[The Apostle John wrote five books of the New Testament. He
[John to convince sinners]
[Revelation to comfort saints]
[The epistles (1-3 John) Confirm Saints]
[This epistle has for its theme the words “know,”
“fellowship,” and “life.”]
[What is this fellowship?
It is the fellowship with the life that comes from our Lord Jesus Christ.
If you are living without Jesus you are living without life, you are
living a dead life.
You don’t have life you
have existence. God wants
you to have life through Christ.
Man is a spirit and he needs spiritual life, the life that can only be found
through Jesus Christ.]
[Live vs Evil
What the apostle John is speaking of here is the “Word of Life.”
If you take the word live and spell it backwards it spells evil.
Too many people are just living life backwards, and their lives are evil.]
[In our Christian life, our abounding eternal life there is a
communion to Cherish. It is called
fellowship, and it is a strengthening, growing, and maturing part of our
spiritual well being and nature.]
[In order to live this
life in Christ the apostle John tells us we need three things.
What is this life? ]
This Life Is:
That Is Established (vs 1-2; 2 John 1.9-11) [–
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; - The devil always wants to
muddy things, so the devil, since the beginning has tried to distort who Jesus
[The Gnostics felt that they had
superior knowledge, we might call them
the know it all’s.
They were too intellectual to think that God could have
come to earth in human flesh, because anything that was material was evil. So
they believed that the true Messiah could not have had a material physical body.
They believed that the Jesus that was here on earth was a ghost or
phantom. The apostle John knocks
Gnosticism on its head through what he writes.]
– Almost all false
cults are wrong about Jesus. If
there is one place where you can check them out it is in what they believe about
Jesus. There were false cults in
John’s day and there are false cults in our day.
The Bible says,]
[2 John 1:9-11
and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in
the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
10 If there come any unto you, and bring
not this doctrine,
receive him not into
your house, neither bid him God
speed: 11 For he that
biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. ]
[In this passage we
are told the we have fellowship with one another.
I will speak more about this idea of fellowship, but suffice it to say
for now that our fellowship with one another is based on some common ground that
we each have. Our fellowship hinges
upon the common ground we each have concerning our Lord Jesus Christ, and the
Apostle John begins by affirming in definite terms what we as Christians must
hold to be true about our Lord. If
we believe or allow for any other beliefs about the Lord Jesus Christ, then we
have no common ground and we are not Christians.
You can call yourself a Christian as much as you like, but if you are
wrong in these basic elements concerning our Lord Jesus Christ, then you are not
a part of the Body of Christ and we have no common ground at all.]
[Notice what John says about our Lord Jesus Christ,]
Jesus is an
Eternal Fact (John 1.1; Rev 19.13; Heb 1.2; Gen 1.26; Col 1.16-17) [-
That which was from the beginning,. . .
- Jesus is the Christ of eternity.
John had already written,]
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the
Word was God. ]
[Before anything began to begin Jesus was there.
Who is the Word of God.]
13 And he was
clothed with a vesture dipped in blood:
and his name is called The Word of God. ]
[What is a Word?
A word is the expression of an invisible thought or idea.
Jesus is the visible expression of the invisible God.
Jesus articulates God.
[He is God’s
First Word, He was there in the beginning.]
[He is God’s
He is the alpha and the omega (Rev 1.8,11), which indicates the
first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, hence Jesus is saying I’m God’s
alphabet, every thought expressed in writing concerning God comes from Christ.
Anything that God is going to say He will say through Christ and by
[He is God’s
Hath in these last days spoken unto us by
his Son, . . . ]
[When you have said Jesus you have said it all.
You cant say anymore, and you don’t need to say anymore.
All of the revelation of God is rapped up in the Lord Jesus Christ.]
[Before anything was made there was Jesus, he was with
the Father, and the Holy Spirit when they spoke one with another and said,]
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: . .
[The Bible records of Jesus,]
16 For by him were all things created,
that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether
they be thrones, or dominions,
or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by
him all things consist.]
[The Apostle John, though inspiration, reminds us that
Jesus “was from the beginning.”
Hence, Jesus is an eternal fact.
Jesus is God with us. God
manifested in the flesh.]
Jesus is a
Physical Fact (vs 1) [- . . .
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 – John says Jesus
wasn’t a ghost or phantom. How did
they know? They had,]
evidence - They heard Jesus.]
evidence – They saw Jesus. Looked
upon, theaomai theh-ah'-om-ahee (gk),
from which we get our word theater.
John intently watched Christ.]
evidence – They handled Jesus. They touched Him.
It is as much a heresy to deny the humanity of Jesus as it is to deny the
deity of Jesus. Jesus was a
[Jesus is my
redeemer because He is a man.]
[Jesus is my
example because He is a man.]
[Jesus is my
comforter because He is a man.]
– The power of the Biblical account is highly substantiated in the fact that
eyewitnesses wrote in the presence of other eyewitnesses.
John notes this as he write, not “which I have seen and handled,” but
we have seen
and handled.” Notice his words
carefully, “. . . which
we have heard,
which we have
seen with our
eyes, which we
have looked upon, and
our hands have handled]
[John is writing as an eyewitness in the presence of
other eyewitnesses. Hence, without
any doubt Jesus was a physical fact.]
Jesus is a
Spiritual Fact (vs 2; 1 John 5.9) [–
(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;) – Jesus is not here on earth now in a physical sense, but the Holy Spirit
reveals Him. ]
[As John had heard Jesus, faith now becomes the ear of
[As John has seen Jesus, faith now becomes the eye of
[As John handled Jesus, faith now becomes the hand of
[1 John 5:9
If we receive the witness of men,
the witness of God is greater:
for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. ]
[The witness of the apostles is great, but the
spiritual witness of God through the Holy Spirit is greater still.]
– There was a college professor who was an atheist.
He asked his class, “have any of you heard God?”
Nobody answered. “Have any
of you seen God?” Nobody answered.
“Have any of you handled God?” Nobody answered. The Professor then said, “Then
we can conclude there is no God.”]
[A student then raised his hand and asked, “May I ask
the class some questions?” The
professor allowed. The student
asked, “Have any of you heard the professor’s brain?” Nobody answered. “Have any
of you seen the professors brain?” Nobody answered.
“Have any of you handled the professors brain?” Nobody answered.
“Then following the professors argument we can assume the professor has
Fellowship to be Experienced (vs 2-3; 2 Pet 1.4;
Philip 1.5; 2.1) [–
(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;) 3 That which we have seen
and heard declare we unto you, that
ye also may have
fellowship with us:
and truly our fellowship
is with the Father, and with
his Son Jesus Christ. – John says, “I saw it, and now I want to
share it.” Anyone who knows this
life in Christ wants to share it.
That’s why we are called witnesses, and not lawyers. A Lawyer argues a case, a
witness tells what he’s heard, seen, and handled.
The only person who can’t witness is the person who hasn’t seen, heard,
or handled anything.]
Fellowship is not coffee and donuts.
Fellowship is not two men in the same boat. Fellowship is
it means to hold things
in common. ]
do we have fellowship with?
According to verse three We have fellowship with each other.
In this fellowship you and I have common ground. Now human beings have a
lot of common ground, and hence we are pretty good at fellowshipping with one
attend the same schools or college.
We may have served in the same branches of the military.
We may be citizens of the same country.
But the fellowship the Apostle John is speaking of is one of a different
nature all together. It is a
fellowship that is unique to born again believers.
Worldly religious systems and churches may come together for common
purposes and common goals, but they are not a part of the fellowship John is
talking about unless they are bound by the spiritual common ground John is
ground in the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ is discovered through
our fellowship is with
the father and with the son.]
do we have in common with the Father? Nothing. He is holy, we are not. He is
almighty, we are but worms.
[1 John 1:5-6
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare
unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with
him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: ]
can I have Fellowship with Almighty God?
God sent Jesus to take something that is common between us, human
flesh, Jesus took on the nature of man that we might take on the nature of God.]
[2 Peter 1:4
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:
that by these ye might be partakers
[fellowship] of the divine nature, having escaped the
corruption that is in the world through lust. ]
[Jesus became like I am
that I might become like He is.
Jesus took the nature of man that we might take the nature of God.
So that through Jesus Christ we now have something in common with God and
have fellowship with God.]
with each other - Not only do we have fellowship with God, but when you take
on the same fellowship that I have taken on then we both have become partakers of God’s nature and we then have
fellowship with each other. We are
born of the same spiritual womb.]
For your fellowship in the
gospel from the first day until now;]
[Philippians 2:1 1 If
there be therefore any
consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any
fellowship of the Spirit, if any
bowels and mercies, ]
[Our Fellowship is that we both have Jesus Christ and
the Jesus in me loves the Jesus in you.]
Fullness To Be Enjoyed ( vs 4) [–
“And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.” – The
Apostle John said this is why I wrote this book, that you might have joy.]
of Joy (Psalm 16.11)
– A woman was looking for her car keys.
She look all over her house and couldn’t find them. They were in her
purse. Why couldn’t she find them?
Because the woman was looking in the wrong place for her keys. That’s how
it is with joy. Christians often
cannot find joy because they are looking for it in the wrong places.]
[The only place you will find joy is in the Lord Jesus
Christ. Joy is the byproduct of
fellowship with God and fellowship with the God’s family.]
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence
is fulness of joy; at thy right
hand there are pleasures for
Presence of Joy [-
Sin promises us joy, but it never delivers it.
We have more amusements, restaurants, TV channels, video game and
entertainment yet more loneliness than ever before.]
[You can be a lost person and be happy for awhile.
We are not talking about happiness.
Happiness depends on what happens.
Joy depends upon the Lord.
If you live for happiness then you are a prisoner of circumstances, because if
the circumstances change then your happiness is gone.]
[But joy endures because Jesus never changes.
Happiness only meets your surface needs but joy meets your deepest needs.
Joy is character not circumstances.
Happiness is as a thermometer that merely registers conditions, Joy is as
a thermostat that controls the environment.]
[Happiness evaporates in a crisis; joy often
intensifies in a crisis. Happiness
is good, but it is at its fullest when it is mingled with joy.]
[We need to know the joy of the Lord realized in our
fellowship with God and His family.]
Jesus is broadcasting on WORD today (Jesus is the Word).
But many of you have your spiritual radio off.
When you have your radio turned off would you say that there is not music
just because your radio is turned off?
Of course not. Jesus is here
today and He is broadcasting joy today.
Is your radio turned on? If
it is then you can and will receive the joy of our Lord.
Turn your radio on.]
[Our Fellowship, if it is the Biblical fellowship
described by the Apostle John, the Common ground established by our relationship
with God the Father, God the Holy Spirit, and based upon God the Son our Lord
Jesus Christ is an undying evidence of our new life in Christ.]
[On the other hand, if our fellowship is based on
natural common ground. Our
educational background, social standing, family needs or social needs then ours
is not the supernatural fellowship identified within this opening to the book of
[In Church are you driven by your personal physical
common ground, or are you driven by the undeniable spiritual common ground
established by our Lord Jesus Christ?]
Church, Feb 03, 2008, Evening