The Word of Life

1 John 1:1-4

“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.”

Life and joy is found in divine fellowship, in being part of God’s family through Jesus Christ, the Word of Life.

1. The Existence of the Word of Life (c.f., John 1:1-4). “That which was from the beginning…”

Christian fellowship is based on the reality of Jesus Christ, who is the Word of Life, that is, the One who is eternal life because he was in the beginning with God and is God (See also John 1:1 and 1 John 5:20).

2. The Exhibition of the Word of Life. “The life was made manifest and we have seen it…”

Christian fellowship is based on the apostolic testimony to Christ. (See John 1:14; 6:33, 38-40; Titus 3:3-6). Jesus Christ – the grace of God – appeared and was revealed to the apostles and others who saw him, heard him, and touched him. Their testimony is now preserved in the New Testament, through the preaching of which in the power of the Spirit, we come to know and believe in Christ, partake of eternal life, and join the divine fellowship with the rest of God’s family.

3. The Extension of the Word of Life. “We proclaim to you the eternal life…”

Christian fellowship is meant to extended to others by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. No eternal life without knowing Jesus (John 17:3). No belonging to God’s family without believing in Jesus the Messiah (John 17:20-21; John 1:12). No widening of the circle of of Christian fellowship without sharing Jesus. Therefore, let us share Him (Romans 10:13-14)!

Conclusion

True and full joy is found in knowing Jesus as our Lord and Savior and in being part of the fellowship of God’s family (Luke 15:7, 10).

Application

Do we know Jesus? Are we part of the fellowship of his family?

Do we share Jesus? (Romans 1:16)

© Dennis M. Cortes 2022

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