That which was from the beginning, which we have listened to, which we have seen with our own eyes, and our own hands have handled concerning the Word of Life--
Then He said to Thomas, "Bring your finger here and feel my hands; bring you hand and put it into my side; and do not be ready to disbelieve but to believe."
See my hands and my feet--it is my very self. Feel me and see, for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see I have."
And we have seen and bear witness that the Father has sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
For just as the Father has life in Himself, so He has also given to the Son to have life in Himself.
on the authority of those who were from the beginning eye-witnesses and were devoted to the service of the divine Message,
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
"In most solemn truth," answered Jesus, "I tell you that before Abraham came into existence, I am."
This statement is the testimony of an eye-witness, and it is true. He knows that he is telling the truth--in order that you also may believe.
He had also, after He suffered, shown Himself alive to them with many sure proofs, appearing to them at intervals during forty days, and speaking of the Kingdom of God.
For when we made known to you the power and Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, we were not eagerly following cleverly devised legends, but we had been eye-witnesses of His majesty.
the Life was manifested, and we have seen and bear witness, and we declare unto you the Life of the Ages which was with the Father and was manifested to us--
I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has existed from the very beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the Evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father.
For there are three that give testimony-- the Spirit, the water, and the blood;
"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "He who is and was and evermore will be--the Ruler of all."
It said, "Write forthwith in a roll an account of what you see, and send it to the seven Churches--to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyateira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea."
When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as if I were dead. But He laid His right hand upon me and said, "Do not be afraid: I am the First and the Last, and the ever-living One.
"To the minister of the Church at Smyrna write as follows: "'This is what the First and the Last says--He who died and has returned to life.
The outer garment in which He is clad has been dipped in blood and His name is THE WORD OF GOD.