“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.”     1 John 1:1 NIV


If we were to go into the streets and ask, “What is Christianity?”, we’d probably get a wide range of answers. Some might say that it is a system of thought or morality. Others might call it a religious organization. Those who are bitter against the church may say that it’s an evil system of oppression. The same would be true if we asked, “Who do you think Jesus Christ is”? Many would say that He was a great religious teacher or a good man. Some may identify Him as the founder of Christianity. It is no accident that there is such confusion on the essence of true Christianity and the person of Jesus Christ. These are foundational issues. If we have a shaky foundation, it does not matter if the rest of the building is impressive, we’ve got a shaky building! Satan has tried to confuse people about true Christianity. He has been at it for centuries. Before the first century church was sixty years old, Satan had moved in to cause confusion. The apostle John wrote to make sure that his audience were clear on the essence of true Christianity. He wanted them to spot and resist error and to grow in true fellowship with Jesus Christ. True Christianity is Jesus Christ – revealed, experienced and proclaimed with joy. Christianity is a person, Jesus Christ, Who was historically validated, personally experienced, and authoritatively proclaimed by the apostles. That is the foundation that John lays in these opening verses of his letter.



Lord Jesus, thank You for the testimony of John about who You are.



Lord Jesus, what a privilege to grow in true fellowship with You, knowing that true Christianity is You – revealed, experienced, and proclaimed with joy in the power of the Holy Spirit. AMEN


I.B.R.A. Readings

Luke 15:11-32



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