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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 John 5:10-13

In those words we may observe, I. The privilege and stability of the real Christian: He that believeth on the Son of God, hath been prevailed with unfeignedly to cleave to him for salvation, hath the witness in himself, 1 John 5:10. He hath not only the outward evidence that others have, but he hath in his own heart a testimony for Jesus Christ. He can allege what Christ and the truth of Christ have done for his soul and what he has seen and found in him. As, 1. He has deeply seen his sin, and... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 1 John 5:11-13

5:11-13 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life and that that life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who has not the Son has not life. I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. With this paragraph the letter proper comes to an end. What follows is in the nature of a postscript. The end is a statement that the essence of the Christian life is eternal life. The word for eternal is... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 John 5:11

And this is the record ,.... The sum and substance of it, with respect to the person of Christ, and the security of salvation in him, who is the true God, and eternal life: that God hath given to us eternal life ; which is a life of glory and happiness hereafter; in the present state is unseen, but will in the world to come be a life of vision, free from all the sorrows and imperfections of this; and will be of the utmost perfection and pleasure, and for ever. This is a pure free grace... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 John 5:11

This is the record - The great truth to which the Spirit, the water, and the blood bear testimony. God hath given us eternal life - a right to endless glory, and a meetness for it. And this life is in his Son; it comes by and through him; he is its author and its purchaser; it is only in and through Him. No other scheme of salvation can be effectual; God has provided none other, and in such a case a man's invention must be vain. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - 1 John 5:11

Verse 11 11That God hath given us eternal life Having now set forth the benefit, he invites us to believe. It is, indeed, a reverence due to God, immediately to receive, as beyond controversy, whatever he declares to us. But since he freely offers life to us, our ingratitude will be intolerable, except with prompt faith we receive a doctrine so sweet and so lovely. And, doubtless, the words of the Apostle are intended to shew, that we ought, not only reverently to obey the gospel, lest we... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 John 5:1-12

Faith and the Divine testimony. I. FAITH . 1 . A common faith with a common life is the foundation of brotherly love. "Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is begotten of God: and whosoever loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him." A general aspect is given to the truth. Given a person who (according to what John has formerly taught) believes that Jesus is the Christ, it can be said of him that he is begetter, of God, i.e., is the subject of a... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 John 5:6-11

The fourfold witness to the Divine Sonship of Jesus. "This is he that came by water and blood," etc. We omit the interpolated clauses, and take the text as it is given in the Revised Version. St. John here states the basis of that faith by means of which the Christian overcomes the world. We have the most convincing testimony that the confidence which is reposed in Jesus Christ as the Son of God is well founded. That testimony is manifold. We have— I. THE TESTIMONY OF HIS ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 John 5:6-12

The section takes a new turn; the test of the Christian life furnished by the witness of the life itself. This witness is that of the Spirit ( 1 John 5:6 ), identical with that of God ( 1 John 5:9 ), and possessed by every believer ( 1 John 5:10 ). Few passages of Scripture have produced such a mass of widely divergent interpretation. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 John 5:9-12

The Divine witness subjectively verified. Connecting link: The main topic is now the witness of God. In the preceding sketch we dwelt upon the witness of God objectively given. Now we have for our topic— The witness of God verified in the individual experience. The apostle gives us this in two forms—the positive and the negative. I. LET US INQUIRE WHAT THIS INWARD WITNESS IS . "The witness in himself." So far as the expression is concerned, apart front the... read more

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