1 John · Exegesis of Light

Sanctifying power… Redeeming power…

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.— 1 John 5:6

“By water and blood”

The new man in Christ who overcomes all things came into being by “water and blood”. What does this mean?

Here, we fall on scripture to elucidate its self.
We ask the author of Truth to shed light on what He means here.
This is what we gathered…

1. Water, in the context of this verse refers to the cleansing power of the Word of Truth. The Word of God, in the context of redemption, functions as the water that effects the “washing of regeneration”.

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit— Titus 3:5

We have further understanding into the “water of the word” when we study Ephesians and get to chapter 5, and notice the verse 26: “with the washing of water by the word”.
And then, let us remember John 13:8, Jesus said “…If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”

As we ponder these verses, I believe we shall be led to see that “by water”, in the context of this chapter and verse refers to the sanctifying power of the word of the gospel of Grace. This is what a man hears, believes and confesses to become born again.  Therefore the new man…the over-comer in Christ came “by water”.

2. “By Blood” .
Here scripture speaks of the Blood of Jesus shed on Calvary for the remission of sin. It was by the blood that redemption was purchased, and by the blood that the just wrath of God’s justice was appeased and satisfied…and by the blood that renegade man was purchased back unto the purposes of God…

3. “By water and blood” refers to the sanctifying power of the word of the gospel of Grace and the redeeming power of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Any man, born of God, came by these two….just like the Firstborn!

And, it is the Holy Spirit who bears witness to these realities; for He is the purveyor of divine realities. He is the “unveiler” of mysteries. He is the spirit of Truth!

Selah

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