The meaning of the “Spirit, the water, and the blood” in 1 John 5:6-8

Middle-Heaven and the Meaning of “The Spirit, the Water, and the Blood” in 1 John 5:6-8

The text of 1 John 5:6-8 has been a crux interpretatum through the history of the Christian church. This study surveys all the proposed solutions for the various problems. Then it suggests that applying a biblical world view of what constitutes reality holds promise for interpreting it. It finds that the historical meaning or reality points to the reality of Jesus’ physical death as recorded in John 19:34-35. But there is also an essential or transtemporal, deeper meaning that has been actualized by John to point to a meaning that opposes the heretics of John’s day who opposed Christ’s humanity, and points further to Christ’s presence in the Christian sacraments and perhaps other meanings. John himself gives impetus for a deeper meaning by finding a deeper meaning in the two OT texts he appeals to in John 19. I conclude the study by giving several reasons why we today should pursue a secondary, deeper level of meaning in the text.

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