Family Matters - 1 John 4:13-21
1 John 4:13-21 13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. • Loved by the Godhead fully – Spirit, Son, and Father. Cf. Genesis 1:26; 3:22; Isaiah 6:8; Deuteronomy 6:4; Galatians 3:20; 1 Timothy 2:5; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14
• Another declaration of what the family needs to know. John desires the reader and listener to not assume, but to know. He repeats himself regularly because we need continual affirmation. Cf. 1 John 2:3, 4; 3:10, 14, 19, 24; 4:2, 6; 5:2, 13
17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. • Confidence for the day of judgement – same Greek word used in Ephesians 3:12 and Hebrews 4:16.
Why we can have confidence: 1 John 3:2-3 2 Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. Cf. 1 Corinthians 13:12-13; Colossians 3:1-4
This confidence is in more than a rescue, but a complete renovation.
I.E. this confidence I have, even with judgement coming, comes from the evidences of what Christ has done in my life.
• Perfect love casts out fear – fear (Hebrew yir'ah & Greek phobos) can have two definitions, depending on context. One being frightened/terror and the other being respected/honor. We are to fear (respect/honor) God and he removes fear (fright/terror).
19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
God love us and we love Him. This will remove any terror or anxiety of judgement . It will remove hate.