He replied, “Because it is the Lord’s commandment, and if this only is done, it is enough” (cited by John Stott - The Letters of John Tyndale New Testament Commentary). 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his … John is not speaking of natural human "love" (which can be sacrificial) but of divine love, a self-less love, a love that seeks the best for the recipient, and a quality of live that believers can demonstrate only when they are filled with, controlled by and walking in the Holy Spirit. You are loved by God and will always be loved by God. “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” The proof that someone has been born again is that he exhibits this divine love. 7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. (John 15:10). “Those poor natives in the jungles of Africa, bowing down to gods of wood and stone, and in constant fear of their fetishes, the poor heathen in other countries-do they know that God is love?” “Perhaps not,” she said, “but in a civilized country we all know it.” “But how is it that we know it? The meaning of the verb gennavw (gennaw, “I beget, I father”) in 4:7. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. Clement of Alexandria said in a startling phrase that the real Christian "practises being God." How much of our anger comes from people not doing what we want them to do! We are commanded to love one another. Galatians 1:16: . 6:20; 2 Tim. 1 John 4:7-12. Otherwise mere claim to loving God accompanied by hating one’s brother is a lie (1Jn 2:9–11). Why do we need to confess our sins in they have already been forgiven (1 John 1:9)? 6:10; 1 Peter 2:17; cf. THE ACTIVITY AND CONFIDENCE OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE: EPILOGUE. See comments on Born Again in John 3. (John 13:34–35 ESV). For this we most earnestly pray. (Jn 6:67) to which Peter replied "Lord, to whom shall we go? We cannot impose on God our human view of love. Wesley why do you preach so often on that one text, ‘Ye must be born again?’” “Why?” exclaimed Mr. Wesley. stems from 3:23: “This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.” In 1Jn 4:1-6, John explains the first part of that commandment, namely, believing in the name of His Son Jesus Christ. God’s Love and Ours - Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. In 1 John 4:7-16a John presented a comprehensive treatment of the nature of true love, while in 4:16b—5:5 he set forth the results of this love in the life of the believer. So even the truth about the tense of the verb undergirds the doctrine of eternal security! By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. If love is the mark of a believer, do people recognize that we belong to Christ? How do we get to this transformation so that we will love others as God commanded us to love? Give love. Overcomes. It springs from an apprehension of the preciousness of an object. (Butler's Daily Bible Reading), Steven Cole - As we come to (1Jn 4:7-21), we may identify with those early believers. 14 And # ch. “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God, and every one that loveth of God hath been begotten and is getting to know God. — Reprinted by permission. 1 John 4:9. 2. W E Vine - To exhibit divine love is an evidence of more than the existence of the divine relationship; it is a proof of the experience of a constant increase in the knowledge of God, Albert Barnes - A man may have a great deal of natural affection toward his kindred; a great deal of benevolence in his character toward the poor and needy, and still he may have none of the love to which John refers. Man is made in the image and the likeness of God (Genesis 1:26). A short time after this incident the boy drowned. No faith, no dew or sunshine. The inspiration of love (1Jn 4:11–16a). Then help us to love one another— Play. We love others because we remember the love God has shown for us. (D L Moody Yearbook). In this third treatment the author is concerned to relate the love which should be in us not to the true light which is already shining (1Jn 2:8,10), nor to the eternal life of which it is the evidence (1Jn 3:14,15-note), but to God's very nature of love and with His loving activity in Christ and in us" (The Letters of John Tyndale New Testament Commentary), Sam Storms - The Social Test (3) - 1Jn 4:7-12 - 1. Based on several similar texts (John 3:16; 13:34; Eph. Now, he turns to the second part of the commandment, the need to love one another. Is born of God - Regenerate, a new creature in Christ (2Cor 5:17-note). “Why,” she said, “everybody knows it.” “Do they know it in India?” I asked. This section of the Epistle, 1 John 4:7-21, contains one of those profound truths which are so often expressible in simple words, but which are inexhaustible in their fulness of meaning… Agapetos is used only of Christians as united with God or with each other in love. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. We cannot tell God what love is among humans or toward him. Some might think that certain actions are loving, while some others think those same actions are hateful. The bold imagery the author uses is that of the male parent who fathers children.551 We have encountered this imagery before in 1 John 3:9 using the same verb as here. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. Here in his Epistle he points out the proofs whereby we may know we are born from above. We can see why there is so much confusion about love because love is defined so differently by so many “authorities.” But, just perhaps, we should consider the authority who created us and defined love himself: God. What about Christians of another race? Introduction. God sent his only Son shows genuine love toward us. Love is not something we can decide if we will do it or not. We probably want to argue with this but this is what God says. Let us love one another, for love is of God: John’s emphasis on love among the people of God (shown in passages like 1 John 2:9-11 and 3:10-18) is powerful. Christlike love for all my brothers 1 John 4:7-9 NIV - God’s Love and Ours - Dear friends, - Bible Gateway. Read commentary on this popular Bible verse and understand the real meaning behind God's Word using John Gill's Exposition of the Bible. This is clearly seen in 1 John 4:7-12. This is the third time in the Epistle that he takes up and applies the supreme test of love… Each time the test is more searching. Meaning of Fellowship 1 Jn 1:1-2:27: Manifestations of Fellowship 1 Jn 2:28-5:21: Abiding in God's Light: Abiding in God's Love: Written in Ephesus: circa 90 AD: From Talk Thru the Bible. “Whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” To have the capacity to love others I must know God more. I had not a bitter-feeling against any man, and I was ready to take all men to my heart. ESVSB entitles this section (vv7-21) "The Assurance of God through the Love of God.". It all begins with God’s love. “When we can see an animal and know it is a fox and not a wolf,” replied another. In the first of the three parts of the epistle which deal with brotherly love, this was shown to be the characteristic, as well as the effect, of walking in the light (1Jn 2:7–11-note). Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. Father, teach me to love with the love of Christ that others might see Your love reflected in my care and concern for them. By "every spirit" he means, either every doctrine that is pretended to come from the … 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. Connected with this is the fact that God sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. 1 John 4:7-8: Adoration and Praise; Salvation; Saints Days and Holy Days St John the Evangelist; Marriage; Jesus Christ Redeemer; Jesus Christ Incarnation; House of God ; God's Love to Us; Consummation in Christ; Compassion; Commissioning Service; Sanctification: LOVE DIVINE » X. The First Epistle of John, often referred to as First John and written 1 John or I John, is the first of the Johannine epistles of the New Testament, and the fourth of the catholic epistles.There is no scholarly consensus as to the authorship of the Johannine works.The author of the First Epistle is termed John the Evangelist, who most scholars believe is not the same as John the Apostle. (Jn 1:10, see context Jn 1:11-13) After most of the followers departed from Jesus in Jn 6:66, Jesus confronted the twelve disciples asking "You do not want to go away also, do you?" If you know God then you love others. Repeat.By Anne Cetas. If we are children of the One whose very nature is love, then we will be like our Father. The Holy Ghost sheds love as its first fruit abroad in the heart (Ro 5:5-note). We weep and rejoice. Spurgeon - From the abundance of love which was in John’s heart, we might almost be startled at the very strong things that he writes against those who are in error, did we not remember that it is only a false charity which winks at error. Let us never forget the solemn words of our Lord Jesus Christ, “Ye must be Born Again.” We are told that John Wesley used to preach on this text over and over again, until some people grew weary of hearing it and wished that he would use another theme. (W Griffith-Thomas), Agape in 1John - 1John 2:5, 15; 3:1, 16-17; 1Jn 4:7-10, 12, 16 (3x), 1Jn 4:17, 1Jn 4:18 (3x) 1Jn 5:3 (Also in 2John 1:3, 6; 3John 1:6). Reading 1, 1 John 4:7-10 Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 72:1-2, 3-4, 7-8 Gospel, Mark 6:34-44 More Daily Readings. As believers, the love of God is poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. We have known and believed the love that God has for us. What does it mean that God is light? F F Bruce - "The love which the New Testament enjoins involves a consuming passion for the well-being of others, and this love has its wellspring in God." Praying through 1 John 4:7 . Sin is the opposite of love. May 26, 1985. Patterns are woven into the fabric using sheep’s wool to craft the garments. Love the Brothers - In his book Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home, Richard Foster tells of an old sage who asked his disciples, “How can we know when the darkness is leaving and the dawn is coming?” “When we can see a tree in the distance and know that it is an elm and not a juniper,” one student responded. The love of God (previously described: οὕτως) to us obliges us, believers, to love one another.The obligatory force lies not merely in the example given by God’s act of love, but also in this, that we by means of it have become the children of God, and as such love as He loves (Lücke). (1 John 4:7–9 ESV) The Command (4:7-8) The apostle John begins with the command of our Lord: Let us love one another. b) The manifestation of love (1Jn 4:9-10), iv) Love and true profession (1Jn 4:20-21), Here John returns to the theme of loving one another, the major theme of the second half of the letter with 1John 4:7-21 constituting a unit the subject of which is love, especially perfect love available to every saint. St. John applies the term exclusively to Jesus. Love is not something we can decide if we will do it or not. Real love has its source from God. From God (ek = marker denoting origin, cause, motive, reason = from, of) - "Flows from God." Let us love one another - MacArthur says this is the key for this entire section (cp 1Jn 4:21-note). This love has its source in God. John repeats the old commandment of 1Jn 2:7f-note. We now have a new way of life through him. God revealed His love through Jesus, who John describes with some very specific details. We only understand love because of God. An intangible connection between two people that feels exceptionally good” (www.selfcreation.com/blog/the-worlds-best-definition-of-love). John Piper May 12, 1985 48 Shares Sermon. God is the source and the definition of love. Now how do we get there? We ask you, humbly, to help. The apostle John begins with the command of our Lord: Let us love one another. God is love explains the cross and his plan of redemption. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (7-21)1-6 Christians who are well acquainted with the Scriptures, may, in humble dependence on Divine teaching, discern those who set forth doctrines according to the apostles, and those who contradict them. The greatest love that we receive is the love of God. Now I want us to hear how shocking these words are that God taught us through his apostle John. Earlier John had written "If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices (present tense = their general direction, not perfection!) Agapao speaks of a more utterly unselfish affection, a love which is seen in all its fullness in God Himself, and which was displayed in our Lord Jesus Christ here on earth. Book of 1 John - Bible Survey Who was John the Apostle in the Bible? The caveat is one must be genuinely saved! 5:2, 25; 1 John 4:9-10), I worked out this definition: Biblical love is a self-sacrificing, caring commitment that shows itself in seeking the highest good of the one loved. H A Ironside - If you remember from our study in chapter 3, there are two words for love used in the New Testament- phileo and agapao. The begotten one is kept by the only Begotten of the Father. By and by we learn the secret of full victory. Christians are obliged to love one another because of (1) the nature of God as love (1Jn 4:7-8), (2) the historical manifestation of that love in Christ (1Jn 4:9-11), and (3) the resulting perfection of God's love in those who do love one another (12) - 1Jn 4:7-12 (Sam Storms- First John 4:7-21). - Anonymous quoted by W Griffith-Thomas, Faith only - I just take in (belief), I don’t give out (love; beauty/fragrance) (i.e. Notice that there is nothing said by the apostle John about the other person being deserving of our love or being lovable. 7 Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God. Love proceeds from God. Love is not an option. 1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 1Jn 4:12 - Argument Based on God the Holy Spirit. The passive voice means to be begotten or to be born. 7-8). In case we ever forget this basic, essential fact of our faith, 1 John makes it crystal clear. (1-6) Brotherly love enforced. What is love? What is the evidence of God’s love in our lives? He is only source of this quality of love. Our love is not the standard. MP3 (high) MP3 (low) M4A. It is only by knowing God that we learn to love and it is only by loving that we learn to know God (1 John 4:7-8). This is to say, one of the clearest proofs of the new birth is to be found in the fact that a new life is begun. (1 John 4 Commentary), John Butler summarizes this section - 1 John 4:7–5:3 – Charity. VI. Invariably, he would repeat, “Little children, let us love one an-other.” The disciples began to grow weary of the same words every time, and they finally asked him why he always said the same thing over and over. 1 John emphasizes that God’s love is not … Continue reading "Commentary on 1 John 4:7-21" Where did we discover it?” “I don’t understand what you mean,” she said. Agapao is in the present tense speaks of our habitual practice, of the general direction of our life. All rights reserved). 1 John 4:7 (R.V.) (1 John 4:15) 7. God is the source of love. 1 John 4:10. How can we love others with the love that God has because God is love? His life matched his lips. IV. After we’ve experienced God’s love, we then can learn to give love. The reason we must love one another is because love is from God. Lord, teach us the secret of loving, The problems in the churches were caused by false teachers To beget Is spoken of men (Mt 1:2-16), whereas to bear is spoken of women. — Reprinted by permission. Second, God sent Jesus. It is not found in all the literature of the ancients.” (1 John 4 Commentary - Ironside's Notes). KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT. 2:2–5; Col. 3:12–14; cf. What did God’s love accomplish? We receive His love when we receive Jesus as our Savior and Lord. (1 John 4 Commentary), Steven Cole - The church father, Jerome, said that when the apostle John was in his extreme old age, he was so weak that he had to be carried into the church meetings. Confession of faith and love for one’s brothers and sisters … Continue reading "Commentary on 1 John 4:7-21" This change happens when we focus on the love of God that was revealed among us. Christians are not "just forgiven" - they are born anew by God's Spirit. The Rizers sing Scripture in the form of upbeat pop/rock songs to reinforce God's Word in the hearts of kids and families. Love comes from God, and love leads to God. 1 John 4:1. In other words, everyone God has saved in the past continues to give evidence of that fact in the present and will continue to do so in the future. “Let us love one another: for love is of God” (1 John 4:7). Barclay draws an interesting conclusion - Love has a double relationship to God. If love is of God , then those who claim to be born of God , and claim to know God , must be able to love one another in the body of Christ. Friends, we are commanded to love. Our love for ourselves interferes with genuine love for others. 1-john 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. What does this practically mean to you? His loss is our gain. He wants to make sure that we understand that love is not an optional virtue for the believer. Was not your heart full of sweet peace and love? So here John is addressing believers with a tender word of exhortation, even as he assures them of his own love for them. It follows that we can demonstrate this quality of love only if we are from God (born of God). People have written volumes of books on trying to explain love. And we have believed and have come to know (ginosko) that You are the Holy One of God." On the contrary it is closely connected with it, inasmuch as the Spirit of Truth produces love, whereas the spirit of error is ever against it. God is love. I thought that the sun was just smiling upon me. This pericope seems to be a review of what we have heard from 1 John over the previous two weeks. We struggle to love because of who we are but we are to look to Jesus to change who we are so that we genuinely love one another. Have you been born of God? II. (1 John 4 Commentary). God is the source and the definition of love. The reason we must love one another is because love is from God. Love. Next Weeks Readings. 1John 2:10, 15 (2x); 1Jn 3:10-11, 14 (2x), 1Jn 3:18, 23; 4:7 (2x), 1Jn 4:8, 10(2x), 1Jn 4:11 (2x), 1Jn 4:12, 19 (2x), 1Jn 4:20 (3x), 1Jn 4:21 (2x); 1Jn 5:1 (2x), 1Jn 5:2 (2x). 1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Puzzled, the students asked for the answer. As Marshall explains " "It is because men are created in the image of God, an image that has been defaced but not destroyed by the Fall, that they still have the capacity to love … Human love, however noble and however highly motivated, falls short if it refuses to include the Father and Son as the supreme objects of its affection.". May 19, 1985. , “in our souls”—an inward experience. People with a heart for God have a heart for people. For example, John uses ginosko to describe those who refused to believe in Jesus writing "He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him." If you Google the question, “What is love?” you will get thousands of different answers. Real love has its source from God. “Every one that doeth righteousness is born of Him” (1 John 2:29+). This love is simply the manifestation of the divine nature He has implanted within us. Here it is shown to proceed from God as being essentially His attribute, and as having been manifested by Him in Christ. 8 He who does not love does not know God; for God is love. 5:44). 14:33 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. However much we may want to, we cannot command, demand, or take away love, any more than we can command the moon and the stars and the wind and the rain to come and go according to our whims” (www.psychologytoday.com/blog/love-without-limits/201111/what-is-love-and-what-isnt). 3:7). But this is exactly the opposite of what God says. And John shows the link in two ways: First, he shows that God’s nature is love so that when we are born again by him we share that nature; and second, he shows that the manifestation of that nature in history was the sending of his Son so that we might have eternal life through him. Rom. Love is not an option. MacArthur - agapē (love) is the love of self-sacrificing service (Phil. Here again, we find the call to love one another, woven together with that love’s foundation in God’s prior action for us in the Son. Therefore a radical heart transplant must take place within us for us to love one another. It all begins with God’s love. 1-john 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. Am I one of God's elect?) When the apostle said, “Beloved, let us love one another,” he does not merely seek to encourage a natural affection, but has in mind a divine affection. (1 John 4 Commentary). Many of them relate to the culture and folklore of these small islands, but some are more personal. Where love is absent there has not been even the beginning of the knowledge of God, for love is the very nature and being of God… He who loves shows thereby that he has experienced the new birth from God which is the beginning of Christian life, and that its effects are permanent and abiding. Friends, we are commanded to love. We are far to self-focused to love others the way God calls us to love others. In 1Jn 4:8 he states it negatively. God is love and, therefore, to be like God and be what he was meant to be, man must also love. —Anon. NET Note on everyone - everyone who loves refers to all true Christians, who give evidence by their love for one another that they have indeed been begotten by God and are thus God’s children. I never cared for them before, but now it seemed to me that I was in love with all creation. I’m afraid too many people get in the habit of attending services and listening to Bible expositions, and to a certain degree even enjoying them, yet the power of God’s Word never grips their souls. We must love one another because love shows that we have been born of God and that we know God. I. For (hoti) is a term of explanation. He who dwells in love dwells in God (1 John 4:16). (John Macarthur). That is the way to make a soft path for your own feet, and to show that you only have love to yourself; but sometimes to speak as John the Baptist spoke, or as Martin Luther spoke, is the way to prove that you have true love to others. William Barclay - As A. E. Brooke puts it: "Human love is a reflection of something in the divine nature itself." Could we say the same, beloved? We are commanded to love one another. God’s Love and Ours - Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. In contrast, the one who does not love does not know God. They are not looking to the source of love. 1 John 4:11.Conclusion from 1 John 4:9-10, giving the motive for the exhortation in 1 John 4:7. Does 1 John 4:17 tell us that a person is saved by the way he loves? But obviously this is not the love of complacency, or affection, that is, it was not drawn out by any excellency in its objects, Ro 5:8 (note). The verb rendered “is begotten” is in the perfect tense, and is better translated “has been begotten,” suggesting the abiding effects of the new relationship. He loved us so much that He gave His Son Jesus to live, die, and rise again to redeem us (1 John 4:9). Twice in this chapter we have that wonderful statement, “God is love.” Nowhere else in the world will you find this wonderful truth than in the Bible. John is telling us why we as believers need to love one another. First, God's love is not hidden; it was revealed. The world tells us that to have the capacity to love others I must love myself more. But there is more. St John therefore passes on to consider the spirit of the Christian life as seen in the Christian Body. The Christian Society has been shewn to be clearly distinguished from the world, even when the world obtains the support of spiritual powers. The Cry of Love - A father sat at his desk poring over his monthly bills when his young son rushed in and announced, “Dad, because this is your birthday and you’re 55 years old, I’m going to give you 55 kisses, one for each year!” When the boy started making good on his word, the father exclaimed, “Oh, Andrew, don’t do it now; I’m too busy!” Choose Book of Bible to StudyGenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SolomonIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Search Wikipedia using spiritual discretion, The Letters of John Tyndale New Testament Commentary, Study the "one anothers" - most positive, some negative, Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Giving love to others can be challenging in some situations, but it’s possible because of the love God has first given to us. 2:2 the world. Jamieson - Love, the sum of righteousness, is the test of our being born of God. Consider in your marriage how often your anger was because you were thinking about yourself. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] This verse begins the second major section of this chapter, returning to the theme of love. W E Vine introduces this next section 1Jn 4:7-21 - The resumption of the subject of brotherly love is not by way of a sharp break from what has immediately preceded. On the other hand, “He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love” (1 John 4:8). I remember the morning I came out of my room after I had first trusted Christ. In doing this he takes up in a new connexion thoughts which he has before touched upon, and groups them in relation to the final revelation God is love (1Jn 4:8, 4:16). 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