The Word of Life

Keep the Faith, Part 1, 1 John 1:1-4

This week we are launching our new series Keep the Faith based in the book of 1st John.  This book is jam packed with powerful truths that will firmly establish your thinking in who Jesus is and what it means to follow Him.  I know this series will be extremely helpful for us all as we continue walking with faith in the midst of a turbulent world 

NOTES

Keep the Faith Part 1

The Word of Life

Dave Spooner – Mosaic Rockford – Jan. 3rd, 2016

 

Intro:

  • Intro to the series and why it is important –
    • Sharpen your understanding about the nature of God and the importance of Jesus
    • Strengthen your stance against false theological and philosophical teaching that continues to permeate society and lead many astray
    • Support your faith in providing concreate characteristics of those assured of salvation
    • Shape your walk giving light to the way we are to live out our lives each day.
  • So this is a very important book written by the apostle John
    • He was a first cousin of Jesus – His mother was Salome, a sister of Mary – so they would have known each other growing up.
    • His Father was Zebedee and his younger brother was James (two James listed as disciples) He was called a “son of Thunder” by Jesus and was called “the one Jesus loved”
    • Who was an eye witness to the life of Jesus and together with James and Peter was one of Jesus’ inner circle. John was also the one entrusted to take care of Jesus’ mother Mary.
    • He is the only one to write a gospel, (John) letters to the church (1,2, 3 John) and an prophetic book (revelation)
    • He was prominent in the early church and was banished to the island of Patmos for his testimony about Jesus.
  • So this is how he starts this book and this is the passage we are looking at this morning.

 

1 John 1:1-4 ESV

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

 

The Word of Life is revealed

  • That which was from the beginning
    • Which always was and was not created but was apart of creating all that is created
      • Similar start to the gospel of John

 

John 1:1-5 ESV

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

 

  • John is making it very clear about who Jesus is
  • He also states that this is and was a real person – God made flesh

I John 1:1b ESV

which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands

 

  • People have come up with crazy things about Jesus – that he was not real, that he was a spirit come upon the man Jesus . .
  • Or that the body is completely evil and the spirit is completely good . . .
  • Modern day thought, who was Jesus . . .
  • These are fundamental beliefs about the Nature of Jesus and don’t be deceived – He is a real person, who really lived with a real body, just like ours.

 

  • concerning the word of life
    • He is the word of life, there is life in him, all life comes from him and he is life himself – God’s word made flesh – the exact representation of the father – this is what I mean – this is who I am

 

Heb 1:1-3 ESV

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high

 

  • Never lose your understanding of who Jesus is, his uniqueness in character and role . . .

 

The Word of Life is experienced

 

1 John 1:2 ESV

the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us

 

  • “the Life” – not one of many, but the only one –
  • “made manifest” – appeared, revealed, showed itself and we have experienced it
  • And now we are telling you, report, testify we want you to know about not only life but life that is eternal
    • This brings it to another level – we are not just talking about having “life” just restricted to and related to this planet – but we are talking about life that is also eternal – everlasting which is forever
    • This brings it to a whole new level, and this is really, really good news.
    • Which was with the Father – being eternal itself – and was again experienced by us
  • This “word of life” was experienced by them and it is also to be experienced by us
    • Not just someone to know about but someone to believe and have a relationship with and to have connection through His spirit living in us . . .

 

The Word of Life is shared

 

1 John 1:3 ESV

that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.

 

  • What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you – we are to be doing the same thing – what we have seen and what we have heard we tell to others . . .
    • Greatest injustice is people not hearing the good news . . . not just seeing in our lives but hearing from our lips . . .
  • John is telling us these things so that we can have fellowship with us
    • That is to be of the same kind, the same spirit, the same team as the apostles and believers of all time
    • Tells us that we are not alone – there are others like us, many, many others . . . you are not a freak in believing these things . . .
    • Fellowship is so important – this is where we live life, have support, find strength, receive prayer, receive and give help and encouragement, and accountability, and joy . . .
  • And the fellowship is not just with them, oh no my friends, it is with the Father also and with His son
    • Being in relationship with God the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ – this is incredible news, that we can have the same spirit, be on the same team, be on a first name basis, know each other and relate to each other in an everyday way.
    • Not just an unknown God, but one who is with us, and interacts with us, and knows us and makes himself know to us.

 

1 John 1:4 ESV

And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

 

  • Joy in this word of life, word of eternal life that results in fellowship, with each other and with God the Father and his son.
  • And this Joy of these relationships are only made complete and it expands to and includes you
  • There is truly no greater joy in knowing that those you love share in the eternal word of life. In this our joy can be made truly complete.

 

Conclusion

  • Stand firm in your understanding of the nature of God through Jesus who is the “word of life” . . .
  • Experience the “word of life” for yourself . . .
  • Share the “word of life” with others . . .
  • Next week we will continue with walking in fellowship and walking in the light and what this means and looks like
  • Pray