1st John 1:1-2-That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us
John has seen Jesus. John was Jesus’ best friend. John was Jesus’ most trusted disciple. Jesus told him, from the cross, to take care of his mother. When John says we, he means he and the other disciples. He is giving his credentials before he begins to teach about Jesus. He is letting you know that there is no one that we can trust more to tell us about Jesus.
The “WORD OF LIFE” means God’s promise about ETERNAL Life. You’ve heard people say “I give you my Word” and it means I give you my promise and Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and THE LIFE”. So it means God’s Promise concerning the new life found in his Son.
What does manifest mean
Manifest– In the Old Testament, God put words in the prophets mouths that point to a coming Messiah(Isaiah 53) . But it wasn’t completely understood. So manifest means to make known that which was previously not completely known.
1st John 1:3-4- That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
This is evangelism. Evangel means GOOD NEWS. Evangelism is proclaiming that GOOD NEWS. They saw Jesus and they heard the Good News Jesus was preaching. And that News is so good that they can’t help but share it. How about You??!! They are filled with Joy because they are able to share such wonderful good news.
1st John 1:5– This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
John 8:12- Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 12:46- I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.
What does this word LIGHT mean here? I have “seen the light” does not mean that I saw the sun or a light bulb that has been turned on. It means that I have finally understood something I hadn’t previously understood. Light and darkness, in this instance is the same as seeing and blindness. It is spiritual. OOOhhhhh, I see! If you are in a dark room that is unfamiliar, you have no idea what the room looks like. But turn the light on and we can see. If we are not saved we are standing in a dark, unfamiliar world whether we know it or not. When Jesus the Light enters, we are shocked to see how dark the world is and we were.
2 Corinthians 4:6- For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
1st John 1:6- If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
Fellowship- Greek word is koinōnia. It means intimate close relationship.
It is impossible to have an intimate relationship with an all-powerful being that calls Himself LIGHT and walk in darkness. You can’t walk on the beach on a sunny cloudless day and it be dark at the same time. It’s impossible and doesn’t even make sense and it would be ridiculous to even think that were possible. What John is saying is it is just as impossible that you can say you’ve been Born Again into a relationship with Christ and yet still live a Sinful life. God is light. Sin is darkness. Those two things shouldn’t co-exist.