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1 John 5:1-2,4-5,8,10

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 1 [In this chapter John carefully defines what are the qualifying experiences of a believer who is born of God, which are summarized here:

  1. a believer born of God keeps the commands of God, and they are not a burden; verses 2,3
  2. the believer born of God has overcome the world by crucifying his sinful nature, (the forbidden cravings, the passionate desires, and the lusts of it), verses 4,5
  3. the believer born of God has seen in his heart by the light that manifests all things the three witnesses in the earth: (See Verse 8 and its Footnote 3 below for more description of the three witnesses that are to be experienced before one is born again.)
  4. the born again believer has eternal life in him, which is to be restored to the spiritual image of God in true righteousness and holiness. verse12
  5. the born again believer does not sin and cannot sin because he is protected by his Father from falling to any temptation. verse 18
  6. Jesus is present within the believer, and the believer is in Christ; the believer is in union with Christ and the Father. verse 20

Those who say they are born-again Christians still living in the fleshly lusts and pleasures of the world, and so still slaves to sin, are maligning the truth and create confusion; from the Word of the Lord within: "By their evident display of sin, Christians cause my name to be blasphemed among the people. To know you are born again is to see your salvation appear in your heart."

 1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ, is born of God, and everyone who loves the father also loves him who is begotten of him.1

 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commands.

 4 For whoever is born of God overcomes [has conquered]the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. [John tells us what it means to overcome the world in 1 John 2:17: the world passes away and disappears, and with it the forbidden cravings (the passionate desires, the lust) of it. Paul confirms: they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world have (past tense) come; the world has been crucified to me, and me to it, Gal 6:14. To overcome the world is to be crucified from the lusts of the world: to have mortified the lusts and desires for things, wealth, bodies, sex; that is the victory that overcomes. But the only victory the believers of Christendom have experienced, is victory over their conscience and guilt for committing sin .]

 5 Who is he who overcomes [has conquered] the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? [ Unless you believe Jesus, you will never be able to overcome the world; but the converse is not true. Just because you believe Jesus is the Son of God, does not mean you have automatically conquered the world; to conquer the world you must crucify your sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial.]

 8 And there are three that bear witness in earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; these three agree as one.3 [The three witnesses are : First, the spirit that bears witness in the earth, which mortifies them, which circumcises them, which leads them into all truth; Secondly, They come to know the water which is a witness in the earth; by which they are washed, their minds, their souls, their spirits, and in their bodies, with this pure water. The third witness is his blood, with which the hearts of people are sprinkled, and their consciences are sprinkled with the blood of Jesus, by which blood they are sanctified, they are cleansed from all their dead works, to serve the living God. (Dead works are decided to be done by the carnal mind and will of man. Works of obedient faith to God's orders are not dead works.) ]

 10 (He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made him a liar, because he does not believe the testimony that God gave about his Son.) [John has defined what it means to believe in the Son of God. You must have witnessed in your heart by the light that manifests all things the three witnesses in the earth: first, the spirit that bears witness in the earth, which mortifies them, which circumcises them, which leads them into all truth; secondly, they come to know the water which is a witness in the earth; by which they are washed, their minds, their souls, their spirits, and in their bodies, with this pure water; and the third witness is his blood, with which the hearts of people are sprinkled, and their consciences are sprinkled with the blood of Jesus, by which blood they are sanctified, they are cleansed from all their dead works, to serve the living God. In the footnote 3 below, see George Fox's complete description of these events that you must see, feel, and experience for you to be a true believer in the Son of God. From the Word of the Lord within: "The three witnesses: these three clearly must be manifest; eyes have to germinate."]

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3 The Spirit, the water, and the blood bear witness on the earth. These are the events that you must see, feel, and experience for you to be a true believer in the Son of God. From George Fox's Letter 265.

"So Christ the light teaches his people to believe in the light which manifests all things; and they that believe in the light have the witness in themselves of Christ, in whom they believe. They have the witness in themselves, that he is their redeemer, and savior, and their way, their truth, and their life; for with the light they see him, they believing in the light that makes manifest; and after they believe in the light, become children of the light; they witness themselves, that they are sealed, for their belief in the light stands in Christ the light, who has bought and purchased them; and after they are sealed by the spirit of promise, having God's mark or stamp set upon them, they can set to their seal, that God is true in all his promises, in all his prophets concerning Christ Jesus; who taught them to believe in the light. With the light they see, and come to know the "three that bear record in heaven", and the "three that bear record on earth, the spirit the water, and the blood."

And so every true believer, believes as Christ has taught them, to believe in the light, that so they may become children of the light. They have these three witnesses that bear witness in the earth, to bear witness in themselves; and they can set to their seal, that God is true in all his works, in prophets and apostles, and his son; and they shall come to know, and do come to know, the three that bear record in heaven, and the three that bear record in the earth."

I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service and worship. Rom 12:1. At the conclusion of the death of our selfish, sinful nature, we are washed on the inside with holy water, we are burned with the Holy Spirit's baptism of fire, the blood of Jesus is sprinkled in our consciences, (the door to our heart), and we offer the incense of prayerful praise, joy, and thanksgiving for being freed from the darkness of this world to enter the kingdom.

From the Word of the Lord within: "The three witnesses: these three clearly must be manifest; eyes have to germinate." You must clearly see the three witnesses with the eyes of your heart, and the eyes of your heart must first be developed, which comes with persistent and patient waiting on God in humble silence to hear and see His revelations from the Word and light within your heart.

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