Family Matters - 1 John 1:1-4


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 looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 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— 3 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. 4 And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

• Who? Inspired by God, Cf. 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21

Penned by the apostle John, aka the “beloved”, son of Zebedee and brother of James. Cf. John 13:23; Mark 1:19-20

• When and Who To? John was in Ephesus until the time of Trajan, so this would put him there around A.D. 85-100. He was speaking to the church’s in Aisa Minor there and also any who are “children of God.”

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 looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 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— • Churches being attacked by false teaching. Cf. 1 John 2:18-28; 4:1-6; 5:6-7 This response specifically addresses the questioning the deity of Jesus. • Jesus is eternally God. He has always been and will always be. He became incarnate and lived sinless life, died on a cross, and rose from death. He is seated in heaven as our Mediator, High Priest, and Advocate. Cf. John 1:1, 14

Eternal Life – God does this that we may might spend eternity in heaven with Him. This is our hope for endurance in life and after death, to become a part of the family of God.

Cf. John 3:16; 1 John 4:9; John 17:3

3 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. 4 And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

Fellowship – signifies the “oneness in relationship”

Cf. John 15:4, 11

Our relationship with Jesus and our church is eternally bonded, because of the word of life!

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