1 John 1:1-4
Also turn to and mark Genesis 1 & John 1.
v.1- “That which was from the beginning,”-
1) Genesis 1:1- “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
This is a vital truth of Scripture that Christians must believe.
“everlasting”- “long duration, antiquity, futurity, forever, ever, everlasting, evermore, old, ancient, always, continuous existence, perpetual.”
“You are God.” Present tense.
2) John 1:1- “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
“In the beginning”- Sounds just like Genesis 1:1.
The Greek word for, “Word”, is “logos”.
“Logos” was a word the Greeks used to explain the origin of everything.
“God”- “theos”- “spoken of the only and true God; the Supreme Divinity.”
John 1:3- “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”- So, this is talking about God.
John 1:14- “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”- Who is it who “became flesh and dwelt among us”?
Philippians 2:7- Jesus.
Jesus said of Himself in John 8:58- “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
“which we have heard,”- Jesus spoke.
And John and the other disciples heard it.
“which we have seen with our eyes,”- This simply means “to see.”
“which we have looked upon,”- “the Apostles’ personal experiences of Christ in the days of His flesh, and the facts of His Godhood and Manhood.”
“and our hands have handled,”- John is saying they had touched Him numerous times during the three years they lived and traveled with Him.
“concerning the Word of life—”- Here John ties this epistle into his gospel account. He is calling Jesus Christ “the Word of life”.
v.2- “the life was manifested,”- Jesus was presented to them.
2 Peter 1:16-18
“and we have seen,”- John is saying they all saw Jesus Christ in the flesh.
“and bear witness,”- “to be a witness, to bear witness; to affirm that one has seen or heard or experienced something, or that he knows it because taught by divine revelation or inspiration.”
“and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us—”- He was with the Father in heaven, but He left heaven and was shown to them for what He was: God in the flesh.
v.3- “that which we have seen and heard we declare to you,”- The disciples saw Jesus; they heard Jesus; and they tell others about Him.
“that you also may have fellowship with us;”- “fellowship”- “koinōnia”- “to have in common.”
“and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.”- Fellowship between Almighty God and His creation is what sets Christianity apart from all other religious systems.
Romans 5:8 John 17:20,21
2 Peter 1:4
v.4- “And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.”- Joy is not happiness.
Joy is a constant knowledge that no matter what comes, good or bad, we will always have the Lord Jesus Christ in our lives.
2 Corinthians 6:10
Notes by Pastor Chris Bent