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One of the greatest tragedies of life is the inability or the neglect of a father to pass on to his children the benefits of his experience.

Fathers must instruct, warn, and encourage their children.

For the next while Wednesday evenings messages will be from John’s first epistle and are titled “The Counsel of a Spiritual Father to His Children.”

Today we are discussing The Christ We Preach.


1 John 1:3 (ESV)

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.

Scripture Reading

1 John 1:1-4 (ESV)

The Word of Life

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 life 

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.


First John is the most intimate letter in the New Testament.

Although John touched on many fundamental doctrines and truths within the Christian faith, it was not his purpose to write formally or systematically, as was most often true with the apostle Paul.

First John deals with family matters.

We might compare it to a letter from a father to his small children who need to be encouraged, perhaps reprimanded, and mostly to be reminded that God is love and that they are to manifest God’s love constantly through their lives.

Yet there was an immediate reason why John wrote this letter when he did.

A group of so called Christians known as Gnostics were perpetrating a heresy within the church.

They were teaching that all matter is inherently evil, and God, being good, could have nothing to do with evil matter.

Therefore they taught that God could not have been incarnate in the body of Jesus.

They said that Jesus only appeared to have lived in the flesh, that He was nothing more than a phantom.

To John this false teaching was taking the heart out of the Christian faith.

So his letter is s manifesto, that is, it proclaims what is shown and proved in the life of Jesus Christ. 

In the start of Johns letter (1 John 1:1-4) he told us three things about Jesus, and then he developed these truths in the remainder of the letter.

  1. John said that Jesus is the source of our life in 1 John 1:1-2.
  1. John plunged into a series of proofs attesting to Jesus’ humanity.

First, he said that he and his fellow disciples heard Jesus speak.

The verb heard is in the perfect tense, which means they had heard Jesus not just one time, but repeatedly, and His words had been etched in their hearts.

B. Next John declared that he had seen Jesus.

The word John used for “seen” means more than having received a visual image.

It means that he had understood, perceived, discerned.

Then John said, ‘which we have looked upon.”

Here he used another word that means to gaze at with wonder, awe, or reverence.

C. Finally, John said that he had “handled” Jesus with his hands.

This is the word Jesus used after His resurrection to prove to His disciples that He was not a spirit but that He had a body.

Luke 24:39 (ESV)

39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”

First John 1:2 is an expansion of what John said in verse 1.

Jesus, the source of our life, has been manifested, and there is no way that His existence, death, or resurrection can be denied!

2. John said that Jesus is the subject of our preaching in 1 John 1:3

  1. In verse 1 John spoke of the “Word of life”.

These words were the dawn that broke through the darkness of sin.

But now the dawn became noon, as John identified the Word of life as Jesus Christ, God’s Son.

And this Christ is the One whom we have seen with the eyes of our souls and heard through the living words of Scripture.

B. John said something that shocked every God fearing Jew who would not so much pronounce the name of God.

He said, “Our fellowship is with the Father.”

How dare a sinful creature presume that he can fellowship with the almighty God of creation!

C. The secret lay in the blessed intercessor, Jesus Christ.

He introduced people to God as “the Father.”

Our fellowship with God as heavenly Father comes through our relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. 

Therefore Jesus, and Jesus alone, is the subject of our preaching.

3. John wrote about sharing our faith in 1 John 1:4.

  1. Note the order here, Real joy comes after fellowship with God, His Son, and His children has been established.

This unique relationship enables unto experience true joy.

B. Jesus desired that His followers have joyful hearts.

Never in the Bible are Christians instructed to be depressed or pessimistic.

One of the goals Jesus had in mind as He taught His disciples was for them to experience joy.

John 15:11 (ESV)

11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

C. What was the joy that filled Jesus’ soul?

It was the completion of our salvation.

Hebrews 12:2 (ESV)

2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Likewise, our joy is based on the finished work of Jesus on the cross.

Salvation and joy are inseparable.

This contagious joy adds an effective note to the sharing of our faith. 


This is the Christ whom we preach.

He is the source of our life, the subject of our preaching.

Because of who He is, we share our faith so that others may know this joy that we cant contain.

Until next time

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I really want to encourage you to be diligent with your Bible study time, because God has so much more for us than we can get from just going to church once or twice a week and hearing someone else talk about the Word.

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