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1 John 5:1 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

1 12. Faith is the Source of Love, the Victory over the World and the Possession of Life

1. Whosoever believeth ] Or, Every one that believeth: the construction is identical with that in 1Jn 2:29 , 1Jn 3:3-4, 1Jn 4:2-3; 1Jn 4:7, and in the second half of this verse. See concluding note on 1Jn 3:4. The verb ‘believe’, which occurs only 3 times in the rest of the Epistle, occurs 6 times in these first 13 verses. After the third verse the word ‘love’, which has been the keyword of the last two chapters, ceases to appear. With the first sentence comp. Joh 1:12.

The verse is a couple of syllogisms condensed into an irregular Sorites.

Every one who believes the Incarnation is a child of God.

Every child of God loves its Father.

… Every believer in the Incarnation loves God.

Every believer in the Incarnation loves God.

Every one who loves God loves the children of God.

… Every believer in the Incarnation loves the children of God.

To believe that Jesus is the Christ is to believe that One who was known as a man fulfilled a known and Divine commission; that He who was born and was crucified is the Anointed, the Messiah of Israel, the Saviour of the world. To believe this is to accept both the Old and the New Testaments; it is to believe that Jesus is what He claimed to be, One who is equal with the Father, and as such demands of every believer the absolute surrender of self to Him. Belief without love is, as S. Augustine remarks, the belief of a demon (Jas 2:19).

is born of God ] Better, in order to be uniform with what follows, is begotten of God: see on 1Jn 5:18.

him also that is begotten of him ] Any believer. Here again the verb ( ἀγαπᾷ ) may be either the indicative or the hortative subjunctive: as in 1Jn 4:19, the indicative is preferable; ‘loveth’, not ‘let him love’.

This verse shews that 1Jn 4:20 ought not to be interpreted to mean that through love of the visible brother we ascend to the love of the invisible God. On the contrary the love of the Father is the source of love of His children. “That is the natural order; that, we may say it confidently, is the universal order” (Maurice).

1Jn 2:29 to 1Jn 5:12. God is Love

There seems to be no serious break in the Epistle from this point onwards until we reach the concluding verses which form a sort of summary (1Jn 5:13-21). The key-word ‘love’ is distributed, and not very unevenly, over the whole, from 1Jn 3:1 to 1Jn 5:3. Subdivisions, however, exist and will be pointed out as they occur. The next two subdivisions may be marked thus; The Children of God and the Children of the Devil (1Jn 2:29 to 1Jn 3:12); Love and Hate (1Jn 3:13-24). The two, as we shall find, are closely linked together, and might be placed under one heading, thus; The Righteousness of the Children of God in their relation to the Hate of the World.

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1 John 5:1 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

1 John 5:1 - The Greek Testament

1 John 5:1 - Barclay Daily Study Bible

1 John 5:1 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

1 John 5:1 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

1 John 5:1 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

1 John 5:1 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

1 John 5:1 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

1 John 5:1 - B.H. Carroll's An Interpretation of the English Bible

1 John 5:1 - Through the Bible Commentary

1 John 5:1 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

1 John 5:1 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

1 John 5:1 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

1 John 5:1 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

1 John 5:1 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

1 John 5:1 - John Darby's Synopsis of the New Testament

1 John 5:1 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

1 John 5:1 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

1 John 5:1 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

1 John 5:1 - Expositor's Dictionary of Text by Robertson

1 John 5:1 - F. B. Hole's Old and New Testaments Commentary

1 John 5:1 - F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

1 John 5:1 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

1 John 5:1 - Gary Hampton Commentary on Selected Books

1 John 5:1 - Geneva Bible Notes

1 John 5:1 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

1 John 5:1 - Gnomon of the New Testament

1 John 5:1 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

1 John 5:1 - Grant's Commentary on the Bible

1 John 5:1 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

1 John 5:1 - Smith's Writings on 24 Books of the Bible

1 John 5:1 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

1 John 5:1 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

1 John 5:1 - International Critical Commentary New Testament

1 John 5:1 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

1 John 5:1 - Commentaries on the New Testament and Prophets

1 John 5:1 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

1 John 5:1 - William Kelly Major Works (New Testament)

1 John 5:1 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

1 John 5:1 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

1 John 5:1 - Neighbour's Wells of Living Water

1 John 5:1 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

1 John 5:1 - An Exposition on the Whole Bible

1 John 5:1 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

1 John 5:1 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

1 John 5:1 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

1 John 5:1 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

1 John 5:1 - The Complete Pulpit Commentary

1 John 5:1 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

1 John 5:1 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

1 John 5:1 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

1 John 5:1 - The Sermon Bible

1 John 5:1 - Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible

1 John 5:1 - Sutcliffe's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

1 John 5:1 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

1 John 5:1 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

1 John 5:1 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

1 John 5:1 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

1 John 5:1 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

1 John 5:1 - Combined Bible Commentary

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