Introduction (1 John 1:1-4)

This week I thought that I would switch gears and start going through a book of the Bible.  I haven’t personally studied the letters of John very intentionally and thought it would make for an interesting study.  Over the next 3 weeks I will go through the 3 letters of John day by day.  I hope that it will be encouraging to you as you come along with me in this study!

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete.  -1 John 1:1-4 (NIV)

To give a little background on this letter, it was written by the Apostle John around the early 90’s AD after he had written his Gospel.  He is writing it to a church this is having problems with false teachers who are causing people to leave the church.  John opens the letter by stating his eyewitness testimony of hearing, seeing, and touching the Word of life, who is Jesus Christ.  He is reminding his readers that he had a firsthand account of the Gospel and he wants them to remain in fellowship with him.  If they stay in fellowship with him then they are in fact in a right relationship with God the Father and Jesus Christ.  He then ends on verse four where he says that he is writing these things to make their joy complete.  When God’s people are united with the Trinity it is complete joy.  He does not want to see them lead astray.

This is a great passage about the trustworthiness of Scripture.  That it comes from people who were there and saw Jesus firsthand.  These words that John has written should provide confidence to us just as it did the early church.  We also need to join with John as he is proclaiming the truth about eternal life.  He wants others to join him so that they too can experience what true joy feels like when you are in fellowship with Trinity.  I pray today that you are able to experience complete joy with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  Then encourage those who are around you to hold fast to the Gospel and share it with those who may not know about it.