What Does 1 John 4:12 Mean?

No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.

1 John 4:12(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

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 third day He rose again from the dead, ascended into heaven and is seated on the right hand of the Father.

Today however the invisible God is manifesting Himself through the body of Christ, which is His Church, and as believers we are called to abide in Him.. to rest in Him.. to remain in Him.. to live holy in Christ Jesus - to walk in spirit and truth and not to be conformed to the fleshly ways of the world.

It is as we abide in Him and live godly in Christ Jesus, so the indwelling Holy Spirit abides in us and produces in us an abundance of spiritual fruit. As we submit to the Holy Spirit in spirit and truth, He transforms us into the likeness of the Lord Jesus, and the more we rest, remain and abide in Him the more the love of God is perfected in us.

Christian love for one another is the outward manifestation of the invisible God in our world today. The life that rests, remains and abides in Christ is the one that demonstrates godly love for one another. As God abides in us and His love is perfected in us. so we become a channel of His love to each other.

The way that God manifests Himself to the world today is through the love we have for one another - but this is only possible as we rest, remain and abide in HIM. May we become channels through whom the love of God may be poured out - to others.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, make me a channel of Your love and blessing to others, and may I rest, remain and abide in You so that Your love may be perfected in me, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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