the spirit, and the water, and the blood - small "s" - earthly witnesses.


Yi Ming-Shao
I was reading John 19 this morning.
Perhaps the use of "ghost" in v30 can partially explain the use of "spirit" (instead of "Spirit") in 1 John 5.8.

Steven Avery
This also confirms the interpretation of the earthly witnesses as a connection to the crucifixion.
This is lost in the modern versions without the heavenly witneses by the capitalization of Spirit, obliquely trying to make the verse refer to the Holy Spirit.
What JESUS said from He Himself? John 7:38-39:
38 He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
39 (But this spake JESUS of the Spirit -GOD, the Word/Scripture, is Spirit, SELF-EXECUTING- , which they that believe on Him should receive: (receive from the Water-from the Spirit of GOD) for the Holy (Ghost is a nickname) Spirit was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
Acts 2:1-4 and 16-19ASV -
1 And when the day of Pentecost was now come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them tongues parting asunder, like as of fire; and it sat upon each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

16 but this is that which hath been spoken through the prophet Joel:
17 And it shall be in the last days, saith GOD,
I will pour forth of my Spirit upon all flesh:
And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
And your young men shall see visions,
And your old men shall dream dreams:
18 Yea and on my servants and on my handmaidens in those days
Will I pour forth of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. (The Word of GOD is pure prophecy to be preached by GOD's people)
19 And I will show wonders in the heaven above,
And signs on the earth beneath;
Blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke:

Again: JESUS said:
John 7:38
38 He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

John 8:51 - Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. (The Word is GOD. GOD is life)

John 11: 26 - Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? (If can fulfill 1Corinthians 15:51-55 and Philippians 3:20-21 in your life? think about it)

Matthew 11:27 -... no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him.

1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 combined with Daniel 12:1-3
15 For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with meet the Lord...and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Blood and water

John 19:34 - 34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.

The blood came there out because JESUS was made in the likeness of men
, though He was GOD. (Philippians 2:6-7 combined with Hebrews 1:8): Furthermore, without shedding of blood is no remission - Hebrews 9:22.

The water because JESUS is the source of the water's life-the Word made flesh- and as He said:
Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into EVERLASTING life.