By: Robert Serreyn
Question? Can you give some insight to 1 John 4:7-21?
(1 John 4:7 – 21) Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. (8) He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. (9) In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. (10) Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.(11) Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. (12) No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. (13) Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. (14) And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. (15) Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. (16) And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. (17) Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. (18) There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (19) We love him, because he first loved us. (20) If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? (21) And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
Without trying to explain every verse (it would take more space than alotted)
here is a brief explaination.
To start off with, the book of 1st John is written to Christians and chapter 4 in V1 starts out with the word “Beloved” which is in reference to SAVED PEOPLE.
V9 & 10:
The Apostle John puts the Cross of Christ into view.
V9 – John 3:16
(John 3:16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
V10 – Romans 5:8
(Romans 5:8) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
These verses POINT OUT that God IS LOVE and his Children (those who have trusted alone in Christ as personal saviour – John 1:12) SHOULD DEMOSTRATE that same characteristic to their fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord – Ephesians 2:10
(John 1:12) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
(Ephesians 2:10) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
V7: We are to LOVE ANOTHER as God has LOVED US.
V19 We love him, because he first loved us.
V8: If WE DON’T, then we do not understand God as far as his (God’s) great love for us and mankind as a whole.
The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know IS Jesus Christ as savior, just simply believe that Jesus Christ went to the cross and DIED and shed his blood, was BURIED and three days later RESURRECTED from the dead to pay for your sins.
-Christ DIED for you – Romans 5:8
-Christ PAID your sins in full – 2 Corinthians 5:21,1 Peter 2:24
-BELIEVE (Trust In Completely) in Christ ALONE as the complete payment of sin for salvation – John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Ephesians 2:8,9
“For the wages(payment) of sin is death (eternal torment in hell); but the GIFT(salvation) of God is eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord”. Romans 6:23
IT IS THAT SIMPLE – THE GOSPEL TRUTH