Simon said...

Hi there, again, thanks for sharing.

Pat said...

Hello Lloyd
I did enjoy my visit!!! Your post here are so encouraging,short and sweet,straight to the point.I love that and your prayer,keep up the good work honoring our Lord.You have a beautiful place and I have you bookmarked so I'll be back.Have a tremendous evening,it's starting to storm here.

Melanie Redd said...

Thanks for sharing, Lloyd!


No Doubt said...

Shalom Lloyd,

Sorry for not visiting sooner. I am glad I did. Nicely done, good and faithful servant.

One Heart said...

Great teaching as usual, but my favorite part of your teachings is your closing prayer. Thank you for your genuine transparency and humility which is so refreshing these days. You are always open to having Him examine your heart and that is the key to knowing that your teaching is not rooted in pride. Looking forward to your next post as usual. ;)

Blessings to you dear friend.

Mary Moss said...

Wonderful prayer. Thank you, too, for this great interpretation of scripture.


Ruth said...

Amen to the beautiful prayer!
Lloyd, i thank you for visiting me, taking the time to leave me kind comment and choosing to follow my bog. I'm so honoured.

I absolutely love this blog... encouraged and inspired by the zeal and the love for Christ you have. What a blessing it is, to be able to meet through blog and learn from each other from across the nations. God is good!
Looking forward to more interactions with you.

God bless you!

Philip Robinson said...

Thanks for dropping in on my own blog and your nice comments.
I really like the prayer, just what we need to keep us 'new every morning'.

Emeila said...

God Bless you. Thank you for sharing Gods word. He is definitely speaking through you.

sanny.s said...

Hi Lloyd, thanks for inviting :)
keep on writing, so others can be blessed through you.. God bless!

Kathy M. said...

Hi. Thanks for this message. I tried to leave a comment earlier, but it didn't seem to take.

I want to welcome you to my blog and thank you for the comment you left there. I'm following you, too, and look forward to your next posts.

Martin LaBar said...

Indeed. Christ came as a human, even though He was God.

Thanks for your comment.