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God is Love
1 John 4:7-12
Relationship between the three sections: vv.
Published June 1st, 2012
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Relationship between the three sections: vv.7-8 - Love one another because God is love vv.9-10 - Here is the manner God showed his love: He sent His Son to be the propitiation for your sins vv.10-12 - If God so loved us, let us love one another so that God is made visible. Why does the author perceive "God is love" as sufficient grounds for commanding the people to love one another? First, what does it mean that God is love? Compare to chapter one - God is light and in him is no darkness at all. Therefore, to say God is light is to say that he is fully and absolutely light with no mixture of darkness. Following this, to say God is love must mean that he is fully and absolutely love, that there is no mixture of unlove in Him at all. In other words, to say God is love is to say that God is the kind of God that would send his Son to die for His enemies in order that He might turn those enemies into His beloved and bless them with unending grace and mercy. So why does "God is love" sufficient grounds for the author to command that the beloved love one another? Because v.16 says that God abides in His beloved. Therefore, the very nature and character of the love that proceeds from God's heart is now poured into the heart of those whom He has saved. This is made clearer in Romans 5:5 - he has poured his love into our hearts by his Spirit that lives within us. Therefore, the reason the writer can say love one another because God is love is because when God saves a person he transforms that person in such a way that they now have as the core energy of their being the very same love that proceeds from God's heart because God himself lives within them by His Holy Spirit. So that's why he says that if we don't love we shouldn't presume we know God because those who know God love other in the exact same way God loves them. How does God sending His Son to die as the propitiation for our sins make His love manifest? After all, there are plenty of dads who get angry when their wives and kids tell them they've never been there for them, when in reality he has been providing a roof and food for them for years. Why is this action of love not sufficient? And why does it look like God is saying in His case it is? v.7 - whoever loves has been born of God and knows God, and anyone who does not love does not know God because God is love. There is a knowing involved with the love of God. Why does God's action of love (sending the Son) create the "ought" in loving one another? How is God "seen" when the Beloved loves one another?
10000000006422 6422 Notes 2009-04-22 09:20:56 2009-04-24 09:13:08 Relationship between the three sections: vv.7-8 - Love one another because God is love vv.9-10 - Here is the manner God showed his love: He sent His Son to be the propitiation for your sins vv.10-12 - If God so loved us, let us love one another so that God is made visible. Why does the author perceive "God is love" as sufficient grounds for commanding the people to love one another? First, what does it mean that God is love? Compare to chapter one - God is light and in him is no darkness at all. Therefore, to say God is light is to say that he is fully and absolutely light with no mixture of darkness. Following this, to say God is love must mean that he is fully and absolutely love, that there is no mixture of unlove in Him at all. In other words, to say God is love is to say that God is the kind of God that would send his Son to die for His enemies in order that He might turn those enemies into His beloved and bless them with unending grace and mercy. So why does "God is love" sufficient grounds for the author to command that the beloved love one another? Because v.16 says that God abides in His beloved. Therefore, the very nature and character of the love that proceeds from God's heart is now poured into the heart of those whom He has saved. This is made clearer in Romans 5:5 - he has poured his love into our hearts by his Spirit that lives within us. Therefore, the reason the writer can say love one another because God is love is because when God saves a person he transforms that person in such a way that they now have as the core energy of their being the very same love that proceeds from God's heart because God himself lives within them by His Holy Spirit. So that's why he says that if we don't love we shouldn't presume we know God because those who know God love other in the exact same way God loves them. How does God sending His Son to die as the propitiation for our sins make His love manifest? After all, there are plenty of dads who get angry when their wives and kids tell them they've never been there for them, when in reality he has been providing a roof and food for them for years. Why is this action of love not sufficient? And why does it look like God is saying in His case it is? v.7 - whoever loves has been born of God and knows God, and anyone who does not love does not know God because God is love. There is a knowing involved with the love of God. Why does God's action of love (sending the Son) create the "ought" in loving one another? How is God "seen" when the Beloved loves one another? notes
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editing
1 John
1 John 4:7-12
NT
esv
Beloved, let us love one another,
for love is from God,
and whoever loves has been born of God
and knows God.
ideaexplanation
Anyone who does not love does not know God,
because God is love.
alternative
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.
actionresult
In this is love,
not that we have loved God
but that he loved us
and sent his Son
to be the propitiation for our sins.
actionmanner
negativepositive
Beloved, if God so loved us,
we also ought to love one another.
conditional
No one has ever seen God;
if we love one another,
God abides in us
and his love is perfected in us.
discourse
10000000006422 6422 Arc 2009-04-22 09:20:56 2009-04-24 09:13:08 editing 1 John 4 7 4 12 1 John 4:7-12 62 NT esv i198544 i198545 i198546 i198547 i198524 Beloved, let us love one another, i198525 for love is from God, i198548 i198526 and whoever loves has been born of God i198527 and knows God. ideaexplanation 1 i198549 i198528 Anyone who does not love does not know God, i198529 because God is love. alternative i198550 i198551 i198530 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, i198552 i198531 that God sent his only Son into the world, i198532 so that we might live through him. actionresult 2 ideaexplanation 1 i198553 i198533 In this is love, i198554 i198534 not that we have loved God i198555 i198535 but that he loved us i198556 i198536 and sent his Son i198537 to be the propitiation for our sins. actionmanner 1 negativepositive 2 ideaexplanation 1 ideaexplanation 1 i198557 i198558 i198538 Beloved, if God so loved us, i198539 we also ought to love one another. conditional 2 i198559 i198540 No one has ever seen God; i198560 i198541 if we love one another, i198561 i198542 God abides in us i198543 and his love is perfected in us. conditional 2 alternative actionresult 2 1 1 1 esv 25 a 50 discourse
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