Summary: 14th in First John Series
LOVE IS THE THEME
1 John 4:7-16
INTRO: There was a great theologian who came to the USA from England and was being interviewed by a group of seminary students. The question was asked, “What is the most profound thought that ever occupied your mind.” The answer was, “Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so.” You may go very, very deep in theology; you may become a scholar; you may become a philosopher, but you’ll never ever understand anything more profound than to understand that God loves you so much He gave His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. This is what this message is about.
I. LOVE PROCLAIMED (vv. 7-8).
The Scriptures proclaim that God is love. John seems to go deeper and deeper and deeper into the subject of the love of God and comes to the conclusion here “God is love.”
The Nature of the Father (v. 7). Notice the statement in v. 7, “for love is of God.” It doesn’t say “for love is God.” John is not saying that God is some kind of impersonal, intangible being. God in His person, God in His nature is love. This tells us what God thinks about us. God loves us. It’s very important to know the kind of God you serve.
When the Bible declared “God is love,” that was an altogether brand new concept in the world. People of the religions of that time never would have dreamed of saying about their god “God is love.” The gods of the heathen were pagan and fickle and judgmental. Yet Jesus came manifesting the love of the Father.
In comparative religions you study the gods of all the different religions of the world. You will discover that none of them are gods of love, that none of them have a god who is a god of love.
So John says, “love is of God because God is love.” That simply means then that the only place you can get love is from God. That if you want love you have to come to the source of love and that is God. That means that you and I will never ever be capable of expressing love until first of all we experience the love of God in our own lives.
The Nature of our Family (v. 7). “and every one who loves is born of God and knows God.” One of the birthmarks of God’s family is that the members of the family have love. Notice what Jesus says in John 13:34,35, “A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.”
In Colossians 1:4, Paul talks about our faith in the Lord Jesus and then he says, “and the love you have to all the saints.” Well you say, “I can’t do that.” “I can’t love all the saints.” You are exactly right. I can’t do that and you can’t do that. Later on I’ll tell you how you can love all of the saints.
Here is a test to let you know whether or not you’ve been saved. It’s found in vv. 7-8. “Everyone that loves is born of God and knows God. He that loveth not knows not God.” Give yourself the “love test.” Do you love people? The Bible says if you love you know God. If you don’t love, you don’t know God.
II. LOVE PROVED (vv. 9-10,14).
“In this was manifested the love of God toward us.” The word manifested means to make visible. Love is an intangible. You can’t touch, taste, smell love, or store it in jars. The only way you can see an intangible is to see that intangible demonstrated and displayed in a life.