To start from the Beginning…..
….the “Beginning” here in 1 John 1:1 is speaking of Jesus Christ our Lord who is the Beginning of the creation of God (Revelation 3:14).
That which was from (no definite article) Beginning (that is, Jesus) which we have heard from Him….the Word (Saying) of life. They heard the Saying of life from Beginning….that is, from Jesus who is the Beginning….who spoke exactly what He heard from the Father. This is a clue to go to Genesis 1 to find the Word/Saying.
1 John 1:1 KJV (1) That 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, of the Word of life;
In (no definite article) Beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. That is, in Jesus Christ….the Beginning of the creation….God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:1 KJV (1) In the beginning God created the heaven and the
Through Him (the Beginning/Jesus) all things were created….
Colossians 1:15-19 KJV (15) Who is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of every creature: (16) For by him were all things
created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and
invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities,
or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: (17) And he
is before all things, and by 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 might have the preeminence. (19)
For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
In Beginning (which has no definite article) was the Word (Saying)….
John 1:1-5 KJV (1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was
with God, and the Word was God. (2) The same was in the beginning
with God. (3) All things were made by him; and without him was not
any thing made that was made.
The Beginning (Jesus) spoke the Word/Saying that God is Light and in Him is no darkness at all.
Jesus/the Beginning is the one speaking the words of God (and God said…) in Genesis 1. Jesus spoke what He heard the Father saying…the Saying/Word was God speaking.
(4) In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
Those who are walking in darkness cannot receive His speaking (in their unbelief) and therefore will not be able to understand what He is saying. They are left outside of the understanding of His words (in the dark) while those who are found doing His commandments when they hear His words will be able to enter in to understand in the light of the knowledge of God.
(5) And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended
This is the message…the Saying… which the apostles heard of Him (Jesus who is the Beginning): that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. This is the Saying of Life of which we are to adhere to so that we may shine as lights in this dark world.
1 John 1:5-7 KJV (5) This then is the message which we have heard of
him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no
darkness at all.
Elohim is plural because we have true fellowship/communion with Him…the One Father… and the only begotten Son and with one another when we walk in the Light and not the darkness. We are united together in the Father and the Son who cleanses us from all sin.
(6) If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness,
we lie, and do not the truth: (7) But if we walk in the light, as he
is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of
Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Genesis 1:2-5 KJV (2) And the earth was without form, and void; and
darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved
upon the face of the waters.
God speaks through the Beginning (Jesus Christ) in Genesis 1 and He says that God (Elohim) is Light. The only way to have fellowship with Him is to also walk in the light.
“And God said…” This is the very first message that we have heard from the Beginning (Jesus…the Logos of God): that God is light. The Beginning speaks the very first words of what He heard from the Spirit of God.
The first spoken lesson from the Beginning (Jesus) is about the divine nature of God: that He is Light and we are to walk in the Light with Him (…and there was light). Those who do not walk with Him in the light are walking in darkness even though they may profess that they have fellowship with God.
When we hear the voice of the Beginning speaking, the Light shines within our very hearts and we are to believe in the Light and become children of light by walking in it (and there was light in response to the Light).
The first Saying ever from God to man and spoken through Jesus (the Beginning) = “let there be Light”…..He (God) is light.
The Hebrew word “hayah” in the context of Genesis 1:3 means “to exist”. Elohim is saying “He IS Light”. God IS Light and that light shines in our hearts and so we must walk in the light with Him (and there was light).
(3) And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
“And there was light”: We must become light (we change from darkness to light as we become children of light) as He is Light (He does not change). He is the Father of “lights” (as we are to shine as lights in this world) and the Father has no variation nor shadow of turning. (See James 1:17).
The “fellowship” or communion is with God (again, “Elohim” is plural because we have fellowship with Him when we walk in the light with Him).
If God is Light, then there is no darkness in Him whatsoever for God divided the Light from the darkness. Light has absolutely no fellowship with darkness as they are completely divided from each other.
This is all from the beginning…the Beginning… who spoke the Sayings of God and about God into this world. God is Light and there is no darkness at all in Him.
(4) And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the
light from the darkness. (5) And God called the light Day, and the
darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the
The children of the light…the children of the Day…. remember to have love for others always (entertaining strangers and their words) while the children of the night do not remember and they will not believe in what they hear in the day a stranger comes along to speak His words to their hearing ears. They are caught “unawares”…. “asleep” to His righteousness… and will be found practicing evil in their unbelief in the day He visits them with His words. Those who “sleep”, sleep in the “night”.
1 Thessalonians 5:5 KJV (5) Ye are all the children of light, and the
children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.