This. This right here. I love to read that pithy comment on social media. I applaud not only the author’s ability to economize their words, but to do it without sacrificing meaning. Impressive feat- especially for a wordy soul like mine.
But if you stroll through the concise book of 1 John, this pronoun pops into view over 20 times. I imagine it as tiny arrow or pointed finger saying, “Look at this, this right here.” It was as if John wanted to boil down whole chapters into tight, important statements. See what I mean:
1) “This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you:
God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all,” (1Jn 1:5).
2) “This is the message you heard from the beginning:
We should love one another,” (1Jn 3:11).
3) “And this is His command:
to believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another…” (1Jn 3:23).
4) “This is love;
not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins,” (1Jn 4:10).
5) “And this is the testimony:
God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son,” (1Jn 5:11). Emphasis added
Now, let’s just look at these five statements and how much doctrine is packed into them: God is light; love one another; believe in Jesus’ name; He is our sacrifice; we have eternal life through God’s Son.
If we truly get these five truths, we’ve digested much of New Testament theology. And I’m reminded that some of our best lessons come, not from lengthy dissertations, but with a punch of truth landing solidly in our messy lives.
So, I’ll wrap up early. After all, enough said.