In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for … 7 ... whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:7–9 ESV). —1 John 4:16. Our love for ourselves interferes with genuine love for others. 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 4:7-12. He wants to make sure that we understand that love is not an optional virtue for the believer. John repeats the old commandment of 1Jn 2:7f-note. Do we take seriously John’s words, “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren”? Love and sin cannot go together because God is love. “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. 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. All rights reserved. This chapter in John's first epistle, is a beautiful exposition of love, similar to the famous 'love' chapter in 1 Corinthians 13. Barclay draws an interesting conclusion - Love has a double relationship to God. 2. 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. He loved us so much that He gave His Son Jesus to live, die, and rise again to redeem us (1 John 4:9). Then help us to love one another— Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. Love is ultimately displayed in the giving of yourself. This reflects both the commandments of Jesus (John 13:34–35), and John's prior teaching on recognizing … Here, he shows why it is so important. In John’s first letter, the apostle describes things that are to be trademarks of those who are members of God’s family. Loves (verb) (25)(agapao) "speaks of a love which is awakened by a sense of value in an object which causes one to prize it. The inspiration of love (1Jn 4:11–16a). Repeat.By Anne Cetas. We can say that we love but love is shown through sacrifice. As Gill says "it comes from him, is a gift of his grace, and a fruit of his Spirit, and which he teaches regenerate ones to exercise. Here in his Epistle he points out the proofs whereby we may know we are born from above. God’s Love and Ours - Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. 3:7). 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. “Every one that loveth is born of God” (1 John 4:7+). First, God's love is not hidden; it was revealed. Love (verb) (25)(agapao) "expresses the purest, noblest form of love, which is volitionally driven, not motivated by superficial appearance, emotional attraction, or sentimental relationship." We are commanded to love one another. 1 John 4:7 NIV - God’s Love and Ours - Dear friends, - Bible Gateway. 1 John 4:1. Puzzled, the students asked for the answer. We now have a new way of life through him. God is love explains the cross and his plan of redemption. These verses furnish Christians with critical marching orders and guidance while providing crucial insight into our Creator's nature—all centered around the word “love.”Twice in these three verses, John declares that “God is love.” He also implores us to “love one another” and to know God, and then he identifies God as the source of love. Because “love is of God,” the chief way to reflect the heart of the Father is by displaying the love that characterizes Him. (Vincent) "God is the source and origin." It is to be the distinguishing mark of the church in the world. “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not, but He that was begotten of God (i.e., the Lord Jesus) keepeth him” (1 John 5:18+, R.V.). “Whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” To have the capacity to love others I must know God more. Life. The reason we must love one another is because love is from God. What is love? 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. I do not need the dogmas of the Bible.” “How did you find out that God is love?” I asked. Nothing is more costly than loving—except not loving. — Reprinted by permission. (1Jn 5:1–12. 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). For the meaning of kosmos, see the comments on verse 9a above. 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. (1 John 4 Commentary), John Butler summarizes this section - 1 John 4:7–5:3 – Charity. Life. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Listen to verse 8. •Source of love: God initiated it and inspires it •Salvation and love: salvation rooted in love. Does this mean that God does not judge sin? 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. 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. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] This verse begins the second major section of this chapter, returning to the theme of love. Apologetically the father said, “You can finish later.” The boy said nothing but quietly walked away, disappointment written all over his face. Also, note that love is not opposed to truth… Love does not mean that we set aside the truth for the sake of unity… we must never compromise truth for the sake of love… The connection between what John says in 1Jn 4:1-6 and his abrupt change of subject in 1Jn 4:7ff. BELOVED, LET US LOVE ONE ANOTHER. MP3 (high) MP3 (low) M4A. Paul Apple makes an interesting statement in his introduction to this section on loving our brethren - "Problems with assurance are not solved so much by introspection (e.g. Love is not natural nor innate. God revealed His love through Jesus, who John describes with some very specific details. 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. ", While unbelievers can love others, it is a natural love and not a supernatural love enabled by the indwelling Holy Spirit. (1 John 4:16-21). Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. b. When we are Born Again "old things passed away, behold, new things have come" (2Cor 5:17+) and one of those "new things" is that we have become "partakers of the divine nature having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust." Share how John says that fear and love work along with each other. “Every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God” (1 John 4:7). I thought the old sun shone a good deal brighter than it ever had before. “No one in the world ever knew it until it was revealed from Heaven and recorded in the Word of God. (Stott) Agape love has its origin from God. Any loving act must be warmly accepted or it will be taken as rejection and can leave a scar. We are far to self-focused to love others the way God calls us to love others. We cannot impose on God our human view of love. The reason for this is because what the other person does is not part of this equation. Therefore a radical heart transplant must take place within us for us to love one another. The presence and operation of this God-inspired love is a further ground of Christian assurance. Their spiritual life is derived from Him. Everyone who loves has been born of God and … By way of introduction, note that while love is the inevitable result of being born of God, it is not the automatic result. Years ago a lady who prided herself on belonging to the intelligentsia said to me, “I have no use for the Bible, Christian superstition, and religious dogma. He gave so that we live. Agapetos describes the love of another, this love being called out of the "giver's" heart by preciousness of the recipient of the love (the "beloved'). They think they can explain love but love is from God and so we must look to God to know what this means for us. The equation is as simple as this. We receive His love when we receive Jesus as our Savior and Lord. 6:10; 1 Peter 2:17; cf. It all begins with God’s love. Love only - “I just give out (love), I don’t take in(faith/belief; reading/study/the word)”. May Your love drive and dominate my responses to life and to others. Amplified - Beloved, let us love one another, for love is (springs) from God; and he who loves [his fellowmen] is begotten (born) of God and is coming [progressively] to know and understand God [to perceive and recognize and get a better and clearer knowledge of Him]. The word homologeo (confess) is a combination of homou (together with) and lego (to say). Now I want us to hear how shocking these words are that God taught us through his apostle John. But that he loved us, — St. John's meaning is, that God loved us for it. 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. Not a life of sin as before, but a life of victory—there may be, there usually is, especially in the early days, lapses into sin, but not a life of sin. What does it mean that God is light? (1Jn 5:13–21. St. John applies the term exclusively to Jesus. II. Love is ultimately displayed in sacrifice. 1 John emphasizes that God’s love is not … Continue reading "Commentary on 1 John 4:7 … Sending your only Son shows his sacrifice and sacrifice shows love. We are far too occupied with loving ourselves. The absence of God’s love in their lives revealed their unregenerate condition as conclusively as did their aberrant theology. Greek - Agapetoi agapomen (1PPAS) allelous hoti e agape ek tou theou estin (3SPAI) kai pas o agapon (PAPMSN) ek tou theou gegennetai (3SRPI) kai ginoskei (3SPAI) ton theon. What about Christians of another race? Is a kindness done to Thee; Those whose lives are not characterized by love for others are not Christians, no matter what they claim. It's easy to call someone a tender name, but John clearly practiced what he preached. 3:14). John goes so far as to say that if you do not love others, you do not know God (1Jn 4:8). 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." Was not your heart full of sweet peace and love? He is only source of this quality of love. 10:23–24; 13:4–7), the love granted to someone who needs to be loved (Heb. Nothing is more important than responding with love to the cry for love from those who are near and precious to us. 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. What are some of the signs of genuine saving faith? — Reprinted by permission. Friends, we are commanded to love. 9. All rights reserved). Ginosko is in the present tense which signifies that we continually know God. Who told us that God is love? The sage replied quietly, “We know the darkness is leaving and the dawn is coming when we can see another person and know that it is our brother or sister; otherwise no matter what time it is, it’s still dark.” Born (begotten) (1080)(gennao from genos = offspring, in turn from ginomai = to become) means to beget, to bring forth, to give birth, to procreate a descendant, to produce offspring, to generate. We weep and rejoice. If love is the mark of a believer, do people recognize that we belong to Christ? In contrast, the one who does not love does not know God. How many strained relationships happen among our friends, relatives, parents, and children because we are loving ourselves and not loving them. By and by we learn the secret of full victory. If you do not love, then you do not know God and you have not been changed by God. — Reprinted by permission. John Piper May 19, 1985 56 Shares Sermon. See comments on Born Again in John 3. The whole division of the Epistle seems to fall most naturally into three sections: 1. 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. St John therefore passes on to consider the spirit of the Christian life as seen in the Christian Body. But at the same time, John commands (1Jn 4:11), “Beloved, if God so loves us, we also ought to love one another.” It is not automatic or effortless! God is the source and the definition of love. — Reprinted by permission. Christlike love for all my brothers IV. He who dwells in love dwells in God (1 John 4:16). What does 1 John 4:9 mean? (1 John 4:15) 7. Asking Jesus into one's heart and living the rest of your life like the devil is absolutely not evidence of genuine salvation! Audio. Our love is not the standard. We look to him to understand love. Here is an illustration to prove the problem: how much of our anger is because others were in our way! (Critical and Exegetical Commentary- 1 John 4 Commentary), D L Moody - THE first impulse of a young convert is to love. I walked out upon Boston Common, and heard the birds in the trees, and I thought that they were all singing a song for me. 6:20; 2 Tim. Play. It is his usual method of address when he wishes to appeal to the better thoughts and feelings of his readers, or, to use Paul’s phrase, to “open the eyes of their hearts.” It emphasizes the natural grounds of appeal for mutual love, which can most readily be called out among those who are loved or lovable. 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. (1 John 4:18) 10. The problems in the churches were caused by false teachers Many of them relate to the culture and folklore of these small islands, but some are more personal. Love is not something we can decide if we will do it or not. God is love. Love one another - 13x in 12v - John 13:34; 15:12, 17; Ro 13:8; 1Th 4:9; 1Pet 1:22; 1John 3:11, 23; 4:7, 11-12; 2John 1:5. Friends, we are commanded to love. If you find a person who is not characterized by divine love, bearing the name of Christian, you can be reasonably sure that person has not yet been Born Again. Read more Share Copy Show footnotes A service of Faithlife / Logos Bible Software. (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. This is what John says in verse 7. The meaning of the verb gennavw (gennaw, “I beget, I father”) in 4:7. Here it is shown to proceed from God as being essentially His attribute, and as having been manifested by Him in Christ. (1 John 4:7-11 Why We Must Love), David Smith - Love is the divine nature, and those who love have been made partakers of the divine nature (2Peter 1:4); and by the practice of love they “get to know God” more and more. 5:5; [Rom. Stott summarizes the thrust of 1Jn 4:7-21 - "In 1Jn 3:23-note John summarized God's commandment as being 'to believe in Christ and love one another'. How can we love others with the love that God has because God is love? “Let us love one another, for love is of God” (1 John 4:7). III. An intangible connection between two people that feels exceptionally good” (www.selfcreation.com/blog/the-worlds-best-definition-of-love). Personal holiness. He hit it again in 1Jn 3:11-1 8. 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. —Brandt 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. Father, teach me to love with the love of Christ that others might see Your love reflected in my care and concern for them. Love is not something we can decide if we will do it or not. 1 John 4:7-12. 1Jn 4:12 - Argument Based on God the Holy Spirit. (Wuest). Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. The reason we must love one another is because love is from God. Or do we know of Christians whom we dislike intensely? 1 John 4:1-21—Read the Bible online or download free. He may have no real love to God, to the Saviour, or to the children of God as such; and it would be absurd for such a one to argue because he loves his wife and children that therefore he loves God, or is born again. God sent his only Son. John Piper Mar 16, 2008 33 Shares Sermon. ), 3. We love others because we remember the love God has shown for us. Our deepest problem is in us, not outside of us. God is love. As believers, the love of God is poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. ), THE NEW BIRTH: ITS EVIDENCES AND RESULTS 1 JOHN. VI. John is telling us why we as believers need to love one another. “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” Those whose lives are not characterized by love for others are not Christians, no matter what they claim. How much of our anger stems from our expectations of what we think people should do! 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). Agapetos is used only of Christians as united with God or with each other in love. Real love has its source from God. When I asked an older Christian about this, he told me that this meant that I was not a true Christian. What is the lust of the flesh? 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. God loves as the sun shines: love expresses who God is. Wed, Jan. 6th Thu, Jan. 7th Fri, Jan. 8th Sat, Jan. 9th Sun, Jan. 10th Mon, Jan. 11th. “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12). To get what 1 John 4:9 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity. Let’s move on to some-thing else.” But John not only repeats the imperative to love one another in 1Jn 4:7-5:4, but also he hits it longer and harder than at any other point in the book. If you truly loved the other person, you would not compel that person to be in or remain in a sinful situation. So even the truth about the tense of the verb undergirds the doctrine of eternal security! We only understand love because of God. John's three major sections on the subject of love in this epistle: William Barclay writes that "This passage (1Jn 4:7-21) is so closely interwoven that we are better to read it as a whole and then bit by bit to draw out its teaching." God sent his only Son shows genuine love toward us. When we begin to be angry, we remind ourselves, “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”, A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. It was an exercise of the divine will in deliberate choice, made without assignable cause save that which lies in the nature of God Himself.". How do we get to this transformation so that we will love others as God commanded us to love? It occurs ten times in the Epistles, though not in the Gospel. 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. Every kindness done to others (1 John 4 Commentary). Could we say the same, beloved? How do we know? All rights reserved). Phileo refers to a mere human affection, although it is used once when God is spoken of as being a friend to man. God is the source of love. The Christian Society has been shewn to be clearly distinguished from the world, even when the world obtains the support of spiritual powers. Praying through 1 John 4:7 . 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." We should consider the word God gave to Jonah in his anger: “Do you do well to be angry?” James told us, “Man’s anger does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20). The verb gennavw (gennaw) in this context means to be fathered by God and thus a child of God. The love we give is tender and tough and supportive. To beget Is spoken of men (Mt 1:2-16), whereas to bear is spoken of women. Sin is the opposite of love. (John 15:10). To have the capacity to love others the way God tells us to means I must know God intimately. On the other hand, be careful about snap judgments lest you yourself fail to exhibit divine love. 7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Love one another - This phrase occurs 3 times in this "love" section (1Jn 4:7-21) - 1Jn 4:7-note, 1Jn 4:11-note, 1Jn 4:12-note. It follows that we can demonstrate this quality of love only if we are from God (born of God). Scripture: 1 John 4:13–16. Do you know I fell in love with the birds? This love has its source in God. 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. Love is not an option. Love. 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. Now, he turns to the second part of the commandment, the need to love one another. What is John explaining? You can't truly grow in your experience of God without also growing love for one another. Wuest - Divinely-loved ones, let us be habitually loving one another, because this aforementioned love is out of God as a source; and everyone who is habitually loving, out of God has been born with the present result that he is regenerated and knows God in an experiential way. We see Jesus and the coming of Jesus is how we know that we are loved by God. How much of our anger comes from people not doing what we want them to do! The anti-Christian spirit is selfish. 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. 1 John 4:11.Conclusion from 1 John 4:9-10, giving the motive for the exhortation in 1 John 4:7. 1 John 4:7-8. 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). 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.". 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