The Truth Presented 1 John 1:1-4 HCSB June 07, 2015
The book starts with the words “What was in the beginning.”
One commentator says in the beginning means "was already in existence," not "came into existence." I like that and think it is helpful as we understand The Truth Presented here in this text.
1. The Truth Presented Through . . Several Senses. 1 John 1:1
A The Sense of Eternity. 1:1a
1 What was from the beginning, . . .”
B. The Sense of Hearing. 1:1b
“. . . what we have heard,. . .”
C. The Sense of Sight. 1:1c
“. . . what we have seen with our eyes,. . . ”
D. The Sense of Touch. 1:1d
“. . . what we have observed, and have touched with our hands, concerning the Word of life—. . .”
The thoughts and words God gave John to share with his hearers (the Gnostics)and readers gave a great
rebuttal to their false beliefs about Jesus. Jesus had a human body and John among many others heard, saw and touched Him and confirmed His being the eternal Son of God. John saw Jesus in His ministry, walk, talk and touch people, changing their lives by giving them eternal life. You and I have not had the experience of these senses with Jesus but we are further blessed by Jesus words to Thomas in John 20:29. When a person believes Jesus for salvation the Holy Spirit comes to reside in them and they have additional assurance of Jesus and His presence in their life.
2. The Truth Presented and . . Shown to The Disciples. 1 John 1:2
A. Shown and . . Confirmed with Testimony. 1:2a
2 that life was revealed, and we have seen it and we testify
B. Shown and . . Communicated By The Disciples. 1:2a
“. . . and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us—. . .”
John had first hand experiences with Jesus. In the Gospel of John he refers to himself as the disciple who had leaned on Jesus’ breast and the disciple Jesus loved. With those kind of references referring to himself John didn’t mind boasting about his relationship with Jesus. The false doctrine being propagated by the (Gnostics) was really blasted by the remarks and defense written by John. I am rather sure he enjoyed making his remarks to the new believers who regularly heard the false doctrine John so beautifully corrected through His writings.
Many of the leaders in the first century also spoke against this false teaching with the truth of the gospel.
All of us see and hear the instruction to start new Christians in reading the gospel and letters of John because they are easy reads full of truth.
3. The Truth Presented . . Stimulating and Encouraging Fellowship. 1:3-4
A. Stimulated and Encouraging . . Fellowship with the Father and Son. 1:3
3 what we have seen and heard we also declare to you, so that you may have fellowship along with us;
and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
B. Stimulated and Encouraging . . Fulfillment Of Fellowship with Joy 1:4
4 We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. HCSB
Every Christian receives a benefit from fellowship with the Father and Jesus. Some have this fellowship more often than some others but it is available to all of us. A time for a personal devotion can be a big help.
There are many plans for such a devotional time and all we have to do is ask and seek what plan is most
beneficial. Ask your friends and any mature believer you know what they do and perhaps try their plan for your self. If we want complete joy in such fellowship it depends upon our desire and commitment to get started and stay committed. Joy is a bi-product of the discipline in a Christian’s walk. It is available to every Christian as we regularly make sure we have a time of devotion and study added to public worship and are in The Truth Presented in God’s Word. Amen? Amen!