Daily Devotional Thoughts This Week’s Study: 1 John 1:1-6 Monday - Jesus Christ is God from the very beginning!  And we fellowshipped with Him! 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 . . . . (1 John 1:1). As John introduces this letter he begins by telling us this Jesus, whom we saw, touched, and heard was from the very “beginning.”  By this he means that from the very farthest imaginable reaches of time past, Jesus Christ was there! Here is John’s parallel passage in the gospel of John: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made (John 1:1-3). The Word here refers to Jesus Christ and notice “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”  We are talking about the Creator of the universe here.  Catch this profound exclamation from a few verses down (John 1:14): “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” What an awesome God!  A God willing to come down to this earth and live as a human being and, John says, we beheld His glory!  This is the God John wants to share in his epistle. Tuesday - We saw, touched and fellowshipped with God! 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—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—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 (1 John 1:1-3). Jesus Christ’s eternal pre-existence is clearly lain out in these verses.  Notice that He “became flesh.”  That is what the incarnation is all about.  Jesus Christ, God along with God the Father, from ceaseless ages past, this Jesus Christ “became flesh and dwelt among us!” And John writes, we saw Him!  We heard Him!  We touched Him!  This is the Jesus of whom I bear witness!  Imagine it!  That eternal life, God Himself coming as a little human baby.  And we declare Him to you that you may have fellowship with Him, Jesus Christ and with us! Friend, that is what living the Christian life is all about.  Its about fellowship with each other and with Christ.  Are you part of that fellowship?  If not, I invite you to join us today. Wednesday  - I write that your joy may be full. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full (1 John 1:4). Here is the apostle John’s stated reason for writing this letter: “These things we write to you that your joy may be full.”  Christianity should not be lived as a somber, melancholy existence.  Christians are saved from hopelessness.  In fact, Christians are the ONLY people with real hope for the future!  Our joy should be genuine and spontaneous.  Sure, like every other living being here on earth we suffer the trials and sorrows brought by sin.  We may even endure great pain for much of our lives.  The short-term outlook may indeed be bleak.  Yet, we have a glorious future!  Our sins are forgiven, and we have the promise of eternity! "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also (John 14:1-3). Indeed, I look forward to Christ’s soon return don’t you?  Imagine living in a land where no evil exists!  No temptations to sin!  No sad goodbyes, no nursing homes, no intensive care units, no Alzheimer's, no old-age dementia or young-age mental illness.  Only fellowship with our God and heavenly beings!  I’m with the apostle John on this one.  “These things we write to you that your joy may be full.” Thursday - Our God is filled with light! This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.  Can you imagine anyone in whom we find no darkness at all?  Our God is all light with no trace of evil, no darkness at all!  In the gospel of John we read: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:4-5). When you survey world religions you find many false gods, many of whom claim all kinds of inherently evil traits.  The one true God is not only a living God, but He is a God who has no darkness at all!  Are you filled with God’s light today?  Or are you part of the darkness and do not yet comprehend the light God offers you?  Our God, the one true God is a God who is filled with love for His children!  Jesus Christ died that you might be washed clean of your sin and live guilt- free throughout eternity in heaven with Him.  He is asking you to come home to Him just now: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Will you accept His gift today?  Will you surrender fully just now? Friday/Weekend -  If we walk in darkness we have no fellowship with Him. This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth (1 John 1:5-6). Have you ever been involved in something you hoped no one would ever discover?  Have you looked forward to night’s curtain of darkness so you could do things you didn’t want seen or known?  Moral darkness is a terrible place to live.  I know, I’ve been there.  I remember a time when I was glad my automobile was black so it was difficult to see at night.  I’m not proud of that time in my life.  I am proud of my God who not only forgives me, but fellowships with me and fills my life with light. Our text is very clear.  “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”  If we habitually walk in darkness while claiming fellowship with God, we are bold-faced liars and are not practising “the truth.” The good news?  We can turn away from darkness and be filled with light.  It happens as we turn from sin and invite Jesus into our lives.  “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20).
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