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What Does Water Refer To

What is your understanding of this verse in the first 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." Can understanding this verse guide us in our worship of the Lord? What does water refer to?

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The water in vs 8 simply refers to the physical birth.
I John 5:6 "This is he (Jesus of Nazareth) that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ, not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit (the Holy Spirit) that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth."
---michael_e on 12/1/13


This is referring to Christian initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.

In the early Church, as in Orthodoxy and the other Eastern Churches, they are all administered at one time to new Christians.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 12/1/13


Can life grow without water?

Does not the tree planted by the rivers of water bring forth fruit?

Do not the waters wash away the dirt from the hands?

Do not the waters wash away the sins of the afflicted?

Can one enter into the kingdom of God except one be born of water and of the Spirit?

Isn't it said that if one drinks from the faucet gets thirsty again, but the water that Jesus gives shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life?

Walk with God for he will sprinkle clean water upon you and you shall be clean from all your filthiness.
---Steveng on 12/1/13


"What is your understanding of this verse in the first John 5:8"
The understanding that I have been given is that the Spirit of Father, through His direct Divine Inspiration, symbolized by the water, bears witness on earth, to the sufficiency of atoning sacrifice of Jesus. "If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he has testified of his Son. And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that has the Son has life, and he that has not the Son of God has not life." 1 John 9-12
---joseph on 12/1/13


No one knows exactly what John had in mind when he used these two symbols. >>>Perhaps, in studying I find John could have been refuting heresy. He called attention:>>>water is a reference to His baptism or inauguration, where the voice from heaven declared, "This is my beloved Son," and established that Jesus was the Christ.>>The Blood is a common symbol for His death. Both came out from the side of Jesus on the cross. He was no mere human. His RESU. Father confirmed Jesus as the Son of God.
---catherine on 4/11/08




The water refers to Jesus' baptism, and the blood refers to the shedding of His blood on the Cross.
---amicusdei on 4/11/08


"Living Water" baptism (John 7:38, the water that flowed from Christ's side at the cross) is the spirit ("thirst" for God, Revelation 7:16). When you "HEAR" the "WORD OF GOD" (John 10:27, Ephesians 6:17) instead of simply READ the introductory doctrine of Jesus (Hebrews 6:1)"WORD OF TRUTH", Ephesians 1:13, 2 Timothy 2:15, John 14:6), then you'll be able to "WALK BY THE SPIRIT" (Galatians 5:16 and 25) and have a more mature/intimate relationship.
---greg on 4/11/08


The spirit is the Holy Ghost, the water is Jesus the living water, that never runs dry, the blood is the blood of Jesus. I could be wrong, but this is my understanding.
---Rebecca_D on 4/11/08


Water simply means LIFE. Therefore Jesus is the Living water which means He gives life. Amand3549
---amanda on 6/6/07


The answers lie in vs 6 and are explained in Jn 1:31-34 & Jn 14:16-21. God on earth is that Spirit in Jesus. The water baptism is the route Jesus showed us as an outward show of our conviction. The Blood is that Power that covers our sins, the Blood shed by Christ in our behalf. Read the above scriptures carefully.
---mikefl on 5/19/07




Life. Sometimes it is symbolic of people (many waters:many people). That is just what I think.
---jody on 5/16/07


the water in this verse refers to the baptism of the water, which are one of the three things that are promises of salvation that are required to be saved.
---Gloria on 5/14/07


Here's an interesting experiment for all who are saved. Because these three bear witness together on earth, a person or a church or a group can begin to speak and / or sing about the blood of the lord Jesus Christ and a manifestation of the Holy Spirit will come to that person, church or group. Don't believe me? Try it for yourself. If you've never experienced a manifestation of the Holy Spirit you will be humbled, shocked and pleasantly surprised.
---Mima on 5/14/07


The water refers to the Word of God. It is the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and the sacrificial blood of Christ that bear witness here on earth. These three are always in agreement and confirm each other.
---Gary54 on 5/14/07


In my understanding Spirit is the holy spirit, the water is the witness of life (birth) and blood is Christ. But it can be interpreted in many different ways. Since I am in a faith tradition that doesn't practice water baptism (Friends) We don't read that it is baptism, but that doesn't mean I'm right.
---Jared on 5/13/07


The water of Baptism.
---Jack on 5/13/07


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