We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy. (NLT)
… and these things we write to you, that your joy may be full. (Young’s Literal Translation)
We excused John for writing this epistle so that his own joy would be full.
Apparently that concept was too selfish for some Bible translators, and the switch has been made so that he wrote it so that our joy would be full.
I think it’s both, based on what I told you yesterday. It makes our joy more full to share it with others.
“We tell you so that you also will belong with us. And we belong with the Father and the Son. We write these things to you so that we all will be very happy,” says the Worldwide English Version.
That is the joy John wants to share: how we all belong with the Father and Son, the joy of being in unity with God and with each other. I can tell you from my own journey with Jesus, there is no greater joy.
It’s a love like you’ve never known, an endless, unquenchable love which has nothing to do with what we do, and everything to do with what’s been done for us. It’s completion, fulfillment, significance … it’s being known fully by the One who made you, and knowing that He cherishes you just as you are.
“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ,” says the King James Version. It’s an invitation to fellowship, blessed, sweet communion, with God Himself.
And just like John, I can say: “That which I have seen and heard, I am telling you, so you may have fellowship with me, and my fellowship is with the God whose name is mercy.”
Oh yes — my joy is full in telling you this, and your joy is full when you enter into this fellowship!