1John 5:20. Has given (1325)(didomi) means to give and in context is based on decision of will of Giver and no merit of the recipients. (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. There is something to my mind so singularly blessed in the expression "eternal life," that I cannot help dwelling upon it. John 5:20 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] John 5:20, NIV: "For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does.Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed." Author: 1, 2, and 3 John have from earliest times been attributed to the apostle John, who also wrote the Gospel of John. He Himself assures me, ‘This is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.’ Do I not now discern the deeper meaning in Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent? 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. (1) Being born of God is the source of love. And we are in the Genuine One, in His Son, Jesus Christ. For example, Jesus said (Luke 10:21-22), “I praise You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Greek Scripture. In 3:9, John based his assertion that those born of God could not sin on the fact that God’s seed abides in them. Always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that our labour is not in vain in the Lord. 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. [1 John]5.20-21. Many, however, refer it to the Son." 19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. 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. If the above is correct then we would have to accept that Jesus Christ is "the only true God." How the thought, the feeling of it … - J. C. Philpot. John 3:35. γὰρ refers to the whole of what follows down to ποιεῖ, of which καὶ μείζονα, etc., … 3. The perfect tenses indicate the permanent results of what is stated. In Him Godhood and eternal life are inseparably united. 1 John 5:20 Treasury of Scripture Knowing. 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. 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. That was a title of deity. 2 # ch. 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. Here John uses a different word for know, which means, to know experientially. What does this verse really mean? They can be sure about *eternal life with Jesus (1 John 3:3; 1 John … It is also implied that one knows the Father, described here as "the only true God," through knowing Jesus. Bible > 1 John > Chapter 5 > Verse 20 Library • Free Downloads • eBibles If you have never read it, there is a modern day classic on knowing God written by J I Packer entitled "Knowing God". We may know (1097)(ginosko) refers to knowledge gained by experience, a knowing intimately and not just intellectually. Introduction to NIV Study Bible | Go to 1 John Author. 2. The first predicate which follows This one in 5:20, the true God, is a description of God the Father used by Jesus in John 17:3, and was used in the preceding clause of the present verse to refer to God the Father (him who is true). In light of John’s polemic against the false teachers, who denied Jesus’ deity, it would seem fitting at the end of the book to refer to Jesus as “the only true God and eternal life.” (1 John 5:18-21 Knowing This, Guard Yourself). 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). It is the work of the Holy Spirit as God’s “anointing” (1Jn 2:27-note) that gives the believer this understanding." 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). The perfect tense marks the abiding nature of this gift of understanding. 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. This undoubtedly brought to his mind the false god of the heretics. 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. O the blessedness, which eternity itself can never exhaust, of possessing eternal life! He is the only true God, and he is eternal life. Rather than denying their charges, Jesus went on to state some of the strongest affirmations of His deity in all of Scripture. 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.” The Living Bible by Kenneth Taylor here reads: "Jesus Christ his Son, who is the only true God; and he is life eternal.". It is also implied that one knows the Father, described here as "the only true God," through knowing Jesus. 1 John 5:20. John 10:30; 14:9, 10). 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. 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. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. Wuest - We know with an absolute knowledge that the Son of God has come and is here, and that He has given us a permanent understanding in order that we may be knowing in an experiential way the One who is genuine. Chapter 5 concludes the book of 1 John, once again emphasizing the supremacy of love in the Christian experience. 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. 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. 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. Hiebert adds "It designates Him as the God Who is genuine or real as opposed to the counterfeit gods of the heretics. The reason I put it like that is because of what 1 John 1:9 says and what Hebrews 12:16 says. John 5:1-20 New International Version (NIV) The Healing at the Pool. Comp. Again, God is not only the source of truth, He is the one and only genuine God. Cole - This divine gift of understanding brings us into a personal relationship with the only true God, so that we come to know Him. 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. At John 17:3, eternal life is to KNOW (1) the only true God and (2) Jesus. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 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 3:16. Moral necessity in God for the aforesaid ἃ γὰρ ἂν ἐκεῖνος, etc. How the thought, the feeling of it … It is important to know that fellowship with God comes exclusively through Jesus Christ. 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). This is the true God, and eternal life. To have the life is to have the person in eternal possession (1Jn 5:12-note). 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). 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. 2:17-18-note; Heb 4:14–16-note). 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. 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. They know that Jesus came to take away their *sin. NASB 1 John 5-8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and all three give the same testimony. 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. — 1 John 5:20. Daily Words for Zion's Wayfarers. Comp. 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. Vine on eternal life - Literally., “life eternal,” with stress on each word. Cole comments on Son of God - Jesus came and John and his fellow apostles had to recognize Him as the Son of God. ", And (de) "is literally a mild adversative particle, contrasting the blind indifference of the world (1Jn 5:19) with the new understanding of the believer." The believer is not groping in the dark. 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. Good News Translation w/ Apocrypha 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. 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. He remains in His followers on earth." This could refer to either God the Father or Jesus (see explanation of NET Note below). And He alone has made the Father known to all who will trust in His name. This assurance comes by trusting what we know of the life of Jesus Christ, as … (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. And this correspondence and this environment are those I seek. 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. It is this confidence in Christ that enabled John to write that we know that the Son of God has come. This is my opportunity to know Him. 2:3 keep his commandments. 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. https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-25-knowing-guard-yourself-1-john-518-21 1 John 5:20. 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. Only He can reveal the Father to us, according to His sovereign will. (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal … Believers have eternal life in the covenant of the gospel. 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). 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., … ◄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, evenin his Son Jesus Christ. This fact distinguishes Him from all false gods. This is the true God and eternal life.” And we know that the Son of God has come 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. 1 John 5:20 "This is the true God, and eternal life." If This one in 5:20 is understood as referring to Jesus, it forms an inclusion with the prologue, which introduced the reader to “the eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us.” Thus it appears best to understand the pronoun This one in 5:20 as a reference to Jesus Christ. 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. (KJV) 1. 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. 1 John 5:20 clearly expresses a similar idea to John 17:3. Not simply a historic fact but an abiding operation—not ‘came’ (ēlthe) but ‘hath come and hath given us.’ Our faith is not a matter of intellectual theory but of personal and growing acquaintance with God through the enlightenment of Christ’s Spirit (ton alethinon), “the real” as opposed to the false God of the heretics.”, Has come (hēkō) means to have come, have arrived, be present. 5 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. John 5:20. But, many early church fathers, as well as the Reformers, argued that the phrase refers to the closest antecedent, namely, to Jesus Christ. 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”). We live in union with the true God - in union with his Son Jesus Christ. (NET Note). 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." 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Here, as he closes the letter, John asserts Jesus'full divinity once again: "He 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. ", 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." The Living Bible by Kenneth Taylor here reads: "Jesus Christ his Son, who is the only true God; and he is life eternal.". It is important to know that fellowship with God comes exclusively through Jesus Christ. 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. The experience just referred to, in the preceding note, is summed up in this. He is the true God and t … 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. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life” (1 John 5:20). 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 1 John 5:20 20 And we know that the Son of God has come and r has given us understanding, so that we may know s him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. Then let us thankfully receive the record of Scripture. By the Sun of righteousness arising upon you with healing in his wings and the shining light which he diffuses in your heart. (Cole). “True”: The word means “genuine” as opposed to what is false (verse 21). 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And has he not promised, "He that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life?" 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. “True”: The word means “genuine” as opposed to what is false (verse 21). He is the true God and the Life of the Ages. ", This is the true God (“the true or real one”) - To Whom does "this" (houtos) refer? The new birth provides a new nature from God, which cannot sin. 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. 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)! (1 John 5:18-21 Knowing This, Guard Yourself), Understanding (1271)(dianoia from dianoéomai = to agitate in mind in turn from dia = through + noeo = to think, nous = mind) is literally "a through mind (which) denotes the ability to pass beyond the external and superficial to discern and understand true reality. 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. The relationship expressed by “in Him” brings us back to the fellowship with God with which John begins the epistle (1Jn 1:3-note). O the blessedness, which eternity itself can never exhaust, of possessing eternal life! — 1 John 5:20. Thus the essential deity of Christ is declared.". John wants to assure believers of the eternal life they possess and spur … 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. The same construction and thought are expressed in Christ’s prayer in John 17:3 (see below). Moral necessity in God for the aforesaid ἃ γὰρ ἂν ἐκεῖνος, etc. 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 … This one is the true God and eternal life. (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. This is the true God, and eternal life." NET And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us insight to know him who is true, and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. ", The NET Note favors this (one) as referring to Jesus Christ - The pronoun This one (οὗτος, houtos) refers to a person, but it is far from clear whether it should be understood as a reference (1) to God the Father or (2) to Jesus Christ. Scripture: 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. This points to the historical foundation of the Christian faith. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. 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. Date of Writing: The Book of 1 John was likely written between A.D. 85-95. 1 John 5 Resources - Multiple Sermons and Commentaries; ONE LAST WARNING: WATCH OUT FOR IDOLS! Ginosko is in the present tense which signifies that we continually know or we have the constant experience of knowing.