1 John 1:1-4
The one who existed from the beginning is the one we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is Jesus Christ, the Word of life. 2 This one who is life from God was shown to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and announce to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was shown to us. 3 We are telling you about what we ourselves have actually seen and heard, so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We are writing these things so that our joy will be complete.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

John was one of Christ’s original disciples.  He was the “the disciple Jesus loved.”(John 21:20) This letter was written at about 85 A.D. from Ephesus, before John’s exile to the island of Patmos, before he wrote the Revelation of Jesus Christ.  Jerusalem had been destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. and Christians had been scattered around the world.  John knew his life was coming to an end and wrote this letter to put believers back on track.  He knew that when all of those who knew Christ as a person would soon be gone, that Christians would have to continue on without this first hand witness.  He clarifies that they had a person to person relationship with Christ. That they had lived with Him, had touched Him, and they had heard Him.  But most of all that they had fellowship with Him and now all believers who knew John could have fellowship with Him.  All believers could have fellowship with Christ because they had fellowship with John.  We too can have fellowship with Christ because of John’s testimony, because of his written word.  Because God worked through those who knew Christ personally and they wrote about that experience, those who read and believe can have fellowship with Christ.  And having fellowship with God will bring joy and make us complete.  The Word was given to us through those who personally knew Him, and because of their relationship with Christ, we can have a relationship with Christ.  True fellowship is a personal and spiritual interaction through a living relationship with Christ.  And is for all who believe Him and we can believe Him because of the witness of those who knew Him first.

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