Continuing reflections today on 1 John 1:1-4*
1 We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. 2 This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.
Jesus is “the one who existed from the beginning.” (v. 1)
Where was He in this existence? “He was with the Father” (v.2).
There was never a time as we understand time and eternity when Jesus did not exist. God the Father has always been, so too, Jesus the Son. Before this world in which we live and move and have our being existed–came into being–there was a God who was there. God eternal–Jesus eternal.
It is more than the mind can grasp but our hearts have been opened to that truth, the eternal truth, because He “was revealed to us.” God revealed Himself to us in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
The implication of that revelation is also staggering. We can have fellowship “with the Father and with His Son…”(v.3) God eternal is knowable and approachable through Jesus. This God, who has always been and will always be — the Great “I Am” — can be known not just intellectually, but experientially, through Jesus.
But one more eternal truth is here. Jesus is “the Word of life” (v. 1). He is “life itself” (v.2); He is “eternal life” (v. 2). So this knowing of God, this experiencing of fellowship with Him brings life. We have an abundant life now in fellowship with God the Father through Jesus the Son. The Word of life brings us life. And for all eternity, through the One who is eternal life, we will have fellowship with Him.
Full fellowship of joy.
Full fellowship of grace.
*Scripture quotations are from the New Living Translation.