1 John 1:1-4: A dissection

1 John 1:1-4: A dissection

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete (1 John 1:1-4).

Welcome to this study of 1 John. We will dissect the entire epistle a few verses at a time. I pray that this would be enriching for all who read these words.

John is setting  himself up, in these first few verses, to say what he wants to say in the rest of the letter. He is affirming that he was there. He was a witness to the physical body of Jesus. John heard, saw and even touched Jesus with his hands. And, since John was a witness to Jesus’ earthly  ministry, he is capable of proclaiming the Word of life*.

Next, John speaks of Jesus as both man and God. He was both eternal, and appeared to them in physical form. He was seen and heard. He wants to proclaim Jesus for the same reason that we should all want to proclaim Jesus, to have fellowship with them, and with God. We should want them to experience the saving grace of God. If we do, our joy (as well as theirs) will be complete.

 

 

*As a side note, we learn from the first chapter of John’s gospel, that Jesus is the Word and that he created everything that we see (and cannot see). In essence, nothing was made without the Word of Christ.

Psalm 40: Part 3

Psalm 40: Part 3

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire–but my ears you have opened–burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. Then I said, here I am, I have come–it is written about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will, my God, your law is within my heart (Psalm 40:6-8).

These verses are a foreshadow of what was to come with Jesus. After Christ died for our sins, there would no longer be a need for burnt or sin offerings. Instead, people would offer up prayer as a sacrifice, and become living sacrifices each day (Romans 12:1).  And, in order to become a living sacrifice, you have to die to yourself, and live for God (1 Peter 2:24). And then to expand on living for Jesus, the psalmist says that he wants to do the Lord’s will. How does he know the will of the Lord? Because it is written on the heart (Heb 10:16).

How is your walk with God? Do you offer yourself up as a living sacrifice each day?

 

Psalm 40: Part two

Psalm 40: Part two

Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare (Psalm 40:4-5).

 

Yesterday, we learned that the Lord hears our cry, and pulls us out of the slimy pit. He puts us on a solid rock. Continuing on, today we are told that whoever trusts in the Lord is blessed. What does it mean to trust in something? The best analogy that I’ve ever heard is about a parachute. If you are about to jump out of a plane, you trust that your parachute will open and save your life. This is the same kind of trust that we should have in the Lord Jesus.

However, not only are we to trust in the Lord, we are to turn away from those who are proud and look to false gods. Why? Didn’t Jesus dine with sinners? Yes, he did. This speaks to not focusing in on what false teachers say and following them; but to trust in the Lord, and ultimately to share our faith with them as we were commanded.

Finally, we learn that God has done many wonders, which we know just by looking around outside. The beauty that God creates is all around us. But, the Psalmist takes it one step further, and says that the Lord has great plans for us. This may, or may not, be things that we would like. The great plan that he would have for us is to serve him and share the kingdom with others. Of course, it should go without saying that we are all blessed differently.

How has the Lord blessed you?

Welcome to the Daily Bible Devotions Blog

Welcome to the Daily Bible Devotions Blog

I just wanted to take a minute to say hello, and let you know that we will begin posting daily devotions soon. First, we need to finish setting up the blog so that it is completed by the time we actually kickoff. I am very excited about this, and I hope you are too. Keep in mind that these are very short devotions, and you are encouraged to comment on the posts and interact with each other.

I hope you find this newly founded blog helpful with your daily walk alongside the Lord.

 

P.S. If you find it helpful, I should have the newsletter up and running soon, that way, we will automatically send your devotion to your email address. If your phone is synced up with an email address, be sure to use that one so you can have it on the go. (just like a text message!)