Fully Human, Fully Divine
1 John 5:6

The Upward Look
    © Copyright 2008, Max D. Hutto,

“This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood.” 1 John 5:6 NASB

“Jesus” is the name that refers to His humanity. “Christ” is the name that refers to His divinity. Jesus Christ was fully man and fully God. The meaning of the terms “water” and “blood” has been discussed for years. The best interpretation is to relate this passage in context to the gnostic belief at the time John was writing. One form of the gnostic teachings believed the man Jesus only became divine at His baptism and that the divinity left Him before His crucifixion. John refutes this argument stating that Jesus was divine at His baptism and at His death. Therefore, the “water” refers to His baptism in the Jordan River as the beginning of His public ministry, and the “blood” refers to the His death on Calvary’s cross which was the climax of His public ministry.

Lord Jesus, I believe You are God in human form. I am in awe at what You did to provide salvation for me.


  January 18, 2008

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