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Take The Name Of Jesus With You

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As we begin this study of 1 John I want us to understand this book in the way we could a mousetrap
Not that we get caught in anything
But in the sense that a mousetrap is one of the simplest mechanical tools for catching a mouse yet is it quite captivating because of it’s simplicity
Think about a mousetrap, what can you completely redesign that could improve it, or what could you take away to make it simpler.
What could you add
The base, you could change that but what are you going to replace it with? Another base
The spring…it would be replaced with another type of spring or a stronger one
The classic mousetrap cannot be improved yet it is so simple
So we come to the book of 1 John
Such a simple book yet you can get lost in the depths of and extent of it’s insight
John uses a simple book with simple language to plunge the depths of how to live out our Christian lives in the midst of fellow Christians and false teachers
John is revealing in this short epistle how to live a pure life, combat error, all while living a life of love.
As we begin to look into this short epistle I want us to come to some preliminary understandings
-That the epistle is well known for its theme of love
1 John 4:7 is one of the more well known verses on love in this epistle
1 John 4:7 KJV 1900
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
Why is John writing to these people about the love of God?
Not because it was Valentines day
Not because he had nothing better to write about
Jhn is writing to them about the love of God because they had lost their love for each other and for those in their communities
We often look to the Corinthians when it comes to dysfunctional churches
This church was no different
There were major relational and theological issues within the church
John is addressing love because there was so little within the church
John is going to start out with the declaration of the person and work of Jesus Christ.
There is not cordial greeting
Not Grace and Peace to you like Paul would write
John gets straight to the point
The declaration of Jesus
Main truth-
The truths that are revealed to us about Jesus Christ are the foundation for all that we believe and have hope in...
Transition #1-
What is being taught? (Explain the passage and draw out the 1st century truth)
The way the grammar is laid out here in these verses we will be dealing with verse 1 and the first 11 words of verse 3
The reason for this is that we do not find the subject of what John is driving at until the beginning of verse three
Verse two is paranthetical
The sentence would read like this:
King James Version Chapter 1

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;

King James Version Chapter 1

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you

The subject and main focus of the sentence is found in verse three and so we will work backward and look at verse three and then we will go back to verse one for some relative clauses
So…verse three we come to the phrase that which we have seen and heard declare we to you
This is the main point John is trying to make
The declaration
What is that declaration?
That is where the five clauses of verse on come in
WHat does John declare to his readers?
a- “That which was from the beginning”…John is declaring the eternality of Jesus Christ
He is declaring that Jesus is the I Am that I Am
He is at creation in the first chapter in Genesis
He is found all through the OT as the Angel of the Lord
John shares a similar truth in John 1
King James Version Chapter 1

IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

John is declaring to his readers that Jesus was more than just a man…He is also the second person of the eternal Godhead who was at creation and has been sustaining creation ever since
b- John then goes into a second clause...”which we have heard”
John is declaring to his readers that Jesus Christ came to this earth and lived a human life…Jesus was 100% God and 100% man.
That God the Father and the Holy Spirit of God are transcendent
That is unlike other belief systems the triune God of the bible wants to have a relationship with His creation and has worked through human history to make that possible.
God is not like the elite of our society
He is not the High and lifted on that we read of for the purpose of separating Himself from us.
God very much is the High and lifted up one
He is our Sovereign, our God
But not to the exclusion of having a relationship with us
Jesus tells us that He came to seek and save the lost
This idea of God’s transcendence leads to the third clause John declares and that is
c- that which we have seen with our eyes
John is declaring Jesus’ physical appearance
He has already declared Jesus’ deity by way of His eternality
He has declared Jesus’ transcendance
He does so by declaring that he has seen Jesus with his own eyes
How do you argue with someone who has seen the physical apperence of someone or something?
You can’t
You don’t have to believe it but you sure cant disprove it!
John says I have seen him..It reminds me of Andrew in John 1:41
John 1:41 KJV 1900
He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.
Then he brings Peter to see the Messiah with his own eyes
So John has shared Jesus’ eternality, his transcendence and that he appeared to them
He did more than appear to them
d- We have looked upon…Jesus not only appeared the them He revealed Himself to them
Im going to guess that as Jesus walked around the streets of Jerusalem a lot of people saw Him
In Luke chapter 8 Jesus is on his way to heal the daughter of Jarius and he is completely surrounded by a massive crowd of people
There could have been hundreds of people surrounding him yet a fail woman that has been sick for many years touches the hem of his coat and Jesus reveals Himself to her
In turn He is revealing Himself to those around her but in that intimate moment the creator and sustainer of the heavens and earth takes the time to not only be seen by this woman but to reveal Himself to her
John is declaring that Jesus revealed Himself to John and John is about the business of declaring these things to those around him
John adds a bit of extra to this clause by adding that they did not just see Jesus but with their own hands have touched Him…Jesus is the Word of Life
And John saw Him, and Jesus revealed Himself to John and John interacted with Jesus physically
John’s fifth clause is one that repeats what has been stated
e- Verse 3
That which we have seen and heard
John is using repetition to reinforce the fact that he was one of the disciples that actually spent enough time with Jesus to go beyond seeing Him but John had the Son of God revealed to him
John closes his Gospel by saying
And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Jn 21:25.
john experienced so much in his time with Jesus and could do nothing else but try to declare as much as he could
Transition #2-
How do we understand this in our context? (Bridge 1st century truth to today)
So John saw the eternal transcendent God
And he dedicated hi life to declaring these things to those around him.
So John not only saw Jesus but had an intimate relationship with him.
And..we can’t see and physically handle Jesus, so how can this sentence have anything in it for me?
Lets quickly walk through these five clauses and flesh that out
a- Jesus is eternal
This is one of the more critical point we need to understand
It is equally important to us today that Jesus is eternal as it was to John
John needed a sinless human being to die on the Cross of Calvary for his sins
John needed a savior
Jesus, as the Son of God, is the only one who could have been that perfect sacrifice for us
Jesus’ eternality is vital to what we believe
The fact that the Son of God came and died for my sins is the foundation for the hope that lies within me
And not just because I am a pastor, but because I am a sinner saved by grace it is my privilege to go on declaring the same truths that John was here
b- Jesus is transcendent
The same is true as we saw earlier
The triune God head wants to have a relationship with creation and made a way for that to happen
and that was by the third clause...
c- Jesus appeared
He lived and breathed…He laughed and cried…He hungered and thirsted
He lived a human life in order to not only be seen by men but to, our fourth clause (d), reveal to men that He came to save them from their sins...
For each person who has placed their faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins there was a moment Jesus revealed Himself to you
You do not come to a saving faith in Jesus without a revelation of who Jesus is
That is a truth that John declared all the way up to his death
That is a truth that we as believers need to be declaring to the world around us.
e- Jesus has allowed me to see him and hear him
So we get to this fifth clause…John saw and heard Jesus
If you have placed your faith in Jesus the next step in the process is what we call sanctification or discipleship.
We start to read the Bible
We begin the process of developing a prayer life
And by these things we come to see Jesus and to heard from Him
We call out to him for wisdom, for assistance and He answers and we are able to see His existence by way of His works in our lives
We “hear” his love for us through His answering of prayer and by keeping the promises He makes in the Bible
We see and hear Jesus but just in a bit of a different way than John did
Transition #3-
How do we live this out in our context? (Application of the biblical truth to us personally)
I don’t want to leave this text before looking at how this practically impacts our lives
I think in this instance the better question would be how do these clauses not impact my life.
They are the foundation for all I believe
If you removed any of them i would crumble like a house of cards
How do these truths impact me?!?!? How have they not?!?!?!?!
If something like these truths have so deeply impacted who you are and what you believe about the world around you HOW CAN YOU KEEP QUIET????
Not only are there direct commands in Scripture to be about declaring the truths of the gospel
Let’s be real…when something deeply impacts us we talk about it
When the Packers lose to the Bears…or if they beat the Vikings it is the talk of the town
It’s in all the papers
It’s all over social media
We give voice to what motivated us and excites us
Do we get as excited about sharing the life changing truths of the Gospel with those around us as we do the score of the Brewer game
If we have experienced these same five clauses as John
If Jesus Christ has so impacted us then their is but one response
King James Version Chapter 1

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you

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