Christmas: To Make Visible What Was Hidden
1 John 1:1-4
December 19, 2010
INTRODUCTION: John wasted not time in this letter to speak of "the Word of life, the life was manifested..." to reveal, to make visible what was hidden. God did not reveal Himself in human flesh until Christ's earthly ministry when the divine or eternal life became visible to mankind.
It is on thing to say it's not about me, but about Him, however, John never mentions in 1 John or the Gospel of John that he is the author. Instead, he dives right in to make Christ known through his own personal experience.
As John pens this letter, he is now in his early 90's, it's around 90-95 A.D. and he has known Jesus a lifetime; probably around 60 years.
John wrote knowing that he was stating truth that was diametrically opposed to the influence of the heretical views of Gnosticism. The Gnostic's philosophical dualism taught that matter was inherently evil and spirit was good. They accept some form of Christ's deity, but denied His humanity. He could not, according to them, have taken on a physical body, since matter was evil; therefore, the denial of the incarnation.
Others taught that Christ's spirit descended on the man Jesus at His baptism, but left Him before the crucifixion. To them, the body was merely the prison in which the spirit was incarcerated. Therefore, sin committed in the body had no connection to or effect on the spirit.
John forcefully asserts in his letter that they had heard, seen, and touched Jesus Christ Who had truly come in the flesh.
1 John 4:2, "By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God"
John 1:14, "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."
John is the son of Zebedee, the brother of James. He was used by God to pen the Gospel of John, I, II, & III John, a ...
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