Bible Reading: 1 John 1.1-4
What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life – and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us – what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete. 1 John 1.1-4
Well done on making it through James’ letter. We now move to 1 John. The author is the apostle John who writes the gospel of John along with 2 John and 3 John. In this letter he is addressing a community of house churches in and around Ephesus.
As he begins his letter we find that John was an apostolic eyewitness. He mentions that he, along with others (as he uses “we”) have with three of their senses experienced Jesus. They have heard, seen and touched Jesus, who is the “Word of Life”. John gives this title, the “Word”, to speak of Jesus who is God and the expression of God to mankind (John 1.1-18). Then “Life” is also included speaking of Jesus who declares in John 14.6 that He is “the life”. So, John wants us to know as we read this letter about the gospel message of Jesus Christ and the gift of eternal life that is given to those who have fellowship with Him.
John wants his readers to not only know the fellowship with God that comes through Jesus, but to continue in an ever-growing intimate fellowship with God. This is what John and others have experienced as the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ was made known to them, they have been made to see Him, they are able to bear witness of Him and then proclaim to others the message of eternal life. John and the apostles enjoy their growing fellowship with Jesus.
John’s purpose with his letter is that we too would have intimate fellowship with God and experience the great joy that comes from such fellowship. Truly if there is no joy, there is no fellowship. The joy that God gives comes from abiding in Christ and in prayer (John 15.11; 16.24). There truly is no greater joy. So, what about us? First, do we have fellowship with God through Jesus Christ? If so, is that fellowship growing in more intimacy? Are we experiencing the joy of God?
Let us pray and continue to grow in intimate fellowship with Jesus this week.
Weekly Memory Verse: Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. James 5.16