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The authority of the apostles is that they were eye witnesses to the facts of the gospel, chosen by our Lord Jesus as the doctrinal foundations of the church. John was countering gnostic heresies that asserted a variety of false teaching. For example, some taught that Christ did not have a physical body like the normal human being. They said that sometimes when He walked on the beach, He didn't leave foot prints. Some asserted that when people went to touch Him they sometimes had their hands pass right through Him. The beloved apostle John is setting the record straight: we heard Him, we saw Him, we touched Him, etc. See how often John asserts these things just in the first chapter. As Paul put it, these things were not “done in a corner” (Acts 26:26b); meaning, that all the facts of the gospel were done out in the open witnessed by many.
I hope that helps you understand this first epistle of John.
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More than just dead
2 Corinthians 5:6-8 (NASB)
6 Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord—
7 for we walk by faith, not by sight—
8 we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at HOME with the Lord.
Argue with this scripture not me.
John 14:6 (NASB)
6 Jesus *said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; NO ONE comes to the Father but through Me.
John 3:16 (NASB)
16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Defeated death which came into being when man sinned in the Garden.
Death comes by sin. Payment of sin is blood of death. Jesus took His blood into the Holy Of Holies in Heaven and put it on the altar.
Hebrews 9:11-14 (NKJV)
11 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.
12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,
14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Note this verse
Hebrews 9:15 (NKJV)
15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
Ed: In my study I often have two to four or five different translations along with Vines. Most generally they all follow so close that there is no difference in the meaning. In keeping with the most literal versions can be quite different from the NIV and and especially the Living Translation. I used to use the 1984 NIV which was good but now that they have mixed the TNIV with the new NIV I have no use for the new NIV at all.