Book of 1 John - Bible Survey Who was John the Apostle in the Bible? For this is the message— In this verse we have St. John's first reason why Christians should love one another; namely, "It is the message or command of God in Christ." Our churches are full of selfish, bickering people. Perhaps we think John is exaggerating or going a little overboard. –Gabriel Zepeda-Rolón 4th Sunday of Easter (White or Gold) Acts 4:5-12 Psalm 23 1 John 3:16-24 John 10:11-18 1 John 3:11-24-Love One Another (New Revised Standard Version) 11 For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. So 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins” — he doesn’t specify any particular kind — “he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Because of this the adjective “gospel” is included in the English translation (The NET Bible = "the gospel message"). Now that we have zeroed in on who John is talking about, let’s allow the strength of God’s word convict our hearts. Neither is John talking about someone who has continually chosen to be in need because of his refusal to work and lacks the ambition to work to provide for his family. There the message which John's readers had heard was a doctrinal one, the theological foundation for their faith that rests in the character of God. We are talking about sacrificing for each other. First, faith is rooted in the sufficient message of the apostles (1 John 2:18-27—Doctrinal). We must sacrifice our material goods for the gain of the Christian in need. Love is the denial of self for another’s gain. We can feel guilt from our sins even though we have come to Jesus and asked for forgiveness. God knows us and forgives us even we seem to be unable to forgive ourselves. When we are walking in the light, confessing our sins, and turning to the Lord, God has promised to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). As the writer of Hebrews declared, we stir each other up to love and good works when we are gathering together (Hebrews 10:24-25). John is not talking about the guy looking for a handout so he can buy beer. God is greater than our hearts. It springs from an apprehension of the preciousness of an object. 1 John 3:11-12 - NIV: For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. Second, behavior is characterized by purity (1 John 2:28-3:10—Moral). Author: 1, 2, and 3 John have from earliest times been attributed to the apostle John, who also wrote the Gospel of John. God knows that you are seeking him. Divine certainties. Love acts. Supremely these moral responses are to be ones of love. We can make decisions and take actions that affect our lives, affect the lives of our families, and the lives of others for years and years, generations and generations. John says we have "heard from the beginning" the message that we should love one another. James 2:15). In Jesus' time the world hated him (John 7:7) and will hate his followers (John 15:18-19). And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” 1 John 3:16 Used in the Septuagint 11x - 1Sa 4:19; 2Sa 4:4; 2Ki 19:7; Pr 12:25; 25:25; 26:16; Isa 28:9; 37:7; Ezek 7:26; 21:7; Nah 3:19. This is the great commandment of God. In the New Testament the world also appears as a hostile environment. 12 We must not be like Cain who was from the evil one and murdered his brother. Cain did not offer what God required in sacrifice and then killed his brother Abel because Cain was evil and Abel was righteous. This most likely refers to John 15:12 where Jesus said “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you." We are not listening to ourselves, to the world, or to Satan. John provides us a simple explanation concerning Cain’s sacrifice and subsequent actions that are so widely speculated. They were the ones with the latest ideas. The gospel is incomplete unless it includes both doctrine and ethics. But how we treat others - how we love one another - really matters before God. He knows your passionate pursuit of him. God answers our prayers when we are walking down the right path. If we do not love, then we abide in death. And then and only then will we be free to forget about ourselves in order to genuinely love someone else. Since we are God’s children now, and since we hope in the day when we shall be […] Cain’s heart was wicked which led to his disobedience. When he appears, we shall be like him and we will see him as he is. They were the ones who were modern, progressive "with-it". 1Jn 3:23; 4:7; 11–12; 2John 1:5; John 13:34; 15:12, 17)." Elsewhere the plural is used of something actually visible (Galatians 6:11). Jesus sent the Holy Spirit who guided the apostles into all truth, who wrote the mystery down so that when we read we can understand God’s will (cf. This is a frightening application to the body of believers. The message here instructs us as to our duty one to another. (The Letters of John by John R. W. Stott), From the beginning - Same phrase - 1Jn 1:1, 2:7, 2:13, 2:14, 2:24, 3:8, 3:11. John has been teaching his readers about the hope they have in Christ. Abel’s heart was right which led to obedience. People will come and claim to love God but do not show that love by what they do. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] John begins a new section with a positive reminder about love. What does 1 John 3:11 mean? Our love for one another is demanded by the character of God, but it is also empowered by the brightness of the God who is light and love, with whom there is no small print. Previous: 1 John 2:28-3:10, A Purifying Hope (1 John 3 Commentary - Daily Study Bible), Harris notes that "This section marks the beginning of the second major part of First John (1John 3:11–5:12)." As he now fills in his preliminary sketch, he uses no colours but black and white. 10b-11) • Why can John say what he does at the end of verse 10? He knows your repentance. Aggelia is closely equivalent to euaggelion: (1) it refers to the proclamation of the eyewitness testimony about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ as proclaimed by the author and the rest of the apostolic witnesses (prologue, esp. Jesus taught if you were angry with your brother you were liable to the judgment. Commentators have debated who “We” is in this passage. John 3:11. John speaks of the evidence of love in 1 Jn 3:14–15, and sandwiching those verses on either side comes John's teaching about the essence of love. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. John concludes that obviously murderers do not have eternal life. Perhaps some have thought that because Christians talk about a “personal relationship with Jesus Christ” that it is only us and Jesus who matter. 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We are not talking about having warm fuzzy feelings for each other. The world is going to hate us because we are walking in the light and exposing darkness. Verses 23-24 summarizes these truths so that we can know we have eternal life and confidence before God. When we get angry with one another and refuse to show proper love, we are showing that we are not born of God and do not have eternal life. Love one another - This is the first of six uses by John of this phrase in his epistles - 1Jn 3:11, 23; 4:7, 11-12; 2 John 1:5. God is greater than our guilty feelings. – This is the second time that John addresses the issue of Christian love here in his Epistle which should alert us to its importance (cf. Robertson on (the message) from the beginning - They had the message of love for the brotherhood from the beginning of the Gospel and it goes back to the time of Cain and Abel (1Jn 3:12). This is a precious truth. (Exegetical Commentary on 1 John 3:11-24), John Stott refers to 1Jn 3:11-18 as "an elaboration of the social test… namely that to love is the new command (which is yet old) and belongs to the new age in which the true Light is already shining (1Jn 2:8-note). Being precedes doing, but all Christian doing must be based on being, that is, on who we are in Christ. The readers heard it from the beginning, since it was among the first things inculcated in their hearts as believers, and not only so but it had been constantly repeated. Supremely these moral responses are to be ones of love. 2:9-11). Vine says for this is the message is "more literally, “Because the message is this,” cp. We are to lay down our lives for one another. And in both cases, both in doctrine and in ethics, our need is not for something new. Arché refers to what is first or has primacy (the state of being first). We have the full, complete revealed word of God that tells us what we must do to be pleasing to God. If we are not loving each other, then quite simply we are not cutting it. And any gospel you believe, any gospel you proclaim that does not include both doctrine and ethics is only half a gospel tragically incomplete, radically distorted, hopelessly deficient. Jerome informs us that toward the close of the apostle’s life, after he had become too infirm to preach, he still continued constantly to give the exhortation, “Little children, love one another.” He tells us how he remarked. Consider THE PLACE THE BIBLE HOLDS as an evidence of Christianity. How we treat each other and deal with each reveals where we stand in our salvation. I. The practical example John gives is of a Christian who has material possessions, sees a brother in Christ in true need, and does not do anything about it. … Both doctrine and ethics are at the heart of the gospel because they are so inextricably linked. Only here in John… This teaching comes to us in the form of two contrasting pictures, a negative and a positive example, if you will. The world, ungodly people, cannot receive the things of God (John 14:17,22; 16:8-9 ; cf. John has already told us in 1 John 1:8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. ", Daniel Akin - John speaks of four different levels of relationships in which we can choose to live: murder (1Jn 3:11, 12), hatred (1Jn 3:13-15), indifference (1Jn 3:16, 17), and Christian love in action (1Jn 3:18). KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT. (1 John 3 Commentary), John Piper: "The wording of 1Jn 3:11 is striking. See John 1:29; John 11:3, etc. We are staying in the place of being spiritually dead, separated from God and not in a relationship with God. (Harris), Stott explains that this original Gospel message "was also public knowledge in contrast to the private and secret enlightenment which the false teachers claimed. We are proving we are not his disciples. Sometimes our consciences still bother us because we know we have done wrong. John turns to the example of Cain and Abel to teach why we must love one another. He continues the stark contrast he has already pointed in 1Jn 3:10-note between the children of God and the children of the devil, and writes of hatred and love, life and death, murder and self-sacrifice." 1 John 3:11 For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another:. This is the hope of those who are born of God. Did he mean that he is discussing with Nicodemus the things that can be done on earth? John begins the next section of his letter with his central theme -- love: "This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another." (3:11) It's amazing that we Christians need to hear the message, the command, of love so often -- and still we don't get it. From Talk Thru the Bible. The reason why Cain killed Abel was because his own actions were evil while Abel’s actions were righteous. In 1 John 1:8, the grammar indicates John is speaking about occasional acts of sin. What does it mean that God is light? "The beginning" likely refers to when his readers first heard the gospel message. To get what 1 John 3:11 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity. page 3 / 8 AN ESSENTIAL EVIDENCE OF OUR LIFE IN CHRIST IS OUR LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER. God knows everything. (2)We love one another, just as our Lord commanded us and showed us. The Incarnation of the Word of Life. The Lord saw Nicodemus as representative of many who could not bring themselves to believe in the grace concept whereby God makes all the provision for salvation (Jn 1:14). (4) We have the Spirit of God to let us know that God abides in us and we in him. Therefore, do not be surprised that the world hates you. Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. The character of God, who as light is wholly righteous, true, and loving, demands and empowers moral responses on the part of his children. Jerome informs us that toward the close of the apostle’s life, after he had become too infirm to preach, he still continued constantly to give the exhortation, “Little children, love one another.” He tells us how he remarked. Love One Another 1 John 3:11-24 In the eleventh verse of this chapter, John reminds his fellow disciples in the beloved community love is the essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is why Cain killed Abel, and why hatred is considered the spiritual equivalent to murder. In these verses we are reminded once again that our love for one another is evidence of genuine faith in our hearts. In the last 3 verses of this passage John speaks of right relationship between ourselves and other Christians. 'For this is the message which you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.' Jesus gave the same command: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 2. There the message which John's readers had heard was a doctrinal one, the theological foundation for their faith that rests in the character of God 'This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all' (1Jn 1:5). Footnotes. We must be around each other to love each other. Verse 20 contains our first assurance. We are striving to be pleasing to God and therefore we confidently pray to God. The message there spoke of the nature of God and its bearing on the Christian life. If we do not love each other, then we are murderers. But John wants us to know that we can have our hearts assured. One of the purposes of our community groups is to know each other better so we can love each other like John is commanding. Jesus now discloses to the henceforth silent Nicodemus, in growing excitement of feeling, the source of his ignorance, namely, his unbelief in what He testifies, and which yet is derived from His own knowledge and intuition. Doctrine is of the essence of the gospel--doctrine about the character of God; about human sin; about the mediator, Jesus Christ, who is the God-man; about his life, death and resurrection to forgive the sins of his people and give them eternal life; about the need for personal response of faith to appropriate the work of Christ into one's own life. Picking up in the middle of Paul’s description, “having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work.” (1 Timothy 5:10 ESV) The point I want to make is that we are not talking about people who claim to be Christians but have shown themselves to be Christians. Now in our verse today (1 Jn 3:11) the message they had heard from the beginning was equally foundational, but now not in the realm of doctrine, but of ethics. 1 John 3:11 For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another: Greek - Hoti aute estin (3PAI) e aggelia en ekousate (2PAAI) ap arche hina agapomen (1PPAS) allelous, NET - For this is the gospel message that you have heard from the beginning: that we should love one another. The character of God, who as light is wholly righteous, true and loving demands and empowers moral responses on the part of his children. We know that we have passed from spiritual death to spiritual life when we love our brethren. When Paul instructed who could be helped by the church, there were strict requirements that the widow have proven herself to abide in Christ. (1 John 3:10) This week John delves more deeply into the question of what it means to love one another. Beginning (746)(arche) refers to the commencement of something as an action, process, or state of being. (1John 2:7-note). I just want to focus on two things. This love is the special fruit of our faith, and a certain sign of our being born again. Hawley - Our nature has consequences; eventually we act the way we really are. John in this context is speaking about helping our Christian brethren, so we need to bear this in mind. (The Letters of John by John R. W. Stott). “It is the Lord’s command, and if this is done, it is enough.”. Read 1 John 3:23-24. The grammar of 1 John 3:6 indicates that John is speaking of a settled, continued lifestyle of sin. Bultmann cites Pauline usage as well (Rom 12:19; 2 Cor 7:1) to support his assertion that this was a common form of homiletical address in early Christianity. John 3:11. An Old Command for ALL Christians (vv. 1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched —this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. What we need, which is what his readers needed, is to go back to what we have heard from the beginning. Loving the Lord means that we deny ourselves for the glory of God. The gospel not only saves men but unites them to Christ and this produces in them that love which is essential in His character, was manifested by Him, embraces all the other qualities of the fruit of the spirit, and fulfills the law of God. John concludes this paragraph by encouraging our hearts and giving us further hope. Our hope is in Jesus and we follow him alone. Children of the devil do not give of themselves to others but always take. The gospel is incomplete unless it includes both doctrine and ethics. 1. Marvin Vincent on message - “announcement,” as of something good; not a mere command, as the law. They were the ones with the new revelations. They would argue that instead the phrase means what it later means in 1 John 2:7, 2:24, and 3:11, namely, the beginning of the gospel. 1 John 3:11–18 follows an important passage on our identity as children of God, 2:28–3:10. 1 John 3:1) and is not even worthy of the people of faith who live among them (Hebrews 11:38). Love is the denial of self for another’s gain. We must know each other to love each other. Jesus made the very same connection. For (hoti) serves here as a marker of an explanatory clause, "drawing an inference based upon all that has preceded." The other uses are found in John 13:34; 15:12, 17; Ro 13:8; 1Th 4:9; 1Pe 1:22. But listen to the words of Jesus. ; John 4:35; John 19:26, John 19:27. There are many who are refusing to participate in these groups and I want to impress upon your heart why these are important gatherings. “We should love one another.” 1 John 3:11 “Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you.” 1 John 3:13 “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. But according to John that isn't what we need at all. We are living with Christ, but are living in darkness, separated from God. We must clean out the filth in our lives and stop practicing sins because we see the amazing love the Father has given us so that we can be called children of God. It was not something they had never heard before. You are my friends if you do what I command you.” (John 15:12–15 ESV). Only when we see and believe and cherish the brightness of God will we be free to entrust ourselves and our futures into his hands. The religious leaders taught that if you murdered you would be liable to judgment. We try to make so much more out of people sometimes rather than just taking the straightforward, simple point. Loving others means we deny ourselves from the good and gain of others. Let those heavy words sink into our hearts and minds. Answer: 1. Third, and the easiest to detect, God’s children love each other (1 John 3:11-24—Social). 11 Most assuredly, Jesus used “most assuredly” three times during this important dialogue with Nicodemus, showing with unequivocal force the importance of being born again. It is a love of esteem and approbation. 1Jn 3:11 and 1Jn 1:5 are the only NT uses of aggelia. By coincidence, I was reading a commentary on this exact passage earlier today. The reason I put it like that is because of what 1 John 1:9 says and what Hebrews 12:16 says. John is not speaking about the people standing in the median who will not work. 1 John 3:2 Or when it is made known; 1 John 3:13 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in verse 16. You and I as individuals are responsible to share our goods with our brothers and sisters who experience true need. God is greater than our condemning hearts. 1John 1:5 And this is the message (aggelia) we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. What manner of (ποταπὴν) The word is of infrequent occurrence in the New Testament, but is found in all the Synoptists and in 2 Peter 3:11. They were infatuated with newness. John uses this term, ajgaphtoiv (agaphtoi) elsewhere in his letters – the plural form occurs in 1 John 3:2, 21; 4:1, 7, 11 and the singular in 3 John 1, 2, 5, 11. What is the lust of the eyes? As in this case, it will usually force you to examine the context. In reminding them of this message to love one another, John himself was remembering the command of Jesus in John 13:34 - "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. Aggelia os related to a number of important NT words including aggello - to announce, paraggello = command; kataggello - to proclaim, euaggelion = gospel, etc. Now in our verse today (1Jn 3:11) the message they had heard from the beginning was equally foundational, but now not in the realm of doctrine, but of ethics. In verse 19 John says we can know we are of the truth and have our hearts assured that we have eternal life. John provides three markers of the Divine parentage. 1 Jn 1:5. We feel bad about our sins and failures. We are putting away the desires of the flesh, desires of the eyes, and the pride in lifestyle and following the desires of our Lord. We know that we are murderers because we have not sacrificed ourselves for each other. John's command in 1Jn 2:24 applies to us in terms of ethics as well as doctrine 'Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you.'" We know what love looks like because we see in Jesus the perfect example of love. As John Calvin said "John reminds us that he was teaching nothing but what had been heard by the faithful concerning love from the beginning and had become old through long usage. We must show we love (cf. Whenever you encounter a conjunction used as a term of explanation, pause and ask "What is the writer explaining?" In contrast to the wicked act of Cain, John turns our attention to the perfect display of love found in Jesus. The Gospel message of Him who loved us, announced by His servants, is, that we love the brethren; not here all mankind, but those who are our brethren in Christ, children of the same family of God, of whom we have been born anew. (Collected Writings), John Piper explains that " The for at the beginning of this verse shows that in John's mind 1Jn 3:11 is the ground or the reason for 1Jn 3:10, or more specifically the reason for why he can shift from righteousness in general as a test of divine sonship to the specific test of love for the brethren. 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