Welcome to Growing Christian Resources, where you can search over 2,000 resources pertaining to your Christian walk, the explanation and defense of the Christian worldview and links to audio and video resources. Please checkout the New Hope podcast at www.gcrpodcast.wordpress.com and www.newhope-ny.org. For those desiring to dig-deeper into the scriptures, please check out www.biblicalexegete.wordpress.com.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
1 John 1:3 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.
How Christ the Living WORD is truly mind-blowing
When John wrote what he wrote by inspiration of the Holy Ghost, He undoubtedly had many concepts going through his mind as he penned about the Living WORD Jesus Christ.
Jewish thought in the Old Testament and "The Word"
As a Jew, John would had
been thinking of such Old Testament passages that refer to this “WORD” like
Psalm 33:6 “By the Word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of
His mouth all their host”.As much as
this text could easily refer to the words of God creating the heavens and the
earth, it is equally in reference to the Creative Word that had been with God
from eternity.Psalm 103:20 assigns
personal qualities to this Word – “Bless the LORD, you His angels, Mighty in
strength, who perform His word, Obeying the voice of His Word!”The Jewish scriptures hinted to this idea of
“Word” as perhaps being some type of personalized creative aspect of the God of
Eternity. They knew that without the Word, spoken or Eternal, creation itself
would never had become a reality.Creation
would had been locked forever in the eternal mind of God.Only when God spoke did the creation, ever on
His mind, become a reality.
Greek thought and the New Testament truth about "The Word"
Though a Jew, John wrote His letter in the Greek tongue.Any Greek speaking person would had
recognized the usage of the term “word” (Greek Logos) as perhaps referring to
that unnamed force that held everything in the universe and all life
together.Yet what he writes is that
“The Word” is not a force, but a Person.This Person of the Word, which for the Jews was Eternal, and for the
Greeks the force holding all things together, was manifested in frail, yet
John was captured since He saw what the Jews and Greeks said could never be seen
The Jews stated that if anyone ever beheld the face of God,
death would come.The Greeks taught that
the Eternal Word or Logos was impersonal and unseen.John is captured by the fact that he not only
saw the personification of the Eternal revealed in human flesh, He talked with Him and
walked with Him!
Christ the Living WORD desires joyful fellowship with His people through the Written Word
John writes these words in 1 John 1:3 “3what 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.” To
have fellowship is to have something in common.Christ in his humanity came to have something in common with us, so that
we could have something in common with Him.John is inviting us to treasure the rainbow of Christ’s deity in
humanity, and to share in the eternal joy of the Father.