Last week’s emails were not up-loaded – so now we continue at email Number 321
Many thanks to Derek for holding the fort on the daily email last week, and giving some helpful input on the person and the work of the Holy Spirit, very appropriate in the week leading up to Pentecost.
I like to have a variety in the different parts of the Bible that we look at together, so we move for a while to one of the New Testament letters, 1 John. I don’t think this is as well-known as some taken as a whole, but we will come across some more familiar verses and phrases as we journey through.
Some brief general notes before a short introductory passage. It is generally thought that the letter is written by the same author who wrote John’s Gospel, and we will come across similarities between the 2.There are several hints in the text about why John wrote this letter, but a good summary verse is Ch.5 v.13, ‘I write these things to you who believe in the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.’ (Which is comparable to a key verse in John’s Gospel, Ch.20 v.31 – do look it up.)
So, today’s passage is 1 John Ch.1 vs.1-4.Again this has similarities in style with the opening of John’s Gospel, Ch.1 vs.1-18, which we sometimes have as a Christmas reading. But here right at the beginning John is spelling out the One who is the key to this whole letter, ‘the Word of life’ (v.1), as well as laying out his credentials to write about Him, because he John, along with others, were eye-witnesses to all that Jesus did and spoke about. ‘… that which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched… ‘ (v.1); and ‘We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard…’ (v.3).
And so John wants his readers to have eternal life (v.2), fellowship with him, and therefore with the Father and the Son (v.3), and that his or maybe their joy may be complete (v.4) – all wonderful aims.
From our extended address/prayer list let us pray today for – Sally – Terry, praying that as we return to regular services in the building, that they might re-join us.