Hello there! It’s that time again, to study 1 John 4 to see the truths in it that will enrich our lives!
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Before we open in prayer, do you have your Bible, coffee or tea, pen, pencils and the 1 John Worksheet? We can complete the worksheet as we go along.
Will you pray with me? Heavenly Father, we come both You as we study Your Holy Word in 1 John 4. Open the eyes of our understanding so we can see the truths in Your Word so we can apply them to our lives and be transformed. Your Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our paths. Holy Spirit, guide us and teach us as we study today. In Jesus’ wonderful name, Amen.
Read Chapter 4. Are you familiar with this chapter? If not, please take a few minutes to read 1 John 4. As you just read, what is the main thought in this chapter?
Last study we learned that John refers to the recipients as beloved. He uses this term of endearment three times in this chapter. Beloved, do you use this endearment with anyone? Do you like it? I like it. You can call me that if you want.
Spirit of Antichrist
What does John say when he uses this term, beloved? First, he tells them not to believe every spirit but to test them to ensure they are from God. This means when you hear a word of knowledge or prophecy or even sermons and Bible teaching, to ask the Holy Spirit to quicken your spirit if the source is not from God. In 1 John 4:2-3, he explains how to know that what you hear is of God. The test is if the source speaks that Jesus Christ was manifested as a man (come in the flesh) then the source is of God. If the source does not believe it or say it, then it is the spirit of the antichrist.
The second usage of the term beloved begins the topic of love. This chapter has much to say concerning how we ought to love one another, beginning with verse 7 through to the end of the chapter. Let’s summarize love according to John:
- love one another
- everyone who loves others is born of God and knows God
- he who does not love others does not know God
- God IS love
- love is of God
- God’s love for us is manifested in Jesus so we can have eternal life through Him
- because God loves us, we ought to love each other
- God loved us first and sent His Son to be our redeemer for our sins
- if we love one another, it is because God dwells in us and His love is perfected in us
- we know He dwells in us because He has given us His Spirit
- he who dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him, thoroughly interlocked
- our love is made perfect as we will have boldness in the day of judgment
- there is no fear in love as perfect love casts out fear. Fear torments and therefore is not of love.
- we love God because He first loved us
- God has given a commandment that he who loves God also must love his brethren
- we cannot love God whom we have not seen and hate our brother whom we do see
To answer my question about the theme of this chapter, it seems to me that it is about love and how we ought to love others on account that we love God. If you count how many times the word love is used in this chapter, it adds up to 27 times! In Chapter 3, it was used 10 times and in Chapter 5, we will read it five times. When I started this study on 1 John, it struck me how often John speaks about love and now I think of this book as being the book on love. Paul taught about love in what we call the love chapter (1 Cor 13) and now we have the teaching from John in this book.
What We Know
Keeping with our list on our 1 John worksheet that we began in Chapter 1 regarding What we Know John mentions that we know
- that we dwell in Him and He in us BECAUSE He has given us His Spirit
- and believe that God loves us BECAUSE God IS love and we dwell in Him
Before we finish for the day, read 1 John 4 again and this time, note where we find the source of love. Make note of that in your notebook or somewhere on your worksheet.
How do you feel about your brothers and sisters in the Lord? Can you say that you love them or do you need to evaluate that? If you do, spend some time in prayer asking God to reveal to you any causes for your feelings and then repent, receive His forgiveness and ask Him to help you trust in the Word what it says about God’s love and then based on the Word, practice love towards the brethren.
I hope this study has helped you to understand a little more about love. Would you mind dropping me a line to let me know what you thought?
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Til next time,