We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. (NLT)
Jesus prayed in John 17 that His followers would become one with Him and the Father — here John is saying that’s what has happened to him, he is in fellowship with God.
John, the beloved disciple, is also the one who tells us what the nature and substance of God is, later in this same book — “God is love,” he says in 1 John 4:8.
This means, the Triune God of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is a Being of complete and pure love, somehow separate people, somehow one Being, all complete in love. And it seems that love seeks an object …
And that object is you.
You have been invited into the dance of the Trinity, to be made one with the Father, Son and Spirit, one with other believers who have also been brought into unity with God through the mighty work of His Son.
You are to be wholly loved, and wholly loving, transformed into the same substance and nature as Christ Himself … the substance of LOVE.
And in this, we see why John phrases this verse the way he does:
…that which we have seen and heard declare we to you, that ye also may have fellowship with us, and our fellowship [is] with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ ( Young’s Literal Translation).
He seems to imply that when you have fellowship with John, you are having fellowship with Christ Himself — because he knows that he is being transformed into the nature and substance as Christ!
This means when we come into contact with others, and invite them to fellowship with us, we’re inviting them into fellowship with God, because we also are being transformed into Christ’s love … which is to say, into Christ!
Oh my goodness! What an amazing thought! What an amazing Savior!