1st John (part 8)

1ST JOHN (PART 8) HOW GOD’S LOVE BECOMES OUR LOVE

 (PASTOR LEE JACKSON.)

I)     INTRODUCTION – THE THEME OF THE BOOK OF 1ST JOHN IS “LOVE”.   WE SEE IT INTRODUCED IN . 1JOHN 2:9-11, 3:11, 3:11, 3:16 AND IN OUR TEXT TODAY.  THE GREEK WORD USED IS “AGAPAO” WHICH IS THE SAME WORD FOR LOVE IN 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.”  GOD’S LOVE FOR MAN KIND WAS COMPASSIONATE, FORGIVING AND RESULTED IN HIS ACTING TO HELP US – SENDING HIS SON TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT OUR CONDITION.  SOMETHING WE COULD NOT DO FOR OURSELVES.

TEXT: 1JOHN 4:7-19 (KJV).

II)    THIS KIND OF LOVE ONLY COMES FROM GOD (7-8)

A)   WE ARE COMMANDED TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

B)   WE ARE TOLD THAT OUR CAPACITY TO TRULY LOVE ONE ANOTHER COMES FROM GOD.

C)   THOSE THAT ARE BORN OF GOD HAVE GOD’S LOVE WITHIN THEM AND LOVE AS GOD LOVES.

D)   WE ARE ALSO TOLD THAT IF WE DO NOT LOVE ONE ANOTHER THEN WE DO NOT KNOW GOD & WE HAVE NOT BEEN BORN OF GOD, FOR GOD IS LOVE

III)   GOD SHOWED HIS LOVE FOR US (9-10)

A)   “WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS CHRIST DIED FOR US…”

B)   HE SENT HIS ONLY SON INTO THE WORLD SO THAT WE MIGHT LIVE.

C)   BEFORE WE COME TO KNOW CHRIST WE WERE SPIRITUALLY DEAD.

D)   GOD LOVED US IN OUR LOST CONDITION, WHILE WE LIVED IN TRESPASSES & SINS.   HE LOVED US BEFORE WE LOVED HIM.

E)   WE WILL LOVE ONE ANOTHER IF HIS LOVE IS IN US.

IV)  GOD IS REVEALED TO LOST PEOPLE THROUGH US (11-16)

A)   HIS LOVE IS MADE COMPLETE IN US MEANS THAT GOD’S LOVE IS NOT MERELY A THEORY, A DOCTRINE, BUT IT DEFINES WHO WE ARE AND WHO WE HAVE BECOME IN CHRIST.

B)   WE SEE PEOPLE AND CIRCUMSTANCES THROUGH GOD’S EYES.  WE HELP PEOPLE WITHOUT BECOMING JUDGMENTAL.   WE HELP PEOPLE WISELY AND JUDICIOUSLY BUT NOT JUDGMENTALLY.

C)   WE LIVE IN HIM AND HE IN US BECAUSE WE HAVE RECEIVED HIS SPIRIT.  IF WE DO NOT HAVE THE SPIRIT OF GOD WE ARE NOT HIS.

D)   WE SEE (ONGOING ACTION) & TESTIFY THAT THE FATHER SENT HIS SON TO BE THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD BY OUR LIFE – GOD BEING REVEALED IN US.

V)   THERE IS NO FEAR IN LOVE – PERFECT LOVE DRIVES OUT FEAR (17-21)

A)   THE BIBLE SAYS “THE FEAR OF GOD IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM” BUT HERE WE READ “PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR” OR LOVE PERFECTED IS NOT BASED UPON FEAR.

B)   IF OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD IS BASED UPON FEAR IT HAS NOT MATURED.   IT MAY BEGIN OUT OF THE FEAR OF GOD BUT AS OUR RELATIONSHIP MATURES IT WILL BE BASED UPON AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR LOVING HEAVENLY FATHER WHO TEACHES US HIS WAYS AND LEADS US IN HIS PATHS AND REVEALS HIS TRUTH TO US, CONFORMING US TO THE IMAGE OF JESUS CHRIST, HIS SON.

C)   WE CANNOT LOVE GOD AND HATE OUR BROTHER FOR GOD IS LOVE.

 

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