“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”
~1st John 1:1-2
So I’m officially adding segments to the “Theology Thursday” category, where I’ll add whatever book i’ve studied so anyone can easily find what they’re looking for! Anyways…
I LOVE 1st John. It’s becoming one of my favorite books, maybe second to Romans, but it’s been really great reading through the whole thing on a daily basis. Getting the context, seeing the writing style, and understanding the message of this book has been really really cool!
Anyways… So as you can see to the right I’ve made some (very sloppy) notes on 1st John, mostly things that I may not totally get and need to study more, and some themes that a see emerging as I read (like his emphasis on the fundamentals of faith).
I’m sure many of you have heard of the claim that Christ was “just another great prophet”. I’ve gone through some of this Here. But one thing that many don’t take account of is this: They’re not the ones who saw Christ.
John, an apostle and pastor writes this “general epistle” (meaning not directed at a certain Church) with a very clear statement of Christ himself being “That which was from the beginning”. This creates a very clear picture to all those questioning. Jesus is God.
Now, some skeptics would then say: “Your proof is….?” John then in turn debunks quickly and concisely with,
“which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands”
So the message here is that John heard, touched, and saw Christ. Living. On Earth. And also saw him resurrected, which validates his first statement of Jesus being God.
You’ll find that these Ol’ Bible writers are pretty sharp! After all, the Holy Spirit was inspiring them! (2nd Tim 3:16)
So further along John again mentions seeing Christ, but also doing something because of it! He couldn’t just leave it at that. He wanted to “testify” to the truth, which was from the father, and which was “made manifest” to us. In Christ Jesus our Lord.
What strikes me is that many skeptics in our day (i’ve heard this first-hand) say that anyone can read the Bible and it means “whatever you want it to”. Although you can take verses out of context and mix up a heresy or two, when read in context, the Bible is so readable! You could give it to a child and they could tell you what it meant! So John really got these point across:
-I’m an eye-witness to Christ.
So, take it or leave it! We have the report in from an eye-witness. Hard to get any better than that!
Thanks for reading!