'From the beginning.' Restoration language in 1 John?

'From the beginning' is a favourite phrase of 1 John (8x) and is indicative of the author's harking back to the foundations of Christianity. (Ruth B. Edwards, The Johannine Epistles, p. 30)
 Sounds like the language of those who want to live by the original intent of the Sacred Text and, in our day, restore what has since become corrupted.