1 John 3:1-3
v.1- “Behold”- The Greek word is, “eidō”.
It means, “to turn the eyes, the mind, the attention to anything; to pay attention, observe.”
John wants us to be sure and take time to look at the love God has given to us.
Luke 9:54 Mark 3:17 John 15:14,15 John 19:26,27
“what manner of love” here has the meaning of “Where on Earth can you find this kind of love?”
“bestowed”- Greek: “did'-ō-mē” “didomi”- “could more literally be translated ‘lavished on us.’”
“bestowed” has the idea of a one-sided giving, instead of a return for something earned.
1 John 4:9,10 Romans 5:8
Because we are human, we can have a combination of these problems: pride, shame, unbelief, and time.
God put this in writing, for anyone who wants to see it.
God wants us to see this, and He’s not ashamed to show it to us.
God the Father loves us the same way He loves the Son.
That’s the amazing thing to understand here.
John 1:12 2 Corinthians 6:18 Hebrews 2:11 Romans 8:16
Although John 3:16 tells us that “God so loved the world”, which means He loves everyone in the world, that doesn’t mean He has a relationship with everyone in the world.
The “children of God!” are those who call Jesus Savior and Lord.
“Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.”- So, even though we have this marvelous promise from God, we cannot expect the world to acknowledge this.
“because it did not know Him.”- Look at the gospels.
They’re filled with accounts of how the very people Jesus created, rejected Him as their creator.
v.2- “Beloved, now we are children of God;”- There it is.
John wrote it out plainly.
Which also means we are assured of all the things God has for His children.
“and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be,”- Though a lot is told to us about heaven, we don’t know everything.
1 Corinthians 2:9
“but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”- This does not mean that we will be physically like Jesus in heaven.
When Jesus returns for us, we won’t be like Him as in “like God.”
“we shall see Him as He is.” This is the most exciting part about heaven.
v.3- Every Christian has the hope, the trust, from God, that they will go to heaven and live with the Lord forever.
So, because we have that hope, we work on purifying ourselves.
“He is pure.” Absolutely.
Notes by Pastor Chris Bent