Do you have the Word of Life? Those that claim to know and have a relationship with יהוה/Yahuwah will be tested by their attitudes towards sin. Yochanan/John addresses the claims of the secessionists by delving into what intimacy with יהוה/Yahuwah really is.

The Hebraic Epistle of First John - Chapter 1

by Matthew Nolan | The Hebraic Epistle of First John

Yochanan Aleph | First John – Chapter 1

Yochanan Aleph opens with a preamble concerning the Word of life and then Yochanan addresses the claims of the secessionists to know יהוה . Their claims to know יהוה are to be tested by their attitudes to sin.

Yochanan’s purpose is to strengthen the communities commitment to what they already know.

There’s really 3 temporal junctures to which Yochanan is writing this letter:

  1. The epoch of Yahusha’s incarnation existence on the earth.
  2. The epoch when witnesses came into contact with Him.
  3. The epoch of this letters reading and the communities response to it.

First John 1:1 He who was from Beresheeth, whom we have heard, whom we have seen with our eyes, that which we did behold, and our hands have handled, we declare to you that He is the Torah of chayim. 

5 descriptions/facts of the ‘the Torah/Word of Chayim’: 

  1. that which was from the beginning’ (ho e’n ap’ arches) – it’s parallel is found in the Fourth Gospel, ‘In the beginning was the Word’ ( en arche’ e’n ho logos) – in the Gospel of Yochanan – time before the creation of the world – in Yoc Alef – ‘the Word of life’ incarnate in Yahusha – the fact of the incarnation – the transcendent has become palpably immanent – the divine has made himself corporeal and historical.
  2. ‘that which we’ve heard’ 1:1 makes it clear that this is a firsthand hearing and proclamation of the Master!
  3. that which we’ve seen with our own eyes,’ eyewitness testimony – in the LXX it means sense and perception – a direct personal experience with that which was seen.
  4. ‘that which we did behold ’ – the actual seeing with the human eye ‘theaomai’ ‘beheld,’ this is more a solemn witness than just a casual glance of the eye as the NIV has it ‘looked at!’
  5. ‘that which our hands have handled,’ – in the LXX it’s used predominantly to denote actual touching with hands. The incarnation manifested.

First John 1:2 And the chayim was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness to, and declare to you that eternal chayim, that was with Abba and was manifested to us. 3 We announce to you that which we have seen and heard; that we declare to you, that you also may have chavurah with us; and truly our chavurah is with Abba and with His Son gauvh ha Moshiach. 

Koino’nia: commitment to a common task, personal relationship, sharing financially, fellowship with each other beginning at the start of the Festal year – Passover.

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