Rev. Dr. Lawrence Rast, president of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study 1 John 1:1-4.
St. John plows right into everything he wants his hearers to know and believe concerning the love of God in Jesus. He proclaims Jesus as the true eternal God who has taken on true humanity. John, the other apostles, and many other eyewitnesses truly saw, touched, and heard Jesus, who has made manifest to the world the eternal life that comes from the Father. John now proclaims this so that, through faith in Christ, we would share in fellowship with the true God and with the whole Church. In both the proclamation and the hearing of this Gospel, God brings to us the fullness of joy.
“The Love of God” is a series on Sharper Iron that goes through the three epistles written by St. John the Apostle and Evangelist. As St. John rejoiced to be the disciple loved by Jesus, so he writes his epistles to give us the same joy when we know that we are the beloved of God. God’s love for us in Jesus shapes our lives as Christians in all that we believe, say, and do.
Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God’s Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen.
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1 John 1:1-4
The Word of Life
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And we are writing these things so that our[a] joy may be complete.
- 1 John 1:4 Some manuscripts your
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. esv.org