This logic is simply explained in the following two examples: The second part of the sentence contains one of many possible evidences and to turn the sentence round would be non-sensical: "Who cannot speak is dead". Would you like to read this article in %%? View Downloads. 5:6-8) The apostle John wrote: “By this the love of God was revealed in our case, that God sent his only-begotten Son into the world so that we might gain life through him. Home > Study Desk. 1 John 4:8. 4:4; 1 John 5:19; read Revelation 12:9, 12.) Let your will take place, as in heaven, also on earth.” (Matt. As the epistle of Jude so John's First Epistle address all believers. Dirt isn’t always obvious. 5 Just in the past 100 years, over 100 million people have been killed in the wars of the nations. 1:5) and "God is love" (chap. 1 John 3. Recipients, Author and Time of Writing. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario. 8:31) At their resurrection, Jesus’ 144,000 heavenly joint heirs take with them the experience of human life. 7, 8. 9. He provided the ransom sacrifice of Jesus Christ, opening the way for obedient humans to be freed from sin and death inherited from Adam. 1. Footnotes. 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 For example John writes: "Whosoever abides in him sins not: whosoever sins has not seen him, neither known him" (chap. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] In the second sentence of this section, John adds the comment that those who don't love have no fellowship with God. 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. The expressions "brethren" (chap. “I am convinced,” wrote Paul, “that neither death nor life nor angels nor governments nor things now here nor things to come nor powers nor height nor depth nor any other creation will be able to separate us from God’s love that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”​—Rom. 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. 21:4) What a marvelous future awaits all of us who truly appreciate Jehovah’s love and obey him as our Ruler! 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). 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. Test drive it and tell us about your experience. In him — Or, through him, as Beza understands it; was life — He was the living and powerful Word, which was the source of life to every living creature, as well as of being to all that exists. Home > Study Desk. 2:3.5.18.20.21.29; 3:2.5.14.15; 5:2.13.15.18.19.20). (Gen. 3:1-5) Though Jehovah permitted Satan to try to prove his side of the issue, such permission was temporary. 6. With his epistle John wants to strengthen the simplest believer in his faith and to give him a divinely sure foundation and an effective weapon for the battle against false doctrine. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. It also shows the features of this life in its practical realisation in the believers: righteousness and brotherly love. In this was manifested the love of God - That is, in an eminent manner, or this was a most signal proof of it. "John's Divine Logic"). His love is everlasting. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1. Bookmarks. 2:18-23), the incarnation of the Eternal Son (chap. 1:5) and "God is love" (chap. God is Love. It is probably not possible to state whether the Epistle or the Gospel of John has been written first. (Read Romans 5:12; 6:23.) "One who is poor does not have any possessions. 1 John 4:8(NASB) Verse Thoughts. What has the Messianic Kingdom been doing that convinces you that it is God’s loving arrangement for mankind? What is required of those making up this group? Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. (The quotation is not explicitly attributed to John, though.) 1 John 4. You hate all those who behave wickedly.” And it adds: “Jehovah detests violent and deceptive people.”. What does 1 John 4:8 mean? 1. 136:25. 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. 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. Verse 1. (See opening image.). 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) . True love proves itself by deed. This is where the love of God to lost sinners was revealed in giving His own Son. 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. The apostle stresses invariability and certainty of the Christian message by the repeated expression "from the beginning" (chap. Welcome to Master's Online Digital Library developed and hosted by StudyLight.org. For example, Psalm 5:4-6 says of Jehovah: “You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness . (2 Cor. What is the Messianic Kingdom, and to whom has Jehovah entrusted Kingdom rulership? How amazing to realise the outpouring of His unique love.. flows through us, to … 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. . 5. JOHN'S FIRST LETTER. 1 John 4. 13. God is love - See on 1 John 4:8; (note). Click the Bible for the all new StudyLight.org!! 1:6.8.10; 2:4.9; 4:20). (a) How will Jehovah deal with wicked people? There is no middle road for John between light and darkness, truth and lie, life and death. 6:9, 10) What blessings the fulfillment of such prayers will bring to obedient mankind! John contrasts these attacks of the Christian faith with the facts of salvation. The miserable record of mankind shows that neither humans nor Satan can provide what we need in the way of good rulership. 1 Juan 4:8 Spanish: La Nueva Biblia de los Hispanos El que no ama no conoce a Dios, porque Dios es amor. Jesus truly cares for his subjects and reflects God’s marvelous qualities, especially love. 3:1.10; 5:2; Greek tekna theou: "children of God"). He expresses the personal assurance of faith by frequently repeating the words "we know" (chap. What is God’s dominant quality, and how does knowing this make you feel about him? Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament. 2:7; 3:13) and "beloved" (chap. How grateful we should be that by his death, Jesus also paid the ransom price needed to redeem mankind and open the way to everlasting life in God’s promised new world! For it is not sufficient to give a lip-service only. Sepia. Copyright © 2021 Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. Jehovah has already placed this government in the hands of his Son, who loves mankind and is superbly qualified to rule. Test drive it and tell us about your experience. on StudyLight.org Revelation. Greetings and other personal messages are missing also. We will always be able to count on it. Both characteristics of God stand always in total agreement to each other. 1 John 4:8. (b) What will we consider in the next article? Print. Contrast the rulership of Jesus with that of sinful human rulers. 12 Jehovah’s Word tells us: “Take note of the blameless one, and keep the upright one in sight, for the future of that man will be peaceful. The repeated expression of "I write unto you" indicates the book to be an epistle or letter however unique and special (compare chap. These difficulties disappear, however, if one understands the "divine logic" behind these absolute statements. 2. 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. 12. Who can be viewed as “the blameless one”? Let your Kingdom come. Tons more resources, better tools, NIV84 and easier navigation. The beautiful prologue (1 John 1:1-4) is like the one in John's gospel, having the profoundest dimensions and embryonically stating the theme as: "God manifested in Jesus Christ, that man may have fellowship with the Father through the Son. Tons more resources, better tools, NIV84 and easier navigation. The aim of the epistle is expressed in chapter 5:13: "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.". on StudyLight.org 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.  |  Related Content previous next. 37:11) This will come to pass because our loving God always does what is in the best interests of his faithful servants. The frequent address "children" (chap. [He is the originator of love, and it is an enduring attribute of His nature.] (Read John 17:3.) 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. 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. They were fully revealed in Christ, the Son of God: "Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ" Yes, God’s “invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship.”​—Rom. 3. Unspotted from the World (James 1.27) 'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington. 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. The first verses of the Epistle show a certain parallelism with the opening statements of John's gospel. In addition, the Epistle contains a third expression indicating the relation between God and his children (chap. Terms such as light and darkness, life and death, truth and lie as well as the only begotten son are typical for both books. What was accomplished by Jesus’ death? (chap. It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.” (Jer. 1 John 4:8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 18 Bible prophecy shows that God’s heavenly Kingdom was established when Christ’s presence began in 1914. 14, 15. Bookmarks Edit. Night. 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. The practice of our lives of faith has to agree with our confession. Besides love, what does Jehovah’s personality at times allow for, and why? 16 God’s love for mankind is evident in the arrangement he has made for the Messianic Kingdom. 1:1; 2:7.13.14.24; 3:11; compare with 2 John 1:5-6). For my yoke is kindly, and my load is light.” (Matt. He often refers to the introductory words "If we say..." (chap. As a student, graduate or team member of MIUD you have at your disposal a large collection of online Bible study tools and resources. Grace corresponds with the idea of revelation of God as love (1 John 4:8,16) by him who is Life; and TRUTH with that of the revelation of God as light (1 John 1:5) by … Terms such as. As applied to the Lord, the phrase marks him as the author of perfect Redemption and perfect Revelation. Both statements of this sentence are entirely congruent (identical) as from God's viewpoint. 17 What a contrast there is between Jesus’ loving heavenly kingship and the rulership by humans who have led many millions of people to their death in warfare! Read verse in English Standard Version Thus this epistle has rightly been called a continuation of the gospel of John (of chapters 1 to 19) especially. The New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. For hardly would anyone die for a righteous man; though perhaps for a good man  someone may dare to die. In contrast to the Apostle Paul, John does not describe the believer's position in Christ and the privileges of the church of God (ecclesia) but life eternal in the children of God and the relations among the family of God. 3:6). What has mankind’s history clearly demonstrated? The following statements we find in First John only: "God is light" (chap. 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. Current Book: 1 John Select a chapter: Chapter 1 Chapter 2: Chapter 3 Chapter 4: Chapter 5 HOME TOP: Dead links, typos, or … He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life." 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. 8 On earth, Jehovah created everything for the benefit of his creatures designed for earthly life. Downloads Male Voice (MP3) Female Voice (MP3) Entire Book (PDF) Text Settings. 5:11.12). 37:37, 38) “The blameless one” comes to know Jehovah and his Son and obediently does God’s will. 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