(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.”. John 5:20. Always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that our labour is not in vain in the Lord. How the thought, the feeling of it … But, many early church fathers, as well as the Reformers, argued that the phrase refers to the closest antecedent, namely, to Jesus Christ. 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 … This incarnation is God making Himself accessible to human thought—God opening to man the possibility of correspondence through Jesus Christ. 1 John 3:16. Thus the essential deity of Christ is declared.". 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. At John 17:3, eternal life is to KNOW (1) the only true God and (2) Jesus. (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. John wants to assure believers of the eternal life they possess and spur … “True”: The word means “genuine” as opposed to what is false (verse 21). 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 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). Has given (1325)(didomi) means to give and in context is based on decision of will of Giver and no merit of the recipients. This fact distinguishes Him from all false gods. 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. He is the true God and the Life of the Ages. This one is the true God and eternal life. ", This is the true God (“the true or real one”) - To Whom does "this" (houtos) refer? Then let us thankfully receive the record of Scripture. The perfect tense marks the abiding nature of this gift of understanding. 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. 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." 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. 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). 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 5:20 "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. 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.” ", Vine explains that know is ginosko "which stresses the appropriation of knowledge rather than the possession of it (eido/oida); the present tense, too, conveys the thought of a continuous process of getting to know God. Eph. This [Man] is the true God and Life eternal. Author: 1, 2, and 3 John have from earliest times been attributed to the apostle John, who also wrote the Gospel of John. This is the true God and eternal life - "He is both “the true God, and eternal life.” The second designation, used without the article, is closely joined to the first designation; He is both true deity and life eternal. This is the true God, and eternal life. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life” (1 John 5:20). By the Sun of righteousness arising upon you with healing in his wings and the shining light which he diffuses in your heart. And has he not promised, "He that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life?" ◄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. (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. (Word Studies from the Greek New Testament). Cole introduces this verse noting that in 1Jn 5:20 "John has just mentioned the true God. 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. Wuest says "John does not use erchomai (to come) here, a verb which speaks only of the act of coming, but hēkō which includes in the idea of coming, the fact of arrival and personal presence. 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. 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. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. They have devalued Jesus into being merely a righteous man. True (228)(alethinos from alethes = true, one who cannot lie) is an adjective which pertains to being in accordance with historical fact - genuine, real, true, valid, trustworthy (worthy of confidence, dependable). His coming was not like that of a meteor, flashing across the sky and then gone. (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. The reason I put it like that is because of what 1 John 1:9 says and what Hebrews 12:16 says. 3 For # 2 John 6; See John 14:15 this is the love of God, that we # See ch. 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. If the above is correct then we would have to accept that Jesus Christ is "the only true God." Rather than denying their charges, Jesus went on to state some of the strongest affirmations of His deity in all of Scripture. Again, God is not only the source of truth, He is the one and only genuine God. THE THIRD CERTITUDE: And we are in the Genuine One, in His Son, Jesus Christ. 3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. John wants to assure believers of the eternal life they possess and spur … 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. 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. And this correspondence and this environment are those I seek. 1 John 5 – Born of God and Believing in the Son of God A. It is also implied that one knows the Father, described here as "the only true God," through knowing Jesus. This could refer to either God the Father or Jesus (see explanation of NET Note below). The same construction and thought are expressed in Christ’s prayer in John 17:3 (see below). This is the true God, and eternal life." 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. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Greek Scripture. The Living Bible by Kenneth Taylor here reads: "Jesus Christ his Son, who is the only true God; and he is life eternal.". 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). GIVEN US UNDERSTANDING. (The Epistles of John- An Expositional Commentary), WE KNOW CHRIST HAS 1 John 5:20 "This is the true God, and eternal life." 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. 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. 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. See 1 John 5:20 with its adjacent verses in bold below. John 3:35. γὰρ refers to the whole of what follows down to ποιεῖ, of which καὶ μείζονα, etc., … (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. 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). (1) Being born of God is the source of love. We know that Christ has made the Father known to us and we know that in Him we have been given spiritual understanding and godly wisdom. He is the true God and eternal life. This undoubtedly brought to his mind the false god of the heretics. Believers have eternal life in the covenant of the gospel. They can be sure about *eternal life with Jesus (1 John 3:3; 1 John … 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. At John 17:3, eternal life is to KNOW (1) the only true God and (2) Jesus. (5:20) Three times John affirms that the heretics are wrong. 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). 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. ‘This (one) is … This assurance comes by trusting what we know of the life of Jesus Christ, as … 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.''" 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. 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. 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. 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. 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). O the blessedness, which eternity itself can never exhaust, of possessing eternal life! 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. Both views have their ardent advocates… We accept a reference to Jesus Christ here as the true capstone of the epistle. In Him Godhood and eternal life are inseparably united. O the blessedness, which eternity itself can never exhaust, of possessing eternal life! 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. John 5:20, ESV: "For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing.And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel." 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. 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. 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. “True”: The word means “genuine” as opposed to what is false (verse 21). What does this verse really mean? 1 John 5-8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood–and all three agree. They can be sure about *eternal life with Jesus (1 John 3:3; 1 John … 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.” By the light which rose with it. 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. Now as God is light, when he is pleased to shine into the soul, we walk in the light as he is in the light, and then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. It is important to know that fellowship with God comes exclusively through Jesus Christ. How the thought, the feeling of it … 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. They know that Jesus came to take away their *sin. Denomination: Baptist. Vincent says the idea is that we might "Apprehend progressively. 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). 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. Scripture: 1 John 5:20. 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. The abiding reality of His incarnate appearing here on earth is essential for His present heavenly ministry (Heb. NASB 1 John 5-8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and all three give the same testimony. ", 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. 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. 2 # ch. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. So the Lord speaks to Zion--"Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you." Introduction to NIV Study Bible | Go to 1 John Author. It is also implied that one knows the Father, described here as "the only true God," through knowing Jesus. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. 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). John 10:30; 14:9, 10). If you have never read it, there is a modern day classic on knowing God written by J I Packer entitled "Knowing God". If the above is correct then we would have to accept that Jesus Christ is "the only true God." To have the life is to have the person in eternal possession (1Jn 5:12-note). He remains in His followers on earth." 1 # John 1:12 Everyone who believes that # ch. How do you know that the sun rose this morning? (KJV) 1. (NET Note). 1 John 5:20 clearly expresses a similar idea to John 17:3. It is this confidence in Christ that enabled John to write that we know that the Son of God has come. 1. Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your only begotten Son to become our Saviour. 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. 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. 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. Good News Translation w/ Apocrypha GNT He is the only true God, and he is eternal life” (1 John 5:20). (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. Scripture: 1 John 5:20. This enlightenment also enables John and all true believers in Christ to see through and refute the heretical claims of the false teachers. John and his fellow apostles recognized Jesus as the Son of God, because He had opened their eyes. 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. Ginosko is in the present tense which signifies that we continually know or we have the constant experience of knowing. — 1 John 5:20. 1 John 5 Resources - Multiple Sermons and Commentaries; ONE LAST WARNING: WATCH OUT FOR IDOLS! 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