” 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; For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us – 1 John 1: 1-2 ”
These verses are a candid yet encouraging meditation on life in a community whose Lord is Jesus.
Jesus as a Divine person, the Word of life, the Word of God, appeared in human nature, that He might be the author and Giver of eternal life to mankind, through the redemption of His blood, and the influence of His new-creating Spirit.
The apostles however, declared what they had seen and heard as a “ first “ batch of believers, that we, today believers might share their comforts and everlasting advantages. They had free access to God the Father; they had a happy experience of the truth, in their souls, and showed its excellence in their lives. This communion of believers with the Father, and the Son, is begun and kept up by the influence of the Holy Spirit to those who have dispose their hearts to receive Him as our Lord and personal Savior. Therefore, the benefits Christ bestows are for all: The joy & happiness of communion with God is all-sufficient.