John Chapter 5
verses for this week: Josh
1:9 Have not I
commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid,
neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee
whithersoever thou goest.
Last week, in Chapter 4, we learned that we are to try the
spirits, whether they be of God or not.
The spirit of anti-Christ was prevalent in John’s day, and
how much more today as we enter the close of the Gentile age. This week we talk about the new birth that every believer
experiences when they accept Christ as Lord and Savior.
The Believer is Born of God
John 5:1 Whosoever
believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one
that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
John 5:2 By this we
know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep
When we talk about salvation, you have to talk about being
born again. There
is no way around the fact that there is a new birth the day that a
person accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
Verse 1 tells us that we receive this new birth when we
believe on Jesus Christ. Everyone
that has ever been saved since the beginning of time have done it by
putting their faith and trust in God and looking to Jesus for
forgiveness of sins. The
people of the Old Testament trusted God that one day that Savior
would be born… we in turn look back knowing He has already come
and paid the price for our sins on Calvary.
Perhaps the clearest teachings on the second birth came when
Jesus spoke with Nicodemus that night and explained how a person is
There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of
The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we
know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these
miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto
thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is
old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man
be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is
born of the Spirit is spirit.
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound
thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth:
so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
The new birth changes a person, and it changes our wants and
desires. The places we
used to want to go have no allure to us when we are walking by
faith, and now we desire to live for the honor and glory of Christ.
The new birth makes us have love for God and for the people
of the Lord. And it
makes you missionary minded, and you want to tell others about what
Jesus has done for you so that they too may experience to power of
His salvation. When
we truly are saved, and we are walking in God’s will, we will keep
the commandments of our Lord.
J. Vernon McGee said this about being born again.
you have been born again, how do you know that you have been born
again? Do you have some great, overwhelming experience? Do you enter
some ecstatic state? Not necessarily; some people do I am told, but
that is not the usual procedure. “Whosoever believeth that Jesus
is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that
begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.” When you trust the
Lord Jesus Christ, you are born again, and God becomes your heavenly
Father. He is God the Father, and He becomes your heavenly Father.
If He is your heavenly Father and you are begotten of Him, then you
will love Him. But it doesn’t stop there—you are also going to
love the one who is begotten of Him. In other words, you are going
to love other of God’s little children. John has said this before,
and he has said that it is not something new with him. In 1 John
3:11 we read, “For
this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should
love one another.” And the Lord Jesus said, “By
this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if you have love
one to another” (John 13:35).
expression, “born of God,” is very, very important. Being born
of God hasn’t anything to do with the fact that you have joined a
church or gone through a ceremony. If you are born of God, I hope
you have joined a church and that you take part in the ordinances of
your church, but following certain rituals does not make you a child
of God. The important thing is: Are you born of God? Have you been
born again? You are born again when you trust the Lord Jesus Christ
as your Savior, and the proof of it is that you love God. You love
your Father—He begot you—and you are going to love His other
children because they are your brothers and sisters. This cannot be
confined to a certain denomination, church, race, clique, or group.
The one who is born again will love others who are born again. 
John 5:3 For this is
the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments
are not grievous.
John 5:4 For whatsoever
is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that
overcometh the world, even our faith.
John 5:5 Who is he that
overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of
Verse 3 is really important verse. So many think that one of the limitations of being a
Christian is having to live with all the ‘thou shalt not’s, but
verse 3 clearly indicates that there are NO grievous commandments.
What does that mean? It
means they are ALL for our good.
Sin has pleasure, but it is short lived.
And sin has a price that must be paid.
Thank God, we that know Christ have our sin debt paid for by
Jesus Christ. And when
we follow the rules and commandments written in the bible, we find
the path to greatest success and happiness.
You don’t have to try God to prove it.
This verse tells us that they are all for our good, and God
can not lie. Praise the Lord that we are not left down here like the
people of the world without a road map to a successful life. If you try to live by the prevailing standards of the world,
you will never reach that plateau.
Every day the standards keep getting lowered, and Satan takes
those into Hell everyday that perish without Christ.
God help us to believe these verses, and to realize that God
has given us these warnings and commandments to help us. Verse 4 says that by our faith, we have overcome the
world. Faith is such an important bible doctrine, and yet this
instance of the word ‘faith’ is the only time that John penned
it in any of his books. (John,
I John, II John, III John).
The Three Witnesses
John 5:6 This 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.
Jesus came not in just the natural birth to man, but came and
shed his blood that we might have salvation. Water sometimes speaks of the Living Word of God, and
we know the Old Testament had many mentions of washings before the
Matthew Henry said this about the ‘water and blood.’
came with water and blood, as the notes and signatures of the true effectual Saviour of the world;
and he came by water and blood as the means by which he would heal
and save us. That he must and did thus come in his saving office may
appear by our remembering these things:—
1. We are inwardly and outwardly defiled. (1.)
Inwardly, by the power and pollution off sin and in our nature. For
our cleansing from this we need spiritual water; such as can reach
the soul and the powers of it. Accordingly, there is in and by
Christ Jesus the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost. And
this was intimated to the apostles by our Lord, when he washed their
feet, and said to Peter, who refused to be washed, Except
I wash thee, thou hast no part in me. (2.) We are defiled
outwardly, by the guilt and condemning power of sin upon our
persons. By this we are separated from God, and banished from his
favorable, gracious, beatific presence for ever. From this we must
be purged by atoning blood. It is the law or determination in the
court of heaven that without
shedding of blood there shall be no remission, Heb. 9:22. The
Saviour from sin therefore must come with blood.
2. Both these ways of cleansing were represented in
the old ceremonial institutions of God. Persons and things must be
purified by water and blood. There
were divers washings and carnal ordinances imposed till the time of
reformation, Heb. 9:10. The
ashes of a heifer, mixed with water, sprinkling
the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh, Heb.
9:13; Num. 19:9. And likewise
almost all things are, by the law, purged with blood, Heb. 9:22.
As those show us our double defilement, so they indicate the
Saviour’s two-fold purgation.
At and upon the death of Jesus Christ, his side being pierced with a
soldier’s spear, out of the wound there immediately issued water
and blood. This the beloved apostle saw, and he seems to have been
affected with the sight; he alone records it, and seems to reckon
himself obliged to record it, and seems to reckon himself obliged to
record it, as containing something mysterious in it: And he that saw
it bore record, and his record is true. And he knoweth, being an
eye-witness, that he saith true, that you might believe, and that
you might believe this particularly, that out of his pierced side
forthwith there came water and blood, Jn. 19:34, 35.
John 5:7 For there are
three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy
Ghost: and these three are one.
John 5:8 And there are
three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the
blood: and these three agree in one.
There are three that bear witness here on earth of Christ
being the Son of God.
The Water has several possible references, and certainly one
of them is baptism.
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of
the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the
Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son,
in whom I am well pleased.
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith,
Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is
preferred before me: for he was before me.
And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to
Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending
from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with
water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit
descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth
with the Holy Ghost.
And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
The blood – This has reference to the blood Christ shed for
us on Calvary at his crucifixiation.
And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from
the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints
which slept arose,
And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went
into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching
Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they
feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
The Spirit – The Holy Spirit bears witness that Jesus is
the Son of God. The
water, the blood, and the Spirit are in agreement concerning Jesus
being the Messiah, the one sent from God.
In verse 7, it says there are three who bear record in heaven
that Jesus is the Son of God. Note
that all three are one.. the perfect Holy Trinity of God.
The Father – On two occasions He said that Jesus was His
son. Matt. 3:17 listed
above and Matt. 17:1-5.
And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his
brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as
the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking
Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good
for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles;
one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them:
and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved
Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
The Word – The word is Jesus Christ.
Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into
the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?
If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.
But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works:
that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and
the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any
thing made that was made.
The Holy Ghost – The Holy Spirit bears record that Jesus is
the Son of God.
But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you
from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the
Father, he shall testify of me:
And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me
from the beginning.
The Holy Ghost testified of Christ, and it also testifies to
us that we are the sons of God.
For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye
through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the
sons of God.
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear;
but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba,
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we
are the children of God:
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs
with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also
God’s Witness is Greater than that of Man
John 5:9 If we receive
the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the
witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.
John 5:10 He that
believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that
believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the
record that God gave of his Son.
John 5:11 And this is
the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is
in his Son.
I guess that we are just born to be trusting people.
If someone tells you something, you tend to believe them.
If someone came in and said there was a wreck up at the
intersection, most likely we would all believe that person.
If a doctor gives us the news that we have cancer and only
have three months to live, we most likely are going to believe him.
The scriptures ask us a good question.
If we will receive the testimony of men, why do we not
believe the testimony of God. I
mentioned earlier that God can not lie.
It simply is not within his nature to be able to lie.
So when God testifies of something, we can definitely believe
witness is greater than the witness of man.
The person who believes on Christ has the witness in himself.
Like we read over in Romans Chapter 8, the Holy Spirit bears
witness with our spirit that we are the sons of God.
Verse 10 tells us that a person who does not believe God’s
witness about His Son is saying that God is a liar.
Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ,
according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the
truth which is after godliness;
In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised
before the world began;
But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching,
which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our
To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy,
and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our
Verse 11 gives us God’s record, and his record is that God
is the one who gives eternal life, and that life is in His Son.
Many teach other things, but church membership, baptism, good
works, traditions, living a good life, none of these can give
John 5:12 He that hath
the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not
How much simpler can things be expressed than what verse 12
says. If we know
Christ, we have eternal life. Without
Christ, there is no eternal life.
How We Can KNOW We Have Eternal Life
John 5:13 These things
have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God;
that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe
on the name of the Son of God.
Have you had people say, well you can’t really know until
you die whether you will go to heaven or not.
I beg to differ. Verse
13 is in the PRESENT TENSE.
YE MAY KNOW that ye have eternal life.
No waiting required. If
you believe on Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior by faith, you are one
of God’s elect and you are going to heaven.
A person comes to God in faith and repentance, and that is
the moment God grants that individual eternal life.
Faith and repentance are inseparable graces of God, and all
of salvation is of God. It
is a gift of God as it says in Ephesians.
We can know by two ways that we have eternal life.
By God’s Spirit bearing witness with our spirit as we read
about in Romans chapter 8, and the second is the authority of the
scriptures. Verse 13 is
one verse. Some of the
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and
believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not
come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one
which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting
life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never
perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no
man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
I and my Father are one.
Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the
resurrection at the last day.
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he
that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.
Believest thou this?
She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the
Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
John 5:14 And this is
the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing
according to his will, he heareth us:
John 5:15 And if we
know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the
petitions that we desired of him.
God promises that if we ask anything according to his will,
he heareth us and will answer our prayers.
I think we don’t realize the power we have within our reach
Being serious about prayer and effectively pursuing the Lord
are key elements. And
we need to come believing God will answer the prayers.
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when
ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
All Unrighteousness is Sin
John 5:16 If any man
see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and
he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a
sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
John 5:17 All
unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
We are told to pray for those we see who are sinning.
The spiritual brother and sister in Christ needs to work
towards restoring the weaker brother.
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are
spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness;
considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of
What is this sin unto death that is mentioned in verse 16?
It is when we blaspheme the Holy Spirit.
In other words, when
we hear the gospel, the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, and then we
reject the call, that is an unforgivable sin.
And it says we are not to pray for one who commits a sin unto
Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the
sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:
But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never
forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:
I am thankful that there is a sin not unto death.
I would that everyone who hears the gospel would turn from
their sins and be saved.
John 5:18 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.
John 5:19 And we know
that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
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. This is the true God, and eternal
John 5:21 Little
children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
The soul that is born of God does not sin.
The moment we experience the new birth, we have a new man
inside of us, and it is sealed with the Holy Spirit until the day of
that mean the fleshly man will never sin again.
Absolutely not… it will be a battle from the day of
salvation until we receive our glorified bodies when Christ returns
for us. But once
a soul experiences salvation, that soul is secure and will live with
God eternally. The whole world lies in darkness, which is so true.
The world does not understand God, and wants no part of him.
We are warned in the last verse to keep ourselves from idols.
This is a lot more than just little gold or brass statues.
It could be a fishing pole, or a car, or golf clubs.
Might even be your own family or your job.
Anything that stands between you and your service to the Lord
is an idol. John says
to keep yourself away from them.
I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the
mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in
Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made
me free from the law of sin and death.
For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through
the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh,
and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us,
who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the
flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually
minded is life and peace.
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not
subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that
the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit
of Christ, he is none of his.
And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but
the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
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