Love of the Lord Jesus and obedience to His command is the focal points of John's writing.. so that all who believe on the name of the only begotten Son of God would know, without question that they have eternal life in Him. As the Bible clearly states that there is only one true God then this might mean that John was saying that the Son, aswell as the Father, were this "God". 2. In context what is involved is the mental ability to discern the significance of the coming of Christ (Messiah as prophesied over in the OT), specifically the incarnation of the Son of God. By the Sun of righteousness arising upon you with healing in his wings and the shining light which he diffuses in your heart. This is the true God, and eternal life. John 3:35. γὰρ refers to the whole of what follows down to ποιεῖ, of which καὶ μείζονα, etc., … If the Son is less, if he is not the real God even as the Father is the real God, then this entire epistle and all that it declares about his blood, expiation, our fellowship with God, etc., are futile.''" This [Man] is the true God and Life eternal. O the blessedness, which eternity itself can never exhaust, of possessing eternal life! 2 John Greeting. As the NET Note says here hina "gives the purpose of the preceding affirmation: “we know that the Son of God has come and has given us insight (so that we may) know Him who is true.” (NET Note) In other words the chief objective of the gift of understanding is to lead us into a growing (present tense) personal (experiential) knowledge of God. The apostle has stated that “God is light” (1Jn 1:5-note) and that “God is love” (1Jn 4:8-note, 1Jn 4:16-note); he now says, in effect, that “God is life.” At the same time he recalls his opening phrase “concerning the Word of life” (1Jn 1:1-note), which forms his great subject. (Cole). They know that Jesus came to take away their *sin. Then let us thankfully receive the record of Scripture. 1 John 5:20. Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your only begotten Son to become our Saviour. (Word Studies from the Greek New Testament), Hiebert has a helpful note on this verb (heko) - The verb (hēkei, a present tense verb with the force of the perfect) expresses the finality of His appearing in incarnation. And we are in the Genuine One, in His Son, Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life." It is also implied that one knows the Father, described here as "the only true God," through knowing Jesus. This is the true God, and eternal life. From studying the immediate context, we learn that this very verse mentions “him that is true” two times, and both times it refers to the Father. 1 John 5:20 Translation & Meaning. When the Lord Jesus is pleased in some solemn hour to reveal himself to our soul, when he graciously condescends to take the veil from off our heart that we may behold his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, when he kindly favors us with some manifestation and discovery of himself as the Son of God, the brightness of the Father's glory and the express image of his Person, then we know that the Son of God has come. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. His coming was not like that of a meteor, flashing across the sky and then gone. (NET Note). Follow either of the two large buttons below to see these verses in their broader context of the King James Bible or a Bible concordance. Being born of God. 3. And He alone has made the Father known to all who will trust in His name. And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ This is the true God and eternal life. Those who put their faith in Christ can know, for sure, that they have eternal life. We know (1492)(eido/oida) means we know absolutely, beyond a shadow of a doubt and that intuitive knowledge which is divinely derived is our permanent possession (as indicated by the perfect tense)! The reason I put it like that is because of what 1 John 1:9 says and what Hebrews 12:16 says. But he is more -- much more. This is the true God and eternal life: Greek - oidamen (1PRAI) de hoti o huios tou theou ekei (3SPAI) kai dedoken (3SRAI) hemin dianoian hina ginoskomen (1PPAS) ton alethinon kai esmen (1PPPAI) en to alethino en to huio autou Iesou Christo houtos estin (3SPAI) o alethinos theos kai zoe aionios: Amplified - And we [have seen and] know [positively] that the Son of God has [actually] come to this world and has given us understanding and insight [progressively] to perceive (recognize) and come to know better and more clearly Him Who is true; and we are in Him Who is true—in His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah). ", Wuest on true - “True” is not alethes, “true,” that is, veracious, but alethinos “genuine” as opposed to the false and counterfeit, here, the genuine God as opposed to the false God of the heretics. There is a great difference between knowing about someone and actually knowing the person himself. This points to the historical foundation of the Christian faith. Only He can reveal the Father to us, according to His sovereign will. It is, “the Son of God has come (in incarnation), has arrived and is here.” While He departed in His glorified body to Heaven, yet He is here in His presence in the Church. John wants to assure believers of the eternal life they possess and spur … If Jesus doesn’t reveal the Father, we cannot know Him. Both facts are intimate; the one involves the other; for what is stressed in the whole statement is the essential unity of the Father and Son (cp. Has given (1325)(didomi) means to give and in context is based on decision of will of Giver and no merit of the recipients. Has given is in the perfect tense, which could be paraphrased “has given with the result that the gift is in the permanent possession of the recipient." Here John uses a different word for know, which means, to know experientially. Yet the second predicate of This one in 5:20, eternal life, appears to refer to Jesus, because although the Father possesses “life” (John 5:26, 6:57) just as Jesus does (John 1:4, 6:57, 1 John 5:11), “life” is never predicated of the Father elsewhere, while it is predicated of Jesus in John 11:25 and 14:6 (a self-predication by Jesus). (Word Studies from the Greek New Testament). 1 John 5:20 "And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, [even] in his Son Jesus Christ. Thank You that in Your goodness and grace we have been given understanding, by the Holy Spirit.. so that we may know Him more fully - for He is the only way to God, the only truth from God and the only life of God. Scripture: 1 John 5:20. John 3:35. γὰρ refers to the whole of what follows down to ποιεῖ, of which καὶ μείζονα, etc., … Hiebert adds "It designates Him as the God Who is genuine or real as opposed to the counterfeit gods of the heretics. (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal … This is the true God, and eternal life. John 5:20. “True”: The word means “genuine” as opposed to what is false (verse 21). 1 # John 1:12 Everyone who believes that # ch. The Living Bible by Kenneth Taylor here reads: "Jesus Christ his Son, who is the only true God; and he is life eternal.". Did not our blessed Lord say, "I am come a light into the world, that whoever believes on me should not abide in darkness?" Thus, there is every reason to believe that the “true God” of 1 John 5:20 is the heavenly Father, and there is no precedent for believing that it refers to the Son. The Christological affirmation which results is striking, but certainly not beyond the capabilities of the author (see John 1:1 and 20:28): This One [Jesus Christ] is the true God and eternal life. How do you know that the sun rose this morning? WE KNOW CHRIST HAS COME, Hiebert explains that "This third assurance, the longest and most involved, is the ground and substance of the preceding two (1Jn 5:18-note, 1Jn 5:19-note). Denomination: Baptist. This is the true God, and this is eternal life. God is eternal life (John 5:26) and He gives it to us through Christ. 1 John 5:20 Treasury of Scripture Knowing. So that (hina) is a term of purpose which should always cause us to pause and ponder what is the purpose? That was a title of deity. — 1 John 5:20. All things have been handed over to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” Jesus there claims a unique relationship with the Father that all others lack. See 1 John 5:20 with its adjacent verses in bold below. Introduction to NIV Study Bible | Go to 1 John Author. Vine sums this up by noting that "God is not an abstract conception, existing in the minds of people who hold certain doctrines, He is a personal reality, revealed in and through the Son, and experienced personally by believers. 18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. We know also that the Son of God is come by his presence; by his power put forth on our behalf; by the answers which he gives to prayer; by the way in which he appears in dark and gloomy hours, making crooked things straight and rough places plain, discovering himself to us as the Way, the Truth, and the Life, showing unto us that in him there is rest and peace, solid, abiding happiness, and in no other. ", Jackman points out, “Understanding Christian truth is not a matter of mastering doctrinal formulations, important though they are, or of grasping philosophical ideas like those the Gnostics propagated; but of meeting, knowing and submitting to the person who is truth, ‘so that we may know Him Who is true.’ (The Message of John's Letters), Compare Jesus prayer request to His Father “And this is eternal life, that they may know (ginosko in the present tense = that we may know the Father personally and continue growing in that knowledge) Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent." Moral necessity in God for the aforesaid ἃ γὰρ ἂν ἐκεῖνος, etc. The Living Bible by Kenneth Taylor here reads: "Jesus Christ his Son, who is the only true God; and he is life eternal.". In contemporary Greek pagan usage this verb was used to record the solemn appearance of a god, and indeed John 1:14 (note) portrays the solemn uniqueness of the incarnate Christ. 1 John 5:20 clearly expresses a similar idea to John 17:3. And has he not promised, "He that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life?" He is the only true God, and he is eternal life” (1 John 5:20). Christ is embodiment, as well as the source, of the life which springs from God and is given to believers, and will forever be ministered to them. They can be sure about *eternal life with Jesus (1 John 3:3; 1 John … The author is John son of Zebedee (see Mk 1:19–20)—the apostle and the author of the Gospel of John and Revelation (see Introductions to both books: Author). GNT Hiebert adds that John "reaffirms that mystical union with God that John has repeatedly asserted (1Jn 2:5-note, 1Jn 2:24-note, 1Jn 2:27-28-note; 1Jn 3:24-note; 1Jn 4:4-note, 1Jn 4:12-13-note, 1Jn 4:15-16-note). 1John 5:20. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. (KJV) 1. Many, however, refer it to the Son." 1 John 5:20 "This is the true God, and eternal life." This is the true God, and eternal life." John 10:30; 14:9, 10). Scripture: 1 John 5:20. This is the genuine God and life eternal. Both views have their ardent advocates… We accept a reference to Jesus Christ here as the true capstone of the epistle. This power and process of the knowledge of God through the understanding given to us, is set in contrast to the darkness of the world (1Jn 5:19-note; cp. Believers have eternal life in the covenant of the gospel. John again asserts the Christian certainty that the Son of God has come (1Jn 5:20a), indicates the resultant gift of understanding (1Jn 5:20b), and expresses the resultant experiential realization of believers (1Jn 5:20c)." He claimed to have the power to give life to whom He wishes, to judge everyone, and to receive the same honor as the Father (John 5:21-23). He thus draws and fixes our eyes upon himself, where he sits at the right hand of the Father in the fullness of his grace, glory, and majesty. The content, style, and vocabulary seem to warrant the conclusion that these three epistles were addressed to the same readers as the Gospel of John. 5 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him Who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. Knowing the true God;… The Greek of 5:20 has only the true (one) and reads literally: we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding ‘so that we know the true(one)and we are in the true(one)’, in his Son Jesus Christ. John does not hesitate in the least to call Jesus "God" (John 1:1, 18; 20:28). The experience just referred to, in the preceding note, is summed up in this. By the light which rose with it. 1 John 3:16. Author: 1, 2, and 3 John have from earliest times been attributed to the apostle John, who also wrote the Gospel of John. 1 John 3:16. The First Epistle of John, often referred to as First John and written 1 John or I John, is the first of the Johannine epistles of the New Testament, and the fourth of the catholic epistles.There is no scholarly consensus as to the authorship of the Johannine works.The author of the First Epistle is termed John the Evangelist, who most scholars believe is not the same as John the Apostle. Since John has clearly said that believers do sin (1:8, 10; 2:1; 5:16), he must mean here that no genuine child of God lives in a state of sin. 2 # ch. R. E. Brown (Epistles of John [AB], 625) comments, “I John, which began with an example of stunning grammatical obscurity in the prologue, continues to the end to offer us examples of unclear grammar.” The nearest previous antecedent is Jesus Christ, immediately preceding, but on some occasions when this has been true the pronoun still refers to God (see 1 John 2:3). This enlightenment also enables John and all true believers in Christ to see through and refute the heretical claims of the false teachers. At John 17:3, eternal life is to KNOW (1) the only true God and (2) Jesus. 1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. J. C. Philpot. THE THIRD CERTITUDE: (Hiebert), Vine - The word dianoia, “mind,” is not merely, like nous, the seat of the faculty of perception, it is the thinking faculty of reflection itself, a disposition (not a function, but a product), which may be good, e.g., He 8:10-note and He 10:16-note, or evil, as here (Col 1:21-note) and in Luke 1:51, “imagination.”. Read Introduction to 1 John “And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This could refer to either God the Father or Jesus (see explanation of NET Note below). Bible > 1 John > Chapter 5 > Verse 20 Library • Free Downloads • eBibles He remains in His followers on earth." They know that Jesus came to take away their *sin. Grayston adds that "The deepest level of awareness of God, is achieved only by intimate communion with the Son.” (New Century Bible Commentary), Vine adds that "The increasing knowledge of Him that is true is possible because we are in Him. (1 John 5:18-21 Knowing This, Guard Yourself), David Smith - “The assurance and guarantee of it all—the incarnation, an overwhelming demonstration of God’s interest in us and His concern for our highest good. ", This is the true God (“the true or real one”) - To Whom does "this" (houtos) refer? Thus the essential deity of Christ is declared.". Throughout His gospel and his letters, the apostle John points to the Lord Jesus Christ as God incarnate - the Word made flesh, Who dwelt among us.. full of grace and truth. ", Hiebert says “This” may refer either to “him that is true” (the Father) or to Jesus Christ. 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. (The Epistles of John- An Expositional Commentary), Vine adds that 1Jn 5:20 "states the ground upon which believers are assured of the facts mentioned in 1Jn 5:18-note and 1Jn 5:19-note, as to their relationship with God and their consequent condition regarding sin, Satan and the world. 1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true--in His Son Jesus Christ. GIVEN US UNDERSTANDING. In stressing again, and finally, the divine relationship imparted to believers, the apostle recalls the truths of the preexistence of the Son of God and His incarnation. If so, this is one of the strongest direct statements of the deity of Christ in the New Testament. 1 John 5:20-21 King James Version (KJV) 20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. 2. 1 John 5-8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood–and all three agree. Vincent says the idea is that we might "Apprehend progressively. It is important to know that fellowship with God comes exclusively through Jesus Christ. 18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. God in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ came to earth to reconcile man to the Father through the Son.. and to give spiritual understanding and godly wisdom to all who would trust in His name - Who is the only way to God, the only truth from God and the only life of God. What does this verse really mean? Vincent favors "God the Father. Comp. — 1 John 5:20. How the thought, the feeling of it … So we may say, spiritually, "How do you know that the Son of God has come?" The Spirit of truth is witness to the Word of truth and so John is able to proclaim that we know that the eternal Son of God has come to earth.. to live and to die as the perfect, sinless Son of Man - and that He has given us understanding in Him - for He is the visible image of the invisible God, full of grace and truth. We live in union with the true God - in union with his Son Jesus Christ. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. It is this confidence in Christ that enabled John to write that we know that the Son of God has come. 2:3 keep his commandments. Do I not better understand with what vision and rapture the profoundest of the disciples exclaims, ‘The Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we might know Him that is true?’ ” (“Natural Law in the Spiritual World”). NASB 1 John 5-8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and all three give the same testimony. At John 17:3, eternal life is to KNOW (1) the only true God and (2) Jesus. To have the life is to have the person in eternal possession (1Jn 5:12-note). Jesus is the only way to the Father (John 14:6), yet throughout the ages man has attempted to devise other paths to God through false religions or to live in such a way as to merit His approval. But, many early church fathers, as well as the Reformers, argued that the phrase refers to the closest antecedent, namely, to Jesus Christ. 1 John 5:20 "This is the true God, and eternal life." "And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. If the above is correct then we would have to accept that Jesus Christ is "the only true God." John Stott and James Boice follow B. F. Westcott in arguing that “This” refers to “Him who is true,” in which case all three uses of true refer to the Father. Cole - This divine gift of understanding brings us into a personal relationship with the only true God, so that we come to know Him. In John 5:17-18, Jesus claimed that God is His Father, which the Jews understood as blasphemy, because he was making Himself equal with God. NLT 1 John 5-8 the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. 1 John 5:20 (WNT) And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we know the true One, and are in union with the true One--that is, we are in union with His Son Jesus Christ. The Son of God has come - The Name Son of God speaks of the deity of Jesus and the verb has come speaks of the historical event of His incarnation. Robertson adds "Grammatically houtos (this) may refer to Jesus Christ or to “the True One.” It is a bit tautological to refer it to God, but that is probably correct, God in Christ, at any rate. From beginning to end John points to Christ as the only way to God, the only truth from God and the only life of God - in Whom alone is abundant life.. eternal life and the forgiveness of sins. [1 John]5.20-21. Drummond on knowing God - “God very strangely condescends indeed in making things plain to me, actually assuming for the time the form of a man, that I at my poor level may better see Him. So 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins” — he doesn’t specify any particular kind — “he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Alethinos describes that which has not only the name and resemblance, but the real nature corresponding to the name, in every respect corresponding to the idea signified by the name -- thus genuine not spurious, fictitious, counterfeit, imaginary, simulated or pretended. 4:18-note), and in contrast to the claims of the Gnostics, who regarded the Christian faith as merely an effort to communicate with the infinite. The abiding reality of His incarnate appearing here on earth is essential for His present heavenly ministry (Heb. The perfect tense marks the abiding nature of this gift of understanding. Throughout His gospel and his letters, the apostle John points to the Lord Jesus Christ as God incarnate - the Word made flesh, Who dwelt among us.. full of grace and truth. The new birth provides a new nature from God, which cannot sin. “True”: The word means “genuine” as opposed to what is false (verse 21). A Study Of The Letter Of First John – Praying According To The Will Of God Series Contributed by Chuck Brooks on Aug 10, 2020 | 819 views. There is something to my mind so singularly blessed in the expression "eternal life," that I cannot help dwelling upon it. 1 a The elder to the elect lady and her children, b whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who c know d the truth, 2 e because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever: 3 f Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father … 1. Calling this “the clinching statement” of the epistle, Lenski asserts: ''Everything depends on his deity, and his deity means no less than this, that as the Father who is made known to us by him is the only real God (1Th 1:9), so also his Son Jesus Christ “is the real God” and eternal life. He is the true God and t … Daily Words for Zion's Wayfarers. They can be sure about *eternal life with Jesus (1 John 3:3; 1 John … He is the only true God, and he is eternal life” (1 John 5:20). This incarnation is God making Himself accessible to human thought—God opening to man the possibility of correspondence through Jesus Christ. We are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ - The Twentieth Century New Testament helps us understand the pronouns in this passage (but there is some disagreement) “and we are in union with the True God by our union with his Son, Jesus Christ.” John is reminding us of our union with God. Vine explains that John means "true as opposed to what is spurious and unreal, not true as opposed to what is false (which would be expressed by alethes). 1 John 5:20. If you have never read it, there is a modern day classic on knowing God written by J I Packer entitled "Knowing God". He was a fisherman, one of Jesus’ inner circle (together with James and Peter), and “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (Jn 13:23; see note there). Thank You that in Him we have eternal life and the forgiveness of sins - and thank You that as members of His body we are one with Him and reconciled back to You forever - in His name we pray, AMEN. 17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death. (The Epistles of John- An Expositional Commentary), Cole concurs with Hiebert noting that "Conservative scholars are divided over whether the last phrase, “This is the true God,” refers to the Father or to Jesus. 1Jo 5:20 - And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in … Through the understanding that Christ gives, we come personally to “know Him who is true.” The word “true” means “genuine” or “authentic.” He is the only genuine God; all others are fakes or impostors. He is the true God and the Life of the Ages. Every prayer, every petition, every sigh and cry, every longing look that you cast up to him, and every word of his grace, every sweet promise, every glimpse or glance of the King in his beauty, which you receive out of his fullness, are all so many testimonies that the Son of God has come, and that you know that he has come. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda  and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. ‘This (one) is … 2:5; 3:24; 4:13 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. October 25. The relationship involves the knowledge… being in the Father, we are in the Son, and, vice versa, being in the Son, we are in the Father. (The Epistles of John- An Expositional Commentary), WE KNOW CHRIST HAS Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. - J. C. Philpot. We may know (1097)(ginosko) refers to knowledge gained by experience, a knowing intimately and not just intellectually. 1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. The believer is not groping in the dark. John wants to assure believers of the eternal life they possess and spur … He is the only true God, and he is eternal life. Vine on eternal life - Literally., “life eternal,” with stress on each word. NLT And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. 2:17-18-note; Heb 4:14–16-note). 1 John 5:20 Context. Again, God is not only the source of truth, He is the one and only genuine God. Denomination: Baptist. 3 For # 2 John 6; See John 14:15 this is the love of God, that we # See ch. (1) Being born of God is the source of love. There is something to my mind so singularly blessed in the expression "eternal life," that I cannot help dwelling upon it. So the Lord speaks to Zion--"Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you." In Him Godhood and eternal life are inseparably united. Cole comments on Son of God - Jesus came and John and his fellow apostles had to recognize Him as the Son of God.