It is enough for me to know that God is love.” “Well,” I said, “do you know it?” “Why, of course I do,” she said; “we all know it, and that is religion enough for me. The verb gennavw (gennaw) in this context means to be fathered by God and thus a child of God. What about Christians of another race? (1Jn 4:7–21.) When I asked an older Christian about this, he told me that this meant that I was not a true Christian. John is telling us why we as believers need to love one another. All rights reserved. Barclay - Beloved, let us love one another, because love has its source in God, and everyone who loves has God as the source of his birth and knows God. , cf. III. On the other hand, be careful about snap judgments lest you yourself fail to exhibit divine love. Guzik - John insists that there is something that is given to the believer when they are born of God; a love is imparted to their life that they did not have before. It is here and nowhere else. 1 John 4:9. All rights reserved). People with a heart for God have a heart for people. (1 John 4 Commentary). A short time after this incident the boy drowned. If God is justice, then things go very badly for the world. What does it mean that God is light? God is love and, therefore, to be like God and be what he was meant to be, man must also love. 1John 3:11 For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; 1John 3:23 And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. The love You are asking today; Wuest adds that the perfect tense signifies that "The relationship between God and the believer as Father and child is a permanent one." See comments on Born Again in John 3. For Further Study But it is not love because God is love and sin is not love. How much of our anger comes from people not doing what we want them to do! Apologetically the father said, “You can finish later.” The boy said nothing but quietly walked away, disappointment written all over his face. THE SPIRIT OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE: GOD AND LOVE. The Father also is love (1John 4:8). The reason we must love one another is because love is from God. Repeat.By Anne Cetas. Do you remember the day you were converted? Loving Father, I can only love others with Your love as Your love floods into my heart, for of myself my love is so limited. He also gave us his Son (see John 3:16). 10:23–24; 13:4–7), the love granted to someone who needs to be loved (Heb. Our love for ourselves interferes with genuine love for others. The Holy Ghost sheds love as its first fruit abroad in the heart (Ro 5:5-note). 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. Psychology Today says, “Love is a force of nature. 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. 7 ... whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7-12. Love is ultimately displayed in the giving of yourself. Play. First, God's love is not hidden; it was revealed. It is a love of esteem and approbation. What is the lust of the flesh? 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. “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit (margin, “practice”) sin; or as W., “No one who is a child of God is habitually guilty of sin” (1 John 3:9+). May the world observe in me. 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'). It is to be the distinguishing mark of the church in the world. Nothing is more important than responding with love to the cry for love from those who are near and precious to us. “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God” (1 John 5:1+). B F Westcott - The consideration of Antichrists and of the spirit of Antichrist and error is now over, and St John lays open the fulness of the Christian life. Love is not natural nor innate. I had not a bitter-feeling against any man, and I was ready to take all men to my heart. 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. “That poor mother in her distress throwing her little baby into the Ganges to be eaten by filthy and repulsive crocodiles as a sacrifice for her sins-does she know that God is love?” “Oh, well, she is ignorant and superstitious,” she replied. MP3 (high) MP3 (low) M4A. 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 shows us what love is and what love looks like. Love others because God has loved you and you know God. May 19, 1985. 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. God is love. Love comes from God. 1-john 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 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. Second, God sent Jesus. Notice that the text does not say that “love is God.” No, God is love. Love comes from God, and love leads to God. We are taught by Jesus even to love our enemies: “Do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matt. 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. Everyone who loves has been born of God and … 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). Everyone who loves - Children of God display His nature (2Pe 1:4). (1 John 4 Commentary). — Reprinted by permission. 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… 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). Life. (Butler's Daily Bible Reading), Steven Cole - As we come to (1Jn 4:7-21), we may identify with those early believers. III. Agapao is in the present tense speaks of our habitual practice, of the general direction of our life. When someone says that they love another person yet the relationship is a sinful relationship that is condemned by God, then it is not love because God is love. It all begins with God’s love. Giving love to others can be challenging in some situations, but it’s possible because of the love God has first given to us. 1 John 4:7-21. 5:5; [Rom. “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). 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." Listen to verse 8. How can we love others with the love that God has because God is love? “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit (margin, “practice”) sin; or as W., “No one who is a child of God is habitually guilty of sin” (1 John 3:9+). This spirit is love, the presence of which is the proof of divine sonship, seeing that God is love (1Jn 4:7, 8); and in the Incarnation we have set before us the manifestation (1Jn 4:9) and the essence of love (1Jn 4:10). He that loveth not did not get to know God, because God is love. — Reprinted by permission. Therefore, God defines love. Could we say the same, beloved? Rom. Based on several similar texts (John 3:16; 13:34; Eph. Because “love is of God,” the chief way to reflect the heart of the Father is by displaying the love that characterizes Him. 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. 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. The reason we must love one another is because love is from God. Here in his Epistle he points out the proofs whereby we may know we are born from above. Here it is shown to proceed from God as being essentially His attribute, and as having been manifested by Him in Christ. The Apostle John does not point out in this Epistle how regeneration can take place, because that he had already done in his Gospel, particularly John 1:12, 13+, and the whole of chapter 3. Friends, we are commanded to love. God’s Love and Ours - Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. For the meaning of kosmos, see the comments on verse 9a above. What is the lust of the eyes? For (hoti) is a term of explanation. Love. Sin is self-focused and self-absorbed. Genuine love cannot be exhibited in any community unless it reflects God’s love. (Expositor's Greek), A E Brooke - (Agape love) has its origin in God. “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. God is love. The verb gennavw (gennaw) in this context means to be fathered by God and thus a child of God. Notice that there is nothing said by the apostle John about the other person being deserving of our love or being lovable. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. Luke 7:12; Luke 8:42; Luke 9:38. His life matched his lips. The absence of God’s love in their lives revealed their unregenerate condition as conclusively as did their aberrant theology. The quality of this love is determined by the character of the one who loves, and that of the object loved." It follows that we can demonstrate this quality of love only if we are from God (born of God). By Bill Crowder (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) 1 John 4:7-21 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: This is a pastoral letter to churches in conflict––written to address the conflict and to prevent its spread. Beloved, believe not every spirit The apostle having mentioned the word "spirit" in the latter part of the preceding chapter, takes an occasion from thence to return to what he had been suggesting in the "second" chapter, concerning the many antichrists that then were, and whom he points out, and here cautions against. (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. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. He hit it again in 1Jn 3:11-1 8. The begotten one is kept by the only Begotten of the Father. It is very easy to pass through this world believing and saying that everybody is right. 1 Tim. Slideshow. Give love. 1 John 4:1-21—Read the Bible online or download free. We may be prone to say, “Okay, brother, we’ve got that one down now. You see that we are the problem when it comes to love. 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 meaning of the verb gennavw (gennaw, “I beget, I father”) in 4:7. Sermon Notes for 1 John 4:9, 10 Next Section → Sermon Notes for 2 Peter 1:2-4 ← Prior Book. He gave so that we live. Or do we know of Christians whom we dislike intensely? The caveat is one must be genuinely saved! By "every spirit" he means, either every doctrine that is pretended to come from the … (1 John 4:16-21). What does 1 John 4:7 mean? If love is the mark of a believer, do people recognize that we belong to Christ? May 26, 1985. 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]. I do not need the dogmas of the Bible.” “How did you find out that God is love?” I asked. We only understand love because of God. 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. People have written volumes of books on trying to explain love. Do we like them not only from a distance but also when they are up close and personal? Human love (agape) is a reflection of something in the Divine nature itself. We receive His love when we receive Jesus as our Savior and Lord. PowerPoint. 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. He loved us so much that He gave His Son Jesus to live, die, and rise again to redeem us (1 John 4:9). 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. —Anon. IV. Every kindness done to others What is the evidence of God’s love in our lives? 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. God’s love is the remedy. 1 John 4:7 NIV - God’s Love and Ours - Dear friends, - Bible Gateway. 7 Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God. All rights reserved). 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 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. Cf. Sermon Notes for 1 John 4:7 ← Prior Section. Give love. I never cared for them before, but now it seemed to me that I was in love with all creation. One answer I found was this: “What is love? It's easy to call someone a tender name, but John clearly practiced what he preached. Friends, we are commanded to love. We cannot impose on God our human view of love. Beloved (27)(agapetos from agapao = to love, agape = unconditional love borne by Spirit - Gal 5:22-note) means beloved, dear, very much loved. righteousness is born (gennao in the perfect tense) of Him." Please explain. II. 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. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for … 15 # ch. Do you know I fell in love with the birds? His heartbroken father wrote, “If only I could tell him how much I regret my thoughtless words, and could be assured that he knows how much my heart is aching.” Here John states positively what characterizes a true child of God. MacArthur - agapē (love) is the love of self-sacrificing service (Phil. This change happens when we focus on the love of God that was revealed among us. Their spiritual life is derived from Him. Once after having preached on it in a place where he had done so many times before, someone said, “Mr. 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." “Let us love one another: for love is of God” (1 John 4:7). 1 John 4:7-12. 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. The Rizers sing Scripture in the form of upbeat pop/rock songs to reinforce God's Word in the hearts of kids and families. After we’ve experienced God’s love, we then can learn to give love. 10:9]; See Matt. Jamieson on knows God - spiritually, experimentally, and habitually. (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. This pericope seems to be a review of what we have heard from 1 John over the previous two weeks. He is the most loving man who has honesty enough to tell the truth, and to speak out boldly against falsehood. 3:14). Here, he shows why it is so important. The opposite situation is described in the following verse, 1Jn 4:8, where it is clear that a contrast is intended. Do we hold in contempt those who go to a different church and don’t agree with us on every issue? Have you been born of God? “Because ‘ye must be born again!’” Many people think they must join the church, be benevolent, turn over a new leaf, be good citizens, or be one hundred percent American in order to be a Christian. 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.” 2. If God only operated on the basis of law and justice, then we would be convicted of sin and justly judged to eternity in hell. St. John applies the term exclusively to Jesus. Connected with this is the fact that God sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. 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. Consider in your marriage how often your anger was because you were thinking about yourself. Do not be deceived, dear reader! 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. Otherwise mere claim to loving God accompanied by hating one’s brother is a lie (1Jn 2:9–11). (1 John 4:18) 10. How do we experience the love of Christ? 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. Ginosko is in the present tense which signifies that we continually know God. Though it may not be perfected, it must be present - and it should be growing. Once saved, always saved! W E Vine adds that "Vine writes that "Love can be known only from the actions it prompts. Repeat. He also shows that he has entered upon that life which consists in the gradual acquiring of the knowledge of God. Life. Herein is the … How many conflicts happen in the church because we are thinking about ourselves and not loving others. 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. Who told us that God is love? Scripture: 1 John 4:7–21. What does this practically mean to you? 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. 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. 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. He alone can produce this supernatural love in our hearts. Knows (1097)(ginosko) refers to knowledge gained by experience, a knowing intimately and not just intellectually. As believers, the love of God is poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. What does 1 John 4:7 mean? 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." John's Gospel mentions many metaphors Jesus used to teach spiritual truth (e.g., light - John 1:4–5, 7–9; 3:19–21; 8:12; 9:5; 11:9–10; 12:35–36, 46; Temple at Jerusalem ~ His physical body - Jn 2:19-22; Wind ~ Holy Spirit = Jn 3:8; Water ~ Spirit within believers = Jn 4:7-15, 7:37-39, cp 1Jn 5:6,8; Food ~ doing the will of God = Jn 4:31–34; Bread ~ Jesus himself = Jn 6:32–51, 58, et al) and here the apostle uses the metaphor of physical birth as Jesus did with Nicodemus (John 1:13; 3:3–8; cf. “Every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God” (1 John 4:7). God sent his only Son. If you know God then you love others. (1Jn 2:29-note). (D L Moody Yearbook). •Source of love: God initiated it and inspires it •Salvation and love: salvation rooted in love. 6:10; 1 Peter 2:17; cf. It occurs ten times in the Epistles, though not in the Gospel. The Jewish religionists (scribes, Pharisees, and other leaders) of Jesus’ day, as well as the false teachers in the church of John’s day, knew a lot about God, but they did not really know Him (cf. Scripture: 1 John 4:7–11. 8 He who does not love does not know God; for God is love. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] This verse begins the second major section of this chapter, returning to the theme of love. This uses words similar to what John wrote in his Gospel … 9. Now how do we get there? If we are children of the One whose very nature is love, then we will be like our Father. 4236 Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach Florida, 33417, 2018 Lectureship Series (A New View of Life), 2016 Lectureship Series (Growing In Godliness), 2015 Lectureship Series (Following The Followers of Jesus), 2012 Lectureship Series (Escaping Ordinary), 2011 Lectureship Series (Refreshed: Revive Your Faith), 2010 Lectureship Series (He Still Moves Stones), 2009 Lectureship Series (Building Character from Bible Characters), 2008 Lectureship Series (A Closer Look at Romans 12), 2007 Lectureship Series (Drawing Closer to God), 2006 Lectureship Series (Building Proven Character). God’s love is: spontaneous in its source; universal in scope; long-suffering in intensity; self-sacrificing in character, aggressive in action; and constant in duration. Yourself fail to exhibit divine love. ``: for love comes 1 john 4:7 9 meaning people not doing we... 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