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John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.1 John 2:2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.1 John 4:9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.1 John 4:19 We love, because He first loved us.1 John 5:11 And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. (NASB ©1995)Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Herein. See on ver. 8,9 3:1not. 19 De 7:7,8 Joh 15:16 Ro 5:8-10 8:29,30 2Co 5:19-21 Eph 2:4,5 Tit 3:3-5and sent. 2:2 Da 9:24 Ro 3:25,26 1Pe 2:24 3:18
Geneva Study BibleHerein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.People’s New Testament4:10 Herein is love. Love manifested. The heights of love are shown, not only in sending the Son, but sending him to bethe propitiation for our sins; to become a sin offering for us, and to die for us. See PNT 1Jo 2:2.Scofield Reference Notes
Gr. hilasmos. See Scofield Note: “1Jn 2:2”.
10. Herein is love—love in the abstract: love, in its highest ideal, is herein. The love was all on God’s side, none on ours.
not that we loved God—though so altogether worthy of love.
he loved us—though so altogether unworthy of love. The Greek aorist expresses, Not that we did any act of love at any time to God, but that He did the act of love to us in sending Christ.
4:7-13 The Spirit of God is the Spirit of love. He that does not love the image of God in his people, has no saving knowledge of God. For it is God’s nature to be kind, and to give happiness. The law of God is love; and all would have been perfectly happy, had all obeyed it. The provision of the gospel, for the forgiveness of sin, and the salvation of sinners, consistently with God’s glory and justice, shows that God is love. Mystery and darkness rest upon many things yet. God has so shown himself to be love, that we cannot come short of eternal happiness, unless through unbelief and impenitence, although strict justice would condemn us to hopeless misery, because we break our Creator’s laws. None of our words or thoughts can do justice to the free, astonishing love of a holy God towards sinners, who could not profit or harm him, whom he might justly crush in a moment, and whose deserving of his vengeance was shown in the method by which they were saved, though he could by his almighty Word have created other worlds, with more perfect beings, if he had seen fit. Search we the whole universe for love in its most glorious displays? It is to be found in the person and the cross of Christ. Does love exist between God and sinners? Here was the origin, not that we loved God, but that he freely loved us. His love could not be designed to be fruitless upon us, and when its proper end and issue are gained and produced, it may be said to be perfected. So faith is perfected by its works. Thus it will appear that God dwells in us by his new-creating Spirit. A loving Christian is a perfect Christian; set him to any good duty, and he is perfect to it, he is expert at it. Love oils the wheels of his affections, and sets him on that which is helpful to his brethren. A man that goes about a business with ill will, always does it badly. That God dwells in us and we in him, were words too high for mortals to use, had not God put them before us. But how may it be known whether the testimony to this does proceed from the Holy Ghost? Those who are truly persuaded that they are the sons of God, cannot but call him Abba, Father. From love to him, they hate sin, and whatever disagrees with his will, and they have a sound and hearty desire to do his will. Such testimony is the testimony of the Holy Ghost.
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