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

1 John 5:5, NIV: "Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God."

1 John 5:5, ESV: "Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?"

1 John 5:5, KJV: "Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?"

1 John 5:5, NASB: "Who is the one who overcomes the world, but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?"

1 John 5:5, NLT: "And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God."

1 John 5:5, CSB: "Who is the one who conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?"

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

This verse clearly defines an overcomer as one who has put their faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. John refers to Jesus as the Son of God four other times in this chapter (1 John 5:10, 12, 13, 20), in addition to 1 John 3:8 and 1 John 4:15. The only New Testament book using this phrase more often is John's gospel. John similarly used a question, in 1 John 2:22, to note that a liar is someone who denies Jesus is the Christ. John also uses questions to communicate his teachings in this letter in 1 John 3:12 and 17.

The one who believes in Jesus as the Son of God overcomes the world. This includes overcoming the evil one (1 John 2:13–14), evil spirits, and even death. Just as Jesus defeated death and the grave, believers will also experience eternal life (John 3:16). Believers have been born again and will not experience the second death, a theme John develops in Revelation (Revelation 2:11; 20:6, 14; 21:8).