• The True Love of God

    1 John 4:10–12

    Dr. Joel Beeke writes in his Epistles of John that “the great motivation for practical, Christlike living is the doctrine of the cross; hence, every failure to love can be traced back to a failure to understand the cross. When ...Read More

  • He First Loved Us

    1 John 4:19–21

    How do people know you love God? Is it because you are always proclaiming your passion for Him? Or do people know you love God by the deeds you do for the other Christians you know? Do you harbor secret ...Read More

  • Perfect Love

    1 John 4:17–18

    In commenting on this verse, John Calvin writes, “though fear is not wholly shaken off, yet when we flee to God as to a quiet harbor, safe and free from all danger of shipwreck and of tempests, fear is really ...Read More

  • We Have Come to Know

    1 John 4:16

    We can abide in the love God has for us by using our consciousness of this love to motivate us to avoid temptations to sin. We can abide in the love we have for God by praying at all times ...Read More

  • Confession and the Spirit

    1 John 4:13–15

    Are you abiding in Christ? Do you maintain a strong confession of the biblical Jesus and so receive confirmation by the Spirit that you dwell in God and God dwells in you? Or do you hesitate to take a stand ...Read More

  • We Ought To Love

    1 John 4:11–12

    That we can help make God’s love reach its full effect by endeavoring to love one another is just another way the New Testament stresses our role in sanctification. Though we do not play a role in our regeneration ...Read More

  • In This Is Love

    1 John 4:9–10

    The presence of sin means it will be difficult at times to give of ourselves, even to those we think deserve our love. This biblical teaching is indeed radical. We must love even the unlovely and do so even if ...Read More

  • God is Love

    1 John 4:7–8

    When we say “God is love” we must never think His love is more important than His other attributes. The doctrine of God’s simplicity tells us God’s love never operates apart from His holiness, mercy, justice, omnipotence, omniscience ...Read More

  • Whoever Knows God

    1 John 4:5–6

    Are you from the world or are you from God? Do you heed the voice of Jesus that speaks through His apostles in the New Testament writings or do you listen to the voice of the world that speaks through ...Read More

  • Greater is He

    1 John 4:4

    Many of the greatest Reformed theologians in history, including John Calvin and John Owen, are well-known for their understanding of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, the Spirit today is sometimes called ...Read More

  • In the Flesh

    1 John 4:2–3

    In our day there are many who deny the incarnation because of their anti-supernaturalistic biases. Perhaps due to the rising interest in the supernatural, many affirm the incarnation but deny that it had any implications for the exclusivity of Jesus ...Read More

  • Test the Spirits

    1 John 4:1

    In 2 Corinthians 11:14, the apostle Paul warns us that Satan often masquerades as an angel of light. Our enemy is a deceiver and will sometimes hide in the church, influencing teachers subtly or overtly to deny the Word ...Read More