Since the Bible tells us that God Himself is love (), it is fitting that this beautiful description of love should be well-known.. I believe this is seen often in how, sometimes, we casually use the word - even as Christians. For Christ is love in person, and love, Christ in the soul'. That even when I kneel to pray Many people have called it the Love Chapter (in correction of the King James Bible); but this distinction clearly goes to 1 John 4 where love in mentioned 27 times (unless you included the 3 times "beloved" is used). In which chapter is love mentioned the most times? Would you put your life on the line for someone else? Lord, it's the hardest thing I think, perhaps, in all the Christian life to forgive - but Lord, unless we forgive, You've told us we cannot know fellowship. So let's look at the first aspect that John deals with in verses 10 to 15, and it's simply this: a lack of brotherly love proves an absence of eternal life. O our Father, help us to understand that we are required and obligated to follow peace with all men, for without holiness no man shall see the Lord. 2 John 1:1 The elder, To the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in the truth--and not I alone, but also all who know the truth--3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that in every way you may prosper and enjoy good health, as your soul also prospers. Now I know we don't throw money at everybody coming, sometimes that would harm people and do them less good than it ought - but here's a brother coming into James' church, and he doesn't have any clothes and he doesn't have any shelter, he doesn't have any food and he doesn't have a job. Now in ancient Greece, in biblical Greek and ancient Greek, there were three or perhaps four definitions for love. Our Favorite Verses from 1 John. Indeed Paul said in Galatians 5:23 that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance - but love is the fruit of the Spirit, the Spirit of God. They said 'Aye, he did'. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you'. Now, what harm does a wee bit of envy or jealousy do from time to time? John the Baptist son of Zechariah, figures prominently in the beginning of each of the four Gospels (Matthew 3:1). We are to lay down our lives for our brothers, whoever they are and wherever they hang their hat. Again we could remind ourselves of what John said in chapter 2 and verse 6: 'We ought to walk even as he walked', in every aspect, not least showing that great agape love in our lives. If He is in us, He will manifest the love of God. Not only did He lay down His human life here on earth, but we go back into the eternity of past and we see in Philippians 2 that here He comes from the right hand of God, and He lays aside the grasping at divine power. He gives us several reasons how we can know whether or not we are truly a child of God. He said: 'Well, you go off and tell him that I've forgiven him, but remember: if I get better the deal's off'. Now, of course, we could go back to Deuteronomy 6 and verse 5 where God commanded in the law that all men should love the Lord their God with all their heart, with all their soul, with all their mind and with all their strength. The table below gives some word counts for four popular versions of the Bible. Date: 90-95 AD. O Thou Saviour divine, Of all the “loves” mentioned in the New Testament, love for the brethren is one of the most prominent (see, for example, John 13:34-35; 15:12, 13, 17; Romans 13:8; 1 Peter 1:22; 2:17; 4:8; 1 John 2-4). Serious stuff. Verse 17: 'Whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?'. The Lord Jesus was commanding them: 'You see the agape love that I have and am going to display for you at the cross, I want you to show that same love to one another'. However, these materials may be freely copied and distributed unaltered for the purpose of study and teaching, so long as they are made available to others free of charge, and this copyright is included. Do we express sincerity through practicality? This is what he said, I quote: 'They love one another. 1 John is filled with encouraging verses that remind us of the truth of the gospel, the importance of faith, the promises we have in our salvation, and the importance of love. If we're to demonstrate brotherly love that proves the presence of eternal life we need to lay down our lives, but we need to meet the known needs of our brothers. [829] John 1:3, with a probable allusion to Gen. 1:3, "God said," as en arche refers to bereshith, Gen. 1:1. During one of the sessions Larry missed Pete, and at lunch he said: 'I missed you at 10 o'clock, it was a really good session'. Secondly, you have to have your eyes open to see the needs - and I think that's half the problem. Now turn with me for a moment to 1 Corinthians chapter 13, to the great passage on love and its definition. That's your problem, isn't it? Wonder not then that the serpentine world hates and hisses at you who belong to that seed of the woman that is to bruise the serpent's head'. Name two other names he was known by? David Jackman says that on the few occasions he met him he sensed most powerfully the love of Christ in God's servant. 1 John has been given to us to help us understand how to define love. He gives us the explanation: it was Cain's parentage of the wicked one, his practices of wickedness. B. It isn't about "head" knowledge. But then there is the social test, and that is the one we're looking at tonight again, and that is that of love towards our brothers specifically in Christ - and our sisters of course - and indeed love that we are to show to all men. The number of times that love is mentioned in the Bible depends on the version of the Bible. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. The illustration is Cain, the explanation is his parentage - he was of the wicked one, his practices were wickedness - but thirdly he gives us, like every good preacher, an application. There are many passages that I could have based this talk on, but I chose 1 John 4:7-11. Twice in John 13:34 and once in John 13:35. 2:9-10) w children of God and children of the devil (1 Jn. From Adam and Eve to the Revelation is love. Others, Lord, yes others, That's often the case, but he was still not going to forgive his brother. Now I know, and I agree to differ with some who see this portion of Scripture outlining primarily the two natures of the Christian; but I believe that the sentiments here are too strong, because John, time after time after time, is telling us that these people who have an absence of these characteristics are proving that they do not have the life of God in them - and your old nature can never have the life of God in it. John comes in here speaking of this lack of brotherly love that proves an absence of eternal life, and he says: 'If you don't love your brothers', verse 14 the second part of it, 'you're still dead', for a love for brothers is a sure sign that you've passed from death unto life. He referred to himself as "the elder" and is certainly the last apostle living at the time. It … 3. The negative repetition oude en, prorsus nihil, not even one thing (stronger than ouden nihil), excludes every form of dualism (against the Gnostics), and makes the panta absolutely unlimited. You may never have shed any blood, you may never have lifted your hand against another, but have you ever snubbed a brother in Christ or a sister? It's a test of fellowship, it's something that can give us assurance and confidence that we know God. And 'smiting' certainly appears more than once, but certainly not more than 700 =). John gives us, first of all, an illustration of what this love is not, what this love is not like. Now what is it that gives the love of God at the cross its character? 1 John Cross Reference Questions. James is saying, just as John, if you close your hand to him, and if you close your home to him, and if you close your heart to him, how does the love of God dwell in you? Maybe it's not the man next door, maybe it's the man or the woman in the next pew. There are multiple greek words which could be translated as love into our language. I know they're portrayed as being doctrinal disputes, but most of the time they're just personality struggles fuelled by jealousy, fuelled by envy - and they're singing praise, one on one side of the church and one on the other, and they're sworn enemies as they praise to God with their tongues! Then Paul says: 'Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus'. Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. That believers could be envious and jealous of one another?' A sad fact is that conflicts and battles are what mark many an assembly of God's people in the 21st century. John is saying that where there is no love there is no life. Matthew Henry noted well in his commentary on this verse: 'The great serpent himself reigns as the god of this world. I want to ask you tonight: you call yourself a Christian, do you have a grudge against another brother? e. Expressions such as eternal life, a new commandment, abide in Christ, walketh in darkness, that your joy may be full. It can only happen once, once we've given our life we haven't got another one to give, but John is saying we are daily called to live for others, to meet known needs. That fact is not as difficult to discern as this love in the life of some people who call themselves Christians. Now turn with me for a moment to 1 Corinthians chapter 13, to the great passage on love and its definition. The mighty fact of the portion that we are studying tonight is that this is the very love that we are called upon as Christians to show to our brothers and sisters in the church. How often does it happen? Also, the fact that 1 Corinthians 13 uses charity 9 times connects it … * There is no single correct way to translate the ancient Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek Bible manuscripts into English. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. Now, we all know well John 3:16, 'For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son', and we've memorised that one - but one I'm sure you have never memorised, let alone exemplified, is 1 John 3:16: 'We ought to lay down our lives for the brethren'. First of all, let me point out from the beginning of verse 14 that you can know, and that puts the lie to those who say you can't really know and be sure of your salvation. The true Christian, this is John's point, at that point would be content to suffer and even die rather than cause suffering or pain or death to his brethren. Because of this divine love, God sent his only Son into the world so that by Christ’s death for sin (1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18) all those who believe might have eternal life (John 3:16; 2 Thessalonians 2:16; 1 John 3:1; Titus 3:4). Love never fails'. Verse 10: 'In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother'. 1 John 3:18 Little children, let us love not in word and speech, but in action and truth. Give us that spirit we pray, and none other, for His name's sake we ask it, Amen. Remember Cain was the first baby ever born, and he becomes a murderer. In verse 11 John reminds them of a command he says they had from the beginning: 'This is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another'. In John chapter 5 the Lord Jesus said that when we believe the Gospel we pass from death unto life, Ephesians 2 verse 1, ye who were once dead in your trespasses and in your sins have now been made alive unto God. I think there are few things today that have hurt the cause of Christ more than this very thing: jealousy, enviousness among God's people. Jesus said it three times. What other books of the Bible did he pen? I know it's free, but not at any price - forgive your brother, or you'll not be forgiven of God. Now turn with me for a moment to 1 Corinthians chapter 13, to the great passage on love and its definition. The word "believe" appears in the Book of John 43 times: However, believing isn't enough. In Ephesians 4:28 Paul says: 'Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth'. There are some names that are always popular, John being one of them. Then, as we have already mentioned, many are confused today and just see love as raw gratuitous lust. Our verses for consideration are verses 10 through to 18, so let us begin at verse 10 under this title 'Brotherly Love': "In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. These materials may not, in any manner, be sold or used to solicit 'donations' from others, nor may they be included in anything you intend to copyright, sell, or offer for a fee. What John is getting at and what the Lord Jesus was speaking of in His great sermon was the murderous heart. Well we're turning, of course, again to 1 John, the first epistle of John, and this is study number 10 tonight, and the title is 'Brotherly Love'. Jesus is not rude, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered', so on and so forth. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. Have you ever scandalised? It is vicarious, He lays His life down for us - 'huper' (sp?) The women might say: 'I love shopping'. "Love each other" appears four times in the Bible, all in the New Testament. 1 So we begin in chapter 1 and chapter 2 of this book with several core cardinal themes that John's going to take right throughout this book as threads, but each time he revisits it in this spiral he adds another aspect of truth to it or another application to it. All my nature refine, In days when many are disillusioned and seeking for more, through the ministry of David Legge we seek to provide Bible-based teaching and preaching which will lead you into a deeper relationship with God. The Holy Spirit Pt5: The Holy Spirit In The Old Testament, The Holy Spirit Pt4: The Person Of The Holy Spirit. You're persecuting Christ! Lord, it's not easy, we've all wronged others and there's many a time we've been wronged and we've felt it very keenly. Not only were they renowned for doctrinal purity, but early Christians were renowned for practical charity. w light and darkness (1 Jn. I wonder do we really appreciate the seriousness of how bad envy and jealousy can be among God's people, because John is likening it to murder, the murder of Abel by Cain right at the beginning - that first act of murder. But I wonder how many of us could substitute our names for this word 'love'? Thirdly, you have to have a willingness, once you see the needs and have the means to meet them, to do the deed and help that person. Check out a brief profile of each John mentioned in the New Testament. Goodness is love in actions that flow from Christ within. 4. He gives us the application to us: if we are truly children of God the world will hate us too, we will love our brothers - but if we're not, we'll still be dead in our sins, murderers like Cain, and we don't even possess eternal life no matter what we say. Because, just as the Lord Jesus said again in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6 and verse 15, 'If ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses'. Have you ever passed on rumour? Don't misunderstand what I'm saying, I'm not saying that if you've been angry with somebody at some time, or you've fallen out with them, that you're on your way to hell - we all get angry with one another from time to time, like any family, and we all fall out with each other now and again. But literally what he's saying is, if we possess material possessions and shut down our feelings for the need of others and those who are in need, we're not giving real life 'zoa', a different word, to those who are suffering and the love of God cannot be in us. My friend, what John is saying is that if you have a lack of love towards your brothers it proves an absence of eternal life. Do you know many people who would put their lives on the line for you? You know, this literally happened in the early church, I mean literally laying down their lives for one another. Romans 5 and verse 8: 'God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us'. The Book of John is not like the Book of Matthew, Mark, or Luke which cover the same period of time. Oh, we skite over that one very quickly! Pete said: 'Well, I was talking to the bellboy, I actually led him to the Lord Jesus'. John is only saying what James said in James chapter 2 and verse 15, he gives an example: 'If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? My friend, if that is your problem, that is a big problem, a big problem. We see that here in this verse, if you look at it again, verse 15, he changes from talking about 'brethren' that he talked about in verse 14 in the plural to talking about the singular 'brother' in verse 15. 'Jesus is patient, Jesus is kind. 1 John 4:8 - He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. Do you have brotherly love? John is likening it to murder, to butchery, to slaughter. 'David Legge is kind, he does not envy, he does not boast, he is not proud' - but this is in effect what John is saying. 1 John 4:19 - We love him, because he first loved us. If you possess things that give you life and sustenance, material possessions, worldly goods, but refuse to share them - the Authorised says 'shut up the bowels of compassion', and that is a literal translation because the bowels, the intestines were understood in the ancient world to be the seat of affections, the way we use the word 'heart' today. Then secondly there is the moral test, we cannot claim to be Christ's-ones and live ungodly lives as some were doing in John's day - the moral test. 'My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth'. Agape is the very nature of God, for God is love (1 John 4:7-12, 16). If you don't love your brother, you're still dead, you're a murderer like Cain, and he says at the end of verse 15 you do not possess eternal life. Our Father, help us to realise tonight, even as evangelical Christians, that without works faith is dead. It may not be the act of murder. A lack of brotherly love proves the absence of eternal life. How many times is the word love used in 1 John 5? Let me live for others, We have to step back for a moment if we are naive, and say: 'Is this possible? (8) Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. John is saying the same: that if there is a similar lack of love, it's a sure sign that you do not have eternal life. Love (Love, loveth, beloved) ,from the word agape, is mentioned 51 times in the Epistle of First John. Does the world hate you? What John is saying here is that that's not man's chief problem - ignorance - man's chief problem is rebellion and sinfulness in their heart towards God, This is serious stuff. That was all the reason Cain needed to hate him and to murder him - a sure sign he wasn't a child of God. If you are truly a child of God, the world will hate you. Our life has to live up to what we believe and what Christ taught. 121 terms. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. Do you know what's nearer the truth? The love of God is epitomised in Christ, perfected in Christ, and the greatest standard and expression and measure of that love is Calvary. This, John says, is the supreme definition and illustration of love, and that's the love that we ought to show to one another. If they have something they give freely to the man who has nothing. So we're going to find week after week that we're covering the same ground, but yet we'll have added to us each evening an extra truth or an embellishment of the original truth. John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. What you are describing is that those things make you feel good, you get a measure of self-gratification tucking into a bar of Cadbury's, or spending your husband's money - it feels good! John was an apostle who reflected God's love. John 13:1 It was just before the Passover Festival. While self-preservation is the first law of physical life, self-sacrifice is the first law of the spiritual life. Remember that the Lord Jesus, when He appeared to Saul on the road to Damascus in Acts chapter 9, what does the Lord Jesus say to Paul, the one who persecuted and chased with murderous breath the children of God? You need to take that problem to God, because that thing, if it's habitual, if it's a lifestyle with that person, could be telling you that you're out of fellowship with God. If we lived like that today, our Christianity, just like the early church, would be infectious, it would be contagious, it would explode, it would mushroom. Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone'. Not only are you still dead if you hate your brother, but you're a murderer like Cain, John says. Twice in John 13:34 and once in John 13:35. Are we all mouth, all talkie-talkie and very little walkie-walkie? Remember, that's who John is writing to. In the King James Version, love is mentioned 310 times, 131 times in the Old Testament and 179 times in the New Testament. It was transcribed from the tenth recording in his '1, 2 and 3 John' series, entitled "Brotherly Love" - Transcribed by Preach The Word. Our problem is we live in a day where we have a social welfare state, and it's easy for many Christians to forget and disregard their obligations. Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous'. All other verb forms translated “love” (37) render the former. But I believe what John is referring to here, when he talks of 'at the beginning', is the beginning of the New Testament era when the Lord Jesus was incarnated, and we see that that has been his meaning right throughout up to now. And 1 John has been given to us to help encourage us to, in fact, love. Two Christians were at an evangelism conference on one occasion. A brother comes into the meeting, and he's in great need, and somebody pats him on the back and says: 'We'll pray for you brother, the Lord bless you, safe home'. Your just on more example of someone who is spiritually illiterate, who trys to condemn Christians because you can't get your own life in order.You talk about love when its you that is full of hatred and want to spread hatred upon others as well, Your no less than a hypocrite.You might like to read Isa. JOHN LESSON 1 We are about to begin study in the most spiritual book in all of the Bible, the Book of John. What was John doing on the Lord's day? In which two chapters is love mentioned the same number of times? The name John is mentioned 131 times in the bible and may refer to several different men. They said: 'Dear brother, you're not going to go into eternity with this grudge in your heart, are you? THIS SET IS OFTEN IN FOLDERS WITH... Cross References - 1 John . 5. The message of John is: if Jesus loved you enough to die for you, you ought to love your brothers enough to live for them! John, the relative of the High Priest (see Acts 4:6) 3. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. This John is mentioned frequently in the Synoptic Gospels , but always (with a lone exception) in company with his brother James or with Peter or often with both ( Matthew 4:21). A loveless man, John is saying, is a lightless man - he can't see his way. Love one another! That's what the Lord said to the Pharisees: 'Ye are of your father, the devil; and the works of your father ye will do'. - is it not? Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me'. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. You can almost see it as well in the way that people talk about relationships. Here John is showing us, here is an illustration of the proof of the absence of this love, which proves the absence of this life of God. Would you put your life on the line for someone else? 2. Who was his brother? So what John is saying to us again is that here is a test of whether you're a child of God: do you have this love toward your brothers and sisters? A lack of brotherly love proves an absence of eternal life, he gives us the illustration: Cain. If you ask anybody why they work today, they'll say: 'It's to feed my family, my wife and my kids', but they don't even conceive that it is also to feed and supply the family of God - and it is! John wrote the Epistle in the later part of his life at Ephesus, where he spend most of his old age. The big key to understanding agape is to realize that it can be known from the action it prompts. Question #112529. This love marks us apart as disciples of our Lord (John 13:35; 15:12-13). And, he wants them genuinely to love one another (2:3-11). Even in this epistle again another place, as we'll see in subsequent weeks, chapter 4 and verse 10, John says: 'Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins'. Now agape love is divine love, it is the love of God, it is what God is in His essence. That could be translated, 'If we possess life', 'bios', we get 'biology' from it, that is the life of the world. 3:10) Quite often these letters, especially 1st John, are labeled fiThe Epistles of Love.fl John himself often wears the moniker fiThe Apostle of Lovefl for his many statements about love, both in his gospel and these letters. You might not have used a dagger on anybody, but John is talking about looking daggers at your neighbours, at your friends, at your brothers and sisters in Christ. From wedding ceremonies to inspirational posters, the Love Chapter has become one of the most famous chapters in the Bible. Originally posted Jan 31 2010 5:27 PM. 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