Welcome back to the Hope Bible School verse-by-verse Bible study of 1 John. Last lesson we learned that Jesus is “the eternal life,” we learned what the Bible says about eternal life, and that we need to proclaim “the eternal life” to others. In this lesson we’re going to learn about the relationship between Jesus and God the Father.
Let’s read our verse.
1 John 1:2 And this is the life that was revealed; we have seen it and testified to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us.
Let's focus on: …that was with the Father and was revealed to us.
In order to understand Jesus, it’s important to understand His relationship with God the Father.
Let’s look at some verses that help us to understand this relationship.
In Matthew 3:16-17 we read that the Father is well pleased with Jesus.
Matthew 3:16-17 As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. Suddenly the heavens were opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and resting on Him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased!”
In John 3:35 we read that the Father loves the Son and gives Him responsibility over all things.
John 3:35 The Father loves the Son and has placed all things in His hands.
In Matthew 11:27 we read that the Father has entrusted all things to Jesus and that you can only know the Father if the Son chooses to reveal Him.
Matthew 11:27 All things have been entrusted to Me by My Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.
In Matthew 28:18-20 we can see that we are called to make disciples and baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This verse is showing us the triune nature of God and that Jesus is distinct from the Father and from the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you.
In John 1:1 we read that Jesus, also known as the Word, was with God the Father in the beginning. Since Jesus was with God the Father, in the beginning, He has been there since the beginning of time. This is showing us the eternal nature of Jesus and God the Father.
John 1:1-2 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.
In John 4:34, John 5:19, John 5:30, and John 6:28 we read that Jesus came to do the will of the Father and to finish His work. Jesus does whatever the Father does.
John 4:34 Jesus explained, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.
John 5:19 So Jesus replied, “Truly, truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself, unless He sees the Father doing it. For whatever the Father does, the Son also does.
John 5:30 I can do nothing by Myself; I judge only as I hear. And My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
John 6:28 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but to do the will of Him who sent Me.
In John 7:28-29 we read that Jesus is from God the Father and was sent by Him.
John 7:28-29 Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts, cried out, “You know Me, and you know where I am from. I have not come of My own accord, but He who sent Me is true. You do not know Him, 29 but I know Him, because I am from Him and He sent Me.”
In John 14:6 we read that the only way to get to the Father is through Jesus.
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
In John 12:45 we read that when you look to Jesus, you will see God the Father and in Hebrews 1:3 we read that the Son is the exact representation of God the Father.
John 12:45 And whoever sees Me sees the One who sent Me.
Hebrews 1:3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His nature, upholding all things by His powerful word…
In conclusion, we have learned the following about the relationship between Jesus and the Father.
The Father is well pleased with Jesus.
The Father has given Jesus responsibility over all things.
The Father has entrusted all things to Jesus.
You can only know the Father if Jesus has chosen to reveal the Father to you.
You are to make disciples in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus and the Father are both eternal and were there in the beginning.
Jesus came to do the will of the Father and to finish His work.
Jesus is from the Father and was sent by Him
The only way to get to the Father is through Jesus.
When you look to Jesus you will see the Father.
Jesus is the exact representation of God the Father’s nature.
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Jeff M Newman
VERSE BY VERSE BIBLE STUDY LESSONS (See all)
Lesson 9 - 1 John 1:2 ...and we proclaim to you the eternal life... (Proclaim The Eternal Life)
Lesson 8 - 1 John 1:2...we have seen it and testified to it... (Share Your Testimony)
Lesson 7 - 1 John 1:2 And this is the life that was revealed... (Eternal Life Revealed)
Lesson 6 - 1 John 1:1...this is the Word of life. (The Message of Eternal Life)
Lesson 5 - 1 John 1:1...and touched with our own hands...(Touching Jesus by Faith)
Lesson 4 - 1 John 1:1...which we have gazed upon... (Gaze Upon Jesus)
Lesson 3 - 1 John 1:1...which we have seen with our own eyes... (Eyes of Faith)
Lesson 2 - 1 John 1:1…which we have heard… (Hear and Obey God)
Lesson 1 - 1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning (Jesus is Eternal)
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