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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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James Purpose Statement

James Purpose Statement

Whenever we begin an in depth study of any book of the Bible, we should ask the question, “For what purpose did this apostle write this book?”  James contrasts two ways of life, the way of the converted and the way of the unconverted in order to demonstrate that genuine conversion produces Christ-like values, patterns of thinking, and patterns of action.  As one reads the book, he should be struck with the reality, that there are two kinds of righteousness that relate to believers.  One is positional or legal, while the other is practical.

Positional or legal righteousness is a gift from God, received from God at conversion, based solely on the work of Christ when one places his faith in Christ alone.  This righteousness is the primary subject in Romans 3:21-22.  According to Romans 3 and Ephesians 2, it is by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone, and is not of our works in any way.  This is the righteousness that believers receive when they are justified.

Practical righteousness is produced by God in the lives of converted people as they walk by faith in communion with Him.  This righteousness could be rightly called the fruit of the Spirit or the fruit of abiding in Christ, and is the emphasis of Galatians 5, John 15, and Philippians 2:12.

Positional righteousness provides our legal standing before God as saints, forgiven and related properly to our heavenly Father, while practical righteousness demonstrates to men the genuineness of our profession of faith.  As you read the book of James carefully, I believe you will see the relationship between these two types of righteousness, and how they relate to the believer.

Pastor Joel Porcher Anchor Baptist Mission, Cape Coast Ghana

 

 
 

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