Get Into The Son

Thank God for the apostles and disciples of Christ who were led by the Holy Spirit to write about the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. Among those was John who, by the Holy Ghost, gives us valuable information about Jesus of Nazareth in 1 John 1.
Get Into The Son
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Happiness in our earthly life is never really guaranteed and is often fleeting. It can also be delusional, keeping us away from the Truth of God that declares there is a type of life much better than this present life, but still one that we can have during our earthly life. By the Holy Spirit in 1 John 1:1-5 the apostle John encourages all to come to Jesus and spiritually get into Him in the following five ways.

I. Love Christ - 1

“What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we

have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life--”-- NASB

Given the facts of those times most likely the apostle John was led by the Holy Spirit to write the opening verse of this general epistle in such a way as to counter a form of gnosticism that declared there were many intermediate created beings to bridge the gulf between God and man. There was even a “Christian gnosticism" that said Christ was one of those beings, but was a fantom. However, the Holy Scriptures are very clear there is not a group of such beings and that God Himself through His Son bridged the great chasm between Him and man.

If you are familiar with the Gospel of John you will note that “what was from the beginning” is very similar to John 1:1 where we see the terms “God” and “the Word” in close relationship to one another. As we continue to read in John 1 we see the Word is Jesus Christ. Both in John 1 and this first verse of 1 John we see that the Holy Spirit through the apostle explicitly states that Christ was both spiritually and physically real and not a mere fantom. Christ is spiritually and physically real, with a multitude of blessings to offer to all.

Beginning with the deity of Christ, the Word (“What was from the beginning”), a progression unfolds in 1 John 1:1. The phrase, “what we have heard," speaks of two things. First, before they met Him, the Jewish disciples of Christ heard about Christ (Messiah) from their Holy Scriptures taught at home and in their synagogues. They then heard it directly from Him. “What we have seen with our eyes” of course means they actually saw Him, but “what we have looked at” takes it to a deeper level because the Greek [1] could mean “to behold, look upon, view attentively, contemplate.”

This could then mean that John and the others studied Christ and admired Him. If one has read the Gospels they would recall that many of those who heard Christ teach recognized that He “taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (Matthew 7:29). This was like a magnet to those who trusted in Him that drew them into close fellowship with Him and so by the Spirit John writes “touched with our hands.” In due time, some acknowledged Him as “the Son of the Living God” (Matthew 16:16). The progression of this first verse culminates with “concerning the Word of Life.” Jesus Christ is God’s Way for us to have abundant life now and also Eternal Abundant Life.

II. Live By Christ - 2

“and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us” -- NASB

So far “life" in our passage is the Greek word “zoe" which can mean “of the absolute fulness of life, both essential and ethical, which belongs to God." I consider “zoe" to be in contrast with another word translated as life, “bios," which speaks of everyday living and existence. So it is obvious that God offers everyone a better life in Christ and, not only that, Eternal Life (zoe).

Verse 2 states this superior life was both shown in Christ and is made available to us in Christ. It was recorded in the writings of the Holy Spirit through godly men and its fruit was shown by their lives. Furthermore this is something the early disciples proclaimed, and today’s disciples should too.  Most importantly it should be manifested in each disciple’s life.
  

III. Fellowship Through Christ - 3

“what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.” -- NASB

God certainly has designed us to be social creatures, but first and foremost we must be good, strong friends with Him. This can only be done through our surrendered life unto Him through Christ. Trusting in the finished work of Christ and acting upon it removes the barrier between us and God created by sin. It restores unto us the sweet fellowship Adam and Eve had with Him before they sinned.

The moment one truly commits to Christ they are adopted by God as a son or daughter. Such a one then has millions of brothers and sisters throughout the earth. In a number of cases denominational and fellowship “tags” are just a means to understand another and, provided there is true agreement on the basic fundamentals of the Gospel, the other doctrines should not impede true basic fellowship.

IV. Joy In Christ -

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“These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.” -- NASB

The joy of God is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). It is written in Psalm 16:11, “You will show me the path of life: in Your presence is fulness of joy; at Your right hand there are pleasures for evermore." In the New Testament Christ revealed Himself as the source of those blessings: “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”--John 15:11

God’s joy through Christ is something beyond mere happiness, an element of the true Christian life that gives strength and power no matter what the true child of God comes across. Note well that Romans 15:13 states, “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”

V. Be Holy In Christ - 5

“This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” -- NASB

Light often speaks of the holiness of God as well as His ability to bring life (zoe) now and forever. It is all good and nothing evil. God’s light is manifested in Christ. John 1:4 states, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men." Not far from that is John 1:9, “That was the true Light, which lights every man that cometh into the world.

Holiness might seem to be a dirty word to some or something that is out of reach. In regard to the first objection, 1 John 1:5 states that there is no darkness, nothing evil, in God. God is not tainted with the slightest impurity. A true Christian will desire the whole world to be that way. Imagine watching TV, listening to radio, looking at the Internet and there is not even the slightest filth, lie, nastiness and so on--just peace, joy, goodness and more.

Holiness is not out of reach for the one who is surrendered to Christ. It is part of the true Christian’s life. Ephesians 1:4 says, “According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him." Holiness must not be shunned, for we are warned in Hebrews 12:14 that without it no one shall see the Lord. Therefore, if you are a true Christian, “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,  but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy.”--1 Peter 1:14-16 NASB

Notes:

 [1] From an electronic version of Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance by James Strong incorporated in the Online Bible program, and so throughout the article whenever the ancient language is referred to and no other authority is cited.

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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