Question 23: In I John 5:6, What does it mean that Yeshua came “by water and blood”?

I John 5:6 – This is he that came by water and blood, even Messiah Yeshua; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood.”

Answer:  I do not think that the verse is referring to Yeshua’s baptism and bloodline. I think John was referring to something else he had indicated earlier in his Gospel.

There is a section dealing with Yeshua on the cross that is only recorded in John 19:31-37. John pointed out that when a soldier pierced the Messiah, blood and water gushed from the wound. This is usually a sign of a failed heart where there might be an arterial rupture.

John alone witnessed the event, and he referred to it in I John 5:6. What he was saying in context is that the blood and water gushing from Yeshua’s side was the clear evidence of Messiah’s death, and by means of His death, He provided eternal life. That is also the witness of the Holy Spirit.

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