The theme of 1 John is found in chapter 1:3: “that 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.”
The word fellowship is the Greek word Koinonia, “belonging to several.” It is a complete sharing of the things of Christ. It is what the Father wants for us. Fellowship with Him and with His Son, Jesus Christ.
Seven times John calls us, “little children.” This is a term of infinite tenderness, used by a teacher to his disciples under circumstances requiring tender appeal. Jesus used it just once, John 13:33: “Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come,’ so now I say to you.”
John is appealing to us, as little children, to enter into fellowship with the Father and the Son and with each other. This relationship is available to all who believe and receive the Son of God as Savior.
Now I can understand if there are some in this life that we might not want to fellowship with. Believe it or not, I can be irritating at times. (pun). But the thought that the God of the Universe and beyond, the Creator of all things, wants to have me as part of those who fellowship with Him is beyond my ability to comprehend. But He does not want me to comprehend it. He simply wants me to believe it and enter in by faith. What a glorious privilage!
Think about it…
Note: From time to time I will be writing from 1 John. This is perhaps my favorite book of the Bible because of it’s tender appeal to the hearts of the reader. I hope you enjoy this little book also.