1 John, Fellowship And The Family Of God
In our study of 1 John chapter one, we will look at what the early church meant by fellowship and how we, as Christians, are part of the family of God. This epistle (letter) is different from most others in the Bible because it was written to the entire family of God while the others were usually written to a specific body of believers. We often refer to John as the "disciple that Jesus loved" but, along with his brother, Jesus called them Sons of Thunder. He was a son of a fisherman but, when Jesus called him and his brother, they dropped their nets and immediately followed. This same John wrote the Gospel of John, Revelation, and two other letters that are included in the Bible. After the death and resurrection of Jesus, he stayed in Jerusalem and was a leader in the "church" there but around 70 years later he moved to Ephesus. It is believed that he wrote these letters from there where he was a leader as well. While most of the apostles died a martyr's death, John died peacefully in Ephesus after being released from exile on the island of Patmos.