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1 John 4

 

 

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Introduction
1He warns them not to believe all who boast of the Spirit;
7and exhorts to brotherly love.

Verse 1
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
believe not
Deuteronomy 13:1-5; Proverbs 14:15; Jeremiah 5:31; 29:8,9; Matthew 7:15,16; 24:4,5; Romans 16:18; 2 Peter 2:1
try
Luke 12:57; Acts 17:11; Romans 16:19; 1 Corinthians 14:29; 1 Thessalonians 5:21; Revelation 2:2
many
2:18; Matthew 24:5,23-26; Mark 13:21; Luke 21:8; Acts 20:29; 1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Timothy 3:13; 2 Peter 2:1; 2 John 1:7

Verse 2
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
Every
5:1; John 16:13-15; 1 Corinthians 12:3
come
3; John 1:14; 1 Timothy 3:16

Verse 3
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
and this
2:18,22; 2 Thessalonians 2:7,8; 2 John 1:7

Verse 4
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
are
6,16; 3:9,10; 5:19
and have
2:13; 5:4; Romans 8:37; Ephesians 6:10,13; Revelation 12:11
greater
13,16; 3:24; John 10:28-30; 14:17-23; 17:23; Romans 8:10,11; 1 Corinthians 6:13; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 3:17
than
5:19; *Gr: ; John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2; 6:12

Verse 5
They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
are
Psalms 17:4; Luke 16:8; John 3:31; 7:6,7; 8:23; 15:19,20; 17:14,16; Revelation 12:9
and
Isaiah 30:10,11; Jeremiah 5:31; 29:8; Micah 2:11; John 15:19; 17:14; 2 Timothy 4:3; 2 Peter 2:2,3

Verse 6
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
We are
4; Micah 3:8; Romans 1:1; 1 Corinthians 2:12-14; 2 Peter 3:2; Jude 1:17
he that knoweth
8; Luke 10:22; John 8:19,45-50; 10:27; 13:20; 18:37; 20:21; 1 Corinthians 14:37; 2 Corinthians 10:7; 2 Thessalonians 1:8
Hereby
1; Isaiah 8:20
the spirit of truth
John 14:17; 15:26
and
Isaiah 29:10; Hosea 4:12; Micah 2:11; Romans 11:8; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11

Verse 7
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
let
20,21; 2:10; 3:10-23; 5:1
love is
8; Deuteronomy 30:6; Galatians 5:22; 1 Thessalonians 4:9,10; 2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Peter 1:22
every
12; 2:29; 3:14; 5:1
and knoweth
John 17:3; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Galatians 4:9

Verse 8
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
knoweth
2:4,9; 3:6; John 8:54,55
God is
1:5; Exodus 34:6,7; Psalms 86:5,15; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Ephesians 2:4; Hebrews 12:29

Verse 9
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
was
3:16; John 3:16; Romans 5:8-10; 8:32
God sent
10; Luke 4:18; John 5:23; 6:29; 8:29,42
only
Psalms 2:7; Mark 12:6; John 1:14-18; 3:18; Hebrews 1:5
we
5:11; John 6:51,57; 10:10,28-30; 11:25,26; 14:6; Colossians 3:3,4

Verse 10
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
8,9; 3:1
not
19; Deuteronomy 7:7,8; John 15:16; Romans 5:8-10; 8:29,30; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Ephesians 2:4,5; Titus 3:3-5
and sent
2:2; Daniel 9:24; Romans 3:25,26; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18

Verse 11
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
3:16,17,23; Matthew 18:32,33; Luke 10:37; John 13:34; 15:12,13; 2 Corinthians 8:8,9; Ephesians 4:31,32; 5:1,2; Colossians 3:13

Verse 12
No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
seen
20; Genesis 32:30; Exodus 33:20; Numbers 12:8; John 1:18; 1 Timothy 1:17; 6:16; Hebrews 11:27
love one
6; 3:24
and his
17,18; 2:5; 1 Corinthians 13:13

Verse 13
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

Verse 14
And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
we have
1:1-3; 5:9; John 1:14; 3:11,32; 5:39; 15:26,27; Acts 18:5; 1 Peter 5:12
the Father
10; John 3:34; 5:36,37; 10:36
the Saviour
2:1,2; John 1:29; 3:16,17; 4:42; 12:47

Verse 15
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
confess
2; 5:1,5; Matthew 10:32; Luke 12:8; Romans 10:9; Philippians 2:11; 2 John 1:7
God dwelleth
12; 3:24

Verse 16
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
we
9,10; 3:1,16; Psalms 18:1-3; 31:19; 36:7-9; Isaiah 64:4; 1 Corinthians 2:9
God is love
8,12,13
and he
12; 3:24

Verse 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.
our love
Gr. love with us. made.
12; 2:5; James 2:22
we may
2:28; 3:19-21; James 2:13
the day
Matthew 10:15; 11:22,24; 12:36; 2 Peter 2:9; 3:7
as
3:3; Matthew 10:25; John 15:20; Romans 8:29; Hebrews 12:2,3; 1 Peter 3:16-18; 1 Peter 4:1-3,13,14

Verse 18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
is no
Luke 1:74,75; Romans 8:15; 2 Timothy 1:7; Hebrews 12:28
fear hath
Job 15:21; Psalms 73:19; 88:15,16; 119:120; James 2:19
He that
12

Verse 19
We love him, because he first loved us.
10; Luke 7:47; John 3:16; 15:16; 2 Corinthians 5:14,15; Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 2:3-5; Titus 3:3-5

Verse 20
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
a man
2:4; 3:17
not
12

Verse 21
And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
11; 3:11,14,18,23; Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:37-39; Mark 12:29-33; Luke 10:37; John 13:34,35; 15:12; Romans 12:9,10; 13:9,10; Galatians 5:6,14; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 Peter 3:8; 4:8

 


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

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Sunday, October 20th, 2019
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