Now we are telling you about this eternal life that was with the Father and appeared to us. (CEV)
He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us. (NLT)
… we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us … (KJV)
Again we see a little theme with John — Jesus, the Word, the Eternal Life, was “with the Father.” This echoes back to John’s Gospel, where he writes, “The Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).
For thousands of years, the people of Israel had daily recited, “Hear, oh Israel. The Lord your God is one!” For them, the idea of multiple gods was not only foreign, but blasphemous.
John wanted to insure they understood … God had revealed a new facet of His glorious being: He is one God, but three Persons — Father. Son and Holy Spirit.
We try to make up analogies for it — a troika that thinks and acts as one, a cake whose 3 separate ingredients don’t taste good on their own, but blended are delicious …
But it’s no good. Those don’t really give us an idea of God’s true nature, because it is a mystery.
CS Lewis said if we came from a two-dimensional world where all was flat, and someone tried to describe a cube to us, we’d be flabbergasted, because in all our flat world, there had never been anything with depth or height, and so there wouldn’t even be words for depth and height. So it is with the Trinity, a kind of Being for which we have no words and only poor analogies.
But here’s the exciting part — through Christ we’re asked to join the Trinity! Jesus prayed in John 17 that we would become one with Him and the father!
We can’t imagine it now, total union with a Being who is Love itself … but I believe those of us who are saturated in Him now have a little grasp of what it is like, and it is wonderful!