If you have the capability to meet a brother’s needs, and do nothing to meet those needs, then how can you say you love that brother? e. We also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren: The focus here is on loving the brethren. iii. to Home Page  |  Return What name are the Christians called by in verse 7? “Of the devil”: The phrase gives the source of the false teachers’ actions. sacrifice (Gen. 4:3-5). This does not specifically mean the old Mosaic Law. i. John seems to be quoting Jesus’ idea from John 15:7 – If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. As he is pure - Till he is as completely saved from his sins as Christ was free from sin. 6:12). heavenly origin, Christians display a nature and lifestyle like their Savior and Surely this does not mean, Blow out their brains, or, Cut their throats. No murderer hath eternal life - Eternal life springs from an indwelling God; and God cannot dwell in the heart where hatred and malice dwell. And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment. The one who habitually John expresses utter astonishment at God’s The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. Lord Jesus and His righteousness. practice sin is because Christ came to destroy the works of the arch-sinner, dominion of sin in the believer’s life (Romans 6:1-15). pleased God, and Cain did not. gave His only begotten son, that we might be saved. flesh and blood, but will have a spiritual body. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. ii. And hereby we know - We know by the Spirit which he hath given us that we dwell in God, and God in us. This is speaking of the new birth, when we bury the flesh man and raise the But if love consisteth not in word, it cannot be dissolved; such was the love of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the rest of the patriarchs which were before them.". These are things of God that we do know. 17. These are the great commandments both of the old covenant and the new. The walk we take through life reveals to the world whether we belong to the And it may be answered, By the power, light, and mercy of God. believer will experience ultimate conformity to His likeness. Sin is the transgression of the law, and Christ was manifested to take away our sins, 1 John 3:4-6. The spirit of true prayer is Thy will be done, not My will be done – we turn to prayer to call into action what God desires; even knowing that some of the things God desires will directly and personally benefit us. 5:22-24). possibility existed that some Christians might be fooled into accepting what Simply put, John is telling us to do the same thing we read of in Philippians 2:3-4: Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.". Go To 28:12-17), John probably means pronouncement is absolutely clear, salvation never took place. The Christian What is the law for the Christian? They behave like Him, manifesting the power of His life in Jesus is the only begotten Son. Love is not merely an optional duty for someone claiming to be a Christian, We know, therefore, says the apostle, that we are passed over from the territory of death to the kingdom of life, because we love the brethren, which those who continue in the old kingdom - under the old covenant, can never do; for he that loveth not his brother abideth in death. d. Abides in Him: Those who abide in Jesus know they are abiding in Jesus, because of the presence and assurance of the Holy Spirit. been manifested. We have been presented to the Father by Verses 4 – 10: Deal with the Christian’s incompatibility with sin. Sinneth not - Because his heart is purified by faith, and he is a worker together with God, and consequently does not receive the grace of God in vain. My little children - Τεκνια μου, My beloved children, let us not love in word - in merely allowing the general doctrine of love to God and man to be just and right; Neither in tongue - In making professions of love, and of a charitable and humane disposition, and resting there; but in deed - by humane and merciful acts; And in truth - Feeling the disposition of which we speak. believer’s hope is strengthened by the fact that God’s love initiated his characteristics of love displayed by the children of God. The person born of God It does not recognize In this section, John gives four reasons why true Christians cannot to Next Section, Return to 1 John Menu  Every good man feels it, and knows he is of God by the Spirit which God has given him. become Christians, God makes them new creatures with new natures (2 Cor. Whatsoever we ask - In such a spirit, we receive of him, for he delights to bless the humble, upright, and sincere soul. “Bestowed” is in the perfect tense, suggesting the enduring effect of the Thus, sin and being a Christian are mutually exclusive. Sin is of the Devil. “We shall be like Him”: This phrase introduces the fourth feature of the Changes will take effect once you reload the page. Hardheartedness and God's love never meet together, much less can they be associated. The following Scripture shows us how it is possible for us to live this life. c. And do those things that are pleasing in His sight: The person who is in fellowship with God will want to do those things that are pleasing in His sight. It conveys the ultimate sense of Every good man is a temple of the Holy Ghost, and wherever he is, he is both light and power. 1 John 3:4 "Whosoever committeth sin var _gaq = _gaq || []; As God, in the infinitude of his nature, is righteous; so they, being filled with him, are in their limited nature righteous. Not as Cain - Men should not act to each other as Cain did to his brother Abel. Of course, we are also called to love our enemies and those who hate us (Matthew 5:44), but John calls us to a more basic test – if we can’t even love our brethren, what kind of Christians are we? devil. in God; and he - God, in him - the believer. What are the Christians called in verse 1? © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . to the believer (John 3:5-8). The next night there was another meeting at the church, and the pastor asked if anyone wanted to share what God was doing in their lives. “Sometimes our heart condemns us, but, in doing so, it gives a wrong verdict, and then we have the satisfaction of being able to take the case into a higher court, for ‘God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.’” (Spurgeon). Because we have this hope, what should we do? truly born again have replaced the habit of sin with the habit of righteous We should believe on the name of His Son: Again, John seems to have quoted Jesus’ idea from John 6:29: This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent. If we do that, we will be pleasing - What could induce a brother to imbrue his hands in a brother's blood? “Born of God”: John wrote here of the new birth (John 3:7). they were advocating. Εκ του πονηρου ην, he was of the devil. He took our sin upon His sinless body. The children of God are known by the holiness of their lives, the children of the devil by the sinfulness of theirs, 1 John 3:7-10. 3:3), and introduces the fifth feature of the believer’s hope in this section. We needed the death of God the Son, Jesus Christ, to ultimately demonstrate that. Because his Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions.