Friday, January 27, 2006

I John 1:3

We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard,
so that you also may have fellowship with us.

And our fellowship is with the Father and with His son, Jesus Christ.

(NIV)


Now we start to get to the motivation of this proclamation. We get to hear one of the reasons as to why John is writing this book.

He states it clearly, "so that you also may have fellowship with us." The word for fellowship, in the Greek, is the same word that was used to describe the language that they spoke. The New Testament is written in the common Greek language. And that word common is a form of the word that we see as the word fellowship.

It has the idea of a close partnership, or an intimate relationship. There is that closeness like two people walking down the same path, arm in arm.

John's desire is for fellowship. He wants us to have that same kind of closeness that he has had with Christ.

Now remember, John is the same guy that when he penned the words of his gospel, would only refer to himself as, "the disciple whom Jesus loved..." His name was forgotten, his identity was wrapped up in Christ. Their fellowship was close.

Now, he wants us to have that. He wants us to be on the mount and see Christ. He wants us to experience laying our head on Christ during the last supper. He wants us to be invited to the garden prayer. He wants us to be at the foot of the cross when others have gone astray. He wants us to be right there, with Christ, all of the time.

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