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The One Anothers of the New Testament - Part 5

1JOHN                                         Page 4
V.23 (cont'd.)

John 14:6 - "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me."

** What is the inescapable companion to true saving faith in Jesus Christ according to 1John 3:23?

"...and love one another, just as He commanded us." You cannot say that you truly believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and not follow this explicit command.

View #2 - Love is the companion of true saving faith.

Next in chapter four.

V. 7 ** What term of endearment is added to the command?

"Beloved" John himself is filled with the love of God for those to whom he is instructing.

** Why should we obey? What is the origin of love?

God Himself! "...for love is from God"

** How many Christians will follow this command?

All of them! "...everyone who loves is born of God and knows God." cf. V.8 "The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love."

View #3 - Love is from God

V.11 ** By repeating his term of endearment, John attempts to hold his audience as he lays out a most incredible reality. What is the "given" in this verse?

God has "so loved us"!

** How did God so love us? What did He do?

Back up to verse 10 - While we did not love God, He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (covering) for our sins. cf. Romans 5:6-8

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