1 John 4:7-11
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
10 In this is love, not that we 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. (NKJ)This message was preached June 9, 2002 at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at toulonbaptist.com
Message of Love
Richard Armstrong, "Make Your Life Worthwhile", reports the story about a man in Wales who sought to win the affection of a certain lady for 42 years before she finally said, "Yes." The couple, both 74, recently became "Mr. and Mrs." For more than 40 years, the persistent, but rather shy man slipped a weekly love letter under his neighbor's door. But she continually refused to speak and mend the spat that had parted them many years before. After writing 2,184 love letters without ever getting a spoken or written answer, the single-hearted old man eventually summoned up enough courage to present himself in person. He knocked on the door of the reluctant lady and asked for her hand. To his delight and surprise, she accepted. Imagine God's dilemma. Time and time again He tried to get His message of love through to His human creation with little response. Finally, when there was no other way, He wrapped up His message in person.
- In this the love of God was manifested toward us
- God's love is more than words.
- God's love is seen in action.
- God's love is seen in the cost.
- God's love is seen in the loss, the pain, the suffering.
- But yet all in love.
- That God has sent His only begotten Son into the world
- Of the ten times "only begotten" is used in the NT John is the only one to use it of Jesus and every time with reference to Jesus.
- God SENT His Son into the world.
- What love that the creator would reach down to the sinful rebellious creature.
- That the Infinite would reach out to the finite.
- A God who could create children from stones spends such effort, such expense to redeem fallen man.
- He sent Him to die.
- There was not doubt about the plan of God.
- There is no mistake about God's intention.
- That Jesus should die to become the Savior.
- That Jesus should come as a lamb, the well understood sacrificial lamb.
- Into the WORLD
- The world that hates God, and continues to rebel against Him.
- That we might live through Him.
- Before Jesus we were not living, we were dying.
- We were as it were falling headlong into hell when God reached out His hand of love and caught us.
- Jesus came so we might live, to give us the abundant life.
- Jesus came to
- In this is love,
- Not that we loved God
- God is always the initiator of love.
- It is not love that springs from the heart of man, but hate, envy, greed, pride.
- If God left us to ourselves we would be headhunters, or something worth.
- But that He loved us
- And sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
- Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another
- John now makes a practical application.
- If God so expends His love toward us, we need to love one another also.
The power of this message is seen when repeatedly in the 19th century a missionary would be dropped off on an island where only the most savage of people lived, cannibals and headhunters. And with only a Bible in hand, without armies, weapons, educational institutions, or social programs, he would by preaching the principles of this very passage convert these ignorant men and women and make them loving and caring people.
Of all that I know about God, I know that He loves me. When one well known theologian was asked what was the most profound thing he had ever read, he replied, "Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so."