I John

I John 4:7-11 Those Who Know God Love As They Loved Us.

Again John addresses his audience as ‘Beloved’, those enveloped in agape love, and again he reiterates the need and command to love one another (v. 7a Cf. I Th. 4:9). This is what must characterize those who claim to be born of God. This finds expression in the keeping of his commandments, this is one of the grounds of our assurance (v. 7b Cf. 3:10-11, 23). Without this love no one can claim that they know God (v. 8). Again, the prime example of agape is the Father sending his Son to die as the “propitiation for our sins” (vv. 9-10 Cf. See blog on I Jn. 2:1-2; Jn. 3:16; Rom. 5:8). This agape love is also seen in Jesus freely giving himself to this end of satisfying God’s wrath and justice for us (3:16). It is on the basis of both the Father’s and the Son’s sacrificial love, that we are called to love one another (v. 11 Mt. 18:33).

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