1 John 5:11

11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

1 John 5:11 in Other Translations

KJV
11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
ESV
11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
NLT
11 And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
MSG
11 This is the testimony in essence: God gave us eternal life; the life is in his Son.
CSB
11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

1 John 5:11 Meaning and Commentary

1 John 5:11

And this is the record
The sum and substance of it, with respect to the person of Christ, and the security of salvation in him, who is the true God, and eternal life:

that God hath given to us eternal life;
which is a life of glory and happiness hereafter; in the present state is unseen, but will in the world to come be a life of vision, free from all the sorrows and imperfections of this; and will be of the utmost perfection and pleasure, and for ever. This is a pure free grace gift of God the Father, proceeding from his sovereigns good will and pleasure, and which he gives to all his chosen ones, for they are ordained unto eternal life; to as many as he has given to his Son; to all that are redeemed by his blood, and are brought to believe in him: to these he gave it in his Son before the world began; and to the same in time he gives the right unto it, the meetness for it, and the pledge and earnest of it; and will hereafter give them the thing itself, the whole of it, to be possessed and enjoyed by them in person, to all eternity.

And this life is in his Son:
not only the purpose and promise of it, but that itself; Christ asked it of his Father in the covenant of peace, and he gave it to him, that he might have it in himself for all his people; and here it is safe and secure, it is hid with Christ in God, it is bound up in the bundle of life with him; and because he lives, this life will never be lost, or they come short of it.

1 John 5:11 In-Context

9 We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son.
10 Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son.
11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Matthew 25:46
  • 2. S John 1:4; 1 John 2:25