“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.” (1 John 1:2)
The Word of Life was created by the words and works of Jesus Christ, and 1 John tells us how Jesus came to reveal the Father, and how we can be confident in our fellowship with Him. His Spirit has been given to each one of us who is born again, and we are encouraged to love one another and to practice spiritual unity by putting that love into action. 1 John wishes to set before its readers the life that is in Jesus Christ; the life revealed. A life lived with Jesus is to have personal and faithful contact with Him, and because of Jesus’s great love, there is no doubt that all who believe in Him are guaranteed eternal life with Him in heaven!
“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.” (I John 1:3)
Jesus is God’s eternal plan for our salvation and the restoration of our fellowship with God. And He has put a desire for relationship in every one of us! Our love to God is measured by our everyday fellowship with others and the love it displays, and being in fellowship with God is the best way to be in fellowship with our brother’s and sister’s in God’s family. God calls us to love one another, and this can only happen when we spend time together. Our words will flow quite naturally because of our relationship with Jesus simply by living the life He has called us to live. And by living that life, we direct others toward eternal life. Fellowship is praying together, serving together and growing together; fellowship with God and fellowship with others go hand in hand!
“We write this to make our joy complete.” (1 John 1:4)
Joy is the emotion of great happiness and delight caused by something so wonderfully good that gives us pleasure and gladness. God is this source of this triumph and hope that has filled us by giving us the power of Jesus Christ. God created us for a wonderful purpose: that we might live forever with Him in peace, love and perfect holiness. Through the bible we are promised a never ending life with God that will be filled with unspeakable harmony, love, and joy. And He is working in us and through us to bring us this joy. Joy is the eternal goal, and those who choose to serve and obey Him will dwell in eternity in the fullness of joy…now there is something that will cause joy to rise up in your soul and be complete!
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