1 John 5:11
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New International Version
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

New Living Translation
And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

English Standard Version
And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

New American Standard Bible
And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

King James Bible
And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

International Standard Version
This is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is found in his Son.

NET Bible
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And this is the testimony: God has given us Eternal Life, and that life is in his Son.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is found in his Son.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And this is the witness, that God has given eternal life to us, and this life is in his Son.

King James 2000 Bible
And this is the witness, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

American King James Version
And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

American Standard Version
And the witness is this, that God gave unto us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And this is the testimony, that God hath given to us eternal life. And this life is in his Son.

Darby Bible Translation
And this is the witness, that God has given to us eternal life; and this life is in his Son.

English Revised Version
And the witness is this, that God gave unto us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

Webster's Bible Translation
And this is the testimony, that God hath given to us eternal life: and this life is in his Son.

Weymouth New Testament
And that testimony is to the effect that God has given us the Life of the Ages, and that this Life is in His Son.

World English Bible
The testimony is this, that God gave to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

Young's Literal Translation
and this is the testimony, that life age-during did God give to us, and this -- the life -- is in His Son;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:9-12 Nothing can be more absurd than the conduct of those who doubt as to the truth of Christianity, while in the common affairs of life they do not hesitate to proceed on human testimony, and would deem any one out of his senses who declined to do so. The real Christian has seen his guilt and misery, and his need of such a Saviour. He has seen the suitableness of such a Saviour to all his spiritual wants and circumstances. He has found and felt the power of the word and doctrine of Christ, humbling, healing, quickening, and comforting his soul. He has a new disposition, and new delights, and is not the man that he formerly was. Yet he finds still a conflict with himself, with sin, with the flesh, the world, and wicked powers. But he finds such strength from faith in Christ, that he can overcome the world, and travel on towards a better. Such assurance has the gospel believer: he has a witness in himself, which puts the matter out of doubt with him, except in hours of darkness or conflict; but he cannot be argued out of his belief in the leading truths of the gospel. Here is what makes the unbeliever's sin so awful; the sin of unbelief. He gives God the lie; because he believes not the record that God gave of his Son. It is in vain for a man to plead that he believes the testimony of God in other things, while he rejects it in this. He that refuses to trust and honour Christ as the Son of God, who disdains to submit to his teaching as Prophet, to rely on his atonement and intercession as High Priest, or to obey him as King, is dead in sin, under condemnation; nor will any outward morality, learning, forms, notions, or confidences avail him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - "And the substance of the internal testimony is this - we are conscious of the Divine gift of eternal life, and this we have in the Son of God." St. John's ζωὴ αἰώνιος is not "everlasting life:" the idea of endlessness may be included in it, but it is not the main one. The distinction between eternity and time is one which the human mind feels to be real and necessary. But we are apt to lose ourselves when we try to think of eternity. We admit that it is not time, that it is the very antithesis of time, and yet we attempt to measure it while we declare it to be immeasurable. We make it simply a very long time. The main idea of "eternal life" in St. John's writings has no direct reference to time. Eternal life is possessed already by believers; it is not a thing of the future (John 3:36; John 5:24; John 6:47, 54; John 17:3). It is that life in God which includes all blessedness, and which is not broken by physical death (John 11:25). Its opposite is exclusion from God.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And this is the record,.... The sum and substance of it, with respect to the person of Christ, and the security of salvation in him, who is the true God, and eternal life:

that God hath given to us eternal life; which is a life of glory and happiness hereafter; in the present state is unseen, but will in the world to come be a life of vision, free from all the sorrows and imperfections of this; and will be of the utmost perfection and pleasure, and for ever. This is a pure free grace gift of God the Father, proceeding from his sovereigns good will and pleasure, and which he gives to all his chosen ones, for they are ordained unto eternal life; to as many as he has given to his Son; to all that are redeemed by his blood, and are brought to believe in him: to these he gave it in his Son before the world began; and to the same in time he gives the right unto it, the meetness for it, and the pledge and earnest of it; and will hereafter give them the thing itself, the whole of it, to be possessed and enjoyed by them in person, to all eternity.

And this life is in his Son: not only the purpose and promise of it, but that itself; Christ asked it of his Father in the covenant of peace, and he gave it to him, that he might have it in himself for all his people; and here it is safe and secure, it is hid with Christ in God, it is bound up in the bundle of life with him; and because he lives, this life will never be lost, or they come short of it.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. hath given—Greek, aorist: "gave" once for all. Not only "promised" it.

life is in his Son—essentially (Joh 1:4; 11:25; 14:6); bodily (Col 2:9); operatively (2Ti 1:10) [Lange in Alford]. It is in the second Adam, the Son of God, that this life is secured to us, which, if left to depend on us, we should lose, like the first Adam.

1 John 5:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus is the Son of God
10The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son. 11And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.
Cross References
Matthew 25:46
"Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

John 1:4
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

John 3:15
that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him."

John 3:36
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on them.

John 10:28
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.

1 John 1:2
The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.

1 John 2:25
And this is what he promised us--eternal life.

1 John 4:9
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

1 John 4:10
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

1 John 5:13
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

1 John 5:20
We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
Treasury of Scripture

And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

this.

1 John 5:7,10 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, …

John 1:19,32-34 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites …

John 8:13,14 The Pharisees therefore said to him, You bore record of yourself; …

John 19:35 And he that saw it bore record, and his record is true: and he knows …

3 John 1:12 Demetrius has good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yes, …

Revelation 1:2 Who bore record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus …

God.

1 John 5:13 These things have I written to you that believe on the name of the …

1 John 2:25 And this is the promise that he has promised us, even eternal life.

Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous …

John 3:15,16,36 That whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life…

John 4:4,36 And he must needs go through Samaria…

John 6:40,47,68 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which sees …

John 10:28 And I give to them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither …

John 12:50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatever I speak …

John 17:2,3 As you have given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal …

Romans 5:21 That as sin has reigned to death, even so might grace reign through …

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life …

1 Timothy 1:16 However, for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus …

Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before …

Jude 1:21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our …

this.

1 John 5:12,20 He that has the Son has life; and he that has not the Son of God has not life…

1 John 1:1-3 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we …

1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God …

John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

John 5:21,26 For as the Father raises up the dead, and vivifies them; even so …

John 11:25,26 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes …

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man …

Colossians 3:3,4 For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God…

Revelation 22:1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, …

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