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1 John 4:1

1 John 4:1

We love God because He first loved us and we demonstrate our love towards Him by obeying His command to love one another as He loved us, and this can only be achieved as we abide in Him and He in us - as we rest from our strivings and submit to the leading of His Holy Spirit within.

Our love for one another is proof of our fellowship with the Father, a demonstration of our position in Christ as sons of God, and evidence of the read more...

1 John 4:2

1 John 4:2

Christendom is saturated with heretical and apostate teachings. The heretic believes but distorts God's Word and strays from the truth of scripture while the unbelieving apostate puts-on a garment of pretense with a subtle but deliberate intent to lead Christians astray. Both exemplify a ploy of the enemy to prevent genuine believers from entering into spiritual maturity and the fullness of Christ.

We are reminded in earlier read more...

1 John 4:3

1 John 4:3

As John was advancing in years, one of his main concerns for the Church was the increasing numbers of false teachers and demonic doctrines that were not only infiltrating the local churches, but also being accepted, embraced and believed by many gullible Christians.

John insisted that they stop believing every spirit. They needed to test the spirits to determine if they are from the true Spirit of God read more...

1 John 4:4

1 John 4:4

We have moved from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. Our filthy covering of sin has been replaced with a robe of righteousness. We have been transferred from a position in-Adam, and have been positioned in-Christ - and we have left the family of Satan to become an eternally adopted children of God and a joint heir with Christ.

But there is more, for we have all been given the gift of the read more...

1 John 4:5

1 John 4:5

As children of God we have the permanently indwelling Holy Spirit of God, and it is in Him that we have complete victory over the world - with abiding and eternal results. Nevertheless we are to be on our guard against the many false and deceptive spirits that are in the world today and are called upon to test each one, however benevolent or enticing they may appear, for not all are of God.

John reminds us that they are from the read more...

1 John 4:6

1 John 4:6

As Christians we are born of God and we are urged to know the truth and to abide by the truth, for the truth will set us free and the truth of God is set out in the Word of God, which points to Christ. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith. He is the Alpha and Omega of all grace and truth, and those who know God will listen to us speaking His Word of truth.. but those who are not from God will not pay heed to us - and by this we know the spirit of truth read more...

1 John 4:7

1 John 4:7

Love is the source and the summation of righteousness and love is the new commandment that Christ gave His disciples as He prepared to leave them to be His witnesses upon the earth – love as I have loved you.

Love flows from the heart of God to us and love is to flow though us to others as we are filled and replenished with His love in our hearts. Love is the nature of God and from Him burst forth the fruit of His Spirit, which is rooted and grounded in love.

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1 John 4:8

1 John 4:8

What a beautiful truth it is.. to know that God is love, and that the love that we are called to manifest in our lives, has its source in the divine love of God. How amazing to realise the outpouring of His unique love.. flows through us, to others, because we have become his children.

However, to reverse the sentence from 'God is Love' to say that 'Love is God', as some have chosen to do, is emphatically read more...

1 John 4:9

1 John 4:9

The heart of God is the Spirit of love and He has demonstrated His love towards man in a multitude of ways, but the incarnation of His dearly beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ is the brightest and best signification of the love of God towards mankind.

The greatest manifestation of His love to a cursed world and a condemned race was shown at the appointed time when God sent His only begotten Son into the world to be the read more...

1 John 4:10

1 John 4:10

Having reminded us that God is Spirit and God is Light, the apostle John also now reminds us that God is Love - and each eternal quality of God by necessity.. must be indivisibly and eternally fused together with every other one of His holy, attributes.

The essence of Who God is requires that each of His attributes are inseparably interlinked together. One single quality must never be divorced from His other holy attributes.

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1 John 4:11

1 John 4:11

The eternal God loves us in three tenses: past, present and future - for He is the same yesterday today and forever. It is a divine love that cannot be compared with the inadequate love of fallen man, but is a love so penetrating, that He sent the unique, and only begotten Son of His love to be the propitiation for our sins.

That single act of the Father should stagger us to the core of our being.. that God sent Christ as a gift read more...

1 John 4:12

1 John 4:12

God is Spirit, and John tells us on a number of different occasions that no one has seen God at any time.. but for a brief season at Christ's first coming, the invisible God was made manifested to the world, through His only begotten Son, Who is in the bosom of the Father - He has revealed Him. Christ had come to set up His kingdom, as foretold by the prophets but He was mocked and crucified.

He died and was buried and on the read more...

1 John 4:13

1 John 4:13

The privilege and blessing of being indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God is beyond our comprehension, and yet God has given US, the permanently, indwelling Spirit as PROOF that we live in Him and He in us.. and He has recorded this incredible gift of grace.. to us who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, in His WORD.

In the Old Testament, under the old covenant the Holy Spirit would come upon certain people to empower them for a read more...

1 John 4:14

1 John 4:14

God's love is proclaimed throughout the Scripture, and from Genesis to Revelation we discover that God is love, but His is a love that I beyond human comprehension and a love that is rooted and grounded in His eternal righteousness, justice, long-suffering and grace. His love for mankind is proved at the cross of Calvary, for God sent His only begotten Son into the world to die for the sin of the whole world. And the love of God is perfected in all who believe on read more...

1 John 4:15

1 John 4:15

How important it is to know what we believe and in Whom we have placed our trust.. It is not sufficient to believe that Jesus was simply a good man and a moral teacher, Whose life should be emulated but to know that He is the eternal Son of God, Who was born into His own creation as the perfect Son of Man. It is not an intellectual assent as to His historical existence or the acceptance of His moral teachings that identify a believer.. but whosoever confesses that read more...

1 John 4:16

1 John 4:16

Perhaps this is the verse of all verses that encapsulates the very essence of God and what He has done for us; what He is doing and what He will continue to do in and through all who believe in the name of the only begotten Son of God and place their trust in Him.

As Christians we are participators in the love of the Father, through the witness of the Spirit of Love, Who has been given by the Father of Love to reveal the Son read more...

1 John 4:18

1 John 4:18

Fear, guilt and shame cannot coexist alongside faith, hope and love. A confident loving-trust in God cannot cohabit alongside destructive fear, for the immeasurable strength from the power-house of God's perfect love overwhelms any negative influence of fear, rendering it powerless in the life of a believer.

Love is the fruit of God's Spirit and the fruit of love is not fear but complete and confident assurance in our Father read more...

1 John 4:19

1 John 4:19

The wonderful love of God for those that trust in Him is once again laid bare in this first epistle of John. Perfect love casts out fear and our relationship with our heavenly Father, which is founded on Christ's finished work at Calvary, should give us an inner joy and a profound peace. As His blood-bought children we are reminded that we should have boldness in the day of judgement and not be filled with fear or concern. Fear causes our heart to become read more...

1 John 4:20

1 John 4:20

John has often been called ‘the apostle of love’, and many of his writings express the depth of God’s love for man. In his gospel, we discover the amazing things God has done to demonstrate His immense love towards us – in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

It was John who wrote: God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal read more...

1 John 4:21

1 John 4:21

Love is a theme that threads its way through all the writing of John, but it is in the later chapters of his first epistle that he brings the important theme of divine ‘love’ to the very forefront of our attention. ‘God IS love’ John reminds us, and He manifested that love towards us in the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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