EPISTLE OF LOVEChapter OneINTRODUCTION
: Throughout history, the church has had to contend with false prophets andfalse doctrine. This was no less true in the Apostle John’s day. At the time John wrote, aninfluential group began to trouble the church. They claimed to know all the mysteries of theuniverse, but denied much of what our Lord and His Apostles taught. They denied that Christhad “come in the flesh” (I John 4:3). Without going into great detail about this heresy, suffice itto say that false doctrines die hard.Even today, we are combating certain elements of this same heresy. There are those whodeny the Virgin Birth, who say it is impossible for there to have been a “God-man”. John saysthis is the “spirit of anti-Christ” (I John 4:3b). Others say, as they did in John’s day, that it is possible to live above sin, to be completely sinless. “No”, John said. “No one is totally withoutsin”, (I John 1:8, 10). Against all false teachers, we are to be on our guard; and if a teacher or teaching is questionable, we are to “try the spirits whether they are of God” (I John 4:1).
I.THE REALITY OF THE INCARNATION
(Verses l, 2)
John’s message is of Jesus Christ
. He has four great things to say in these verses aboutJesus. l.
He was from the beginning
. Beyond time in eternity past.2.
God took upon Himself an actual human body
. One that could be seen andfelt (see also John 1:1 - 14).3.
He is the Word of Life.
The source and fountain of life.4.
He is eternal
. He had always been with the Father (John 1:1, 2).B.
John also presents four evidences from his own personal experience of Christ
He says that he has heard Him
. "Faith cometh by hearing...”2.
He says that he has seen Him
. “Look and live”3.
He says that he has looked (gazed) on Him
. To look saved, to gaze makes oneholy.4.
He says that his hands actually touched Christ
. He was no phantom or merevision.66