- 1 John 4:11-15
- 1 John 4:11 (KJB)
- Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
- The love of God is the primary example for the believers. God’s love was
not just in word but in action. He sent His Son to the cross to die for the
Elect. All we have to do is just look at the creation and we will see an
abundance of everything. What this verse is teaching us is that since God
loved His children with a love beyond words, then we are to love each other
beyond words. Our love for the brethren must be in like manner, it must be a
love of actions and not just words. Word love proves nothing but active love
proves we are the children of God.
- 1 John 4:12 (KJB)
- No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth
in us, and his love is perfected in us.
- Is perfected - Completed, finished, or accomplished
- Here is a verse which completely refutes the belief that some have seen
God in His essence. There are those down through the ages who believe that
they have seen God in a vision and that is not possible because if anyone
sees God in all His radiance, they would be consumed in a heartbeat. Moses
saw the backside of God but He covered the eyes of Moses because if He did
not, Moses would have been consumed by His glory. Don’t believe these people
who claim they went to Heaven and saw God. If they did, then they would have
been consumed. The way that we see God manifested in our life is through the
love we have for one another. God’s love is perfected in us and that word
“perfected” is a perfect tense verb which means it finds completion in us.
It is completed in us when the outgrowth is the proactive love for the
brethren. This is the accomplished effect of God’s love in the life of the
believer. This is why a believer can be martyred without them giving
resistance because the love of God is perfected in them.
- 1 John 4:13 (KJB)
- Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given
us of his Spirit.
- A true believer can be very confident of their relationship with God
because of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The Christian life is a two
way street, in that God dwells in us and we in turn, do things which bring
glory to God, chief of all is bringing souls to the Lord Jesus Christ. We
have God in Heaven in communication with God the Holy Spirit dwelling inside
of each believer. (John 14:26 KJV) But
the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in
my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your
remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
- 1 John 4:14 (KJB)
- And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son
to be the Saviour of the world.
- Testify - Bore witness
- Here John gives a personal testimony to the fact that God had sent the
Lord Jesus Christ to be the savior of the entire world, that is, all the
Elect within the world that the Father named from before the foundation of
the world. John was one of the original twelve disciples and saw with his
own eyes the works and heard the words of the Lord Jesus Christ which
testified to the fact that He was the Son of God. Probably the most
revealing work that Jesus did to testify to His Deity was the raising of
Lazarus from the dead.
- 1 John 4:15 (KJB)
- Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God
dwelleth in him, and he in God.
- Shall confess - To agree, admit, or acknowledge
- The words “shall confess” does not imply just giving verbal approbation
about the Lord Jesus Christ. It goes deeper than that. It means to agree
with the fact that Jesus is the Son of God and that agreement comes from the
testimony of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Only a person who is truly saved
can make this admission of the fact that Jesus is the Son of God as the rest
of the unsaved world seeks to vilify and bring Christ down to worldly
standards. The fact that the true believer sees Jesus as the Savior and Son
of God also means that God is dwelling in them and they in God. Again this
manifestation is seen in the Christian’s desire to proclaim the name of
Christ throughout the world.