Macleod (D.), The Sunday Home Service, 9. Examiner, Aug. 20, 1903, p. 180 (Jowett). As well expect the fly that crawls on the dome of this majestic cathedral to interpret the purposes and methods, the disposition and attributes of the architect. God in Christ takes man from the horrible pit and the miry clay, and sets his feet upon the rock, and establishes his goings, and puts a song of praise into his mouth. In the redemption of mankind our Lord has displayed the full glories of His love. It was love, it was love that did it. (M. G. xvii., p. 328; F. W. Farrar, Ibid., vol. This Epistle was an Epistle General, that is, it was not directed to any local Church. Or, the opposite is also true. This would be tyranny except for one simple fact: Everything God does, whether seemingly arbitrary or not, is motivated by love. The people gathered and Mr. Moody ascended the platform and began to preach. This knowledge of Christ’s character is the primary source of John’s knowledge of God. J. 1 John 1:5) and "God is spirit" (cf. Let me address careless sinners in the language of warning and reproof. You go through the drill of your daily work, you wrestle with temptations; it is fuel for the fire. “No, no; that is incredible; that can never be,” they say. Although this is the one truth about God which we can know, yet it is the last truth which we accept. The darkness passed away; the true light shone: the day broke, and the shadows fled away. In Christ the Divine love comes to us, and, mounting, towers far above any conception of love the world has ever known before. One could subtitle this passages "a stranger to love is a stranger to God." God is love - An infinite fountain of benevolence and beneficence to every human being. Thy name is Love.2 [Note: J. M. Jones, The Cup of Cold Water, 142. God’s love is a wise love, a watchful love, a faithful love: there is nothing it will not do for us, except wrong; there is nothing it will not endure for us, except sin; and there is nothing it will not be very careful to spare us, in order to turn us from the evil of our way. Each gives us some small insight into the nature of our Transcendent God. II. The frosts of winter work for the harvest. We may reject it or receive it: God must give it. The word God is preceded by an article, which means that the statement is not reversible; it cannot read, "Love is God."" Here, then, we have three words which are three syllables, and they are greater words than all the piled words of the most elaborate dictionary ever constructed. If the gift is love what can the giver be? Do not mistake what the world calls love as God's love! (The Bible Exposition Commentary - recommended). The lad had dug a hole in the sand, and was running backwards and forwards with his bucket, bringing water from the sea and pouring it into the hole which he had dug. A person who knows God's love shows God's love. The overflowing of each songster’s heart, So filling mine, that it can scarcely hush. Just Song of Solomon, God is love and those who abide in Him manifest His loving character. This was a first principle in the creation of this world. Judges, He judges in love. Sermon Bible Commentary. Wuest - The one who is not habitually loving has not come to know God, because God as to His nature is love. Jesus tells us (John 14:21), “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”, I might add that, perhaps another aspect of Christ’s love was His special love for the apostle John, who refers to himself as the disciple whom Jesus loved (John 13:23). When it comes to love, the important thing we need to know is this: All love starts with God (1 John 4:19-note). The brightest lights throw the deepest shadows. O, what can prove. God is love. 1 John 4:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 1 John 4:8, NIV: "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." We did not love God, and our hearts were filled with hatred for Him. John was the writer of the fourth *Gospel, which we know as the *Gospel of John. Tell me of Him as the Omniscient--the All-wise. There is singular force in the expression “God is love.” He does not say that God is benevolent, or kind, or merciful, or compassionate, or affectionate: he does not say that God is a Being of infinite goodness, or mercy, or loving kindness: but, as if he intended to magnify above measure this most adorable of the Divine attributes, he pronounces Him to be the quality in the abstract, and thus, as it were, identifies the Godhead with love. Health is no longer commonplace, and you thank God that you are not like other men, who are sick, and weak, and dying. He “overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.” And by the kiss or the rod; by caress or correction; by “gentle gales from the wings of angels that fan His Mercy-seat,” or by hot blasts from the burning marl of hell; by the blood of Christ, and pleading love, or by fire and brimstone of punitive love, God seeks to overthrow all evil in all men and beings, and will not rest until the Holy Spirit shall say of the New Creation, “It is finished”: for “God is love.”, 1. The following is commentary by Matthew Henry on 1 John, Chapter 4: Verses 7-13: As the Spirit of truth is known by doctrine (thus spirits are to be tried), it is known by love likewise; and so here follows a strong fervent exhortation to holy Christian love: Beloved, let us love one another. Up and up it mounts, until the highest peak is reached that human life offers footing to. THAT WHICH WE HAVE SEEN AND HEARD 1:1 That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with His retribution must be the recompense of love. He knew the possibility of witnessing to people without necessarily loving them as individuals. His independence, almighty power, and unerring wisdom are mere natural perfections; but His benevolent feelings are moral beauties. He lay down on the ground, and he saw a little bit of moss. He causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends His rain on the just and the unjust. , “did not get to know,” i.e., at the initial crisis of conversion. How can a decree of absolute, unconditional reprobation, of the greater part or any part of the human race, stand in the presence of such a text as this? 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. To show that He was Love. Bible. Did you ever examine a little bit of moss? He loves some with the love of pity, and others with the love of pride; He loves some with the love of compassion, and others with the love of complacency. The aroist tense: did not know, from the beginning. Love made earth. Illingworth (J. R.), Sermons Preached in a College Chapel, 130. on StudyLight.org Is there not something to grasp, to embrace, in these words, "God is love," when within the glory of the Godhead we see the revealed love of God for God, the infinite, embosomed tenderness of the Eternal Son to the Eternal Father? All the time that Mr. Moody preached, the man was weeping in the corner. Since He is love, His children should demonstrate His love. Why, then, do you say that Christ made, or bought, or in any way procured the love of God, when it was God’s love that sent Him forth on His mission? (The Letters of John - Tyndale New Testament Commentary), Steven Cole - The false teachers claimed to know God in a secret, deeper sense, but John is saying that they do not know God at all. A Buddhist priest next came by, and said, “Poor fellow, I am pained to see you down there. Terrible disasters require terrible remedies; but he who can use terrible remedies, loves. But being by nature spirit, God is not limited by time and space the way His creatures are. Some go so far as to say that because God is love, He could never condemn anyone to the eternal punishment of hell. It reminds me that God’s love is always and forever in the present tense. 1. (The Letters of John Tyndale New Testament Commentary), Hiebert explains that "Although John has just said that “love is of God” (1Jn 4:7-note), one cannot say that “love is God,” just as one cannot say that “light is God.” Without the article, “love” is qualitative, depicting the nature of His being. I. God loves the good, the true, the pure, but His love rises higher that it may come down lower; and He loves me—me. To see and not to have may be an agony. “God is love!” Where? These are all metaphors that emphasize certain characteristics of God. Barton (G. Macfarland (C. S.), The Infinite Affection, 23. Harris - This is in context most likely a reference to the opponents, who (in the author’s opinion) have demonstrated by their failure to love their fellow believers that they are not genuine Christians. That is excluded, and much more); because (reason why he who loveth not can never have known God. 16-19) that the Bible speaks about God’s love in at least five different ways: (1) The peculiar love of the Father for the Son, and of the Son for the Father (John 3:35; 5:20; 14:31; 17:24). He was not in a mood to hear any preaching, he was not in a condition to hear even the gentlest tone; he must be watched, we must wait for him; he must feel it like a man before he answers it like a man. 1-john 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. God only exists as a threefold relation of lover, beloved, and love—the Father for ever outpouring Himself in love to the Son; the Son for ever in complete self-surrender returning that love to the Father; the Spirit ceaselessly uniting Father and Son, Himself the Bond of love. When our hearts are right all is right. There is no article to love, but to God; therefore we cannot translate, Love is God. He knew what spirit was in Jesus; he knew by what word to characterize His life. In the sight of God man is a being of unspeakable worth. Without that blessed medium he is, after all, an “unknown God.” It is the pure in heart that “see God.”. But another objects:--“See all the suffering and wretchedness there is now in this world--how is that consistent with the Divine government of love?” First, all the suffering, in the main, is man’s own fault. How is that consistent with the Divine government of love?’. He had announced to his people that he would explain the doctrine of the Trinity next Lord’s Day. Next the Saviour came by, and, hearing his cries, went to the brink of the pit, reached down and laid hold of the man, brought him up and said, “Go and sin no more.” That is Christianity. A T Robertson adds that "Present active articular participle of agapaō = “keeps on not loving.” Considering that this agape love is divine love implies that it must have a supernatural source, the indwelling Spirit (Gal 5:22-23-note). But I hear it said again: ‘Why has God left such a vast proportion of the inhabitants of this earth ignorant of Christ and of the way of salvation?’, (a) God has not left them ignorant. 1. ], Young Scott, the son of Dr. Scott of Greenock, is with us. 15. [Note: Marshall, p212. - This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. But within me or about me what is there that can teach me of the All-wise? Hastening so swiftly to the vale beneath, To cheer the shepherd’s thirsty flock, or glide. The reason for this is implied in what is immediately stated, that "God is love," and of course if they have no love reigning in their hearts, they cannot pretend to be like him. ), Sermons which have Won Souls, 429. No one in the whole world ever knew that God is love until it was revealed from heaven and written in the New Testament. II. None of these things could tell His love—tell the depth of it; the necessity that man was to Him.1 [Note: J. M. Jones, The Cup of Cold Water, 148.]. The physician is God’s servant, as well as the preacher. It is a failure to recognize that no single word is capable of describing the ineffable God which leads to a gross perversion of this marvelous text in the popular mind. how little do I know of the extent and grandeur of that love! God cannot sin because He is holy. Does it not let in daylight and sunlight upon the dark experiences of this sorrowing earth? Love built heaven. Naniniwala Sa Diyos Hindi Pa Siya Alam Contributed by James Dina on Oct 1, 2020 | 139 views. If I did know all this about God, I should not know Him. : in Sartorius, die Lehre von der heiligen Liebe, i. — Reprinted by permission. Bishop Fraser, University Sermons, p. 288. Man is so small, mean, ignoble, unworthy, until you read his story with the eyes of love; until you remember this--“God is love.” But every mother will waste the wealth of her brave heart upon the boy in whom no one but herself can see one sign of grace or virtue. They spread malicious gossip with great delight, and they are defensive if you try to point out any of these sins to them. For answer to your question you must wait till you see the use made of the productions. The work was not done to create the emotion; neither was the emotion solely on account of the work, but because of its adaptability to the far-off end. But, by the expression “God is love,” St. John evidently wishes to convey to us the idea that love is the great motive power of the Divine Being. The tradition is that John is the author. When our hearts are right all is right. ‘Was it love,’ a man says, ‘to make man, and then to let him fall into sin and misery?’—The answer is twofold. Awhile to listen, but would take its part? You cannot go into ecstasies over such a commonplace thing as health. 5:11-12-note). God will work out the provisions that He has made so that they shall not miss what they aim at. In the house of the rich man there are many treasures—rare books, costly pictures, splendid marbles, shining gems; but the little child who bears his image and likeness, and who looks up into his face with smiling love, and who answers to his affections with tender heart, is the dearest jewel of them all. We see Jesus Christ, without losing His belief in God’s love, stripped of everything except being what He was and doing what He believed it His work to do. Love is the true salvation. And so it is to everything but love. You are in perfect health, for instance, and you don’t think about health. All rights reserved. (J. M. Is it not a parable of the All-Father’s love? For example, everything that God does is governed by His love because that is Who He is even when He is led to dispense judgment or wrath. God’s love is like His sunlight, diffused throughout the heaven, catching the heights of the hills and crowning them with ruddy gold and clothing them in purple. From the Sender, let us turn our thoughts to Him who was sent. Next week perhaps we may meet him, and even then we must hold ourselves remote, and yet be near at hand, and when the lull comes, the only sentence the man can bear—and at first he may receive it with unbelief and partial scorn—is, “God is love.” It does not seem like it. For God is love; he loves himself; there is an entire love between the three divine Persons, who are in the strictest, and in the most inconceivable and inexpressible manner affected to each other; their love is natural and essential: God loves all his creatures as such, nor does he hate any of them, as so considered; and he bears an everlasting, unchangeable, and invariable love to his elect in Christ Jesus; of which an instance is given in the following verses, and is a reason why the saints should love one another; that they might be like their heavenly Father, by whom they are begotten, and of whom they are born, and whose children they are; seeing he is love itself, and in his breast is nothing else but love. To be sure, Jesus Christ now has a glorified body in heaven, and one day we shall have bodies like His body. He is the source and origin of love. Campbell (R. Study the bible online using commentary on 1 John 4:8 and more! 1 John 4:8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love: Greek - o me agapon (PAP) ouk egno (3SAAI) ton theon hoti o theos agape estin (3SPAI) . .," p1475. But tell me that He is love--that what love is, that is God--then I know Him. God is love. If He creates, He creates in love; if He rules, He rules in live; if He judges, He judges in love. A poor drunkard coming up the street saw the door a little ajar and saw the light, and then stumbled up the steps hoping to find warmth and cheer within. 8 He who does not love does not know God; for God is love. And observe the power of the present tense. Set it down as a certainty that God’s love will win, that the gospel of love will tell. As they were in the glow of the great, glad sun. For whom are we more likely to obey—one whom we love, and whom we know to love us, or one whom we simply fear? He is love. I. III. This is man’s highest good as God reads it; this God feeds, for “God is love.”, III. xiii., p. 69. God is perfect love, all His affections are pure and clear as the crystal stream. God must express Himself for His own sake. And very many spend their time in putting up fences and limits to the love of God, as if it were beset with statutes, and thoughts of precedents, and dread of presumption. And as the love of God is thus manifested, in that we were His enemies, for whose salvation His Son was sent, so is it, more over, manifested by the greatness of the salvation, which was wrought by His coming: a salvation great in every particular respect; great in respect to its extent; great in respect of the deliverance which it affords; great in respect to the means of grace which it now affords us, and of the all-sufficient aid of Christ’s Holy Spirit to overcome our natural weakness and corruption; and great in respect of the hope of everlasting glory which it reveals to those who shall hereafter be admitted into His presence. Take away the Divinity of Christ, and it cannot be maintained that God is love; because there is wanting to His nature, so far as we know it, and there is absent from the manifestations of Himself which He has made, love in its highest form, in its most wonderful character. God said something quite different. To grave upon my heart, that God is Love! Indulgence not love. 3. ), The Gospel View of Things, 165. Truth and love stand related to each other. He has made no human being for perdition, nor ever rendered it impossible, by any necessitating decree, for any fallen soul to find mercy. II. There is an off-Broadway musical that has a song entitled "Our Love Is God." III. Love is not to a crowd; compassion, pity there may be for a multitude, but love is separate; it is personal; it is distinct and peculiar. Warren Wiersbe - God is spirit as to His essence; He is not flesh and blood. In perfect love there are three elements, which may best be seen by examining the three states of life in which they are respectively most prominent: the filial; the fraternal; the parental. Man’s presumptuous criticism. They appear as two vague figures wrapped in clouds; the man half recumbent, the woman lying prone on the ground; time in the form of the woman illumined with a bright light; death in the form of a man overshadowed by his own form, and knowing nothing of the secrets that are hidden in his stern keeping. (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Even His death was the cup which His Father gave Him to drink, and though it was bitter, it was yet a love-token. Unfailing is God's matchless love, Our Daily Bread - Deuteronomy 10:12-22 |Loved To Love - “A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.” I saw this quotation, attributed to the Wizard of Oz, on a wall plaque in a gift shop. (c) Thirdly, if there are degrees in glory, the degree of the glory must depend on the degree of the grace; and, to a great extent, the degree of the grace is dependent on the degree of the schooling. ‘God is love.’ Doubtless there are difficulties. (2Cor 5:17-note) The only way to love with agape love is enabled by the Spirit (Ro 5:5-note, Gal 5:22-23-note) This person has no inherent power to manifest this supernatural God-like love. It was a necessity. Here descends this great ladder of light from the throne above all heavens to the stones of the desert road. (Critical and Exegetical Commentary- 1 John 4 Commentary). ‘Now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.’, (c) But above all, heaven is love, for ‘God is Love.’, ‘We feel almost under a moral compulsion not to leave Advent, Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, Whitsuntide, Trinity, till we have placed upon all its own proper crown. “Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and ye perish from the way/’ If you wish a picture of God in your mind, study the “father” in the parable of the prodigal. It is Christlike—and it’s better than locking your heart in a coffin of self-centeredness. But it may be necessary to put in a caution against all inadequate and shallow explanations of the saying: such as that of Grotius (after Socinus), “Deus est plenus caritate,”—Benson, “God is the most benevolent of all beings: full of love to all His creatures,”—Whitby, “The Apostle intends not to express what God is in his essence … but what He is demonstrativè, ἐνεργητικῶς, shewing great philanthropy to men:”—Hammond, “God is made up of love and kindness to mankind:”—Calvin, “hoc est quod ejus natura sit, homines diligere … de essentia Dei non loquitur, sed tantum docet qualis a nobis sentiatur:” &c. &c. In all these,—in the two last by supplying an object, “homines,” which is not in the sacred text,—the whole force of the axiom as it stands in the Apostle’s argument is lost. The climatic demonstration of His love came when He sent His own Son to die for us on the cross. Benevolent affections form the moral beauty of the Divine character. ], There is a pretty story of St. Augustine. (b) Had the Church done her part, the earth would by this time have been enlightened. God is also light (, "All His activity is loving activity. The reason for this is implied in what is immediately stated, that “God is love,” and of course if they have no love reigning in their hearts, they cannot pretend to be like him. 1. You have seen the sun pour a flood of golden beams upon the earth through the live long day, and set in darkness as night approached; but God’s love is a sun that never sets. “Poor overtaxed boy!” says the mother; “I must not permit it”; and he grows up with a flabby mind that is not fit for such a world as this. Love made earth. If the cross of Jesus speaks at all it speaks in tones of love. God has poured out the wealth of His redemption. Of saints and seraphs, round the Throne above, Proclaim for evermore, that God is Love!1 [Note: Thomas Davis.]. 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