1 John 1:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 John 1:3, NIV: We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.

1 John 1:3, ESV: that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.

1 John 1:3, KJV: 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.

1 John 1:3, NASB: what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.

1 John 1:3, NLT: 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.

1 John 1:3, CSB: what we have seen and heard we also declare to you, so that you may also have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.

What does 1 John 1:3 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

John repeats his claim to eyewitness experience, from verse 1. These things John and others saw Jesus do, and which they heard Jesus teach, served as the basis for what they "proclaimed." The Greek word translated "proclaim" is apangellomen, which includes the idea of announcing or reporting. John could accurately teach about Jesus because he personally served with Him and had learned directly from the Lord.

The goal of John's teaching was shared fellowship. The idea of fellowship, from the Greek koinōnia, was an important concept in the New Testament (Acts 2:42). John noted the importance of fellowship with each other. And, he reminds the reader that we also have fellowship with both Christ and God the Father. This reflects the Great Commandment, found in the Gospels (Matthew 22:37–40), to love God and love your neighbor as yourself. A right relationship with God is seen as essential to right relationships with other people. Also important is John's emphasis of the connection of the Father and Son, a theme both in John's Gospel and the letter of 1 John.