FIRST THINGS FIRST

Well, here you are. God has you here and reading these words for a reason. He loves you. God doesn’t reveal Himself by writing paragraphs in the sky. He doesn’t come and sit with you on the couch at your home and have a conversation. He doesn’t speak through others to you in a way that is complete. A great preacher named Adrian Rogers once said that sometimes he doesn’t know whether the voice in his head was his own, God’s or the devil himself. He was trying to make a point that the only place to know for sure that God is speaking is in the Bible.

Our world is a mess. Many of our lives are a mess. But the Bible has all the answers. It is the operators manual for the human machine. Let’s get started shall we?

We are going to start with 1st John, written by Jesus’ best friend when he was on earth, John the Apostle. We will cover anywhere from 4 to 10 verses every day. I’ll stop and explain important words or phrases:

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— 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—

Word of life     manifest     proclaim

John has seen Jesus. He lived with Him for three years. 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. John 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 than John himself.

The first thing I’ve underlined from today’s reading is “word of life”. 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 “word of life” means God’s Promise concerning eternal life found only 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.

phaneroō –Greek word for manifest that means to make manifest or visible or known what has been hidden or unknown, to manifest, whether by words, or deeds, or in any other way.

 

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