Tag Archives: Eternal Life

John’s Purpose John 1:1-4


When we consider the last post, we were reminded how easy it is to twist words when the whole conversation has not been considered.  Each part serves a particular aspect under-girding the writer’s main point, so I want us to begin our study of 1 John in that place, John’s main point. John writes in verses 1-4 “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…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. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”

What captures your attention in the opening of John’s letter? Three thoughts come to my mind. First, John’s words in the opening of this epistle draw our attention to the opening words of two other books in the Bible, the gospel of John and Genesis. Notice the similarities between “That which was from the beginning…the Word of life…”, “In the beginning was the Word…”, and “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…” All three passages emphasize the eternality of the central figure in these books, God. In Genesis, the central figure is Yahweh the Creator. In John’s gospel, the central figure is the Word, the Creator, and in 1 John again, we find the Word of Life. Secondly, John’s words draw our attention to the physical reality of the incarnation of Christ. He says: “that which we have heard, our hands have handled, and that which we have seen and heard we declare unto you…” John is writing as a witness of physical events that he personally experienced, and then he is going to relate those events to the spiritual well-being of his church congregation. Apart from the incarnation of Christ, there could be no eternal life. Thirdly, John is going to emphasize his main point for writing the epistle. He says “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us…And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.” John’s purpose can be summarized generally with the following statement: John wrote the his epistle confronting false teaching concerning the person of Christ and the nature of the Christian life, because he wanted these Christians to have a vibrant Christian experience as they walk in fellowship with God. God wants you to have a vibrant Christian experience as you walk in fellowship with Him, as well; therefore He preserved these words for your growth as a Christian. In our next post, I would like to dig a little deeper into John’s purpose, a vibrant Christian experience.


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What Works are Required to Acquire Eternal Salvation?

In John 6, several disciples came to Jesus and asked Him a penetrating a direct question.  What works must we do to do the will of God?  They asked the question, expecting Him to give them a list of righteous laws to keep, in order to secure a righteous standing before Him.  The answer Christ gave, might surprise you.  Listen carefully, to the answer to this very important question regarding salvation and works.


Posted by on July 6, 2013 in Studies in John


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Is it Possible to Worship and Follow Christ, yet Not Enter His Eternal Kingdom?

Is it possible to worship and follow Christ, yet not enter His eternal kingdom?  Are all faithful, sincere church attenders possessors of eternal life and future citizens of the eternal kingdom of God?  The following video is partial content summary of our Thursday study on John 6.


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Who Needs God’s Grace More: The Shameless Sinner or the Sincere Preacher?

Who is in the better position before God, the shameless sinner or the sincere preacher? Is their position really any different? Who needs God’s grace more? The following video addresses this question by reflecting on John 3-4.


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How Many Times Can a Person be Born Spiritually?


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Why Does Jesus Call Salvation a New Birth?


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Does My Birth Family Affect My Standing Before God?


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