The Foundational Message

I. The message is based on a life of personal relationship (1 John 1:1-2).

A. There are several factors that John wishes to establish.

1. Jesus is “from the beginning.”

a. The phrase is most often connected to creation itself.
b. Mark 10:6 -- But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
c. Mark 13:19 -- For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
d. John 8:44 -- Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
e. Acts 15:18 -- Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.
f. Ephesians 3:9 -- And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

2. Jesus is “the Word of life.”

a. The bulk of the term is non-capitalized – “the word” and refers to scripture.
b. The phrase “the word” appears 150 in the New Testament
c. The five (5) times it is capitalized – “the Word” it always refers to the Lord Jesus.
1) John 1:1 -- In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2) John 1:14 -- And the Word was made 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.
3) 1 John 1:1 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, of the Word of life;
3) 1 John 5:7 -- For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
4) Revelation 19:13 -- And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
d. The Word possessed and was/is/shall be the Word of life.
1) John 1:4 -- In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
2) John 5:26 – the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
3) John 6:35 -- And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life:
4) Revelation 21:6 -- And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

3. Jesus’ life was “manifested” to John.

a. John 1:5 -- The “light shine in the darkness”
b. Manifested through miracles
1) 7 great miracles of creation recorded in John’s Gospel.
2) Water into Wine; Healing of Nobleman’s Son; Healing of Paralytic; Feeding the 5,000; Walking on the Water Healing of Blind Man; Raising of Lazarus
c. Manifested through His words.
1) John 7:46 - The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.
2) John 17:8 -- I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me;
d. Manifested through the Transfiguration
1) Matthew 17:2 -- And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
2) Revelation 1:13-15 -- And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters
e. Manifested through His death.
1) John 10:17-18 -- Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
2) John 19:30 -- When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
3) Luke 23:46 -- And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
f. Manifested through His resurrection.
1) Luke 24:5-8 -- Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: . . .The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
2) Acts 17:31 -- he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

B. These facts are doubly verified by the multiple personal interactions.

1. They heard; they saw; they scrutinized; they handled; they bear witness.

2. The repeated process of growing in confidence – belief – faith.

a. Hear
1) Mind
2) Understand
3) Believe
4) Receive
5) Instruction
b. See
1) Eyes
2) Visualize
3) Verify
4) Witness
5) Obey
c. Touch
1) Senses
2) Know
3) Experience
4) Participate
5) Enjoy

II. The message is based on our fellowship with the Father and His Son (1 John 1:3-4).

A. The “fellowship” is expressed in many ways.

1. 1 Corinthians 1:9 -- ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

a. We will love what God loves – 1 John 5:7-11
b. We will love what God requires 1 John 2:3-6

2. Philippians 1:5 -- For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;

3. Philippians 2:1 -- If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy

4. Philippians 3:10 -- That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

5. 1 John 1:3 -- that ye also may have fellowship with us

a. No fellowship without agreement (Amos 3:3)
b. No fellowship with evil (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)

B. The fellowship with God and godly people brings joy.

1. John 15: 7-11 -- If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

2. John 17:13, 21 -- And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. . . . . That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

III. The final and summary message from John about God is that God is light (1 John 1:4)

A. God is light and there is no darkness in him at all.

1. Light is the constant metaphor of “truth” and “holiness” and “righteousness.”

a. John 3:21 -- But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
b. Romans 1:18 -- For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
c. Psalm 43:3 -- O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.
d. Psalm 138:2 -- I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
e. Zechariah 8:3 -- Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain.

B. God IS light – created light demonstrates this unique nature.

1. God is Spirit – John 4:24 – was necessary to become flesh.

2. God is Love – 1 John 4:8 – sometimes misunderstood / obscured

a. God loves the world – but will not tolerate sin
b. God loves us – but will discipline us if needed
c. God loves His son – but executed Him in our place

3. God is Light – no exceptions, no exclusions, most complete of all descriptions.

a. Nature of Light
1) Unchangeable – cannot be made dark
2) Exposes (reveals) everything
3) Source of all life as we know it
4) Bible: holiness/truth/righteousness
5) John 1:4-9 -- In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
6) John 8:12 -- Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
7) John 12:46 -- I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
b. Nature of Darkness
1) Very changeable – small spark impacts
2) Obscures (hides) – makes unclear
3) Will kill life
4) Bible: sin/evil/ungodliness
5) Matthew 6:23 -- But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
6) Jude 1:13 --to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

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