Scripture:

And the Life [an aspect of His being] was revealed (made manifest, demonstrated), and we saw [as eyewitnesses] and are testifying to and declare to you the Life, the eternal Life [in Him] Who already existed with the Father and Who [actually] was made visible (was revealed) to us [His followers]. What we have seen and [ourselves] heard, we are also telling you, so that you too may realize and enjoy fellowship as partners and partakers with us. And [this] fellowship that we have [which is a distinguishing mark of Christians] is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah). (1 John 1:2, 3 AMP)

Observation:

In the Word there is life. Jesus is the Word and He came to give us life and life abundantly . Because Jesus is the Word and life is in the Word, when we speak the Word life is in the Word.

The Apostle John had a first hand experience with The Lord Jesus. He was not just writing about something he read, or something he heard or had an opinion about. He was writing from a position of  knowledge not from a book, not from religion but from walking with the son of the living God. The Apostle John had the greatest revelation of the Love that Jesus had for him.  In his writings he boasted of Jesus’ love for him, not his love for Jesus. It was the knowledge that he had of Jesus’ love for him that caused him to to know the Father. Because Jesus came to represent everything that the Father is, as Jesus said if you have seen me, you have seen the Father. Jesus called John along with the other 11 disciples, but he was the only one who laid his head upon the chest of Jesus and heard his heart beat, which beat for us….the precious fruit of the earth. John was there when Jesus was crucified and Jesus told him John here is your mothers, and mother here is your son. John was not just a disciple or an apostle of The Lord Jesus, but he became family because he knew the Love that Jesus had for him that came from the Father. John said in this first chapter of 1John that what we have with the Father is a distinguishing mark of Christians…as it is a living, breathing, moving relationship because of Jesus. The bible says that we live, move and have our very being in Him. It is not a religion, but a relationship that Jesus came to restore. Our relationship with the Father is what people should see and it is a mark of what true Christianity is.

Application: 

What is it that the Apostle John wants us to know here in these scriptures, the chapters, the entire book of John and from his own personal experiences? Why do people write in journals, blog, letters and so forth? Because first we need to get out what is in us, we first need to see what has happened in us and through us because of the life of Jesus. Once we see an outline of what has occurred, we want others to be effected the same way if not more. John was writing because he saw the life of Jesus in action and the effect that he not only has upon his life, but everyone He came in contact with. So the Apostle John wrote these “letters” so people could hear first, believe  and then experience. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word, and Jesus was the Word that became flesh and dwelt among them. His revelation of Gods love for Him came through the life of Jesus. So if that is how John came to know the love of the Father, then that is how we are going to know the love of the father…through the life of Jesus. His perfect love casts out all fear and it is knowing His love that will solve every situation in our lives.

Prayer:

Father in the precious name of Jesus I thank you that Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us. He revealed, demonstrated and manifested the kingdom of heaven here on earth. I thank you Father for the Word that brings true life into our lives and for your unconditional love and revelation upon revelation of that love that You have for us first as your children and then disciples. Just as John boasted of Jesus’  love for him, we boast of your great love for us today, rather than boasting of our love for you. Father I want to enjoy to the full my relationship with you, open the yes of my heart so that my joy may be complete in you! In the mighty name of Jesus. Amen. So be it.

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