1 John 1:1-4
1. That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the word of life; 2. For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew onto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us; 3. That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
We are talking about in the beginning traces back to eternity past before creation, from the beginning proceeds forward from the creation. This indicates that John’s epistle is a continuation of his gospel, which concerns the believers experience of the divine like. In his gospel, John revealed the way for sinners to receive the eternity life, is to believe in the Son of God. In his epistle he pointed out the way for the believers, who have received the divine life, to enjoy that life in its fellowship. To abide in the Son of God, and in his revelation he unveiled the consummation of the eternity life as the believers full enjoyment in eternity. In 1 John 4:14-15, said And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the savior of the world. 15. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him he in God. Now we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the word of life. In Luke 24:39, tell us, Jesus said unto them, why are ye troubled? behold my hand and my feet, that it is I myself handle me, and see: for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And John 20:27, tell us , Then saith he to Thomas, reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands: and ‘reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side; and be not faithless, but believing. This indicates that life is a synonym for word of life in the preceding of Christ, who was with the Father in eternity and was manifested in time through incarnation. And whom the apostles saw and testified and reported to the believers, this manifestation of the eternal life was through Christ’s incarnation, which John stressed strongly in his gospel. We know that the word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we behold his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace truth. In Colossians 3:4, tell us, When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. The Father is the source of the eternal life, from him and with him the Son was manifested in the expression of the sternal life for the people of the Father’s choice to partake of and enjoy. John 15:27, tell us, And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning. All genuine believers are in this fellowship, see the scripture said, and they continued stedfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship and in breaking of bread and in prayers, it is carried out by the spirit in our regenerated spirit, it is called the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Now the grace of the Lord Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all, see now it is in this fellowship of the eternal life that we the believers participate in all that the Fathers and the Son are and have done for us. That we enjoy the love of God the Fathers and the grace of the Son by viribe of the fellowship of the spirit.
To God Be The Glory
Minister David A. Benjamin