- 1 John 4:6-10
- 1 John 4:6 (KJB)
- We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of
God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the
spirit of error.
- Heareth - Hearing with understanding
- Here John is stating that he and those with him are definitely of God
and those others who know God by salvation, will hear and understand the
true word when it is spoken. Those who are unbelievers will hear the word
being spoken and will not understand it, in fact, when the unbelievers hear
the true word being spoken, it normally makes them very angry. The second
acid test in this verse is that when the believers hear the true word being
spoken they will hear and understand but if the word spoken is of a
heretical nature, they will reject what is being taught. The true believer
will have the ability to discern between what is being taught in truth and
what is being taught by heresy. They will be able to tell who is teaching
the truth and who is not. The Holy Spirit will guide us into truth and will
give us the discernment to know the truth from error. When worldly teachings
are being proclaimed, the unsaved of the world will normally approve what is
being taught and if the world accepts the teachings, then we can know the
teachings are false. The world gives approbation to its own.
(John 15:19 KJV) If ye were of the world, the
world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have
chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
- 1 John 4:7 (KJB)
- Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that
loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
- John changes gears here and begins a section on love. He encourages the
Christians to show love toward each other and as we have seen previously,
true Godly love is love that is proactive. True love is sacrificial in
nature and that type of love comes from God. The worldly love seeks to get
something in return but true love expects nothing in return. True Christian
love goes unrequited many times. Those who have the spirit of true Christian
love are those who have been born again. When a person becomes saved they
tend to strip away the selfishness and begin to be other oriented. That is
an indication that a person has truly become saved, especially when acts of
love are not just done once or twice but on a continual basis as a
- 1 John 4:8 (KJB)
- He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
- The person who shows no love or concern for others and is only
self-centered gives strong evidence that they have not become saved. They
may talk a good story but their actions prove their selfishness. Those who
have truly become saved and are proactive in their love for others
definitely know God. God is love because it is one of His main traits as
evidenced in His love for the Elect by sending the Lord Jesus Christ to the
cross. The second half of this verse ďGod is loveĒ has been misunderstood by
unbelievers. Godís love is qualified toward His Children in that those who
are saved experience the eternal love of God in salvation.
(John 13:1 KJV) Now before the feast of the
passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out
of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world,
he loved them unto the end. John 13:1 states that
Jesus loved His own in the world, it does not say He loved everyone in the
world. (Psa 5:5 KJV) The foolish shall
not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
Psalm 5:5 states that God hates all workers of iniquity
and those workers of iniquity are the unsaved because their works are of
darkness. So Godís love is lavished on His children but His righteous hatred
is lavished on the unbeliever. Yes God is love but toward His redeemed
- 1 John 4:9 (KJB)
- 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.
- Here John specifically states that the love of God is manifested or
revealed towards those He has saved. God sent His only begotten Son into the
world to die for the Elect, so we may be redeemed and live eternally with
Him. It is important to see the wording used. Notice it says ďthe love of
GodĒ not ďa love of God.Ē That definite article ďtheĒ teaches us that Godís
love is directed toward His children only. If the indirect article ďaĒ was
used then it would show Godís love is manifested in a plurality of
situations. There is no such thing in Scripture where it teaches that God
hates the sin but loves the sinner. As we previously saw in Psalm 5:5 that
God hates all workers of iniquity, in other words, all unbelievers.
(Psa 7:11 KJV) God judgeth the righteous, and
God is angry with the wicked every day.
Psalm 7:11 teaches us that God is angry with the wicked every day. Godís
anger is leveled against the unbeliever while His love is directed toward
the Elect. We must always keep in mind that Godís love is qualified and it
is not a general love.
- 1 John 4:10 (KJB)
- Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent
his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
- Propitiation - Expiation, Sin offering
- Here is the great initiator of love. The Elect of God was also in
rebellion against Him before they became saved.
(Eph 2:3 KJV) Among whom also we all had our
conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires
of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even
as others. Notice that Ephesians 2:3 states that
we were by nature children of wrath just like the others. We were
spiritually dead and incapable of loving God but He knew those whom He had
named before the foundation of the world unto salvation and He was able to
lavish His love upon us. His love for us came through Calvary as He sent the
Lord Jesus Christ to be our sin offering. When Christ went to the cross and
finished the salvation plan of God for the Elect, He then lavished His love
on us through the finished work of Christ. Christ removed all our sins at
Calvary and therefore we can be loved by God because we are as if we never
sinned, that is how clean Christ made us. If we have but one sin, we are
still disqualified for Heaven and unsaved. That is why Christ had to
completely clean us from all sin. This verse shows the qualified love of God
toward His children as we were still in sin and Christ cleansed us as part
of Godís salvation plan.