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.