The apostle John begins this letter with the reality of the incarnation and its saving importance. The first four verses of 1 John form an introduction and thesis to the whole letter. This introduction has a familiar sound to the beginning of the author’s gospel. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1 ESV) In John’s gospel his focus was on showing that Jesus is the eternal God. The Son was in the beginning and created all things and his name is Jesus who came to the earth. John’s introduction to his letter does not focus on Jesus’ divinity but his humanity.
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