1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning...
Jesus is Eternal
I’m launching a verse-by-verse Bible study through 1 John. I will be publishing these lessons every other week on Monday at 12:00 Eastern. The goal of this study is to help you draw closer to God and live a joyful life. ~ Jeff M Newman
1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our own eyes, which we have gazed upon and touched with our own hands—this is the Word of life.
Let’s focus on:
That which was from the beginning…
Beginning means a point in time at which something starts. John is speaking about a being that was there at the beginning when all things started. If this being was there when all things started, that means that this being is outside of time, this being has no beginning and no end and has always existed.
In other words, this being is eternal. Eternal means lasting or existing forever, without beginning or end.
This being that John is speaking about is Jesus. John is saying that Jesus is everlasting, He has always existed, and He is eternal.
By saying that Jesus was there in the beginning, John is saying that Jesus is God because God is eternal.
In Micah 5:2, we see a prophecy about Jesus. Micah was a prophet in the mid-700s BC. This was a time of civil war in Israel. It was a time of turmoil and turning from God. Micah let the Israelites know that from Bethlehem Ephrathah would come a ruler over Israel that was from the days of eternity. This ruler is Jesus and Jesus is eternal.
Micah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come forth for Me One to be ruler over Israel—One whose origins are of old, from the days of eternity.
In John 1:1-2, we read about the Word. The Word is one of the titles of Jesus. John wrote that the Word was in the beginning, was with God, and was God. John is saying that the Word is eternal because the Word was there in the beginning and was with God. Since God is eternal, that makes the Word eternal as well.
John 1:1-2 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.
In Revelation 22:13, Jesus says that He is the Alpha and the Omega. Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and Omega is the last. Jesus is claiming to be outside of time because He is saying that He is the first and He is the last. He is claiming that He was there in the beginning and at the end. By saying this, Jesus is claiming to be eternal.
Revelation 22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
In conclusion, Jesus is God and God is eternal. It can be difficult to understand the idea of eternity because we weren’t there at the creation of the earth and we can’t see into the future.
However, Jesus has always existed. He is everlasting.
Jesus, who is from the days of eternity, who was in the beginning with God, who is the First and the Last, the Alpha and the Omega, who is the beginning and the end, has come to this earth. And as we can see in 1 John 1:1 He was heard, seen, gazed upon, and touched.
When you think about Jesus, remember that He is eternal, He is God, and He came to this earth.
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VERSE BY VERSE BIBLE STUDY LESSONS (See all)
1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning (Jesus is Eternal)
1 John 1:1…which we have heard… (Hear and obey God)
1 John 1:1...which we have seen with our own eyes... (Eyes of Faith)
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