“A Credible Witness”
Why should we listen/read John?
- He is an Apostle of Jesus (Apostolic calling)
- He was commissioned by Jesus (Apostolic authority)
- He was an eyewitness of Jesus (Apostolic witness)
Like Peter, he wants people to know the truth about Jesus, not some made up version of events. (See 1 Peter 1:10-12 & 2 Peter 1:16)
1 John 1:1-4 NKJV 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, concerning the Word of life— 2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.
John's epistles address several important topics, including...
- Revelation (To whom has God entrusted with sharing the truth?)
- Incarnation (Is Jesus Christ "God in human flesh"?)
- Redemption (By what means is eternal life obtained?)
- Inclusion (Who can rightly claim they have a legit relationship with God?)
John wrote these epistles to reassert what is true about Jesus, not insert something new about Him.
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