Hello! Remember when I mentioned a few days ago, that I would be beginning a study on first John? Well, this is the first post in the series and I know it’ll be a great study.
Let’s begin by reading the first four verses, pay attention to how clear John is when He says, that all these things are real.
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. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. (1 John 1:1-4 ESV)
The word of life?
Obviously John is speaking about the word of life in this passage, but what is this? Or who is this?
Jesus is the word of life, He is the one who John is speaking about. Some people don’t believe that Jesus came as a real life person, but its obvious here. John says he has seen, and heard, and touched Him. He’s real, Jesus Christ who is Lord came to the earth. But why?
The word of life was real
John says: “the life was made manifest” That means Jesus was real. He came to be a real example to us, He came to show us what real life is. Life with the spirit, and ultimately eternal life with God. Isn’t it great that Jesus came to earth for us? But why did Jesus come for us? What’s so special about us that made Jesus want to come here and die for us?
God Loves Us and Jesus is Committed to The Will of The Father
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 ESV)
Jesus came to save us broken people because He loved us, He knew that it was God the father’s will for Him to die, that’s why He came. God showed His love for us even when we were still sinners.
When someone does something wrong against us, we usually wait until they come to us before we will forgive them. We think that since they did something wrong, they should come to us and ask for forgiveness before we forgive them.
But thankfully God didn’t wait for us to come to Him, before He offered us forgiveness. No, in fact He offered us forgiveness while we were still sinning against Him! While we were still enemies with God, He sent Jesus to offer us forgiveness and eternal life with Him.
That’s God’s love, it’s evident He loves His people. That’s why He came to save us from our sins, and for that we should be thankful.
We must accept and grow in obedience to Him
God has offered us forgiveness to us, now it’s our turn. Are we going to deny, or accept?
If we deny Him, He will deny us and we will face eternal punishment. God loves us and is offering us life with Him, but if we shake our heads and turn our backs to Him. Then we will face punishment and eternal separation from God. Maybe you haven’t taken the time to consider this, or maybe you have questions. If so, please contact me and ask me questions, I’ll do my best to either answer them or find answers for them, and would love to help you take the right steps in beginning your walk with Christ.
Have a great week! I hope you take to heart these thoughts, and seek to live them out in obedience to the gospel in every part of your lives.