1 John P2R, Week 15

In this week’s passage of 1 John we are continuing in the theme of love, with the addition of abiding: God abiding in us, and we abiding in him. This segues into knowing, which leads to seeing and testifying “that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.” We then curve back to confession and abiding, which will lead full circle back to love in next week’s passage. And so, this week we have more of a train of thought, even though it circles back to love, rather than a tight spiral of one thought.

Two of John’s tests of assurance are found in our passage: love for one another, and right belief in Jesus Christ. John shows us how these two operate together to strengthen our assurance of our own faith, and assure us of the faith of our brothers and sisters who also love and confess “that Jesus is the Son of God.”

Beginning with the degree to which God loved us—enough to send “his Son to be the propitiation for our sins”—we then draw the logical conclusion that we therefore “ought to love one another.” Our love for one another makes God, in a sense, visible to those around us, for even though “no one has ever seen God.” Because we are loving one another we display that “God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.” Furthermore, we know that we are mutually abiding with God because “he has given us of his Spirit,” and we see by the eyes of faith and testify by our inward Spirit-led conviction that “the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.” We conclude, therefore, that anyone who shares this testimony with us must also be mutually abiding in God.

And now to the memory aids:

 

10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but

that he loved us and sent his Son to be the

propitiation for our sins.

The “this,” in “In this is love,” points forward to God’s love for us in sending his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. This is a breathtaking love, so meditate on “this love as you memorize.

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the

propitiation for our sins.

 

11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to

love one another.

Our response of love to God’s love is to love one another!

Beloved, if God so (in this way) loved us, we also (in the same way) ought to love one another (this is a group project).

 

12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one

another, God abides in us and his love is perfected

in us.

God is invisible, but by abiding in us he perfects his love in us which flows out in our visible love for one another.

No one has ever seen God; (but) if we (visibly) love one another, (then) God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

 

13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in

us, because he has given us of his Spirit.

The “this” by which “we know that we abide in him” is the reassurance of the internal witness of the Spirit.

By this we know (what do we know?) that we abide in him and he in us, (why do we know?) because he has given us of his Spirit.

 

14 And we have seen and testify that the Father

has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.

Continuing the thought- “by this we know that we abide—And- we have seen and testify”

And ( furthermore-) we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.

 

15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God,

God abides in him, and he in God.

Logical conclusion to all of the above.

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

 

May this truth transform you as you meditate on these life-giving words this week.