1 John 1:1-4
The Gospel is a message about Jesus and how He has acted in history to bless all those who believe in Him. The foundation for this message though, does not begin at the cross, or at the river Jordan, or in Bethlehem, or even in the virgin’s womb. The foundation is laid in eternity past when the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit agree together, in perfect unity, to redeem a fallen humanity in order that the glory of the Godhead be known and praised.
Here’s a brief lesson on the Godhead: We know that God is. He revealed Himself by the name, “I Am Who I Am”, to Moses. We will read later in our study of 1 John that “God is love.” For God to love there must be an object of His love and a joyful contentment with the object. The object of God’s greatest love and joy in eternity past, before the worlds or angels or mankind is created is, must be the highest and greatest good, Himself. His object of love is the Divine Being which is Himself but in order to be communicated, must also be distinct from Himself. So the object of His love is the perfect image of Himself begotten by Himself. In short, He loves the eternally begotten, perfect revelation of Himself, the Son, or as John describes Him in our text today, the Word. The Father loves the Son perfectly and the Son loves the Father perfectly and of their perfect love, of infinite degree, for one another proceeds the Holy Spirit. We speak of a ‘spirit of love’ or ‘fellowship’ between members of a family, church, or other kinds of organizations. The Father and Son also have a relationship so great, perfect and infinitely active that a third Person, the Holy Spirit, actually proceeds from their love and enjoyment of one another for the communication of their love. If then the Father is eternal and is love Himself, then His love for the Son can not preexist the existence of the Son or the Holy Spirit. So we believe in an eternal Godhead, the Trinity. The Father is eternal, the Son is eternal, and the Spirit is eternal, and all three are one. This is a truth too glorious to behold, and yet, we are told that the Word became flesh, and the eternal Life was manifested so that John and the rest of the Apostles actually saw God in flesh.
Out of the great love that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit enjoy together, and in perfect unity, they agree together…The Father will give the Son a possession from among the nations, the Son will pay the price for this love gift from the Father, and the Spirit will mark them and keep them until they are fully redeemed. This great purpose of redemption finds its fulfillment in Jesus, who brings all those who believe into a participation of the eternal life, eternal love, and eternal joy of the Eternal Godhead. These are the three benefits of the Gospel that we want to address in our text this morning.
I. What Jesus Did 1 Corinthians 15:1-5 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you–unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
A. Became Man
C. Rose Again
E. The Message Proclaimed
1 Corinthians 1:18-25 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
II. The Message Is A Proclamation Of Eternal Life
A. The Life Of God Is Eternal Life
B. All Of Life Comes From God’s Life
Genesis 1:26-27, 2:7
C. The Life Of God Is Revealed By Christ
D. The Life Given By Christ Is Eternal 1 John 5:10-13
III. The Message Brings Us Into Fellowship With God
A. God’s Love For Himself (Trinity/Baptism of Jesus)
B. God’s Love For His World
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
C. God’s Love For His Elect
D. We Should Love God
E. We Should Love Others
1. Our Neighbor
2. Our Brothers 1 John 3:16
F. Fellowship With God
G. Fellowship With God Means Fellowship with His People John 17:20-21
IV. The Message Completes Our Joy John 17:13
A. The Eternally Happy God 1 Timothy 1:11
B. The Participation In The Divine Life Through The Spirit 2 John 12
Conclusion: Acts 4:19-20 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”All who have experienced this life want to tell the story. They see sinners who are facing unspeakable tragedy and trials and moved with compassion, because they too were once without Christ and now have experienced the joy of fellowship with God and eternal life, want to tell the story of Jesus and His love.