The Nature of the Revelation (The Word of Life)

1 John 1:1-4

1That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life--2the 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--3that 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. 4And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.

Preached at FBC Toulon, IL July 8, 2001 by Albert Harmon; see it at


The movie Jesus Christ Super Star was but one attempt by the world to pervert the person of Jesus Christ. But even that is bland compared to some of the current attempts to portray Jesus and His disciples as a group of homosexuals.

Many people claim to believe in Jesus but what Jesus do they believe in? To say we believe in Jesus is important but only if he is the Jesus of the Gospels.

Jesus Christ came as a revelation of God. Here He is referred to as the Word of Life. But what is the nature of this revelation as seen here and in the other writings of the Apostle John?

  1. The Word of Life, Eternal Life.
    1. In the OT the Word of the Lord represented Him
      1. It represented His power.
        1. Eccl 8:4 4 Where the word of a king is, there is power; And who may say to him, "What are you doing?" NKJV
        2. Gen 1:2-3 3 Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. NKJV
        3. Ps 33:6 6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. NKJV
      2. It represented His authority.
    2. When Jesus came He was referred to as the Word.
      1. In our responsive reading Jesus is often referred to as the Word.
        1. John is constantly keeping before us the idea that Jesus is the representation God.
        2. And more particular He is the representation of the revelation of God.
      2. He was the Word of Life
        1. This is one of the metaphors that John relates to us of Jesus.
        2. John 1:4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
        3. John 5:22 "For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, 23 "that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. 24 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. 25 "Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. 26 "For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27 "and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. NKJV
      3. By Him and only through Him we have eternal life.
        1. John 10:28 "And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.
        2. John 11:25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 "And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?"
        3. John 17:2 "as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
  2. Which was with the Father and was manifested to us.
    1. He was the express image of His person
      1. Heb 1:1-4 1:1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. NKJV
      2. 2 Cor 4:4 the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, NKJV
      3. Col 1:15-18 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. NKJV
      4. John 1:14 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. NKJV
      5. 2 Cor 4:6 6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. NKJV
    2. He has such a connection with the Father that He and the Father are one.
      1. John 14:8-11 8 Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us." 9 Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show us the Father'? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. NKJV
  3. The Word of Reconciliation, so we could have fellowship with the Father.
    1. 2 Cor. 5:18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. NKJV
      1. Romans 3:24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
      2. 1 John 2:1 ¶ My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

You cannot know God except through His Son Jesus Christ.

You cannot know about God except in ways God has chosen to reveal Himself.

Only through Jesus Christ and the Word of God can we know God.

Psalms 138:2 I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.


This message was preached at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at