2011-11-26 - 1 John
The Epistles of John ~ Part 6~ Verse 1: Christ as God and Man
The main thrust of this passage is the reality of the incarnation. All that is to come must be grounded in the truth of this reality. The fact that Christ was born God in human form, very God and very man, is absolutely essential - in order for Him to be able to provide for our salvation.
Only a mediator having the attributes of both parties for whom He mediates could bring peace between God and Man. Only a man who was sinless, and therefore not carrying the fallen nature, could pay the price for our sin. This means if Christ wasn't virgin-born, then we have no savior.
John says that Christ was there from the beginning. It would appear that here contextually that he is referring to the beginning of the incarnation. This is in contrast with the beginning of all things that John talks about in the introduction to the book of John.
"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14).
John wants to make sure that his readers understand the reality of the incarnation isn't just a theological issue. He notes that he and others, the apostles, were living witnesses to the physical manifestation of God. He says that they saw the risen Lord and touched His resurrected body. John states that they had seen, heard, and touched the living God. He is preparing the groundwork for the arguments that he would be bringing, to support the orthodox teachings of Christianity.