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 hwas 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— 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. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. 1 John 1:1-4 (ESV)
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The Source of our Fellowship
One of my assignments this semester is to write an paper on 1 John 1:1-4. My job is study the passage and argue a thesis based on the grammar, syntax (how the words fit together), and context. My thesis is:
The incarnate Son of God (Jesus Christ) is the source of believers' fellowship with God and one another.
For the Christian who reads this post, I would like to ask you to do two things.
First, I want you to think about your experience of fellowship both with God and with others lately. Are things going wonderfully or terribly (or somewhere in between)? Whatever it is, are you looking to Christ, who is true God and true man, as the source of your fellowship with God and other Christians? Is Christ the source of your confidence as you approach God in public and private worship? Is Christ the focus of your bond with other Christians as you seek to have meaningful fellowship with them? By God's grace, I want to focus more on Christ in order to grow in these two areas, and I encourage you to do the same.
Second, will you pray for me as I work on my paper. It is due next Thursday, April 29.