I John 5:6-8: The Three Witnesses


In I John 5:5-12, John writes a strong passage concerning Jesus as the Son of God, the witnesses to Jesus, and the benefits of eternal life. In verses 9-12 John presents the Father as a witness. In verses 6-8 John deals with the testimony of three witnesses-the Spirit, the water, and the blood. These three witnesses are powerful. Because of these witnesses, the fact that Jesus is the Son of God is well attested. Today, we will focus on these three witnesses.

One, the Spirit testifies concerning Christ; let us believe the Spirit!

The Spirit testifies concerning Christ. The Spirit testifies concerning the conception of Jesus (Matthew 1:20), His baptism (Matthew 3:16), His teaching (John 6:63), and all of His ministry (Luke 4:1). Jesus Himself said that the Spirit (John 15:26) would testify about Him. The Spirit is a powerful persuader concerning Christ.

As we look to Jesus, we must respond to the Spirit and believe. The Spirit of God witnesses to us through the Word and through His persuasive voice that speaks to our minds and hearts. We see the results of His work all around us. We must believe!

Two, the Spirit is the truth; let us accept Him as the truth!

The Spirit will testify because He is the truth. Jesus declared (John 14:6), "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." NAU Not only is Jesus the truth, but the Spirit is the truth also. The Spirit not only teaches truth, but He also is truth.

We must believe that the Spirit not only teaches the truth, but He also is the truth. He is the Third Person of the Divine Trinity, and He, along with the Father and the Son, is Truth. Because He is truth, He teaches the truth. We must hear the voice of the Spirit and follow His leading.

Three, the water and the blood testify; let us believe their testimony.

The Spirit, who is a Person, testifies to the divinity of Christ. In addition the historical events of baptism and crucifixion testify. The events demonstrate that Jesus is the Son of God.

When Jesus was baptized in water, He identified with the message of John the Baptist, with righteousness, with His own mission, and with sinful mankind. Through His baptism, He testified to the truth of the gospel. Right after His baptism, a voice form heaven said (Matthew 3:16), "'This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.'"

The blood, as well as the water, testifies. John is confronting a heresy that downplayed or denied the value of the cross. Thus, he maintains that it is not only the baptism but the death of Christ that witnesses. The crucifixion is crucial to our salvation. It was through the crucifixion that Christ atoned for our sins. He alone was qualified to pay the price.

We must believe the witnesses of the water and the blood. The baptism and death of Christ on the cross are not optional parts of the gospel. They are actual events that took place. These events powerfully testify to us. Let us believe!

Four, the three witnesses agree; let us agree with them!

According to the NAU, John says, "the three are in agreement." Not only are the witnesses unanimous, but they also converge on the truth that Christ came in the flesh. When we believe in this Christ, who became man and died for us, we have eternal life. As the Spirit exalts Jesus, let us accept Him fully. Let us believe in His incarnation, His baptism, His ministry, His death, and His resurrection. As we do, our lives will be transformed.


John is deeply concerned with establishing the truth that Christ came in the flesh and gave His life for us. The deity and crucifixion of Christ are absolutely crucial to the gospel. We have three great witnesses that program this message to us. Let us believe the witnesses and then, as we live for Christ, spread this message to the entire world!