We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you might have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son.
John has seen and heard and touched the one who existed from the beginning. He is the Word of life. John has seen the one who is life itself.
He proclaims what he has seen and heard so that we can have fellowship with him and share in his joy.
The message is that God is light. We cannot claim to be in the light and continue to do the deeds of darkness. If we confess our sins to God, He is faithful and just to cleanse us from our sins.
John is one of the first apostles, the Twelve who walked closely with Jesus and continued to carry authority, the authority of Christ, in the early church. His authority came from this close relationship. He saw and heard and touched Christ. He continues to have fellowship with the Father and the Son.
Spiritual authority does not stem from knowledge about God. You can have a dozen degrees in theology and still not know God. It is about fellowship or relationship with God.
We cannot touch or see the Word in the same way that John did. But we can have fellowship with God through the grace of the Holy Spirit.
Fellowship with God is something that we pursue over many years. It comes from humble obedience, in prayer, in listening to the Spirit, and through reading and obeying Scripture.
Thank you, Lord, for the wonderful privilege of fellowship with you. Come and dwell in me, fill me and direct my paths. Amen.