God’s Promise of Eternal Life
LifeWay Bible Studies for Life
Week of September 13, 2015
Bible Verses: 1 John 5:6-15.
The Point: You were created for eternal life in Christ.
Life Only in the Son: 1 John 5:6-15.
 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.  For there are three that testify:  the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.  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.  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.  And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.  I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.  And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
The Three Witnesses 6-9
Water and blood are to be seen as the means by which Jesus came into the world to accomplish His mission of salvation. There have been different ideas of what this might mean: Some say the “water” refers to his punctured side that released “water” and the blood that was shed while on the cross. Others teach that “water” of Baptism and the “blood” or wine that was consumed during the Last Supper and what we now call the “Lord’s Supper”. The most common is the “water” of our Lord’s Baptism (Mark 1:9-11) and the “blood” that He shed on the cross which atoned for our sin.
The last option was the the public beginning of Jesus’ ministry, and it was a witness to His identity. The Holy Spirit came down upon Him like a dove, and Gods voice could be heard saying that Jesus was His beloved Son with whom He was well pleased. And here we have the Trinity in full view. The water points to and testifies to the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, the shed blood also points to and testifies to His death so that we can have life, and the Holy Spirit who testifies of the truthfulness, reality, and validity of who Jesus is. All three are witness to the Son of God who gives us eternal life.
Eternal Life Is Belief In The Son Of God 10-12.
Here John explains that the Son’s testimony is in the individual believing Christian because he or she is believing in the Son of God. The opposite of belief is unbelief which rejects what God has said making Him into a liar. Thus who ever has the Son has eternal life and who ever doesn’t have the Son doesn’t have eternal life.
You Can know That We Have Eternal Life 13-15.
Verse 13 is the main point that the previous chapters have been moving toward. In the beginning of this letter John said his purpose in writing is so that our joy may be complete [1:4]. Here John says that he writes so that we can know that we have eternal life. There is joy that comes from knowing that we have eternal life.