Written around A.D. 90 by the apostle John, the son of Zebedee and beloved apostle of Jesus Christ, this epistle targeted Gnostic which was spreading rapidly throughout the Roman provinces.
Relying on the theory that matter is evil, and God is spiritual, gnostics preached a gospel other than Christ’s. John needed to expose this false teaching as he endeavored to spread the truth about the Savior of man, the living God, Yeshua, Lord of all.
“1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life.” (1 John 1:1)
John identifies himself as an apostle, having seen and touched Jesus when He was among the living. Jesus is described as the Word of life, the truth revealed when God took on flesh and dwelt among men as Yeshua, son of Mary and Joseph, to eventually lead sinners out of bondage through faith, and God’s mercy on His children.
“2 The life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us.” (1 John 1:2)
Scripture teaches us, the apostle was present when Jesus rose from the dead, on the third day as prophesied. Translated in the modern word as “resurrection,” derived from the french “surrection” which means to lift, to thrive in a fountain like surge. Jesus’ resurgence from the dead was the fulfillment of a promise made long ago by Yahweh, our divine, heavenly Father.
Through his personal interaction with Yeshua, the living God, John testifies of the truth about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, God manifested to mankind in the flesh as a perfect human being.
“3 That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.” (1 John 1:3)
In this epistle, John’s hope was for his readers to be at the same time comforted and empowered by his testimony about the living God, whom the apostle knew personally.
By the truth believers can be set free from the evil of this world. Through God’s mercy, those in Christ are saved from the wages of our sin, which is death.
Such teaching was not only acceptable to Yahweh, but also pleasing to Him who created us. Those who abide by, and sacrifice to advance His word are promised rewards beyond measure, and blessings through fellowship in Christ, within the church and our Father in heaven. Let us pray!
We thank you for your blessings in our lives and for your servant John,
We praise you Lord for his wisdom and for his works through this scripture,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we grow in you through the teachings of your faithful apostle.
Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.
God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.
May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.
We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre