On Wednesday night, I volunteer at AWANA at our church. I work with the Middle School aged kids. Part of AWANA is memorizing verses. As leaders, we are asked to memorize verses as well. This year, we’ve been asked to memorize 1 John, Chapter 1. I’ve been a bit lax on my memorizing, I usually have it done by the time we get back from Christmas break. I’ll get it done, just need to focus.
So, when I memorize, I try to determine the meaning of the verses. I find that that helps me memorize them. So, the first verse in the chapter is:
1That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
Before I go into what I believe this verse is saying, it helps to know who wrote the book and to whom. It is believed that this was written by John, one of the apostles. It is believed that the purpose of the book was to encourage true fellowship, and to warn us of false teachers.
So, with the understanding that this was written by John, this first verse is talking about his first account of what he is telling us. This is from the first person. “Which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled.” So, he is saying he/we (the other apostles) that have heard, seen, look at, and touched. That is a direct reference to personal experience. You know, think about that, a personal account to go by. How awesome is that. And finishes that part of the verse with “of the Word of life;” John referred to Jesus as the Word of Life in the Gospel of John, so it is reasonable to surmise that John is referring, here, to his personal experience with Jesus. Isn’t that just awesome?
2(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
Let’s look up manifested on Dictionary.com, shall we?
verb (used with object)