- 1 John 4:16-21
- 1 John 4:16 (KJB)
- And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is
love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
- “Have known” and “believed” are both in the perfect tense which means
that the true believer has the ability to know and believe the love of God
and because of salvation are able to experience the full love of God by
manifesting it outwardly toward others as God did to us. Those who have the
true active love in their life are definitely saved, or dwelling in God,
because this type of true love is sourced in God Himself. God is the very
substance of love and all that He does for His children issues from that
nature. When Christians show active love to others, they are acting on the
love of God which is implanted in the believer through the Holy Spirit.
- 1 John 4:17 (KJB)
- Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness
in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
- Perfect - Accomplished or brought to completion
- Boldness - Confidence, assurance, or courage
- One of the great results of experiencing the Love of God in our life is
the assurance we have in our relationship with Him. The great assurance that
the believer experiences is the fact that they will never face the Lord in
the Great White Judgment Throne on the last day. Since Christ went to the
cross and removed all of our sins, the believers have already been judged at
Calvary and in Christ, were found not guilty, so because of this we are
children of God in salvation and as the unbeliever has to face the wrath of
God, we never will. (1 Th 5:9 KJV) For
God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord
Jesus Christ, The second part of this verse
teaches us that if we are in the love of God as believers, then we are
conformed to His love. As God shows love for His children from Heaven, we
show love to other believers on earth. Our lifestyle is in concert with
God’s as we show love to others.
- 1 John 4:18 (KJB)
- There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:
because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made
perfect in love.
- Fear - Terror
- Torment - Chastisement or (penal) punishment
- Feareth - Become afraid or become terrified
- There is no fear in the love which God instills in the believer.
Whatever fear the believer had such as having to face the judgment is
totally gone because love which is completed in the believer casts out all
the fears. Fear causes a person to have torment and that person could
chastise themselves to the point that they may not believe they are saved
but perfect love casts out those types of fears and allows the believer to
have a confident relationship with God. Those that continue to dwell in fear
have not experienced the fullness of the love of God, even though, it is
implanted in them but their fear has quashed it. If a believer has fears
that someday they are going to see God and that they will face some kind of
judgment, then those fears will stop them in their tracks and cause them to
have a very weak Christian existence. How many Christians can live in fear
and live a full Christian life? Satan likes to implant false fears in the
Christians and he is successful many times because most Christians do not
know what happened at Calvary. Once they realize that Christ removed all
their sin from them, then they will realize they can have a confident
relationship with God and those fears will be removed and replaced by love.
- 1 John 4:19 (KJB)
- We love him, because he first loved us.
- Since the fall of man into sin, man was unable to manifest any love
being spiritually dead. When God saves a person, He is initiating love in
that person and making them spiritually alive. When he implants the Holy
Spirit in a person they are then able to love others with the love of God.
God initiated love in His people and never the other way around. When we
realize what God has done for the Christians, it is not hard to rally love
for God. To realize that we have been saved from an eternity in Hell should
cause us to love God on that note alone.
- 1 John 4:20 (KJB)
- If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar:
for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God
whom he hath not seen?
- Hateth - Detest or abhor
- Here John gives another acid test for those who claim to be Christians.
If a person claims to be a believer and states that they love God, who is
invisible but yet harbor a seething hatred for another believer, who is
visible, is a liar concerning their spiritual condition. Anyone can claim to
be a Christian because words are plentiful and persuasive but it is actions
that we see which betray their verbal confessions. This verse is also
teaching us that we must make judgments or how else would we be able to
discern the salvation condition of one in question. John here is not stating
that if two believers disagree with each other on some issue that they are
unsaved. He is teaching here that a person who has a continual seething
hatred for someone is giving evidence that they were never saved. It is
important for Christians to make judgments in matters like this because you
do not want to place a person like that in any type of leadership position.
It behooves Christians to judge so they can keep their churches pure as they
can and so they will not be influenced by “unbelieving believers” AKA
- 1 John 4:21 (KJB)
- And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his
- (John 13:34 KJV) A new commandment I give
unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love
one another. The divine commandment is that as we
love God, we are also to love our brethren. It is all part of the all
encompassing love of God. God implants in us His love and that love allows
us to overlook the imperfections of others just as they overlook our
imperfections. As we obey the commandment to love our brethren, it soon
begins to turn from a commandment into an inward desire and then loving the
brethren becomes easier.