2011-11-27 - 1 John
The Epistles of John ~ Part 7 ~ Relationship with Christ
Verse 2: And the presence of God is the presence of life, for without Christ there is not life. We receive eternal life when we receive Christ, for He is that life. This is the heart of the gospel message. All people are dead in their sins. "The wages of sin is death." This doesn't mean that because of sin we one day die, though this is true. What this means is because of the fallen nature of mankind, individuals are already dead in their sin. It is only by accepting the gift of life from the God who is life, that the dead can come to life, eternal life.
"Jesus said to her, `I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies'" (John 11:25).
Verse 3: John reiterates the statement that he is an eyewitness to the truth which he is presenting. This is a must - because he saw that which he testifies to - in contrast to those who deny the incarnation. HE WAS THERE.
It is this truth that brings, when accepted, fellowship with God and with members of the body of Christ. Relationship can only exist where there is an acceptance of Christ based on who Scripture says He is. And from the way he makes this statement regarding fellowship, it is safe to conclude that he is writing to believers.
It is this truth that brings, when accepted, fellowship with God and with members of the body of Christ. Relationship can only exist where there is an acceptance of Christ based on who Scripture says He is.
"The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ" (1 Corinthians 12:12).
To be continued.