This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. 9 If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. 11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. – 1 John 5:6-12
All right, already! You’ve made your point. Enough said! Have you ever felt that way? Has someone gone on and one explaining something to you that you’re certain you understand, believe, value, and are willing to accept, acknowledge and allow? They keep saying the same thing, and you keep agreeing, but it doesn’t seem to satisfy them; they still need to make their point.
Perhaps it is because some people just need to speak. They cannot be succinct. They simply must share every nuance and facet of their ideas. It could be, however, that we think we understand things we do not really understand. It might just be that we need to listen more carefully and not tune out when we think we hear the same old same old.
John is making a point – again – about Jesus as the Son of God. He has made that point throughout this letter and he is not finished. The identity of Jesus as the Son of God is testified to by water and blood. Add to that the Spirit’s testimony to the identity of Jesus Christ. The reference to the witness of “water and blood” might be a reference to Jesus’ baptism and death, or to the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, or to Jesus’ death and resurrection (water from his side, and Thomas’ touch of Jesus’ side a week after Jesus’ resurrection). In any case the importance is not in the water and blood, but in the witness: Jesus is the Son of God.
Jesus is the source of life. Jesus is the means of our salvation. Jesus is the Son of God. These truths are based not on human testimony, but the testimony of God, and not a vague spiritual inkling, but the substance of God’s promises and the foundation of our Christian hope. Faith receives this testimony with joy.