The love is in this respect, not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a propitiatory sacrifice for our sins.”​—1 John 4:9, 10. (Read Romans 5:12; 6:23.) . For my yoke is kindly, and my load is light.” (Matt. As a student, graduate or team member of MIUD you have at your disposal a large collection of online Bible study tools and resources. Jesus truly cares for his subjects and reflects God’s marvelous qualities, especially love. 3:9). Sepia. 3 John. 3:1.10; 5:2; Greek tekna theou: "children of God"). 1. 11 On the other hand, God’s Word also promises: “The righteous will possess the earth, and they will live forever on it.” (Ps. In our own Milky Way galaxy, one of those stars is our sun, without which the multitude of life forms on earth would  not exist. It provides permanent testimony that only God’s rule can be successful. The phrase "know God" uses the Greek root word ginosko. The wide recognition in the early church does also confirm the above. Bible > Interlinear > 1 John 4:8 1 John 4:8 1 John 4 - Click for Chapter. 4:4; 1 John 5:19; read Revelation 12:9, 12.) THE WATCHTOWER—STUDY EDITION November 2015, Audio download options Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament. What is required of those making up this group? 17. He provided the ransom sacrifice of Jesus Christ, opening the way for obedient humans to be freed from sin and death inherited from Adam. 14:1) The Kingdom was the main theme of Jesus’ teaching, and he taught his disciples to pray: “Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified. 10 Because he is a God of love and he hates wickedness, Jehovah has purposed to rid the earth​—as well as the rest of the universe—​of evil when the issue regarding rulership is settled to his satisfaction. 5:11.12). More resources, better tools and easier navigation Test drive it and tell us about your experience. 2:18-23), the incarnation of the Eternal Son (chap. For example, Psalm 5:4-6 says of Jehovah: “You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness . As the epistle of Jude so John's First Epistle address all believers. What has the Messianic Kingdom been doing that convinces you that it is God’s loving arrangement for mankind? What are some of the many ways in which Jehovah has displayed his great love? How wonderful it is to know that the Creator of the universe and of all living things is a God of love! Verse 1. 1:1; 2:7.13.14.24; 3:11; compare with 2 John 1:5-6). Contents, style and language of these two books are very similar. on StudyLight.org The next article will examine such questions. "One who is poor does not have any possessions. By the epistle we learn that towards the end of the first century heretics arose among the Christians who denied the divine sonship of Christ (chap. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life." Both characteristics of God stand always in total agreement to each other. These difficulties disappear, however, if one understands the "divine logic" behind these absolute statements. 13 Although we are imperfect, we can ‘follow Jehovah’s way.’ We can also  have a close personal relationship with Jehovah because of his great act of love. The New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. He challenged the rightfulness and righteousness of God’s universal sovereignty. Both parts of the sentence are identical in contents and therefore reversible for they are divine principles. 1 John 3:11 - For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; on StudyLight.org 1 John 4:8. There is a great deal of reiteration in this chapter, but additional truth appears with regard to testing the spirits (1 John 4:1-6), and there is more extended teaching on love.God is love, love as a test, love of one another, love of God, God's love of us, etc. What purpose is served by God’s temporary permission of wickedness? 1 John 3:18. All these creations give evidence of Jehovah’s Godship and of his qualities, such as his power, wisdom, and love. In effect, Satan claimed that his rule would be better than that of the Creator. John does not describe the practical life of every individual Christian (which life, sad to say, often differs from this) but he lays down divine principles (see paragraph 3.a. 7 Jehovah’s great love has been displayed in many ways. The logic of such a sentence is that it does not bear any similarity to a Christian's practical state. The apostle stresses invariability and certainty of the Christian message by the repeated expression "from the beginning" (chap. But God recommends his own love to us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 1:20. (chap. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. Subject and contents of the epistle are summarized in the following words: "And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. What has mankind’s history clearly demonstrated? God’s Word promises: “Evil men will be done away with, but those hoping in Jehovah will possess the earth. "John's Divine Logic"). The first epistle does not mention any addressees. The expressions "brethren" (chap. Although the First Epistle of John does not bear any author's name it was never seriously doubted that the apostle John is the author of this epistle as well as of the fourth gospel. He tells them that Christ the Eternal Son of God, the eternal life Himself, has come and that those who believe on Him receive eternal life and the sonship of God. 9 While Jehovah reveals himself as the God of love, he also expresses hatred for what is bad. 1 John 1, William Barclay's Daily Study Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, as set of 17 volumes on the New Testament, the result of Barclay's dedicated work Further references are made by Irenaeus (around 140 to 202 AC), Clemens of Alexandria (around 150 to 215 AC), Tertullian (around 160 to 220 AC), Papias (around 65 to 150 AC according to Eusebius) and the Muratori Canon (end of 2nd century). Copyright © 2021 Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. We merely have to look at the awful history of this world with its human rulerships under its unloving and wrathful god, Satan the Devil. The apostle does not mean to say that it has been manifested in no other way, but that this was so prominent an instance of his love, that all the other manifestations of it seemed absorbed and lost in this. 1 John 4:8. Footnotes. Add Bookmark. 16 God’s love for mankind is evident in the arrangement he has made for the Messianic Kingdom. What great act of love has Jehovah performed in behalf of sinners? JEHOVAH’S inspired written Word, the Bible, tells us that “God is love.” It says not merely that love is one of his many admirable qualities but that “God is love.” (1 John 4:8) It is his dominant quality, his most important one. 6 In addition to showing how futile human rule is, God’s temporary permission of wickedness serves another long-range purpose. Terms such as light and darkness, life and death, truth and lie as well as the only begotten son are typical for both books. After Jehovah destroys wickedness and those who cause it, if anyone ever again would challenge Jehovah’s way of ruling in love, there would be no need for God to permit the challenge to stand. 2:18; 4:3), that is forerunners of the great opponent of Christ in the last days after the rapture of the church (compare with 2 Thessalonians 2; Revelation 13:11 ff; Revelation 19:20). He could use what has happened in mankind’s history as the just reason to remove such rebels quickly, not allowing them to establish wickedness once again. 37:34. The repeated expression of "I write unto you" indicates the book to be an epistle or letter however unique and special (compare chap. 1 John 4:8-11 New International Version (NIV). 4. The Gospel of John describes the revelation of life eternal in Christ the incarnated Word. John contrasts these attacks of the Christian faith with the facts of salvation. What does 1 John 4:8 mean? 8:31) At their resurrection, Jesus’ 144,000 heavenly joint heirs take with them the experience of human life. 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. 18 Bible prophecy shows that God’s heavenly Kingdom was established when Christ’s presence began in 1914. Light and love found their upmost development on the cross of Calvary. 1 John 2. 7, 8. Click the Bible for the all new StudyLight.org!! 6. 37:9, 10, 20. Besides love, what does Jehovah’s personality at times allow for, and why? “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am mild-tempered and lowly in heart, and you will find refreshment for yourselves. 4:8.16). Theme. THE WATCHTOWER—STUDY EDITION November 2015, The Watchtower—Study Edition  |  November 2015, Show Appreciation for Jehovah’s Generosity. It is rather a fundamental statement on the nature of a man born of God who is, therefore, able to live a life according to God. . They were fully revealed in Christ, the Son of God: "Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ" (John 1:17). Probably every Christian has a problem with these words when thinking of his practical life. 136:25. Many a reader has difficulties with this abstract way of presenting and considering as they cannot bring these abstract statements in line with their practical experiences. This brief sentence imparted to John, even during the mere time which he took in writing it, more delight than the whole world can impart. The biblical writers frequently wrote from a perspective that seems a bit odd to us, especially as we adapt and conform to the world around us. The miserable record of mankind shows that neither humans nor Satan can provide what we need in the way of good rulership. John also shows tests for the practical life of the Christians who are distressed by false teachers. He that loveth not, knoweth not God If a man loves not the children of God, those that are born of him, he does not know, so as to love God, the Father of them; for to pretend love to God, the begetter of them, whom he sees not, and not love those who are begotten by him, and are visible objects of respect, is a contradiction, and cannot be reconciled: see ( 1 John 4:20) . Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more . God lovingly sent his willing Son to earth (See paragraph 13). 1 Johannes 4:8 Norwegian: Det Norsk Bibelselskap (1930) Den som ikke elsker, kjenner ikke Gud; for Gud er kjærlighet. Downloads Male Voice (MP3) Female Voice (MP3) Entire Book (PDF) Text Settings. PRIVACY POLICY, https://assetsnffrgf-a.akamaihd.net/assets/m/2015841/univ/art/2015841_univ_sqr_xl.jpg, THE WATCHTOWER—STUDY EDITION November 2015, https://assetsnffrgf-a.akamaihd.net/assets/a/w/E/20151115/wpub/w_E_20151115_lg.jpg, Share Both statements of this sentence are entirely congruent (identical) as from God's viewpoint. JOHN'S FIRST LETTER. However, Jesus faithfully upheld God’s sovereignty and demonstrated that a perfect human can maintain integrity to Jehovah under the most trying of circumstances. Bookmarks Edit. Terms such as. Since then, there has been a gathering of the remaining ones who will rule with Jesus in heaven as well as of “a great crowd” of people who will survive this system’s end and be ushered into the new world. It also shows the features of this life in its practical realisation in the believers: righteousness and brotherly love. The apostle Paul showed what a loving act that was on the part of both Jehovah and Jesus by stating: “Indeed, while we were still weak, Christ died for ungodly men at the appointed time. THE WATCHTOWER—STUDY EDITION November 2015, Share TERMS OF USE 3:6). Revelation. The following statements we find in First John only: "God is light" (chap. 1 John 3:10 - By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother. For example, out of love Jehovah “has set a day on which he purposes to judge the inhabited earth in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed,” Jesus Christ. 1 John 4:8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. For humans, he made a beautiful paradise garden and gave them perfect minds and bodies capable of living forever. Verse 1. 5. 16. God is Love. (Psalms 85:10), 1 John 1:1-4 Introduction: The Word of Life, 1 John 1:5-10; 1 John 2:1-12 Characteristics of True Fellowship with God, 1 John 2:28-29; 1 John 3; 1 John 4:1-6 Characteristics of the Children of God, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Although the First Epistle of John does not bear any author's name it was never seriously doubted that the apostle John is the author of this epistle as well as of the fourth gospel. Sometimes it masquerades as wholesome and clean. 2:13.18; Greek paidion: "little child") is striking. For hardly would anyone die for a righteous man; though perhaps for a good man  someone may dare to die. 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