Here’s a trend involving the word declare in 1 John chapter 1 (NKJV) that I noticed last Sunday night during the scripture reading.
John’s first declaration is that eternal life was personified in Jesus Christ:
- “the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us –” (vs. 2)
John’s initial declaration is made for the purpose of declaring to others that we are able to enjoy the same fellowship that he has with God:
- “that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.” (vs. 3)
John’s final declaration is that this fellowship opportunity being made available through the gospel is a relationship with an ever holy and unchanging God:
- “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” (vs. 5)
Summed up, 1 John 1:1-5 is declaring that the message of salvation is meant to be 1) shared, 2) understood and 3) life-changing.
Such may be the reason why John ends his letter by saying:
“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.” (1 John 5:20-21)