1 John 4
1 John 4:2, 3
This is a very useful test in many cases. If any form of doctrine denies or dishonours the Godhead or Messiahship of the Lord Jesus, or makes his incarnation to be a mere myth, it is to be rejected with abhorrence. Errors which touch the person or work of Jesus are fatal.
1 John 4:6
Every spirit which does away with Jesus or dishonours him in any degree we know to be the spirit of error. This test is very simple, but very accurate.
1 John 4:7, 8
Love is the divine law of life, selfishness is sin; when grace restores us to our proper relationship with God and his creation, love is the very instinct of our renewed nature.
1 John 4:11
The master motive for benevolence is the love of God, it is an argument which will never lose its force.
1 John 4:12-18
Fear dwells upon the punishment deserved, and so has no rest. When perfect love assures the soul of pardoned sin, the heart has joyful rest.
1 John 4:19, 20
An old Latin author says, “The eyes are our leaders in love.” Juvenal wondered at one who loved a person whom he had never seen. If, then, we do not love those whom we see, is it likely that we really love the invisible God?
1 John 4:21
A Christian is one who has a solemn awe of the commands of God, hence he labours to abound in deeds and words of love, because the Lord hath bidden him to do so.
Bless’d be the Father of our Lord,
From whom all blessings spring!
And bless’d be the Incarnate Word,
Our Saviour and our King!
We know and have believed the love
Which God through Christ displays.
And when we see his face above,
We’ll nobler anthems raise.