“…that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us. Yes, and our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son, Jesus Christ.”
The glorious and miraculous vindications of the Son of God in the flesh, Jesus Christ, are now spoken out clearly by the eyewitnesses of these very things. We have all the evidence written and preserved for us in the Scripture, not just the New Testament writers, but Christ in the whole Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. The works of the mighty God are now declared to us, that we might understand and know Him. This is such a privilege, but we run from it and construct all sorts of arguments not to believe. Every generation falls into its own errors and favourite gripes with the truth of God.
The message of Christ is recorded for our salvation, that we will not suffer the ignorance of our own destruction, but find the way to God. It is plain and very straightforward, but our vain philosophies muddy the waters and divert our minds from right and logical thinking, and take us away from the truth. The witnesses record the message so that we are not confused but have a clear understanding of how to have the fellowship we need, with the Father. The truth about Jesus is taught and presented to us, so that we are not mistaken. Through the witness of these writers we are united with them in faith and in fellowship with the Father and the Son.
It is an incredible truth that sinful people can be united with Christ and with God and live their lives in fellowship with Him. Unfortunately we are so slow to want it and God must work in our hearts to get us to desire Him. He is not far from any of us and is unwilling that any should perish. He desires fellowship with us because He knows we need Him and He loves us. It is possible for us to know God and approach Him with confidence, that He will hear us and save us. If we have this fellowship with Jesus Christ, we also have it with the Father. If we enjoy this fellowship we are united with all true believers down through the millennia and can rejoice with them.