of the Spirit
- 1 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
- It is argued that Jesus Christ is the true God because the statement
"This is the true God" follows after the mention of Jesus
- It has been said that you can prove just about any doctrine under
the sun from the Bible by just taking a verse out of its context. Such
is case when Trinitarians use 1 John 5:20 to support the doctrine of
the Trinity. However, if we expand the context, the careful
reader will see that it is not Jesus Christ who is being referred to
as "the true God."
Starting in verse 1 John 5:2, we read...
For this is the love of God....
Then in verse 4...
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world...
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God
...he that believeth not God hath made Him a liar...
...God hath given to us eternal life,
...we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him
(referring to God).
We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not...
And we know that we are of God,...
Although admittedly the Son of God is mentioned a few times in 1 John
5, it is God that is mentioned more often. God and His attributes, and
our relationship to God, is the interweaving thread throughout 1 John
5. All these truths concerning God when put together causes John
to summarize, "This is the true God, and eternal life."
The reader should also step back and notice that Jesus is referred to
as "the Son of God" in verses 10, 12 and 13. To say
the least, it would be a total surprise for John, out of the blue, to
declare that Jesus is God in verse 20 in light of the fact that Jesus
is repeatedly referred to as the SON of God, and never as God in
- 1 John 5:20 reminds us of Jesus' prayer according to John 17:3:
'This is eternal life: to know you the only true God and Jesus Christ
whom you have sent...'