Check Out the Love

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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?”

Psalm 139:17,18

“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.

John 17:23

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.

John 1:11

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.”

Isaiah 42:8

“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.

Romans 6:2

“He is pure.” Absolutely.

                                                                                                                  Notes by Pastor Chris Bent

Back to the Beginning

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1 John 2:24-29

v.24- Remember: John gave these instructions to refute what the antichrist (little “a”), the antichrist teachers, were teaching.

Ephesians 4:14          2 Timothy 4:3,4

What have we “heard from the beginning”?

1 John 1:1  At the beginning of this epistle, John started with Jesus Christ.

John 1:1-3  At the beginning of his gospel, John started with Jesus Christ.

Genesis 1:1  At the beginning of the Bible, Moses started with God creating everything.

And John identified that God as Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 12:2          Romans 6:23a          Romans 3:23          Ezekiel 18:4;20

Genesis 2:17          Romans 6:23b          John 3:16          Matthew 20:28

1 Timothy 3:16

Romans 10:9

Romans 5:1

“If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.”- We must take the simple knowledge of our salvation and use that excitement to literally “live” in Jesus Christ.

v.25- “And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.”- So many of us are afraid of death.

But the God we know and love has experienced death.

Psalm 23:4

“And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.”

Living forever, with Him, in heaven. Literally, IN HEAVEN!

v.26- “These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you.”- So, the reason John wrote this was because there are deceivers out there.

And they don’t deceive by accident.

v.27- “But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you,”- In v.20 we learned that the “anointing” John is talking about is simply the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in every believer.

“and you do not need that anyone teach you;”- Some might interpret this as saying we don’t need anyone to be teachers of Scripture.

Ephesians 4:11

He’s saying, in context, that in order to discern truth from deception, there is no better teacher than God Himself.

“but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.”- The anointing of the Holy Spirit in you has taught you and will continue to teach you all the things you need to know about the truths of God.

And when John wrote, “just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” he meant that just as sure as the Holy Spirit will teach you, you can have the same assurance that “you will abide in Him.”

v.28- Here is a great reason to continue to “abide in Jesus.”

And that reason is this: Jesus Christ is coming back.

1 Corinthians 3:11-15          Revelation 22:12

v.29- “If you know that He is righteous,”- Do we not know this?

It’s a given that God is righteous.

Psalm 111:3

“you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.”- Those who are born-again “practice” righteousness.

2 Corinthians 5:21

                                                                                                                  Notes by Pastor Chris Bent