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Truth … the Infinite Life of God

 The Word of Life appeared right before our eyes; we saw it happen! And now we’re telling you in most sober prose that what we witnessed was, incredibly, this: The infinite Life of God himself took shape before us.
1 John 1:2 (MSG)

Ladies, we have a bit of deep theology to delve into. My girlfriends and I dipped into the love letters of 1,2,3 John this year. While there we uncovered just how intense and passionate were the pleas of the apostle John to his dear friends in Ephesus.

What in the world was causing John’s great consternation? When he wrote the gospel of John, non-believers were on his mind. Now, truth is being tossed aside by the false teachers of the day, muddling the minds of the believers.

But John says truth is truth; you can’t mess with it. He wants to make sure his readers take note: we’re telling you in most sober prose. And later he reminds them that the Holy Spirit confirms truth in them: you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth (1 John 2:20). So this week we’re going to tick off, with John, the most basic of truths to make not only his, but our joy complete (1 John 1:4).

Truth # 1: Jesus is Who He says He is.
The nay-sayers of the day were coming out of the woodwork apparently. They either denied that Jesus is the Christ (1 John 2:22) so not fully divine; or they did not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh (2 John 7), not fully human.

John says nonsense, as I’ve said before, Jesus is divine: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1). And I, John, knew Him well: that which was from the beginning… we have heard…we have seen with our eyes…we have looked at and our hands have touched (1 John 1:1). Jesus was fully flesh and blood. Peterson (MSG) more picturesquely describes Jesus as the Infinite Life of God himself (taking) shape before us.

Only God is infinite, existing before time. Man makes no such claims. Even Stephen Hawking in his book, A Brief History of Time, grudgingly gives a nod to God. (from the movie The Theory of Everything) 

Nancy P

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