we have heard … we have seen … we have looked upon … our hands have handled. The words used here point to the vivid recollection of the person of Jesus that John still had even in his old age. For John, even sixty years later, those memories were permanently etched on his mind as if the events had just happened. He uses terms that strongly affirm the physical reality of Jesus, for a spirit cannot be heard, gazed at for long periods (“looked upon”), or touched (“handled”) as Jesus was by John during His earthly ministry and even after His resurrection.
the Word of life. This refers not only to Jesus Christ, but the proclamation of His gospel. ~ MacArthur Bible Commentary
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New Testament: 1 John 1:1-10
Summary: The Word of Life, Walking in the Light
This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him, there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous, so that He will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. ~ 1 John 1:5-10
To “walk in the light” means that everything that is of the darkness actually drives me closer to the center of the light. From: “Walk in the Light” By Oswald Chambers
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