by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
First John 1:1

The theme of First John is the Believer's participation in eternal life, which is the Life of God Himself, begun now in us/manifested imperfectly, but which will be perfectly manifested in Glory. We have it now---eternal life! In First John we have the thoughts of God relative to eternal life and our glorious privilege of having a share in it.

In verse 1 we read, "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, of the Word of Life." There are three things here: Christ's DEITY, His HUMANITY, and His MESSAGE unto us of grace and salvation.

Christ's Deity

First of all, Christ's Deity, His Eternality. "That which was from the beginning." We know John is talking about Christ because he speaks of The Word of Life. This title of Christ, The Word of Life, is mentioned in the Gospel of John and in the Revelation. Those two books and this book are from the hand of John, the beloved Apostle who leaned on Jesus' breast. So the reference is to Christ, He Who was from the beginning.

John is talking about His eternality, about His pre existence before He ever became man, about His Deity. Now this could not be said of any man. You wouldn't say of any man that he was "from the beginning of the creation," which is what from the beginning means in this passage. In the opening verse of John's Gospel he writes, "In the beginning was the Word (Christ)," Here he says from the beginning. It refers to His Deity, that Jesus Christ existed with God in the beginning before He ever became man, and therefore He is God, Deity Himself.

In John 17:5 He speaks of the glory He had with the Father before the world was, That is, in a glorious state before the world ever came into existence, Jesus existed as God's beloved Son. God took great delight in Jesus before the world ever had its conception, its beginning. ...

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