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1 John 4:13

 

 

By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.

Adam Clarke Commentary

Hereby know we, etc. - See the note on 1 John 3:24.


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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Hereby know we that we dwell in him - Here is another, or an additional evidence of it.

Because he hath given us of his Spirit - He has imparted the influences of that Spirit to our souls, producing “love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,” etc., Galatians 5:22-23. It was one of the promises which the Lord Jesus made to his disciples that he would send the Holy Spirit to be with them after he should be withdrawn from them, John 14:16-17, John 14:26; John 15:26; John 16:7, and one of the clearest evidences which we can have that we are the children of God, is derived from the influences of that Spirit on our hearts. See this sentiment illustrated in the notes at Romans 8:16.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 1 John 4:13". "Barnes' Notes on the New Testament". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-john-4.html. 1870.

The Biblical Illustrator

1 John 4:13

Hereby know we that we dwell in Him and He in us, because He hath given us of His Spirit

The evidences of true religion in man

The exercises of the mind, influenced by the Holy Spirit, are the evidences of true religion in man.
The state of the mind is known only by its exercises; and spiritual exercises indicate the operations of the Spirit of Christ.

I. Self-abasement is a certain evidence of true religion. It is a gracious exercise, the effect of a saving work of the Spirit in the soul.

II. Entire dependence on the Lord Jesus Christ is certain evidence of a state of grace.

III. Submission to the law of Christ is an evidence of true godliness.

IV. Joy in God, the Saviour of the soul, is an evidence of piety. (A. Macleod, D. D.)

The work of the Holy Spirit

The recovery of man to his lost righteousness must be by means of an agency from above. The strong evil element in our nature must be dispossessed by a stronger element for good.

I. The nature of the agent spoken of. Who and what is the Holy Spirit? He is “a Divine Being, of one substance, majesty, and glory with the Father and the Son, very and eternal God.” But what is this work of the Holy Spirit in man, in regard to his salvation? In the text, it is set forth as the occupation or possession of the soul by a Divine principle, designed so to counteract the evil of our nature as to admit of our restored fellowship with God. The Spirit in us is heaven’s witness and heaven’s interpreter. Through Him Christ becomes “Immanuel, God with us.” It is when we are “strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man,” and not before, that “Christ dwells in our hearts by faith.”

II. What is the appointed medium and method of this Spirit’s operations? and how is this renovating influence brought into effective contact with the human spirit? The result is commonly effected through the instrumentality of the revealed Word, “Being born again not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God.”

1. In these passages the Word is spoken of as an instrument only. It is only when the Spirit takes the veil away that it can be said of us, “The entrance of Thy Word giveth light.”

2. But if the Word does not convert without the Spirit, so neither, as a rule, does the Spirit convert without the Word; that is, without taking of the facts and statements of revelation, and through them, as a medium, operating upon the religious conscience.

3. In what way does the Holy Spirit ordinarily bring about in us these convictions? Is the influence absolutely miraculous, or is it bestowed in entire harmony with the known laws of mind? Plainly the latter. Taking the written Word as the instrument, the Spirit acts through the natural conscience--using that term in its broad theological acceptation, as describing the judgment which a man passes upon the rightfulness of his own conduct. And this He does by reviving its impressions; by strengthening its empire; by restoring its delicacy of moral perception, and then presenting to it objects suited to its new condition and worthy of its awakened powers. Conscience, of itself, may reprove of sin; but it must be conscience with the spirit that turns the sinner. Conscience may witness to the law, that it is broken; to God, that He is offended; to retribution, that it is awaiting us; but the Spirit only can witness to the impiety of rejecting Christ and the guilt of neglecting so great salvation. And this view of the method of the Spirit’s working, through the Word upon the conscience, will be found to be entirely congruous with the principles of our mental and moral constitution. He does not give us any new physical power to turn, but He gives us the inclination and the willingness. And the bias of inclination is that which constrains to action. As Sir William Hamilton has well expressed it, “The greatest spontaneity is the greatest necessity.” We are not driven by the Spirit, but we are “led.” (D. Moore, M. A.)

God’s life in man

It is said that the finest rose tree in the world is one in Holland, which a few years ago had six thousand flowers in bloom at the same time. The poor brier in the hedgerow might well despair of rivalling that wonderful rose tree and attaining worldwide distinction. But if some kindly hand could transplant it to a choicer soil, and give it nurture of needful skill, and if some bud from that wonderful Dutch tree could be grafted into its central fibres, the poor despised growth of the hedgerow might hope one day to bear its thousand blooms, and be the wonder of a nation. And poor in all high moral and spiritual qualities as we ourselves may be, grudging in sacrifice, ignoble in spirit, grovelling in motive, yet if God infix His own life within us, no limit can be put to our spiritual development. (T. G. Selby.)


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Exell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "1 John 4:13". The Biblical Illustrator. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/1-john-4.html. 1905-1909. New York.

Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible

hereby we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.

In this paragraph (1 John 4:12-16), the indwelling God is mentioned three times, and the reciprocal nature of it (he in us, we in him) is stressed twice. The evidence of God's indwelling is differently stated as follows:

1 John 4:13, He hath given us his Spirit.

1 John 4:15, Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God.

1 John 4:16, He that dwelleth in love.

Because he hath given us of his Spirit ... It should be carefully noted that the Christian's possession of the Spirit of God is an "evidence of," not an "antecedent cause" of God's indwelling our hearts. Furthermore, it is a mistake to suppose that there is even any microscopic difference between God's indwelling and the Spirit's indwelling. There are no less than eight different New Testament designations of that inner presence which differentiates Christians from the world (See my Commentary on Galatians, pp. 97-99), as set forth in Paul's writings; and John in this letter added to that list the fact that God's love abides in Christians, and Christians abide in God's love. This verse (1 John 4:13) is virtually a repetition of 1 John 3:24.

With regard to the question of prior conditions to be fulfilled by the believer before the indwelling of God, the reception of the Spirit, the indwelling Christ, etc., Peter's summary of this on the Day of Pentecost stands as the eternal answer, binding both on earth and in heaven. To believers who desire the forgiveness of their sins and the indwelling Spirit, the commandment of God is: "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38f).

In the introduction to this letter, it was pointed out that John follows no classical outline. Roberts has another beautiful word regarding 1John, which, in a little wider sense, is applicable to all the New Testament books. He wrote:

John's thought pattern continues to retrace ideas and to pick them up like an orchestra does the strains of a melody in order to develop them more fully.[38]

ENDNOTE:

[38] J. W. Roberts, op. cit., p. 118.


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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on 1 John 4:13". "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/1-john-4.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us,.... That there is a communion between God and us, and a communication of his love and grace to us, and an exercise of grace upon him; for God dwells in his people by his Spirit and grace, and they dwell in him by the exercise of faith and love upon him: and this is known,

because he hath given us of his Spirit: not of the essence and nature of the Spirit, which is the same with the nature of the Father and of the Son, and is incommunicable; but either of the gifts of the Spirit, which are divided to every man as he pleases, and which being bestowed on men, and used by them, for the profit and advantage of the church of God, show that God is with them, and dwells among them of a truth; or of the graces of the Spirit, such as faith, hope, and love, which are each the gifts of God; and these being bestowed and exercised, are proofs of the mutual indwelling of God and his people; See Gill on 1 John 3:24.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 John 4:13". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-john-4.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Hereby — “Herein.” The token vouchsafed to us of God‘s dwelling (Greek, “abide”) in us, though we see Him not, is this, that He hath given us “of His Spirit” (1 John 3:24). Where the Spirit of God is, there God is. ONE Spirit dwells in the Church: each believer receives a measure “of” that Spirit in the proportion God thinks fit. Love is His first-fruit (Galatians 5:22). In Jesus alone the Spirit dwelt without measure (John 3:34).


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 1 John 4:13". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/1-john-4.html. 1871-8.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Hereby know we (εν τουτωι γινωσκομενen toutōi ginōskomen). The Christian‘s consciousness of the fact of God dwelling in him is due to the Spirit of God whom God has given (δεδωκενdedōken perfect active indicative here, though the aorist εδωκενedōken in 1 John 3:24). This gift of God is proof of our fellowship with God.


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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on 1 John 4:13". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/1-john-4.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.

Ver. 13. He hath given us of his Spirit] That is, of the fruits of his Spirit, his holy motions and graces. For through the two golden pipes the two olive branches empty out of themselves the golden oils of all precious graces, into the candlestick, the Church.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 1 John 4:13". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/1-john-4.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

1 John 4:13. Hereby know we, &c.— "By this we have a comfortable evidence of a mutual inhabitation between God and us, of our dwelling by faith and love inunion and communion, through Jesus Christ, with him; and of his dwelling by gracious manifestations and influences in our souls; because he has freely afforded us rich communications of his Spirit, to beget and animate this faith and love, and to cast a light upon his own work within us."


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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on 1 John 4:13". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/1-john-4.html. 1801-1803.

Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

1 John 4:13. The token of our fellowship with God ( ἐν αὐτῷ μένομεν corresponds to the preceding: ἀγάπη αὐτοῦἐν ἡμῖν) is: ὅτι ἐκ τοῦ πνεύματος αὐτοῦ δέδωκεν ἡμῖν; comp. 1 John 3:24. The expression: ἐκ τοῦ πνεύματος (instead of τὸ πνεῦμα), is explained by the fact that the πνεῦμα of God is the entire fulness of the life of God operating in believers, of which his share is given to each individual. The expression is not to be connected with the διαίρεσις τῶν χαρισμάτων, of which Paul speaks in 1 Corinthians 12:4; 1 Corinthians 12:11. Compare Acts 2:17; in reference to Christ it is said: οὐκ ἐκ μέτρου δίδωσι τὸ πνεῦμα, Gospel of John 3:34. Against the view that by πνεῦμα here “love” or a similar quality is to be understood, Spener says: “it is the Spirit Himself, and not His gifts only, that we receive.”(268)

ὅτι does not mean “if” (Baumgarten-Crusius), for John supposes that his readers are believers, and as such are certainly partakers of the Spirit.


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Meyer, Heinrich. "Commentary on 1 John 4:13". Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hmc/1-john-4.html. 1832.

Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

1 John 4:13. ὅτι ἐκ, because of) Where the Spirit of God is, there is God.


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Bengel, Johann Albrecht. "Commentary on 1 John 4:13". Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jab/1-john-4.html. 1897.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

The near inward union between him and us, is best to be discerned by the operations of his Spirit, which is the Spirit of all love and goodness, 1 John 3:24 Ephesians 5:9.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 1 John 4:13". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/1-john-4.html. 1685.

Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

Because he hath given us of his Spirit; see note to chap 1 John 3:24.


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Edwards, Justin. "Commentary on 1 John 4:13". "Family Bible New Testament". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/fam/1-john-4.html. American Tract Society. 1851.

Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges

13. This should be compared with 1 John 3:24, to which it is closely parallel. There, as here, the gift of the Spirit is the proof of God’s abiding presence: but there this is connected with keeping His commandments; here it is connected with the special duty of brotherly love.

ἐκ τοῦ πνεύματος αὐτοῦ δέδ. We receive of His Spirit. Of Christ alone was it said in the fullest sense that οὐκ ἐκ μέτρου is the Spirit given to Him (John 3:34). Christians are said sometimes τὸ Πνεῦμα λαβεῖν (Galatians 3:2 : comp. 1 John 4:6), sometimes ἐκ τοῦ Πνεύματος λαβεῖν, as here. Only the former is true of Christ. See on 1 John 3:24 and 2 John 1:4.


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"Commentary on 1 John 4:13". "Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/cgt/1-john-4.html. 1896.

Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary

13.] In this we know that we are abiding in Him and He in us, because He hath given us of His Spirit (nearly repeated from ch. 1 John 3:24. But why introduced here? In the former verse, the fact of His abiding in us was assured to us, if we love one another. Of this fact, when thus loving, we need a token. Him we cannot see: has He given us any testimony of His presence in us? He has given us such a testimony, in making us partakers of His Holy Spirit. This fact it is to which the Apostle here calls our attention, as proving not the external fact of the sending of the Son (1 John 4:14), but one within ourselves—the indwelling of God in us, and our abiding in Him. It is obvious that all inferences from the expression ἐκ τοῦ πν. against the personality of the Holy Ghost are quite beside the purpose: compare Acts 2:17 with Joel 2:28 (Heb. and E. V.). We each have the indwelling of one and the same personal Spirit, but each according to our measure, 1 Corinthians 12:4; 1 Corinthians 12:11. One only had the Spirit without measure, in all His fulness: even Christ; John 3:34. And the presence of the Holy Spirit is most aptly adduced here where love is in question, His first fruit being love, and His presence being tested by His fruits).


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Alford, Henry. "Commentary on 1 John 4:13". Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hac/1-john-4.html. 1863-1878.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

13. His Spirit—Which is itself at once love and light, warming us with itself, and showing itself to be of God.


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Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

A believer"s abiding in God and God"s abiding in him or her become evident by the demonstration of love that comes "of" (lit. "out of") God"s Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the source of the abiding believer"s love just as He is the source of our obedience (cf. 1 John 3:23-24).


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The Expositor's Greek Testament

1 John 4:13. Cf. 1 John 3:24. The argument is that God would not have granted us this priceless gift if he were not in intimate relation with us and had not a steadfast purpose of grace toward us.


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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on 1 John 4:13". The Expositor's Greek Testament. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/1-john-4.html. 1897-1910.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Spirit. i.e. the gifts. App-101.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 1 John 4:13". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/1-john-4.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.

'Herein.' The token vouchsafed to us of God's dwelling (abiding) in us, though we see Him not, is that He hath given us "of His Spirit" (1 John 3:24). Where the Spirit is, there God is. ONE Spirit dwells in the Church: each believer receives a measure "of" that Spirit in the proportion God thinks fit (1 Corinthians 12:11). Love is His first-fruit (Galatians 5:22). In Jesus alone the Spirit dwells without measure (John 3:34).


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 1 John 4:13". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/1-john-4.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
15,16; 3:24; John 14:20-26; Romans 8:9-17; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16,17; 6:19; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 2:20-22

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 John 4:13". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-john-4.html.

The Bible Study New Testament

He has given us his Spirit. John may be thinking of the miraculous gifts from the Spirit, but what he has been saying about love connects this with Galatians 5:22-23. Every Christian is Spirit-filled (Acts 5:32). But one who does not love, shows he does not have the Spirit!


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Ice, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on 1 John 4:13". "The Bible Study New Testament". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/1-john-4.html. College Press, Joplin, MO. 1974.

E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament

This is the same in thought as 1 John 3:24; see the comments there.


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Commentary by J.C.Philpot on select texts of the Bible

1 John 4:13

"Hereby we know that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit." 1 John 4:13

A right knowledge and living experience of the Person, graces and operations of the Holy Spirit upon the soul, is a very essential thing. Man is so deeply sunk, so utterly fallen, so unable to bring himself back, that he needs this holy Teacher to lead him into a saving, experimental knowledge of the truth of God; for we know nothing but by his teaching, have nothing but by his giving, and are nothing but by his making. The more clearly, then, that we are led to see, and the more deeply we are taught to feel what we are as fallen sons and daughters of Adam, the more shall we feel our need of, and the more shall we value when realized, his blessed operations upon the heart and conscience.

Now, in the case of Aaron, (viewed not only as a type of Christ, but as personally ministering at the altar of the tabernacle, and thus consecrated to the office of high priesthood,) it was not sufficient that he was washed, nor that he was clothed; he must be also anointed by the holy anointing oil before he could stand in the sanctuary of God. So it is with a son of the Most High, one of "the kings and priests" that form "the royal priesthood;" it is not sufficient for him to be washed in the blood of the Lamb, and clothed in his justifying righteousness; he must be consecrated to God"s service by the holy anointing; in other words, be sanctified, regenerated and renewed in the spirit of his mind, that, by being made a partaker of the divine nature ( 2 Peter 1:4), he may enter into a spiritual experience of the truth of God here, and enjoy the eternal pleasures which are at God"s right hand hereafter.

From the very nature of the fall, it is impossible for a dead soul to believe in God, know God, or love God; it must be quickened into spiritual life before it can savingly know the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom he has sent. And thus there lies at the very threshold, in the very heart and core of the case, the absolute necessity of the regenerating operations of God the Holy Spirit upon the soul. The very completeness and depth of the fall render the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit as necessary, as indispensable as the redeeming work of the Son of God. The Apostle therefore puts them together. "But you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." If, therefore, the soul is to enter into eternal glory, it must be prepared for glory by being made a partaker of grace. It must, in this present life, this time state, be made fit to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light, be capacitated while here below for the eternal fruition of the Triune God, by receiving a new and heavenly nature begotten of the Holy Spirit, which as a pure spirit (for "that which is born of the Spirit is spirit") is capable of seeing, enjoying, and eternally delighting in the open vision of the Deity as manifested in the glorious Person of the God-man.


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2. We know because He has given to us His Spirit.

1 John 4:13. By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.

There are other Scriptures which state that the Spirit of God dwells in the believer in Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word of God.

And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you ( John 14:16-17).

Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? ( 1 Corinthians 3:16).

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? ( 1 Corinthians 6:19).

And we know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us ( 1 John 3:24).

By our love for others we know that the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us ( Romans 5:5).

Remember, God sees my faith, but men experience my love. As we walk with God, His love is perfected in us so that the character of God is revealed through us in our actions toward others. The very fact that we love the people of God evidences that we are walking in fellowship with God. The ability to love must come from God Himself and is part of the fruit of the Spirit of God in His people.

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, selfcontrol; against such things there is no law ( Galatians 5:22-23).

Someone has stated it this way: the fruit of the Spirit is love manifested by joy, peace, patience, etc. This is divine love. If we truly love God, then we will have divine love in our hearts and lives, and there will be a display of that love by obedience to His Word and by sacrifice for others.

When our Lord was living among men, He said,

"He who has seen Me has seen the Father" ( John 14:9).

John said, "No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten God, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained him" ( John 1:18).

How are men going to see God today? How are men going to know that God is love today? It must be through His people! This is not just theory, this is real life.

When we come into the experience of life in Christ, His life is demonstrated through us by the Spirit of God who indwells us. This produces our obedience to His Word and our love for the brethren, a love which is willing to sacrifice one for the other. This is our assurance. This is how we know that we are in fellowship with God who is love.


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