1 John 1

1 John 1 has a long verse that begins the chapter, but defines the truth of the relationship John had with Christ.  “That which was from the beginning,  which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed  our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ”.

The beginning John wrote of is not the beginning of this world or the beginning of creation. It is the beginning before there was anything, when all that existed was God.  From there John reminds us that he has heard, seen, touched and known Jesus personally.  And he is testifying to the truth that Christ brings to all who will believe and receive Him – eternal life.  His mission was to proclaim the message of eternal life and to create fellowship with those that believe along with the Father and Son.  The idea of fellowship is one of the most important ideas in this letter. It is the ancient Greek word koinonia, which speaks of a sharing and common bond. It speaks of a living, breathing, sharing, loving relationship with another person – in this case Jesus Christ.

Why is John writing?  “We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete”.  The result of fellowship is fullness of joy. This joy is an abiding sense of optimism and cheerfulness based on God, as opposed to happiness, which is a sense of optimism and cheerfulness based on circumstances.  Happiness comes and goes, but our joy should remain full and complete because our relationship with Christ never changes.  We should be filled with a constant and never ending joy, because of the eternal fellowship we will have with the Father and our Savior!

What can impact our fellowship with the Savior?  In a word, it is sin.  “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us”.  But God is ready to cleanse us from all sin if we’ll only walk in the light and confess.  He wants us to be in fellowship and full of joy!

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