(our love: Gr. All right then - "consider Him", Hebrews 12:3, and act accordingly. Do not believe every spirit: John warned against believing every spirit; that is, we are never to assume every spiritual experience or every demonstration of spiritual power is from God. If you live among men as Christ lived among men, if you are a Saviour to them in your measure, if you love them, if you try to exhibit the lovely traits of character that were in Christ, happy are you. Godward Together on Sunday Morning. It does not remain at the imperfect stage of mere talk, but reaches the stage of action.” So John is saying that when we see God’s love flowing through us to others in practical good deeds, it is one basis for confidence in the day of judgment. The basis for this confidence is our conformity to the character of Jesus Christ. 14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. 1 John 4:17. Then, in 1Jn 4:18-note, John gives the negative side of things: If we fear the day of judgment, it is evidence that we have not loved others as God intends. 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. 16:24; Gal. Believers cautioned against giving heed to every one that pretends to the Spirit. Say does it point them to they skies To love one another, we must get to know one another and also be committed to work through difficulties in our relationships. While through thy blood absolved I am Steven Cole - Of all of the important matters in life, none is more vital than the one that John mentions in 1Jn 4:17—having confidence in the day of judgment. Let others see Jesus in you. All that lies within the ambassadorial figure that Paul here employs, to indicate still another aspect of our responsibility as representing our Sovereign LORD to those among whom we live "in this world". 12:33), “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.” If you are not growing in love, you need to ask, “Am I truly born of God?” (Ibid) (Bolding and links added), Piper - To sum up 1Jn 4:17, we can paraphrase it like this: When you love each other with love that is more than just talk, when the love of God reaches its practical goal of action in your life, you will experience a deep and unshakable confidence before God. And we — John and his readers (not as 1 John 4:14, the apostles only). 1 John 4:18. Scripture: 1 John 4:17–19. From beginning to end, the Bible … Wuest - The saint who in the future Rapture of the Church will approach the Judgment Seat of Christ with boldness (parrhesia - freedom of speech). But he who fears has not been made perfect in love." See Mt. I discover that they do not know any other believers well enough to meet regularly to help them work through their problems. The day of judgment - Vincent comments that this literally reads "the day of the judgment. In that kind of life, the saint has nothing of which to be ashamed at the Judgment of his works. And others your life shall view There is no fear in love. It does not remain at the imperfect stage of mere talk, but reaches the stage of action.” (1Jn 4:14-note), "As He is, so also are we in this world." Scripture: 1 John 4:20–5:5. Bold shall I stand in that grand day, John makes f o ur points here: A. If a man had perfect love to God, he would have no fear of anything - for what would he have to dread? 1 John 4:19. Is perfected (5048)(teleioo related to teleios from telos = an end, a purpose, an aim, a goal, consummate soundness, idea of being whole) means to accomplish or bring to an end or to the intended goal (telos). Most people, when they say something has been perfected, mean that it was changed from a state of flawed imperfection into a state of flawless perfection. We read that "as He is, so are we in this world" (1Jn 4:17). So I would take the "this" to refer to our abiding in love or abiding in God and God's abiding in us—when you abide in love, love is perfected in you. Meta, with, is used constantly in the NT of ethical relations. The day is called the great day of their wrath (Rev 6:17); the day of wrath and of revelation of the righteous judgment of God (Ro 2:5); the day of visitation (1Pet. There will be a day of judgment and it is essential to have biblically based confidence as you face that day. 1 John 4:17. 7:21-23-note; Mt 11:21-24; 25:31-46). “By this” (1Jn 4:17) refers back to the last half of 1Jn 4:16, “God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” By abiding in God and His love, “love is perfected with us.” The result of this perfected love is that we will have confidence in the day of judgment. ", Love… with us - Wuest says "This is not primarily God’s love for us or our love for Him, but the love which God is in His nature, produced in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.". 1 John 4:17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world: Greek - en touto teteleiotai (3SRPI) e agape meth hemon hina parrhesian echomen (1PPAS) en te hemera tes kriseos hoti kathos ekeinos estin (3SPAI) kai hemeis esmen (3PPAI) en to kosmo touto . to us — Greek, “in our case” (see on 1 John 4:9). 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." So I think that the strongest explanation for 1 John 5:16-17 is that these verses separate the sin which so easily besets us all (Hebrews 12:1) from the unpardonable sin which it is pointless to pray for. THE SERVANT AS HIS LORD. From sin’s tremendous curse and shame.” From beginning to end, the Bible is clear that there is a coming day of judgment. We are told that the best defense is attack; and so it is made clear to us that we are to exercise a positive influence wherever we are - even as the Saviour taught, as we have said earlier, that we are to be as "salt" to prevent corruption, as "light" to bring cheer and guidance, and as a hill-top "city" to give clear testimony to Him. In the New Testament the word generally means finished, or completed, or accomplished. (2) To what precedes, viz., our dwelling in God and He in us. So Westcott: “The fellowship of God with man and of man with God, carries with it the consummation of love.” I prefer the latter (2), principally on the ground that in such phrases as by this, on this account, therefore, the pronoun usually refers to something preceding, though more fully developed in what follows. First, a growing love for God leads to confident anticipation of the future day of judgment. “Perfect” love is not just nice thoughts or words, but action (1John 3:17-18-note). See Jn 5:16, 18; 6:65; 8:47; 10:17; 12:18; 16:15. Teleioo is in the perfect tense signifying the continuing effect of this perfection. So the meaning of the first clause of 1 John 4:17 would go like this: “In this, that is in your love for each other, God’s love is put into action and so reaches its appointed goal. Greeks used parrhesia of those with the right to speak openly in the assembly. But we need to make sure that our confidence is based on biblical reasons, not on false hope. No one does that! Steven Cole gives a Scriptural illustration of the meaning of perfected - A helpful reference is James 2:22-note: “You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected.” James means that works complete faith or bring faith to its intended goal. (1Jn 4:17-note) God clearly demonstrates His love for the world in these passages, sending His Son as Savior, giving us His Son's life and leaving us on earth so that others might see Him in us (1Jn 4:17)! Oct 18, 2015. ος ἐκεῖνός ἐστι, τοιοῦτοι καὶ ἡμεῖς ἐσμεν. It does not remain at the imperfect stage of mere talk, but reaches the stage of action.” So in … (Romans 8:1-4, NIV throughout). The exact phrase occurs here only. 15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. Be clean and pure without and within 1 John 4:17 German Bible Alphabetical: also among are as because By complete confidence day have He him In is judgment like love made may of on perfected so that the this us way we will with world NT Letters: 1 John 4:17 In this love has been made perfect (1J iJ 1Jn i jn 1 jo) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools 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. Do others see Jesus in you? (1 John 4:17-19: Perfect Love Casts Out Fear). If this is not the greatest concern of my life, then I am a mere beginner in the Christian life. The hallmark of the saints is their great, increasing concern about the element of love in their lives. 2 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And lead the lost to life and Christ. God's Abiding in Us and Our Abiding in Love What this means you can see from the connection in 1 Jn 4:12. This is the kind of saint that keeps a daily check-up on himself as to sin in his life. In the love which we have for a parent, a child, a friend, there is no fear. (1) that the fact that he first loved us is the "ground" or "reason" why we love him, or. Compare 2Jn 1:3, “grace shall be with us” (true reading); and Acts 15:4, “what things God had done with them.” See also Mt. Teleioo signifies the attainment of consummate soundness and includes the idea of being made whole. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is also what John meant in 1Jn 4:12-note, “if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected [has reached its goal] in us.” This does not mean that you always love everyone perfectly, without any shortcomings. Barnes's 1-john 4:19 Bible Commentary We love him, because he first loved us - This passage is susceptible of two explanations; either. (1) To the following that we may have boldness. In that case it might mean either the love which is between Christians, or the love which is between God and Christians. 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. In His attitude and actions He is t otally consistent. They're reading it thro' and thro' Perfect Love Casts Out Fear from 1 John 4:18 "There is no fear in … Cole writes "There will be a day of judgment and it is essential to have biblically based confidence as you face that day. This means that the Father deals with us as He deals with His own beloved Son. John is saying, Love that comes from God gives us confidence in the Day of Judgment and must be expressed in love for others in obedience to God’s commandment. But what adventure for GOD we should then miss; what possible honors in the fight for Him we should fail to achieve! 20:2; 2:3; Lk 23:12; Acts 7:9; Ro 12:15; 1Jn 1:6. It is a matter of faith, which pleases the loving heart of our gracious God of Love, and secures our hope in Christ Jesus our Lord. So we need to remember the biblical definition of love. Henry Alford on as He is in the world - this is the reason or ground of our confidence: that we, as we now are in the world, are like Christ: and in the background lies the thought, He will not, in that day, condemn those who are like Himself. He describes two marks of such ‘perfect love’, namely confidence before God and love of our brothers and sisters. (Bible Exposition Commentary), He is (esmen) is present tense which signifies as Christ is continually (forever). Day of judgment, without the articles, is found Mt. By this - By what? Would others, especially those who live with me, say that they see the love of Christ in my daily behavior? known and believed — True faith, according to John, is a faith of knowledge and experience: true knowledge is a knowledge of faith [Luecke]. It’s easy to sing, “Oh, how I love Jesus,” while at the same time our homes are a battle zone. In context, it’s clear that 1 John is not saying that Christians are omnipotent or omniscient or morally pure. 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. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT. I believe that actors on the ordinary stage are successful in so far as they faithfully study their part. I do not think it would be easy to point out a parallel in the New Testament to the expression love that is with us = our love. 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. So we are left here, and may exercise in our residence so great an influence for good, and for GOD. Polls show that at least 60 percent of Americans believe in hell, but only four percent think there’s a good chance that they will go there. 4:17 Herein 1722 5129 is our 3326 2257 love 26 made perfect 5048 5769, that 2443 we may have 2192 5725 boldness 3954 in 1722 the day 2250 of judgment 2920: because 3754 as 2531 he 1565 is 2076 5748, so 2532 are 2070 5748 we 2249 in 1722 this 5129 world 2889. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. 7:22; Luke 6:23; 10:12). 1 John 4:17-18 MSG. Meanwhile, it is to be remembered that the world is a field of infection - "that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil". (1 John 4:17-19 The Boldness of Perfected Love), Martyn Lloyd-Jones - Let me sum it up in this way: Not to be concerned about loving the brethren, not to be concerned as to whether I am dwelling in love or not, is to misunderstand the whole purpose of my salvation, and therefore it is to flout God’s love. Speaking publicly or in the open (Jn 7:13, 11:54, 18:20) and then something done in public (Jn 7:26, Col 2:15-note). 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. Not Flawless Perfection - It is very important that we understand this, because it is different from what most people think of when they hear the word "perfected." Spurgeon - If we can be to the world, in our poor feeble measure, what God is to it, —fountains of love, dispensaries of goodness, — then we need not be afraid of the verdict even of the great day of judgment. Stott summarizes this last section (1Jn 4:17-21) - In 1Jn 4:12 John declared that if we love each other, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 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. "If we love one another … his love is perfected in us." What does John 4:17 mean? Much talk of love with few deeds of love destroys assurance. It has its roots in Christ, and is only expressed in a regenerate life, which is in fellowship with the Father. Keep telling the story, be faithful and true. So when John talks about God’s love being perfected in us, he means that His love has reached its intended goal in us. (1-6) Brotherly love enforced. The apostle Paul, preaching to the philosophers in Athens, declared (Acts 17:31) that God “has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.” When he talked with the Roman governor Felix, Paul discussed “righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come” (Acts 24:25). John, in his gospel and epistles, deals with the deepest realities, and with all things in their eternal aspects, but his vocabulary is … Let others see Jesus in you. “As He is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17). The bond or connecting link is our oneness with Christ; our being in this world as he is now. Yet He has said, "I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil". Teleioo does not mean simply to terminate something but to carry it out to the full finish which is picked up in the translation "perfected". Confidence (boldness) (3954)(parrhesia from pás = all + rhesis = speech) is literally all speech which conveys the idea of freedom to speak The basic idea that attitude of openness that stems from freedom and lack of fear ("shaking" fear in contrast to godly, reverential fear which is always appropriate). It is a spiritual fruit that is expressed in the life of a spiritual Christian. 2:12); the last day (John 6:39, 40, 44, 54); that day (Mt. But what does this verse mean? I often talk with people who are struggling in their Christian walk. The love of God is perfected with us, in communion with us, through our abiding in Him and He in us. Practicing the love of Christ gives us confidence in the day of judgment (4:17-18). I shall be glad to be there, to be judged for the deeds done in my body; not that I hope to be saved by them, but because I shall have a perfect answer to all accusations on account of my sin. When something, like a trip or an assignment, attains its goal, it is said to be "perfected." (Ibid) (Bolding added), Because (hoti) is a term of explanation. 1 John 4:17, 18 "Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is so are we in this world. 1 JOHN 4:17. We've all experienced this from time to time. “Who is he that condemns? So Huther, who argues thus on the ground that 1Jn 4:18 shows that the drift of the writer’s thought is toward the fearlessness of love. One would have expected her to come at a cooler time, and / or with other women. (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. John Piper So that (hina) is a term of purpose or result. Here we are, then, living in this difficult environment - living to serve Him, and to help others. The content, style, and vocabulary seem to warrant the conclusion that these three epistles were addressed to the same readers as the Gospel of John. You want to have a biblically based confidence as you face that certain day. Christ Our Advocate. Always pause to ponder this important conjunction, asking at least "What is the purpose?" NLT - And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. As I read my Bible, we shall all be there, and we shall all give an account unto God. Earthly monarchs have their ambassadors in other lands, to represent them at the foreign court - standing for the dignities and rights of their Sovereign, keeping their Government in touch with anything affecting the interests of their Country, speaking in the Name of their Ruler, and with all his Power behind them. True theology (the study of God) is not a dry, impractical course in doctrine—it is an exciting day-by-day experience that makes us Christlike!… Positionally, we are right now “as He is.” We are so closely identified with Christ, as members of His body, that our position in this world is like His exalted position in heaven. Love is a product of the Holy Spirit in the life of a man or woman that is walking in spirit and truth. Since we’re talking about eternity in the lake of fire, you need to be sure of where you stand! (Ibid). You can’t live at odds with the character of Jesus and then expect to have any confidence when you stand before his Father at the final judgment. 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. One day, in an electric moment of time, all the believers will be taken out of the world - those who have died, and those who are alive at the moment, all suddenly transformed and transported, to "ever be with the LORD", 1Th 4:16-17-note. 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. 6:18. Rather, it is God’s commandment." The word speaks of unreservedness of speech, a free and fearless confidence, with nothing to hide or be ashamed of. The one who fears is not made … There is another verse in our passage, along the same lines - "No man hath seen God at any time. 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. (1John 4:7-21 The Position of the Fellowship). 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. In this is love perfected with us." Believers who grow and mature in their faith need not fear how God will evaluate them in the future. Because as he is, so are we in this world. As noted above, the Amplified Bible can serve at times like a "mini-commentary," in this case interpreting the "by this" as by our covenant relationship, our "union and communion" with God. John adds (1Jn 4:17b), “because as He is, so also are we in this world.” Commentators offer several different interpretations of that phrase, but in the context it seems to mean, as B. F. Westcott states (1 John Commentary), “The ground of boldness is present likeness to Christ.” John Piper explains (Perfect Love Casts Out Fear), The assumption is that at the judgment day God won’t condemn people who are like his Son. Amplified - In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him], because as He is, so are we in this world. His love is not perfected in us." The phrase, "As He is so are we in this world," merits a second look. "In this is love perfected with us." More than likely, given what Jesus reveals here, the other women in town wanted nothing to do with her. In other words perfected love refers to God's love in us coming to completion or coming into action as we love each other. 18 There is no fear in love. He would have no fear of death, for he would have nothing to dread beyond the grave. As I said, such love will not ever be an exact representation of Christ’s love, even in the most godly of saints. There is no fear in love - Love is not an affection which produces fear. if you have love for one another." Commentary for 1 John 4 . Profundity is often supposed to be obscurity, but the deepest depth is clear. The true idea is that love is perfected in fellowship. 1 John 4:18. 12:41, 42; Luke 10:14; 11:31, 32. We must test spiritual experiences and spiritual phenomenon to see if they are in fact from God.i. dwelleth — Greek, “abideth.” Compare with this verse, 1 John 4:7. In the world - John mentions world three times in this section on love (1Jn 4:7-21) - "God has sent His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him" (1Jn 4:9-note), "the Father as sent the Son to be the Savior of the world." 1 John 4. Note that John does not say, “so should we be,” but rather, “so are we in this world.” Each of us needs to ask, ´Am I at all like Jesus? As He is - Not that we will ever be absolutely as Christ is, but as much as we can be as human beings born of and daily sanctified by His Spirit. As Vincent says he is explaining that "Likeness to Christ is the ground of boldness.". God is love. One basis for confidence in the day of judgment is when we see God’s love flowing through us to others." There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.