The theme of 1 John 1 is fellowship with God established by the incarnation of Jesus Christ. John declares, “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).
Jesus Christ introduced by John as “the Word of life” “was from the beginning” (1 John 1:1). Here John begins his first epistle (letter) similarly to his gospel, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). Jesus Christ is eternally the Son of God. When the beginning began, He “was.” It is God the Son along with the Father and Spirit who declared in Genesis 1:27, “Let Us make man in Our own image…” The incarnation then is the eternal Son of God becoming human, or as John writes, “The life appeared…”
In his gospel John further explains the incarnation, “The Word become flesh and made His dwelling among us” or literally “tabernacled among us” (John 1:14). His original hearers would have immediately identified Jesus “dwelling among us” with the tabernacle of the Exodus. What do the following Scriptures reveal about God’s presence in the tabernacle reveal about His desire for fellowship with His people?
Exodus 25:8; 29:45-46; 40:34-36; Leviticus 26:11; and Deuteronomy 12:11--
According to the following Scriptures, why was Christ’s incarnation necessary for fellowship with God?
Ephesians 2:18-19; Romans 5:10; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19; Colossians 1:20-22; and Hebrews 10:19-22--
While John’s emphasis in his epistle is fellowship with God, he does express his desire for fellowship with one another, “so that you also may have fellowship with us” (1John 1:3). What insights about the connectedness of fellowship with God and one another do you glean from the following Scriptures?
1 John 1:3; Matthew 18:20; Mark 9:37; John 17:21; and 2 Corinthians 13:11--
How will you pursue deeper fellowship with God this week?
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. HCSB