Those who abide in Christ have confidence and will not shrink back when Christ returns. Every contemporaneous and collateral witness adds to this assurance. Love is the denial of self for another’s gain. We feel bad about our sins and failures. 1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched —this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. His example, John says, is not at all to be followed by Christians. So let's delve with him! John 15:12 "is itself a restatement of the “new commandment” of John 13:34." First, faith is rooted in the sufficient message of the apostles (1 John 2:18-27—Doctrinal). Only when we see and believe and cherish the brightness of God, will we be free to entrust ourselves and our futures into his hands. 1 JOHN 3:11. Commentators have debated who “We” is in this passage. We are killing our spouses, our children, our parents, and our brethren when we fail to love them with godly, sacrifice love. The Lord saw Nicodemus as representative of many who could not bring themselves to believe in the grace concept whereby God makes all the provision for salvation (Jn 1:14). John concludes that obviously murderers do not have eternal life. The positive example comes in 1Jn 3:16–18. The reason I put it like that is because of what 1 John 1:9 says and what Hebrews 12:16 says. An Old Command for ALL Christians (vv. The gospel is incomplete unless it includes both doctrine and ethics. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit who guided the apostles into all truth, who wrote the mystery down so that when we read we can understand God’s will (cf. The readers heard it from the beginning, since it was among the first things inculcated in their hearts as believers, and not only so but it had been constantly repeated. This is the hope of those who are born of God. As he now fills in his preliminary sketch, he uses no colours but black and white. Compassion will lead to action. In Jesus' time the world hated him (John 7:7) and will hate his followers (John 15:18-19). John wants us to know this precious truth. Author: 1, 2, and 3 John have from earliest times been attributed to the apostle John, who also wrote the Gospel of John. Jesus now discloses to the henceforth silent Nicodemus, in growing excitement of feeling, the source of his ignorance, namely, his unbelief in what He testifies, and which yet is derived from His own knowledge and intuition. We are proving we are not his disciples. Picking up in the middle of Paul’s description, “having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work.” (1 Timothy 5:10 ESV) The point I want to make is that we are not talking about people who claim to be Christians but have shown themselves to be Christians. Our actions tell everything about who are truly God’s and who are not. God is greater than our condemning hearts. 1 John 3:2 Or when it is made known; 1 John 3:13 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in verse 16. The Gospel message of Him who loved us, announced by His servants, is, that we love the brethren; not here all mankind, but those who are our brethren in Christ, children of the same family of God, of whom we have been born anew. It is a very close parallel (almost word for word) with I John 1:5. They were the ones who were modern, progressive "with-it". Our practice proclaims who and what we are. The message there spoke of the nature of God and its bearing on the Christian life. We are not talking about having warm fuzzy feelings for each other. And then and only then will we be free to forget about ourselves in order to genuinely love someone else. This is why Cain killed Abel, and why hatred is considered the spiritual equivalent to murder. We cannot say we love. We try to make so much more out of people sometimes rather than just taking the straightforward, simple point. Jesus denied himself so that we all could gain. We know that we have fallen short. 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Sometimes our consciences still bother us because we know we have done wrong. From Talk Thru the Bible. And any gospel you believe, any gospel you proclaim that does not include both doctrine and ethics is only half a gospel tragically incomplete, radically distorted, hopelessly deficient. Home >> Bible Studies >> 1, 2, and 3 John Studies >> 1 John 3:11-24 These small group studies of 1 John contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. Aggelia os related to a number of important NT words including aggello - to announce, paraggello = command; kataggello - to proclaim, euaggelion = gospel, etc. Cain’s heart was wicked which led to his disobedience. “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.” (Matthew 5:21â22 ESV). We must show we love (cf. What manner of (ποταπὴν) The word is of infrequent occurrence in the New Testament, but is found in all the Synoptists and in 2 Peter 3:11. 1Jn 3:23; 4:7; 11–12; 2John 1:5; John 13:34; 15:12, 17)." Used in the Septuagint 11x - 1Sa 4:19; 2Sa 4:4; 2Ki 19:7; Pr 12:25; 25:25; 26:16; Isa 28:9; 37:7; Ezek 7:26; 21:7; Nah 3:19. ; John 4:35; John 19:26, John 19:27. 1. Cain murdered his brother Abel, as recorded in Genesis 4. Read 1 John 3:23-24. By coincidence, I was reading a commentary on this exact passage earlier today. So 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins” — he doesn’t specify any particular kind — “he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Loving others means we deny ourselves from the good and gain of others. John has already told us in 1 John 1:8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. We are putting away the desires of the flesh, desires of the eyes, and the pride in lifestyle and following the desires of our Lord. Supremely these moral responses are to be ones of love. John 3:11. page 3 / 8 AN ESSENTIAL EVIDENCE OF OUR LIFE IN CHRIST IS OUR LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER. The world, ungodly people, cannot receive the things of God (John 14:17,22; 16:8-9 ; cf. The Incarnation of the Word of Life. John turns to the example of Cain and Abel to teach why we must love one another. Being precedes doing, but all Christian doing must be based on being, that is, on who we are in Christ. This is the kind of love that John is talking about. 'For this is the message which you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.' ", Piper - The wording of 1 Jn 3:11 is striking. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] John begins a new section with a positive reminder about love. John lays it down that anyone who does not do what is right is by that fact shown not to be of God." Love One Another 1 John 3:11-24 In the eleventh verse of this chapter, John reminds his fellow disciples in the beloved community love is the essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The religious leaders taught that if you murdered you would be liable to judgment. Loving others shows we have made the transition from being a child of the devil (3:10) to being born of God and a child of God. What does it mean that God is light? As the writer of Hebrews declared, we stir each other up to love and good works when we are gathering together (Hebrews 10:24-25). See John 1:29; John 11:3, etc. James 2:15). – This is the second time that John addresses the issue of Christian love here in his Epistle which should alert us to its importance (cf. Our love for one another is demanded by the character of God, but it is also empowered by the brightness of the God who is light and love, with whom there is no small print. Only here in John… God is greater than our hearts. This most likely refers to John 15:12 where Jesus said “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you." “It is the Lord’s command, and if this is done, it is enough.”. John begins the next section of his letter with his central theme -- love: "This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another." Love one another - This is the first of six uses by John of this phrase in his epistles - 1Jn 3:11, 23; 4:7, 11-12; 2 John 1:5. It is a very close parallel (almost word for word) with 1 John 1:5. Children of the devil are self-consumed. If our heart does not condemn us, then that is not a bad thing if we are walking in the light. Now that we have zeroed in on who John is talking about, let’s allow the strength of God’s word convict our hearts. An essential part of that message was that we should love one another (cf. “It is the Lord’s command, and if this is done, it is enough.” What is here stated, then, is that the manifestation of the character of Christ in the believer is the outcome of receiving the word of God. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. "This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all" (1 Jn 1:5). We also need to be aware that there are many in the world who know how to take advantage of Christians by claiming to be Christians even though their lives do not show this to be true. 2. Our hope is in Jesus and we follow him alone. The moral imperative for Christians to love one another was at the heart of the apostolic Gospel. What is the lust of the eyes? The message here instructs us as to our duty one to another. (The Letters of John by John R. W. Stott), From the beginning - Same phrase - 1Jn 1:1, 2:7, 2:13, 2:14, 2:24, 3:8, 3:11. Jerome informs us that toward the close of the apostle’s life, after he had become too infirm to preach, he still continued constantly to give the exhortation, “Little children, love one another.” He tells us how he remarked. BROTHERLY LOVE: In the context the message is a reference to the original, apostolic Gospel, the good "message" of Him Who loved us (Jn 3:16) and which births children who exhibit a Spirit-enabled, supernatural love for their brothers and sisters in Christ. John teaches that if we open our hearts (and our wallets) to those in need, God will open His wallet to us.) THE BEGINNING MESSAGE A. (Exalting Jesus in 1, 2, 3 John (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary), William Barclay adds "We can tell what a tree is by its fruits, and similarly we can tell what a man or woman is by that person’s conduct. What we need, which is what his readers needed, is to go back to what we have heard from the beginning. John returns to the important topic of loving one another as a sign that we are living our lives in Christ. 1 Jn 1:5. John provides us a simple explanation concerning Cain’s sacrifice and subsequent actions that are so widely speculated. Supremely these moral responses are to be ones of love. In reminding them of this message to love one another, John himself was remembering the command of Jesus in John 13:34 - "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. From the outset of their Christian life, John's readers had been taught the importance of love for one another. (2)We love one another, just as our Lord commanded us and showed us. We know what love looks like because we see in Jesus the perfect example of love. (1 John 3:10) This week John delves more deeply into the question of what it means to love one another. Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. They would argue that instead the phrase means what it later means in 1 John 2:7, 2:24, and 3:11, namely, the beginning of the gospel. 1. (3:11) It's amazing that we Christians need to hear the message, the command, of love so often -- and still we don't get it. The gospel not only saves men but unites them to Christ and this produces in them that love which is essential in His character, was manifested by Him, embraces all the other qualities of the fruit of the spirit, and fulfills the law of God. One of the purposes of our community groups is to know each other better so we can love each other like John is commanding. "The beginning" likely refers to when his readers first heard the gospel message. 189 We can make decisions and take actions that affect our lives, affect the lives of our families, and the lives of others for years and years, generations and generations. Our love for one another is demanded by the character of God but it is also empowered by the brightness of the God who is light and love, with whom there is no small print. John says we have "heard from the beginning" the message that we should love one another. NET Note - The word aggelia occurs only twice in the NT, 1Jn 1:5 and in 1 John 3:11. Answer: 1. You are my friends if you do what I command you.” (John 15:12â15 ESV). He knows that you are loving him and striving to serve him. Love is sacrificing ourselves for the gain of others. (1 John 3 Commentary - Daily Study Bible), Harris notes that "This section marks the beginning of the second major part of First John (1John 3:11–5:12)." I. I do not want to take the teeth out of this passage, but I think we need to make some observations about what John is saying. Marvin Vincent on message - “announcement,” as of something good; not a mere command, as the law. Doctrine is of the essence of the gospel--doctrine about the character of God; about human sin; about the mediator, Jesus Christ, who is the God-man; about his life, death and resurrection to forgive the sins of his people and give them eternal life; about the need for personal response of faith to appropriate the work of Christ into one's own life. Rather than see their own wickedness and repent, they hate those who expose their evil ways. (Harris), Stott explains that this original Gospel message "was also public knowledge in contrast to the private and secret enlightenment which the false teachers claimed. We know that we are murderers because we have not sacrificed ourselves for each other. If our hearts are closed against our brother in need and we do not act to help, how can we think that God’s love is remaining with us? First John 3:11 stands as the thesis for this paragraph: “This is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.”. Perhaps we think John is exaggerating or going a little overboard. We know what love looks like when we look at Jesus. Consider THE PLACE THE BIBLE HOLDS as an evidence of Christianity. Wuest - Because this is the message which you heard from the beginning, to the effect that we should habitually be loving one another with a divine love. God knows that you are seeking him. Love not just in what you say but in how you act. If we do not love one another, we are murderers. 1 John 3:11–18 follows an important passage on our identity as children of God, 2:28–3:10. And then and only then will we be free to forget about ourselves in order to genuinely love someone else. The Bible is the history of the Jewish people, and their existence to-day is a guarantee that the basis of the book is firm and undeniable. John in this context is speaking about helping our Christian brethren, so we need to bear this in mind. They were infatuated with newness. The other uses are found in John 13:34; 15:12, 17; Ro 13:8; 1Th 4:9; 1Pe 1:22. This is the great commandment of God. But John wants us to know that we can have our hearts assured. Test the *spirits to see if they are true (1 John 4:1-6) v1 My friends, do not believe every *spirit. We are to lay down our lives for one another. He laid down his life for us. And I would add specifically "Life in the family (love of the brethren)! It is a love of esteem and approbation. What John and Jesus are teaching is that we are a bunch of murderers. Footnotes. We know that we have passed from spiritual death to spiritual life when we love our brethren. 1Jn 3:11 and 1Jn 1:5 are the only NT uses of aggelia. This love is the special fruit of our faith, and a certain sign of our being born again. (Love: A Matter of Life and Death), Love (25)(agapao) "speaks of a love which is awakened by a sense of value in an object which causes one to prize it. First John 3:11 stands as the thesis for this paragraph: “This is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.” The Problem of Hating Our Brother (3:12-15) John turns to the example of Cain and Abel to teach why we must love one another. Children of the devil do not give of themselves to others but always take. John concludes this paragraph by encouraging our hearts and giving us further hope. Let those heavy words sink into our hearts and minds. Book of 1 John - Bible Survey Who was John the Apostle in the Bible? When we mistreat each other, are not kind to each other, cause problems, are not sacrificing for each other, and putting others ahead of ourselves, we are showing that we are remaining in spiritual death. When Paul instructed who could be helped by the church, there were strict requirements that the widow have proven herself to abide in Christ. Evil has a jealous hatred for good. Cain murdered his brother Abel, as recorded in Genesis 4. We must clean out the filth in our lives and stop practicing sins because we see the amazing love the Father has given us so that we can be called children of God. (Exegetical Commentary on 1 John 3:11-24), John Stott refers to 1Jn 3:11-18 as "an elaboration of the social test… namely that to love is the new command (which is yet old) and belongs to the new age in which the true Light is already shining (1Jn 2:8-note). John provides three markers of the Divine parentage. We are talking about sacrificing for each other. Jesus made the very same connection. Verses 23-24 summarizes these truths so that we can know we have eternal life and confidence before God. Divine certainties. We are not listening to ourselves, to the world, or to Satan. John then makes the point even stronger in verse 15. We know that we have not loved like we ought to have loved. Our churches are full of selfish, bickering people. (1John 2:7-note). You know that you have truly moved from the realm of darkness and sin to the realm of light and righteousness when we love each other. 11 Most assuredly, Jesus used “most assuredly” three times during this important dialogue with Nicodemus, showing with unequivocal force the importance of being born again. When we get angry with one another and refuse to show proper love, we are showing that we are not born of God and do not have eternal life. Those who hate are of the world. In the gospel of John, the apostle quotes the Lord Jesus declaring love as … Now in our verse today (1 Jn 3:11) the message they had heard from the beginning was equally foundational, but now not in the realm of doctrine, but of ethics. 1 John 3:11-12 - NIV: For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. Both doctrine and ethics are at the heart of the gospel because they are so inextricably linked. John 3:11. If we do not love, then we abide in death. The doctrinal foundation that God is light and the moral, ethical foundation of love for one another are both at the heart of the apostolic gospel. That is Jesus Christ, whose example of self-sacrificial love is to be imitated and followed by us as his disciples." Second, behavior is characterized by purity (1 John 2:28-3:10—Moral). We have confidence before God and we are supposed to have confidence before him. I. Jesus gave the same command: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. The doctrinal foundation that God is light and the moral, ethical foundation of love for one another are both at the heart of the apostolic gospel. These sinful decisions can weigh our hearts down. We can feel guilt from our sins even though we have come to Jesus and asked for forgiveness. Next: 1 John 4:1-6, Tested, West Palm Beach church of Christ4236 Haverhill RoadWest Palm Beach, FL 33417, SundayÂ Services9:30 am / 10:30 am & 6:30 pm. What does 1 John 3:11 mean? Vine says for this is the message is "more literally, “Because the message is this,” cp. It is always about what others are doing for them, never about what they can do for others. The grammar of 1 John 3:6 indicates that John is speaking of a settled, continued lifestyle of sin. This is a frightening application to the body of believers. From the very beginning, that is, from the very first time they heard the Gospel, John's readers knew beyond a shadow of a doubt what God would expect and would empower them to do: love one another… And any gospel you believe, any gospel you proclaim that does not include both doctrine and ethics is only half a gospel, tragically incomplete, radically distorted, hopelessly deficient. 1 John 3:11 For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another: Greek - Hoti aute estin (3PAI) e aggelia en ekousate (2PAAI) ap arche hina agapomen (1PPAS) allelous, NET - For this is the gospel message that you have heard from the beginning: that we should love one another. For this is the message— In this verse we have St. John's first reason why Christians should love one another; namely, "It is the message or command of God in Christ." 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