1 John 5:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 John 5:10, NIV: "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."

1 John 5:10, ESV: "Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son."

1 John 5:10, KJV: "He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son."

1 John 5:10, NASB: "The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son."

1 John 5:10, NLT: "All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. Those who don't believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don't believe what God has testified about his Son."

1 John 5:10, CSB: "The one who believes in the Son of God has this testimony within himself. The one who does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony God has given about his Son."

What does 1 John 5:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

John declares that, for believers, this testimony about Jesus is both objective and personal. Christians have evidence of the truth because God lives within them. There are natural, powerful effects of a relationship with Christ that can be seen and felt by ourselves, and by others. Those who do not believe God, John says, are rejecting His truth, which is the same as accusing Him of lying. Similarly, in 1 John 1:10, John noted that the person who says he is free from sin makes God a liar, and shows a lack of truth.

The unbeliever has not accepted the testimony of God, as believers have. They may see Jesus as a good person, but do not accept Him as God's Son. As a result, they accuse God of lying, since God called Jesus His Son (Matthew 3:17). Likewise, at the transfiguration, God the Father stated, "This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!" (Luke 9:35).