He is not darkness, but light; not malignity, but love. Sermon Message. 1. 1. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, The Whole Bible III. unmute. "God so loved the world, that he gave," etc. This is the heart of the message of the Bible. Scripture: 1 John 4:17–19. II. The gladness of a life redeemed is the first fruits of the fuller gladness of heaven. Why does he allow it to remain? Let us consider them in order. That passing, capricious love, love and unlove, ebbing and flowing, laid dry because it has just seemed full, loving one and not another, grudging fresh acts of love because it has just shown what it thinks such, soon "wearied of well-doing," such is not the love which reflects the love of God. I. Much more do we discern this, when we go higher still in the range of our spiritual nature. 1. It is a shelter within which the soul finds safety. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." Johannine Writings The momentary is seen in creation, and the continuous in the government of the world or Providence. "Whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him." The presence of evil he permitted and still permits; but it did not originate with him. Jun 2, 1985. a. John said, "Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God. ", b. Paul said, "God manifested His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for the ungodly.". These verses furnish Christians with critical marching orders and guidance while providing crucial insight into our Creator's nature—all centered around the word “love.”Twice in these three verses, John declares that “God is love.” He also implores us to “love one another” and to know God, and then he identifies God as the source of love. 3. And now it remains to say —. I can best reply to these questions by recalling two or three facts familiar to our Christian life. Matter cannot think or study. The experience of His perfect love for me has cast out all fear. Love must seek the highest good. c. I have no fear for my immediate future. (3) In order to bestow these gifts upon us, he gave us a Gift of greater value than all the others. Wherever love is, God is; wherever God is, He manifests Himself by love. B. John here declares that we love the Lord because He first loved us. At length the predicted time arrived for the full disclosures of the love of God to man. God is love, regarded in Covenant. God may not be blamed for the consequences which He has forewarned, which are wilfully incurred, and which He has given His creatures the fullest liberty, and urged them by the strongest remonstrance, to avoid. THERE IS A TEST Vs. 1. They are sometimes and more often seen in the quiet fidelity and prolonged patience of love, in the ministry of devoted and self-denying lives. Wisdom Literature Rev. Johannine Writings Some feel that if God really loved them He would answer all of their prayers. THE VINDICATION OF THIS GLORIOUS TRUTH. Chester McCalley . That will transform, that will new create, in that we shall live. There are dark vicissitudes whose meaning we seek to penetrate. Who can understand why pain falls on the innocent, and, as it sometimes seems, the heaviest penalty on those who have not sinned the most? 5:2, 25; 1 John 4:9-10), I worked out this definition: Biblical love is a self-sacrificing, caring commitment that shows itself in seeking the highest good of the one loved. 5. They have quickened in your bosom the spirit of prayer. Poetical Books Others testified that Jesus was the light (Matthew 4:16; Luke 2:32; John 1:1-4)––and Jesus said of himself, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12). III. God's works were known to Him from eternity. We may not understand all, but we know that the thread of which we have hold will lead us to the heart of the mystery. The joy that is in the world is far greater than the sorrow. It adapts them to the means of enjoyment provided for them. Goodness. 3. Privileges of Sonship. The strongest faith, the intensest love, the profoundest gratitude, and the sublimest moral and spiritual power have been manifested, not by men in the clear day of their prosperity, but by the children of affliction in the dark night of sorrow." And nevertheless, that universal love is at the same time an INDIVIDUAL love. Note: MLA no longer requires the URL as part of their citation standard. 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Secondly: That the love of God is manifested in the exercise of His mercy, or in the salvation of the godly. He saw the possibilities of better life, the gleams of the buried image of God, the ruins of the once glorious temple of the soul, the witnesses at once of the glory from which the souls He had to address had fallen and of the life to which they might yet be brought back. To ask what more A sinner of mankind, doing the utmost possible, can be expected or required to do. That when we come to accurately understand what is meant by faith, which is the universally accepted condition of salvation, we only give, in fact, another version of it, when we say that the just letting God love us, amounts to precisely the same thing. "AND WE HAVE KNOWN AND BELIEVED THE LOVE THAT GOD HAS FOR US.". The radical, everywhere present idea is, that the new love wanting in them is to be itself only a revealment of the love of God to them, or upon them. In this very way the Divine love reveals itself to us. We do not seek to be good for the sake of reward, for love's service is given for love's sake, and not for fee or gain. In proposing it then as a saving condition, that we let God love us; we do not dispense with faith. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Use semicolons to separate groups: 'Gen;Jdg;Psa-Mal' or 'Rom 3-12;Mat 1:15;Mat 5:12-22', There are options set in 'Advanced Options', The Whole Bible Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them." But the love in which in this way the soul finds a home is much more than an object of thought; it is life, power, law as well; it is the life that stirs at the heart of Providence, the power that causes all things to work together for good, the unseen law behind events, which Christian faith searches for, and in which at last, in sunshine or cloud, it rests. What innumerable blessings flow down to us, from the exaltation and the advocacy of the Saviour! 1. He does not mean that God is love, to the exclusion of justice, holiness, or truth. It is a love not out of harmony with the sterner aspects of God's government, as seen in the world around us. If I am not on the other side Jordan, at least my master is on this side of it." No soul can dwell in love into whom first the Holy Spirit has not descended bringing the love. Choose from below or see additional sermons using our bible scripture sorting tool. It identifies love with God's essence, with the very root of His character and life. -------------------- But mind can study all, and in all find pleasure and enjoyment. Break the chess rules and we only provoke disappointment. The One who loves me perfectly has taken my sins for me, He paid the price for my redemption because He loved me. -------------------- The Gospels To carry out a benevolent plan must be as benevolent as the plan itself. He not only saw as God sees, but what He saw was God. Wonderful things in the Bible I see, this is the dearest that Jesus loves me. But the body, with all its senses, is only a means to an end. For it is such kind of love as ought to create, and must, a deep, all-revolutionising ferment, in the moral nature. To check the education by experience is often to tamper with the freedom. 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Sermon Bible Commentary. 2. II. Winning at Conflict. -------------------- The everlasting arms to which the soul confides itself are the arms of God. Jesus is sent. No! ON GUARD . The world we think of and enter when we take refuge in the love of God is a world in which everything is of God, a world whose inhabitants live and move and have their being in God. 1 John 4:1-6. There is no scheme of good but it avails to uphold and operates to secure. A great principle rises like an Alp to the clear heavens, and spreads itself in countless heights and hollows over the world of thought. The machine is a revelation of the mechanist; the building, of the architect; the painting, of the painter; the poem, of the poet. (3) Mercy. Historical Books D. Have you ever been in love, truly in love? Severe suffering is like a great thunderstorm which sweeps over a country, and, by its flashing flames and awful booms and pelting rain, fills the minds of men with terror; but it passes away, and leaves the air purer and the heavens brighter. Take away any, and you have destroyed the symmetry and beauty of the whole. (2) God confers these blessings upon those who are entirely undeserving of them. The beast of the field sees not the beauty of the flower. If we love them, all timidity and artifice will pass away. Love which is weak and foolish tries to spare its children pain. Error: Passwords should have at least 6 characters, Error: Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation. The mind can study the material and the spiritual, the creature and the uncreated. This great truth is THE GROUNDWORK OF CHRISTIAN ENCOURAGEMENT. (2) Grace. The terrible presence of sin and suffering in the world tends to make men doubt the love of God. Series: I John. (1) In the Bible, God appears as the Giver of every good, the Fountain of all blessings. B. The highest good is greatness, purity, goodness of character. Listen to or download for free sermons from 1 John by Alistair Begg. But times there are of thick darkness, when neither sun nor moon appear for many days; when the tempest rages exceedingly, and two seas meet in dread collision. ON WHAT GROUND OF EXPERIENCE HAVE WE ANY RIGHT TO ASSUME THAT THERE IS ANY COMMUNITY OF NATURE BETWEEN OUR HIGHEST SELVES AND GOD? The original law illustrates this truth by presuming that He is love. Sometimes the Christian knows the love of God to him. It is not possible to escape the boundaries of the flesh or to break the bars of thought; but it is possible to cherish good and loving thoughts. Major Prophets The weak and depraved reason of man may be so perverted as to charge or implicate the Almighty with the origin and presence of sin; but the heart and conscience never do so. "Love worketh no ill to its neighbour," said St. Paul. nature is the same to all. 1. The Gospels A SUMMARY OF THE BELIEVER'S TESTIMONY. "He giveth us richly all things to enjoy." -------------------- I take the text to mean that the love of God is manifested in a most striking manner in the history of our world; but most of all in the subject which the apostle has been discussing — the salvation of the lost and sinful through the mediation of Christ. It shines on every gleaming page. God could not endow a creature with such mental gifts without including in them natural liberty. verses 9, 10; Romans 5:8; John 3:16). It is the very life of God, the very outflow of His personality. Luke-Acts 1. There are other ways in which God's children know their Father's love. Minor Prophets (Romans 5:3-5; also Romans 8:18, 28; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; James 1:2, 3, 12). We violate the laws of God's universe, and we suffer in consequence. 1 John 4:11-16. God therefore desires for us the very best that can be. (4) And Jesus was given, not to those who waited to receive and honour him, but to those who despised and rejected him. Now these finer qualities do not appear only in moments of sudden heroism. The New Testament Or is it a dream far above us — a cloudland, mocking us with its gorgeous colours? The motives, acts, and purposes of the Divine life are love. General Epistles And we have come to know and believe the love that God has for us. There is no conception anywhere that we are to make a new love ourselves; we have only to let the love of God be upon us, and have its immortal working in us. Another thing we can bear testimony to, is this — that the love of God is unconquerable. God is love. His material creation, his universal providence, his moral laws, and the redemptive mission of his Son, are all resolutely set against evil. As stars on the background of the midnight sky, the higher qualities of human nature have been seen among the dark mysteries of life. 1. Blue Letter Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Divine Being was so happy in Himself that He made this vast universe. The place to which the gospel raises love in the character of God. mute. "We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. Then could he say, "Now I know the love that God hath towards me.". You may insert it in your confession, but I will not put it into my song. I will take two qualities of His human life — the qualities of insight and power — and I will show you in their exercise the contact and influence of the life of God. f. God also complained to Israel about the loss of their first love, He told Jeremiah to: V. JOHN SPEAKS OF OUR LOVE BEING PERFECTED. THE SPECIMEN INTRODUCED OF THE CHARACTER OF THOSE WHO HAVE FOUND GOD TO BE LOVE. "It all begins with God's love. God is love; whoever abides in love abides in God, and God in him. Our Saviour never did, or said, anything to show His own greatness as a purpose. 1 John 4:16 And we have come to know and believe the love that God has for us. You are called, Jonathan & Alyssa, to imitate God, to be like God. His laws safeguard much and yet provide the sphere of education. Pentateuch (4) Compassion. This is the disposition which dwells in the mind of the Framer of all things to delight in whatever He has done. The sufferings of our race are only like one dark and stormy day in a whole year of smiling and joyous sunshine. Just like little children imitate their parents, so you need to imitate God. 1. We do not render service to a taskmaster. Restoration to the lost, pardon to the guilty, sanctification to the sinful, glory to the degraded, he gives. GOD LOVES YOU. Summer, with its rich light and heat, its abounding life and glory, is a revelation of the inexhaustible beauty and glory and munificence of God. Why did he not do so? -------------------- "GOD IS LOVE" — A TRUTH UNKNOWN TO THE WISDOM OF THE WORLD. Prophets Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for 1 John 4:16-19 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "WE LOVE HIM BECAUSE" I. Thus even suffering and trial, when received and borne in a right spirit, witness to this glorious truth, that "God is Love." 1 John 1:1-4 . Three Spurious Claims. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point God never allows me to experience pain, unless it is for my ultimate good. But as an instrument it is without its equal. 4. We shall serve with zeal, completeness, and trustworthiness because we love. d. Each new day brings fresh demonstrations of His love. A NECESSARY CONCEPTION OF DIVINE LOVE IS, THAT IT IS THE LOVE OF GOD PRIMARILY TO HIMSELF. Minor Prophets If, therefore, the Supreme Ruler of the universe is to be respected by intelligent beings, and loved for His wisdom and moral excellence, He must vindicate the right and banish the evil-doer. The most painful trials of life have often proved the means of conversion. IS THE MERCIFUL PROVISIONS OF HIS GRACE. 1. b. Paul in describing God's love declared, "Love never fails. Luke-Acts We know that all things work together for good to them that love God. And God, who is Love, leaves His children to learn through experience. It is a fascination. Pulpit Fiction, plus podcast. We can say concerning His love that it has never been diminished by all the sins we have ever committed since we believed. Who can declare the sweep and intensity of that little adverb "so"? 1JO 4:16 God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. We only say "believe" with a different pronunciation. It is no part of true love, therefore, to relax laws or alter rules in order to please our fancy. ", 3. 3. Does this close the exhibition of this scene of love? God loves me and is watching over me, and will not allow anything to come except it be for my eternal good. God, who loves freely, wants our love as freely in return. The Old Testament 2. This Love not only includes goodness and complacency, but, as it now exists, and is now revealed, it takes the form of "the kindness and philanthropy of God our Saviour." 2. of Scripture. VI. They may sing as they shine, but they cannot sing vocally. Wealth is only good in seeming, knowledge is only good in transition; but character abides. I. Apart from justice, goodness is impossible. We have known the love which God hath to us — it is not a matter of conjecture, but of demonstration: "We have known, we have believed the love that God hath to us.". 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