1 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.
OBSERVATION & UNDERSTANDING
From the time the church began until now there has always been people who have tried to distort the truth and lead believers away from correct practices and beliefs. We have seen the Gnostics in the days of the apostles and we have seen the name it and claim it, God is at my beck and call of our day. And there has been thousands of false teachings in between. John wants to protect his readers from false teachers so he does the best thing possible to counteract it - he points them to the truth…the Word. In this opening set of statements he gives us some statements about Christ.
- The Word is unchangedable - Jesus is unchanging.
- The Word became flesh: for we have seen with our eyes and touched with our hands.
- We can have fellowship with Christ: a mutual participation in a shared life. We come into a genuine relationship with the Father, His Son and the Holy Spirit.
- The Word must be communicated - We testify about what we have experienced, having come into fellowship with Him.
The more we know the truth of who Christ is the less we can be led astray by the false teaching that abound. Take time to discover the Word.