(The Letters of John - Tyndale New Testament Commentary). There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. For they have an internal harmony and congruity. As Wuest says "parrhesia in this context "speaks of the heart attitude of a saint who lives so close to the Lord Jesus that there is nothing between him and his Lord when He comes, nothing of known sin in his life when the Rapture occurs. ÐÑÑÑ Ð¸ Ð´ÑÑÐ³Ð¸Ðµ Ð»ÑÐ´Ð¸, Ð¾ÑÐ²ÐµÑÐ³Ð°ÑÑÐ¸Ðµ ÐºÐ°Ðº Ð±Ð°ÑÐ½Ð¾ÑÐ»Ð¾Ð²Ð½Ð¾Ðµ Ð²Ð¾ÑÐºÑÐµÑÐµÐ½Ð¸Ðµ Ð¿Ð»Ð¾ÑÐ¸. Then love will replace our fears. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love." The following words: ὅτι καθὼς … τούτῳ, serve to establish the foregoing thought. The bond or connecting link is our oneness with Christ; our being in this world as he is now. Nor do we deny that newness of life, as it is the effect of divine adoption, serves to confirm confidence, as a prop, so to speak, of the second order; but in the meantime we ought to have our foundation on grace alone. Wesley's 1-john 4:20 Bible Commentary 4:20 Whom he hath seen - Who is daily presented to his senses, to raise his esteem, and move his kindness or compassion toward him. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” General history points to a general judgment. We should weep first with Zechariah’s mourners, with tears at once bitter because they are for sin, and sweet because they are for Christ. 13 # ch. I discover that they do not know any other believers well enough to meet regularly to help them work through their problems. (Ibid) (Bolding and links added), Piper - What is perfected love? It is impossible to face the dogma of eternal separation from God without facing the dogma of Redemption. Then, when the Day of the Judgment comes; when the cross of fire (so, at least, the early Christians thought) shall stand in the black vault; when the sacred wounds of Him who was pierced shall stream over with a light beyond dawn or sunset; we shall find that the discipline of life is complete, that God’s love after all its long working with us stands perfected, so that we shall be able, as citizens of the kingdom, as children of the Father, to say out all. Love has been “carried to its end” when we are like Jesus, His visible representatives. In this regard, he is saying essentially the same thing as he said in 1Jn 3:14 (note), “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren.” The presence of God’s love in your life, not just in words, but in deeds, is evidence that His life is in you and that you are in Him. 2:2 the world. That can be accomplished only by manifesting that unselï¬sh love that was ï¬rst shown by the Lord for us. en hamin). I recognize there are those who try to scare people into obedience to God by calling the judgment and wrath of God upon them. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on 1 John 4:4. Abiding in God gave Jesus confidence, and it gives us confidence too. The term occurs 34 times in the Gospel of John, 20 times in the Johannine epistles (18 times in 1 John, 2 times in 2 John), and 1 time in Revelation. ; John 15:10.— ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ τούτῳ, in this world) which is void of love, and fears judgment. Vincent on the phrase with us - The A. V. construes meth humon, with us, with love, making with us equivalent to our. That fullness of love results in a life devoted entirely to the Lord Jesus. We are rather to go back to ὁ ΄ένων ἐν τῇ ἀγάπῃ, and accordingly to refer καθώς to love (so Lorinus: “reddit nos charitas Christo similes et conformes imagini filii Dei;” Bengel, de Wette, Ewald, Myrberg, Braune, etc. And we readily allow that no one is reconciled to God through Christ, except he is also renewed after Godâs image, and that the one cannot be disjoined from the other. 1 John 4:18. If this is not the greatest concern of my life, then I am a mere beginner in the Christian life. 1 John 4:14 We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world: Greek - kai hemeis tetheametha (1PRM/PI) kai marturoumen (1PPAI) hoti o pater apestalken (3SRAI) ton huion sotera tou kosmou. Guy King discusses our position In this world (1Jn 4:17). Not, you observe, as He was, but is even now in His Divine omnipresence, though to the world-audience unseen - the role is, that they shall see JESUS in us. But he asserts that no others are partakers of this blessing; but those who, by being conformed to God, prove themselves to be his children. If a man had perfect love to God, he would have no fear of anything - for what would he have to dread? The infinite sweetness of our Father’s heart-the conclusions, illogically but effectively drawn from this, of an Infinite good nature, with its easy going pardon, reconciliation all round, and exemption from all that is unpleasant-these, and such as these, are the only available materials for creating a great volume of emotion. But that none of these things please the Papists, there is no reason for any one to wonder, since being miserable they know no faith except that which is entangled with doubts. We may here speak of the conception of the Day of Judgment: of the fear with which that conception is encompassed; and of the sole means of the removal of that fear which St. John recognises. KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT. or "What is the result?". John Piper (Perfect Love Casts Out Fear) paraphrases the first clause of 1Jn 4:17, “In this, that is, in your love for each other, God’s love is put into action and so reaches its appointed goal. John 4 is the fourth chapter of the Gospel of John in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. 1. What does it mean that God is light? Jesus spoke often about the judgment to come (e.g., Mt. By καθὼς … καί it is rather the similarity of character that is brought out, as in 1 John 2:16, where καθώς does not refer to the idea of περιπατεῖν in itself, but to the character of the walk, so that it is to be interpreted: “as the character of Christ is, so is our character also;” in the second clause οὓτως is to be supplied, as in 1 Corinthians 8:2; Ephesians 4:17; Ephesians 4:21. He says it is perfected, because it is abundantly poured forth and really given, that it appears to be complete. The inconsistency of such views with the love of God, and with the best instincts of man, was victoriously and passionately demonstrated. God has made a marvelous provision for us in His Song of Solomon, and it is beyond the comprehension of men. In 1Jn 4:13–16 he has enlarged on the divine indwelling; in 1Jn 4:17–21 he reverts to the theme of complete love, although now he is concerned with the completion not of God’s love in us but of our love for God. This power of grace is "perfect love." It does not remain at the imperfect stage of mere talk, but reaches the stage of action.” Christ IS righteous, and love itself, in heaven: so are we, His members still "in this world." If we love one another, God dwelleth in us … " (1Jn 4:12). There is still another New Testament figure of the Christian in an alien country which is, again, full of significance - "we are ambassadors for CHRIST", 2Cor 5:20-note. "By this, love is perfected with us, that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. It means to be complete, mature, fully developed, full grown, wanting nothing necessary to completeness. The phraseday of judgment, does not appear ever to signify in the New Testament (as some assert) the day of trouble, or the time of those calamities by which the faith and patience of God's servants are often tried in this world; or the day in which the primitive Christians should be brought before the tribunal of the unbelieving Jews or Heathens: but it is well known to every reader of the Scripture, that it frequently signifies the day in which Jesus Christ will judge the world with the most perfect justice and equity. Let others see Jesus in you. 1 John 4:1-21—Read the Bible online or download free. God's Abiding in Us and Our Abiding in Love What this means you can see from the connection in 1 Jn 4:12. 20:2; 2:3; Lk 23:12; Acts 7:9; Ro 12:15; 1Jn 1:6. 1 Peter 4:17–18 December 15, 2016. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also … (Witham). And lead the lost to life and Christ. Godward Together on Sunday Morning. It is so easy for all of us to allow things to interfere with our own intimate fellowship with God and our walk with Him. Yet note, That although perfect love casteth out tormenting fear, it calls in obeying fear, Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man; Ecclesiastes 12:13 an awful fear of God is all duty, and every grace. Let others see Jesus in you. John 15:12, 17; Romans 13:8; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 4:2, 32; Colossians 3:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 Peter 1:22; 1 John 3:11, 23; 4:7, 11-12; 2 John 5. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. (This) is the saint who in his earthly life has had the love that God is in His nature brought to its full capacity of operation by the Holy Spirit in his life. "God is love," writes St. John, "and he that abideth in love abideth in God: and God abideth in him. God has determined that we are going to be conformed to the image of His Son ( Romans 8:29). 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death,” (1 John 5:16-17). Read the Scripture: John 13:12-17 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. 15 # ch. It worked upon human nature by exaggerated material descriptions of hell, by solemn appeals to the throne of Judgment. Love dwelling in us advances to its consummation 'with us;' i:e., as it is concerned with us (Luke 1:58, "showed great mercy upon (with) her:" 2 John 1:2.). In this way love becomes what it should be, and will prepare us to appear with confidence before the judgment-seat. Certain schools of biblical criticism have enabled men to steel themselves against this form of preaching. And this boldness is not based on the idea that there is no punishment for the finally impenitent, but upon the consciousness, through the spirit of love bestowed upon us, that our reconciliation with him is perfect. John used parrhesia earlier in 1 John 2:28-note writing "Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming." 2 z He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but a also for the sins of the whole world. From 1 John 4:18 it is clear that the chief aim of the apostle is to emphasize the fact that perfect love ( ἡ τελεία ἀγάπη, 1 John 4:18) is free from fear, or that he who is perfect in love ( τετελειωμένος ἐν τῇ ἀγάπῃ) experiences no fear, but has confident boldness ( παῤῥησία). If we wait until we can analyze and understand all the program and purpose of God in man's redemption, we will wait until it is too late. 1 John 2:18). His parousia, or coming. Here, then, we learn something of the calls and claims resting upon the members of the Fellowship, on account of their social position, as residing "in this world." 1 John 4:17. , cf.1 John 4:12. : love is a heavenly visitant sojourning with us and claiming observance. also 1 John 4:12. Always pause to ponder this important conjunction, asking at least "What is the purpose?" Not only does it produce selfishness and egotism but also discouragement. It is much the same thing as we have in a previous section of the epistle (1Jn 3:19–21-note), our assuring our hearts before God; our having confidence toward God. Divine love, imparted to us, guarantees the perfection of His purpose in His people. So John once more hits this vital matter of practical love for one another. 17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. John Piper May 26, 1985 933 Shares Article. Vincent on to what by this refers - To what does this refer? But, above all things, let us hear how St. John sings us the sweet low hymn that breathes consolation through the terrible fall of the triple hammer stroke of the rhyme in the "Dies irae." The origin of this notion seems to be in certain universal tendencies of modern religious thought. Here we are, then, living in this difficult environment - living to serve Him, and to help others. We stand in the righteousness of Christ. 1 JOHN 4:17. The only appeal to Scripture which such persons make, with any show of plausibility, is contained in an exposition of our Lord’s teaching in a part of the fifth chapter of the fourth Gospel. He is a conqueror, who is only to be cast out by another conqueror. But whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. Yet, here it stands in the word of God. The meaning will then be, that the perfection of our love consists in its giving us boldness in the day of judgment; and consequently now, in anticipation of that day. But the Greek word that John uses (teleioo) does not usually mean that in the New Testament. See Mt. One would have expected her to come at a cooler time, and / or with other women. Christ Our Advocate. John makes f o ur points here: A. That such as are in the world, as Christ was in the world, shall have boldness when Christ comes to judgment, and need not fear the condemnation of that dreadful day; Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; the reason of this freedom from the fear of wrath is added, There is no fear in love; 1 John 4:18 that is, no slavish or distrustful fear, whereby we question the favour of God, but only a filial and reverential fear, whereby we stand in awe of offending him as a father; But perfect love casteth out fear; that is, either the actings of our perfect love to God, or the apprehensions of God's perfect love towards us, do cast out all that fear which has torment in it. It is Christ that died, yea, rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” (Ro 8:34-note) If I am a believer in Christ, —Happy Christian men, who can say that? They do not form a hotchpot of credenda. How, then, can we ever be afraid? The first sentence seems to hang in mid-air, having no connection with what comes before, or after. KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT. Author: 1, 2, and 3 John have from earliest times been attributed to the apostle John, who also wrote the Gospel of John. ΄εθʼ ἡμῶν, with us) The love of God in itself is always the same, and perfect: but with us τετελείωται, it is brought to its consummation, rising more and more from its descent to us.— ἵνα) to such a degree that.— παῤῥησίαν, confidence) The opposite term is fear.— ἐν, in) Thus, in, Romans 2:16, note.— ἡμέρᾳ, the day) most terrible to others, more so than the day of death itself.— τῆς κρίσεως) of the last judgment.— ὅτι, because) The because has reference to τούτῳ, this.— ἐκεῖνός ἐστι, He is) Jesus Christ is love, in heaven; which is silently opposed to the world. It shows we belong to the family of God. There is a solidarity of each with all the rest. By this, love is perfected with us, that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He Isaiah, so are we in this world. What is the lust of the flesh? 17 In this way, love has been perfected among us, so that we may have confidence on the day of judgment; for in this world we are just like Him. To love one another, we must get to know one another and also be committed to work through difficulties in our relationships. Ephesians 1:3 provides a similar illustration, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ. If man is under the government of God, human history is a drama, long drawn, and of infinite variety, with inconceivably numerous actors. This is our relationship. Barnes's 1-john 4:19 Bible Commentary We love him, because he first loved us - This passage is susceptible of two explanations; either. But the religious emotion of this generation has one characteristic by which it is distinguished from that of previous centuries. Let us draw to a definite point our considerations upon the Judgment, and the Apostle’s sweet encouragement for the "day of wrath, that dreadful day." From Talk Thru the Bible. Wuest adds that perfected in the perfect tense means “has been made perfect or complete, and exists in its finished results.” This represents a past fact in the saint’s life and a present reality. Say does it point them to they skies And it is even held out as an inducement to others to close with this conclusion, that they "shall be delivered from the bugbear of judgment.". 41 Note the word “every,” used twice in this verse, so that “every” unfruitful branch is removed, just as “every” fruitful branch is cleansed or pruned. The thought of this verse is no other than this, that love has its perfection in the fact that it fills us with such παῤῥησία; the clause beginning with ἵνα therefore contains the leading thought, to which the following ὅτι is subordinated. Not an eye that shall not see Him, not a knee that shall not bow, not an ear that shall not hear the sentence. 17.Love’ perfect—It is carried to its proper completion. 1 John 3:21-note Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 1 John 5:14-note This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. As Vincent says "The essence of our being as He is lies in perfected love; and Christ is eternally love.". 14 And # ch. For our safeguard we must continually be on guard, for the virulent germs of evil thinking, evil speaking, and evil doing are forever poisoning the spiritual atmosphere, and we shall succumb, unless we allow ourselves to be "kept" immune by the deodorizing effects of the HOLY SPIRIT, and by the disinfecting power of the Holy Scriptures. In this is love perfected with us." Oct 18, 2015. And that gives us confidence before God. 1. 1 John 2:1 says "My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. To get what 1 John 4:17 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity. Reason supplies us with two great arguments for the General Judgment. He makes the things of Christ very real to us. EXEGESIS: JOHN 1:1-18. Day of judgment, without the articles, is found Mt. The hallmark of the saints is their great, increasing concern about the element of love in their lives. This chapter is divided into 54 verses. Our conscience condemns us because we think of deeds of love and don't do them. To get what 1 John 4:17 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity. But if anyone does sin, y we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. Other Samaritans come to meet Jesus and invite him to stay with them and they believe the Gospel of Jesus saying, “this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the … Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful ( John 14:27). That such as are sincerly gracious, and do excel in the grace of love, are in the word in some sort as Christ was in the world; such as walk in love, walk as Christ walked. 1 John 4:18. Any which is isolated is in danger itself, and leaves the others exposed. He knew His hour had come, He loved His own, and He knew the enemy. "In this is love perfected with us." (1 John 4 Commentary), Steven Cole - God’s love through us to others gives confidence in the day of judgment because it shows that we are like Jesus. God never sees us apart from His Son. 17Herein is our love made perfect There are two clauses in this passage, â that we are then partakers of divine adoption, when we resemble God as children their father; and,secondly, that this confidence is invaluable, for without it we must be most miserable. We read that "as He is, so are we in this world" (1Jn 4:17). Love is not the grace which has made obedience superfluous; it is a feeling which, like Aaron's serpent, has swallowed up all the rest, which has taken up into itself, absorbed, duty and obedience, as unconscious and spontaneous offerings of the will. The same three things should motivate our service for the Lord. By ἐκεῖνος we are not to understand, with Augustine, Bede, Estius, Lyranus, Castalio, etc., God, but, with most commentators, Christ, who is also suggested by the idea: ἡ ἡμέρα τῆς κρίσεως. Love is the eternal nature of Christ, comp. John is not suggesting that any Christian’s love could in this life be flawlessly perfect, but rather developed and mature, set fixedly upon God. Blessed be God, as there will be no torment, so no fear, in heaven; that is, no tormenting fear; yet there is a fear of reverence, which will undoubtedly remain with glorified saints in heaven; they shall have an everlasting awe of the majesty and holiness of God eternally fixed upon their hearts and spirits, even in the kingdom of glory in heaven, as well as in the kingdom of grace here on earth; the saints serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear; Lord, hasten the perfecting of thy grace in us, particularly the perfection of our love, that perfect love may cast out tormenting fear, and cherish such a reverential fear as will both prepare us for heaven, and accompany us in heaven, to all eternity. This is the kind of saint that keeps a daily check-up on himself as to sin in his life. WORDS OF JESUS IN RED. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. The fact that Christians love one another is evidence of their fellowship with God and their sonship from God, and it is also evidence that they know God. Scripture: 1 John 4:20. Since John tells us how to have confidence on that coming day, we all should pay close attention… John knows that in the matter of loving others, it’s easy to be hypocrites. “Love is not simply perfected in man, but in fulfilling this issue God works with man” (Westcott). 1 John 4:17 Context. 1:1, 2 we have seen and testify that # See John 3:17 the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of # See ch. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Oh, yes, when we get to heaven, we will never fail Him. 2. He would have no fear of death, for he would have nothing to dread beyond the grave. The characteristic of God and Christians in view here is our love. So "perfected love" is the love of God expressing itself in our love to each other. It is the tender word which expresses the child’s unhesitating confidence, in "saying all out" to the parent. For, when we try to grasp and to defend one of them, we have no means left of measuring it but by terms of comparison which are drawn from ourselves, which must therefore be finite, and, by the inadequacy of the scale which they present, appear to render the article of faith thus detached incredible. Death, which is common to the human race, is a judgment for our sin, but it is not the final judgment. Henry Alford - the confidence which we shall have in that day, and which we have even, now by anticipation of that day, is the perfection of our love; Spurgeon on we may have confidence - That is a wonderful expression, “boldness in the day of judgment.” According to some, the saints will not be in the day of judgment. They may signify, that as this world by his grace are always loving him and our neighbour, and increasing in this love, which gives us a confidence of our salvation. Death, sin, judgment are all behind us. Do others see Jesus in you? ), nor merely “love to God” (Lange, Erdmann); Baumgarten-Crusius not incorrectly explains the idea by “the sentiment of love;” only it must not be forgotten that true love is not merely sentiment, but action also; comp. Love of the world is forbidden by God, and conforming to it shows that a person loves it (Romans 12:2) and therefore hates God.Much of the time, the world equates lust with love, but nothing could be further from the truth. By linking love to confidence in the Day of Judgment, John shows how important it is that we learn practically to love one another. 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