1 John 5:11
And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
I. THE SUBJECT OF THE "RECORD" — "ETERNAL LIFE." What is it? It is not endless existence. The "record" refers not to this point. The Bible assumes man's immortality. "Eternal life" consists in the soul's well-being — its intrinsic, internal blessedness: "the kingdom of God is within you." This life is "eternal." It is drawn from the Eternal One; His principles of rectitude imbedded in the heart and "springing up into everlasting life."
II. THE DOCTRINE OF THE RECORD, "GOD HATH GIVEN TO US ETERNAL LIFE, AND THIS IS IN HIS SON."
1. It is gift. Not something for which men need to toil, but something to be simply received.
2. It is a gift already given. "God hath given," etc. The believer has its foretaste.
3. It is a gift already given "in His Son." Not in systems, churches; "grace and truth" come by Jesus Christ.
4. This is for "record." It is testified that men may know it on God's authority and live.
Parallel VersesKJV: And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.