The waters of baptism are closely linked to the action of the Holy Spirit. From the beginning, Christ binds baptism to the Holy Spirit and binds it both to salvation and to entry into the Church. In John 3:5 he says, “Truthfully, in truth, I tell you, if anyone is not born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” And in Mark 16:16 he promises, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; But those who do not believe will be condemned. This is a widespread view. This is how the New Translation “translates” this passage: “And Jesus Christ, as the Son of God, was revealed by his baptism of water and by the shedding of his blood on the cross, not only by water, but also by water and blood. (Mainsail Ministries articles often have a preamble in which I talk about the thoughts embedded in them. These are called Monday Musings – and if you haven`t read the link with this article – you should do so using the following link: 20170424 What does mind, water and blood mean?). So the three witnesses are actually three different things that the Holy Spirit does. In that sense, they all agree. Fourth, water could relate to Jesus` baptism, while blood could refer to His death on the cross.
Tertullian has defended this point of view and this is what benefits most from the context. Finally, it seems that John emphasized both the historical and the extraordinary Jesus. What could be better than associating with historical events accompanied by sinister miracles. how to speak the voice of God or obscure heaven? Peter calls men to be saved by baptism and promises that they will thus receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Several years later, in his encyclical of the whole Church, St. Peter reminded us how Noah and his family were “saved by water” in his words (1 Peter 3:20). So that this parallel is not too subtle, he adds (1 Peter 3:21-22): I thus understand the Gospel of John 3:5-6, where Jesus says in V5: “If anyone is not born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God”, followed by V6, where Jesus says: “That which is born of the flesh, is the flesh and what is born of the Spirit is the Spirit. A second interpretation indicates that blood and water refer to the wound on Jesus` side, which confirmed the reality of his death and resurrection (John 19:34; 20:25). This understanding has the advantage of perting to events described in the Gospel of John and telling John that the Spirit testifies of this wound (1.
John 5:7-8) shows that believers must confess the death of a truly human Redeemer. Man, like other living beings, consists of two main substances, fire and water, inseparable and complementary.. . .