Summary: Based on an outline by Dan Borchert, this message provides an introduction to God... who He is... what He’s done... and what he’s doing.
Based on an outline by Dan Borchert
What’s the first thing most of us want to know when we meet someone new? It may seem trivial, but the two things that always seem to come up in the first two minutes of a first-time conversation: Who are you? What do you do?
How many of you know God? I’m sure there are more than a few of you who have not been properly introduced. I’m going to take this opportunity, today, to introduce you to God.
As we walk through our passage today step by step we’re going to get to know God a little better. Through John’s words, we’re going to discover what God is, what God has done, and what God does.
What is God?
1 John 4:7-8 - "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love"
1) John starts by saying, “Dear Friends.” Six times in 1 John, John uses the phrase, “Dear Friends.” He uses the phrase, “Dear Children” nine times. The first thing John does in his letter is let it be known that he is writing it in friendship… in love.
2) The next thing he says is, “let us love one another.” By simple sentence exposition we know that “love” is a verb. It’s something we do; it’s an action. Love is not something that can exist without action. It’s just like “run.” Run, is something we do (some of us). And without the action of putting one foot in front of the other by springing steps so that both feet leave the ground for an instant, “run” does not exist.
The next thing John lets us know is where this love begins. “For love comes from God.” God initiates love. All the ideas we are familiar with today began somewhere. Without Mark Twain there is no Huck Finn. Without Isaac Newton there is no law of gravity. Without James Earl Jones, there is no Darth Vader as we know him. Without God, there is no real love.
God initiates loves, showers it upon his people, and expects that we, in turn, express that same love to one another.
3) Now John says something that pretty confusing: “Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
It appears that one of the reasons John says this is to counteract the Gnostic heretics of his day who claimed to have knowledge of God yet felt that love was beneath them.
John says, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” If you claim to know God, yet fail to love, you invalidate your own claim. You cannot know God if you do not love.
4) The last thing John says in this part of the passage is this: God is love! It cannot be mentioned enough. John uses the word love 27 times in today’s 15 verse passage.
That God is love is not an exhaustive description of God. God is much more than love. God is all-knowing, all-powerful, almighty, the everlasting father, Prince of Peace, and Risen Lord. God is indeed love… but he is also much more.
Just as we understand gravity because of Isaac Newton, we understand what love is because of God.