[⇑ See verse text ⇑] John emphasizes in this verse that godly love is not something which originated with man. 1 John 4:10 (WYC) In this thing is charity, not as we had loved God, but for he first loved us, and sent his Son forgiveness for our sins [and sent his Son helping for our sins]. Proud member Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. "1 JOHN 4:10" I. Herein is love The love of God, free love, love that cannot be matched: herein it is manifested, as before; this is a clear evidence of it, an undoubted proof, and puts it out of all question: not that we loved God: the love of God is antecedent to the love of his people; it was when theirs was not; when they were without love to him, yea, enemies in their minds, by wicked works, and even enmity itself, and therefore was not procured by theirs; but on the contrary, their love to him is caused by his love to them; hence his love, and a continuance in it, do not depend on theirs; nor does it vary according to theirs; wherefore there is good reason to believe it will continue, and never be removed; and this shows the sovereignty and freeness of the love of God, and that it is surprising and matchless: but that he loved us; that is, God; and so the Syriac version reads, "but that God himself loved us". All rights reserved. "Not that we loved God." In the spiritual family also noblesse oblige. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. This phrase is expressive of the great love of Christ to his people, and of his substitution in their room and stead; and so it is used among the Jews for a substitution in the room of others, (wtbha bwrl) , "to express the greatness of love" F21; (See Gill on Romans 3:25) and (See Gill on Romans 9:3). What a beautiful truth it is.. to know that God is love, and that the love that we are called to manifest in our lives, has its source in the divine love of God. 1 John 1:10, KJV: "If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." "HEREIN IS LOVE" THIS IS WHAT TRUE LOVE IS ABOUT. From Talk Thru the Bible. 1 John 4:10 Herein is love The love of God, free love, love that cannot be matched: herein it is manifested, as before; this is a clear evidence of it, an undoubted proof, and puts it out of all question: Rather, it comes from God to us. Men are generally very ready to love those by whom they are first loved: now, such was the astonishing love of God to men, that, when they were sinners and enemies, he so loved the world, as to send his most beloved Son to live and die for them! A. of 1. Sometimes we hear a person As children of God we must exhibit His nature, and we must follow His example, and we must love those whom He loves. His love provides us the opportunity to be born of Him, to know Him, and to love others. It is inspired by the amazing love of God manifested in the Incarnation—the infinite Sacrifice of His Son’s life and death. Young's Literal Translation The Vulgate Latin version adds, first, as in ( 1 John 4:19 ) ; the instance of this love follows: and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins: this is a subordinate end to the other, mentioned in ( 1 John 4:9 ) ; for, in order that sinful men may possess everlasting life and happiness, it is necessary that their sins be expiated, or atonement be made for them, which is meant by Christ's being a propitiation for them; that the justice of God should be satisfied; that peace and righteousness, or love and justice, should be reconciled together; and kiss each other; and that all obstructions be removed out of the way of the enjoyment of life, which are brought in by sin; and that the wrath of God, which sin deserved, be averted or appeased, according to our sense apprehension of it; for otherwise the love of God people is from everlasting, and is unchangeable, never alters, or never changes from love to wrath, or from wrath to love; nor is the love of God procured by the satisfaction and sacrifice of Christ, which are the effects of it; but hereby the way is laid open for the display of it, and the application of its effects, in a way consistent with the law and justice of God. 1 John 1:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 1 John 1:10, NIV: "If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us." 1 John 1:10, ESV: "If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. What does 1 John 4:10 mean? Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. 1 John 4:10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins:. As verse 19 will say, it was God who loved us first. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. As a result, and only as a result of this, we can love Him. ἐκ τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐστί, οὐχ ὅτι ἡμεῖς ἠγαπήσαμεν τὸν Θεόν, ΚΑῚ ἈΠΈΣΤΕΙΛΕ ΤῸΝ ΥἹῸΝ ΑὐΤΟῦ Κ, ΑὐΤῸς ἨΓΆΠΗΣΕΝ ἩΜᾶς. The love which proves us children of God is not native to our hearts. 1 John 4:10. But that he loved us, — St. John's meaning is, that God loved us for it. 1 John 4:10. ‘So’ refers to what is said in 1 John 4:9-10. we ought also] Better, as R. V. we also ought: ‘also’ belongs to ‘we’; we as well as God. How amazing to realise the outpouring of His unique love.. flows through us, to others, because we have become his children. See 1 John 4:19. Salem Media Group.