C1 "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have gazed upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim to you, in order that you also may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that our joy may be complete." (1 John 1:1-4, EMTV)
C2 "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete." (1 John 1:1-4, ESV2011)
C3 "We write to you about the Word of life, which has existed from the very beginning. We have heard it, and we have seen it with our eyes; yes, we have seen it, and our hands have touched it. When this life became visible, we saw it; so we speak of it and tell you about the eternal life which was with the Father and was made known to us. What we have seen and heard we announce to you also, so that you will join with us in the fellowship that we have with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We write this in order that our joy may be complete." (1 John 1:1-4, GNB92)
B2 Word of Life John 5:26
C1 The Person
E1 Was from the beginning John 1:1, Genesis 1:1
E2 We have heard Acts 4:20
E3 We have seen John 1:14
E4 We have gazed upon
E5 Was manifested
E1 Have touched Luke 24:39, John 20:27
E2 Have seen John 1:14, 2 Peter 1:16
D3 Manifested by
E1 Being seen John 19:35
E2 Being heard Acts 1:3
E3 Being testified
E4 Being proclaimed
E5 Being with the Father
C2 The Message
D1 To have fellowship
E1 With us
E2 With Father
E3 With His Son, Jesus Christ
D2 To have full joy
B1 John states that he was an eyewitness.
C1 He saw Jesus
C2 He heard Jesus's message
C3 He touched Jesus
B2 Jesus is called the "Word of Life."
D1 He has the principle of life in Himself, that is, He was not given life but gives life.
E2 Speaker for God
E3 God's message
E4 God's messenger--Jesus Christ
E2 Re-creator as in the one who does the recreation of the soul after a person places faith into Jesus
C2 Since Jesus is life, it also implies no beginning and no end, that is, He, as God, is eternal.
B1 Did John really see, hear, and touch Jesus?
B2 Have we?
B3 Why was it important for John to write?
B4 Who is he writing to?
B5 Why would fellowship with God be important?
B6 Why is there joy when there is fellowship with God?