Who is Jesus? He is the “Word of life.”
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our own eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.” 1 John 1:1, 2, NIV.
John begins his Epistle by assuring the readers that what he is about to write is not merely an idea or a product of imagination. John insisted that he is proclaiming a real message because; he has seen, he has heard, he has even touched with his own hands the Messiah whom he proclaims.
The message John declared to the faithful is the “Word of God.” The “Word of life” above refers to the “Word of God” because the Word of God is life. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… In him was life, and that life was the light of man.” John 1:1, 4, NIV. John did not doubt, and he firmly insisted that Jesus Christ is the Word of God and that Jesus has the life of men in him. Jesus supports John’s testimony; “I am the way and the truth and the life…”, John 14:6, NIV.
The literal rendering in the Greek language of the John 1`:1 is, “What God was the Word was.” God is the source of all life. God became man and therefore the life, the new and eternal life, was given to humankind, in Jesus Christ. “For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself.” John 5:26, NIV. The 1 John, therefore, testifies about the life we have in Jesus Christ because John had direct and personal experience and interaction with the “Life of men”; the eternal life God gave to the new humankind. “The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the Father and has appeared to us.” 1 John 1:2, NIV. Why did John proclaim the “Word of life”? “We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship with the Father and with the Son, Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:3, NIV.
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