â€œThis is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.â€Â Â Â Â Â (1 John 5:6)
Johnâ€™s writings are replete with examples and illustrations that focus on the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. The gospel of John is built around seven great miracles of creation demonstrating the unique power that only the omnipotent Creator God could wield (John 10:25).
In his first epistle, John uses the word â€œknowâ€ 28 times to emphasize the behaviors and evidence that assure us that we have a living faith in Jesus Christ and are in truth the sons of God. In todayâ€™s text, John lists three â€œproofsâ€ witnessed in history that verify the incarnation of the God-man Jesus Christ.
The water refers to physical birthâ€”the amniotic sac that surrounds and cushions every human child until just before birth. This common experience was used by the Lord Jesus to help Nicodemus understand the necessity of the second (spiritual) birth required to enter the Kingdom of heaven (John 3:5-6).
The blood is either a reference to Christâ€™s death on Calvary â€œfor the remission of sinsâ€ (Romans 3:25), or, perhaps, the fulfillment of the many prophecies that this Messiah would be of the lineage of David (Luke 1:32). Either way, this poignant evidence was both visible and verifiable.
The â€œSpiritâ€ witness is obviously the time when the Holy Spirit visibly descended like a dove on the Lord Jesus at His baptism by John the Baptist, and the voice of the heavenly Father said, â€œThis is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleasedâ€ (John 1:33; Matthew 3:16-17).
There is thus a threefold witness to Christâ€™s incarnation: human physical birth, royal bloodline with the shedding of innocent blood, and heavenly confirmation. â€œThis is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the worldâ€ (John 4:42). HMM III