This image doesn’t fully express what I’m after but the options are limited and I cannot paint! However, the apparent struggle on her face was the best way to make a point.
John makes use of creation language in much of what he has written. Let’s hear his introduction.
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- – 1 John 1:1
In the beginning, God created the world and He created man to inhabit the earth and walk in fellowship with Him. However, Eve encountered the serpent. What she heard…what she saw with her eyes…what she touched with her hands was NOT the Word of life but the word of death from the serpent.
You know how the story goes. Man fell into sin which resulted in broken fellowship with God. They were excluded from the Garden with a sentence of death and no way to partake of the Tree of life. Was hope vanquished?
No! A child was promised who would come and crush the head of the serpent. This was the first clue revealed in God’s plan to save His people and restore the broken fellowship. It wasn’t meant to be like this. Man was created to walk with God. But sin changed that. Therefore, God made a promise to send a child!
In 1 John, we hear about the Word of Life. We know John likes to use the Word to talk about Jesus. We know from Romans that Jesus was the second Adam. We know that through him we can be forgiven and counted righteous by faith. Indeed, we can now have fellowship with God…walk with God through this amazing salvation.
It seems like a reversal has happened. Eve heard, looked and touched the word of death but John is saying that they have heard, have seen and have touched the Word of Life! Fellowship was restored. A new creation has come. Hope is secure!
John is beckoning us to come into fellowship with God through Jesus Christ! This is real!!! He begs you to trust what he has said! Come out of the darkness. Come out of grave and walk in the Light of Life. Indeed, come have ETERNAL LIFE..eternal fellowship!
How? But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. – 1 John 1:7
How does it cleanse? He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. – 1 John 2:2
Jesus took the death sentence for you that you might have life! He made the payment for your debt. That’s propitiation. Come to Jesus and be forgiven! Repent and believe and you will be set free!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17