God is Love

Keep the Faith, Part 10, 1 John 4:7-21

Love is the most powerful force in the universe.  This message addresses what love does in, through and for those who are in Christ.

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Keep the Faith Part 10

God is Love 1 John 4:7-21

Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – March 6th, 2016

 

Intro:

  • In the passage we looked at last week the Apostle John warned us about false teaching and prophets and gave us ways in which we could tell what is true or false
    • What they say about Jesus
    • What is says in the word of God
  • In this week’s passage John again turns to the importance and power of love. we will see what love does in, through and for those who are in Christ.
  • Love is the most powerful force in the universe . . .
    • Love is central to who God is and it must be central to who we are

 

Love does declare us

 

1 John 4:7-8 ESV

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

 

  • Love does declare us to be children of God
  • We are to love one another because
    • love is from God
    • Those who love have been born of God
    • Those who love know God
  • Therefore
    • Anyone who does not love
      • Does not know God
        • Because God is love

Love has delivered us

 

1 John 4:9-12 ESV

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have 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 also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

 

  • Jesus is the love of God made manifest –
    • he sent his ONLY son into the world
      • So that we may live through Him
    • God loved us first – he sent Jesus while we were away from and/or against Him
      • God’s son is the “propitiation” for our sins.
        • Propitiation means the turning away of wrath by another paying the penalty. For the Christian, the propitiation was the shed blood of Jesus on the cross. It turned away the wrath of God so that He could pass “over the sins previously committed,”
      • So if God so loved us in this way (sacrificing His son) – we then ought to love one another
      • The best way we can show love to God is by loving each other (no one has seen God)
      • If we love God abides in us and HIS love is Perfected in us
        • Perfected means – made complete . . . we are the hands and feet of Jesus . . .

 

Love must define us

 

1 John 4:13-16 ESV

By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

 

  • Love must define us – this must be our main characteristic
  • Another proof that we will know that we are in him is because he had given us His spirit which is love . . . and the truth is God showed his love by sending his Son who is the Savior of the world.
  • If we confess . . . this is make know (not just believe) – that Jesus is the son of God
    • Then we know that God abides in us and we are in God
  • God is love – whoever abides in love abides in God and God abides in him

 

Love will defend us

 

1 John 4:17-21 ESV

By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.

 

  • We now have confidence, because of the Love of God in us and the love of God for us, for the day of judgment – because the love of God defines us and the love of God defends us.
  • So we have not to fear – because there is no fear in love – because God’s perfect love casts out fear. – we do not have to be afraid on the day of Judgment
  • Why do we love – we love because HE first love us.
  • Again – stating that is you say “you love God” and then still hate your brother – you are a liar – because if you can’t love what you see, you do not love what you don’t see.
  • This is the commandment – whoever love God MUST also love his brother.

 

Conclusion

  • Love does declare us – to be children of God
  • Love has delivered us – from the sin nature and the punishment of sin
  • Love must define us – if we do not love we are not in God and God is not in us
  • Love will defend uson the day of judgement – so we do not need to fear