Pamphlet 1544 1 John kc 1-2
It goes without saying that the apostle John knew exactly who Jesus Christ was.
He knew that He was Life Eternal who has always existed.
He knew that Jesus Christ was the very Word of God and that Word was God!
Here is what John wrote in the first verse of his gospel:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
It should be evident to even the most casual reader that both were penned by the same John, the one who humbly referred to himself as the "disciple whom Jesus loved" (Jn. 21:7, 20).
1 John 1:1
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, of the Word of life;
John KNEW that he had personally HEARD the living Word of God with his own ears, SEEN Him with his own eyes (even in His Glory at the Transfiguration) and literally TOUCHED the very WORD OF LIFE with his own hands!!
He actually hugged the Living Word, Life Eternal, He who always was, is and always shall be!
How is that possible?
Here's how as John explains:
 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
John and his companions actually got to hear, see and touch Him.
It is almost hard to imagine how incredible this is!
Once again, He who is Eternal Life Himself APPEARED and made Himself known to us, i.e. was made manifest, in the form of lowly flesh so we mortal human beings could actually SEE Him.
Think about it!
The Living Word of God became flesh!
Now open your spiritual eyes to SEE and your spiritual ears to HEAR and understand the following verse because John is passing this tremendous news on to us.
He is telling us that the Word of Life, the Word of God, is not only REAL but we can actually have that same close fellowship with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ that the disciples had!
1 John 1:3
That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
It is also true that fellowship with Him produces a joy that cannot be contained, for as we shall see in the next few verses, God is Light, and if you walk with Him, that light will be in you and it will shine brightly wherever you go!
 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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