What Was Heard, Seen, and Touched
1That #(John 1:1); 1 John 2:13, 14which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have #Luke 1:2; John 1:14seen with our eyes, #2 Pet. 1:16which we have looked upon, and #Luke 24:39; John 20:27our hands have handled, concerning the #(John 1:1, 4, 14)Word of life— 2#John 1:4; (1 John 3:5, 8; 5:20)the life #Rom. 16:26; 1 Tim. 3:16was manifested, and we have seen, #John 21:24and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was #(John 1:1, 18; 16:28)with the Father and was manifested to us— 3that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is #John 17:21; 1 Cor. 1:9; 1 John 2:24with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4And these things we write to you #John 15:11; 16:24; 1 Pet. 1:8that your joy may be full.
Fellowship with Him and One Another
5#John 1:19; 1 John 3:11This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that #(1 Tim. 6:16); James 1:17God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6#(John 8:12); 2 Cor. 6:14; (1 John 2:9–11)If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7But if we #Is. 2:5walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and #(1 Cor. 6:11)the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
8If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we #Ps. 32:5; Prov. 28:13confess our sins, He is #(Rom. 3:24–26)faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to #Ps. 51:2cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say that we have not sinned, we #John 3:33; 1 John 5:10make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.