1 John 1:1-4
Experiential Relationship with God through Jesus Christ
John speaks to those under his immediate influence in terms of things they had experienced.
John’s words are: “we have heard”; “we have seen”, “we have looked upon (examined)”, “we have touched”.
It is critical we have experiential relationship with God through Jesus Christ. The reason for Christ's coming is to introduce us to God in terms we can understand and relate to. The power of the gospel is not that it is illusive but that we have access to the Father through it.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the way to the Father. Jesus is the manifestation of the Word of God or Jesus is “God With us”.
The crux (most important) point John is making here is that God has manifest himself in and through Jesus Christ. The “life” the “word of life” and “eternal life” are made manifest through Jesus Christ.
1 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
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—
3 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.
A personal experiential relationship with Christ is critical to the fullness of joy and fellowship with the Father and the Son. How can I have an experiential relationship?
• I have not heard Jesus with the natural ear
• I have not seen Jesus with the natural eye
• I Have not observed Jesus (examined) looked upon him living in a natural sense
• I have not touched Jesus with my hands