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What Are the Water and Blood that Testify about Jesus? (1 John 5:6)

John, while explaining one of his letters which was written to the christians in the Asia minor, basically described the truth about the coming of Jesus Christ into the world as the Son of God. And not only that, but emphatically clarified that Jesus was truly God in the human form.

Prior to this time, the church had been in some kind of doubt or misconception about the Lord whom the disciples had preached to them as their Saviour. This was as a result of the false teachers of a sect known as the gnostics, who were proclaiming that Jesus was not divine.

Consequently, John being a disciple who had been with Jesus, and had been known as one that had usually reclined the closest to Him, took it upon himself to say in reference to Jesus that, "This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth."(1 John 5:6)

John wanted to say that Jesus came by water AND BY blood, and not by water only. In other words, the water was used to signify the fact that Jesus Christ was not just the divine presence of the Spirit of God among people, since God is Spirit (John 4:25; 7:37–38), but that He was also a human who had flesh AND BLOOD. The best proof of a being as human is that he has blood. (Hebrews 2:14).

Therefore, John wanted to shut the mouths of the false prophets and teachers in those days who had been teaching people that Jesus was not human but only divine and so could not have been killed. Jesus, actually rose again, having flesh and blood, revealing Himself to His disciples, and John was one of them. He was an eyewitness.

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