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The Living Expression of God

The Living Expression of God

06 December 2018

GraceNotes – A Journey of Discovery
Jim Stephens

Scripture: 1 John 1:1-4 TPT

1 We saw him with our very own eyes. We gazed upon him and heard him speak. Our hands actually touched him, the one who was from the beginning, the Living Expression of God. 2 This Life-Giver was made visible and we have seen him. We testify to this truth: the eternal Life-Giver lived face-to-face with the Father and has now dawned upon us. 3 So we proclaim to you what we have seen and heard about this Life-Giver so that we may share and enjoy this life together. For truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus, the Anointed One. 4 We are writing these things to you because we want to release to you our fullness of joy. (1 John 1:1-4 TPT)

Yesterday we finished working our way through John’s Gospel! It’s been an amazing experience for me, working slowly, almost verse by verse through Matthew’s Gospel, then John’s Gospel this year. This is our 340th devotional from these two books and we have 25 more devotionals to finish the year.

Today we begin John’s first letter to the churches and we’ll finish the year with it. John wrote his Gospel in about 85 AD and he wrote his three letters (1, 2, and 3 John) at nearly the same time, from Ephesus where he was an elder/leader/pastor in the church. Because our focus has been on Jesus, his words and works, this year, and because we’ve heard the voices of Matthew and John, two eyewitnesses to Jesus’ entire ministry, I chose to stay with John’s voice to finish out the year. I’m also switching to The Passion Translation for 1 John. I’ll print the verses we’re discussing on the page each day, and a link at the top to take you to the full text of the book.

So let’s get started! For today, please read the verses printed above, then click this link for John 1:1-14 TPT and read it to see how John begins his Gospel and how he begins this first of his letters to the churches. As we move through John’s short book together, remember this is the same voice we’ve been hearing since we began John’s Gospel on June 23 of this year. John again emphasizes that this is a eyewitness account of the person and life and ministry of Jesus Christ. He says, “I saw him with my eyes. I heard him with my ears. I touched him with my hands. I testify that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh and to know him is to know God himself.”

Prayer:

Father, Thank you for Jesus, the Living Expression of God, and for John’s eyewitness testimony about him. May our experience of God and our testimony of Jesus be just as real! Amen!

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