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.

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