Summary: Do you believe the Gospel that promises eternal life, fellowship, and joy?
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Proposition: Believe the Gospel that gives eternal life, fellowship, and joy.
1 John 1:1-4 (ESV)
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
Introduction: Has a friend/family member told you a story so outrageous story that is was hard to believe?
A close friend told me about what his son-in-law would do before going to class in the morning. His son-in-law would wake up extremely early to scale the steep incline of a 13,000-foot mountain named Horn Peak. Once reaching the top the young man would put on a pair of skis to make his way back down the mountain.
Somehow, after getting showered and fed, he would still be able to make it on time for class at 8:00 A.M. Many have no idea how this could be humanly possible due to the amount of energy and determination this would take.
Though the story is extraordinary, I believe the story because of my friends’ witnessing of the event himself and because of his relationship with his son-in-law.
Transition: But what if someone came and tried to convince you of something even more extraordinary, something that was physically impossible? What if there was a book over 2,000 years old that recorded the existence of a man who walked on water, who fed 5,000 people with a few pieces of bread and fish, who raised people from the dead and who himself was raised from the dead?
On top of that, what if this book said that this man was also God? What would it take for you to be convinced that what that person was telling you was the truth?
Question 1: Perhaps you’re a child or teenager who has grown up in the church and has heard the Word of God preached to you every Sunday. Maybe you’ve been baptized and have Godly parents.
But even after all these years of sitting under God’s Word, you still struggle believing the miraculous story of Jesus Christ. Maybe you’ve asked the question, “Can I really believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Is eternal life really available simply by believing? Is this where I will find true joy?”
Question 2: Others of you have believed the Gospel as far back as you can remember. But now, after years of trials and being beaten down by life, perhaps you’re wondering if the promises of the Gospel are still true.
Maybe you’re asking, “Has Jesus forgotten about me after all my years of devotion?
I believe the Gospel but will I ever finally experience joy amid my trials of being out of work or of being overworked? Can I ever experience intimate fellowship again with others while raising my family?”
There is one solution to all these questions. The solution is to inspect and examine what the trustworthy Word of God says about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The solution is to turn the Gospel like a diamond to see each particular facet of its beauty.
In our text tonight we are going to see three promises of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These three promises are extraordinary. They seem too good to be true! They seem hard to believe! And the question that will be asked throughout is: Is it true?
Well, let’s look at each of the three promises offered here in our text and see how they are provided in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The first promise is that the Gospel promises eternal life.
I. The Gospel promises eternal life. (V. 2)
Verse 2, “the life was made manifest, & we have seen it, & testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us”.
The life that was made manifest is the person of Jesus. John is using a double meaning throughout his letter when he refers to the phrase, “from the beginning”. It is both the beginning of Christ’s earthly ministry but also Christ’s eternal existence.
John knows both realities to be true not just because he witnessed Christ, but because he also heard the words that Christ uttered.
Jesus is both the eternal life that has always existed and he is also the messenger of eternal life that came into human history. In the Gospel of John, chapter 6, the day after Jesus feeds the 5,000, Jesus affirms this when he calls himself the beard of life.