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Behold, what manner of love! 5/01/212
KJV 1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

Behold!! Listen up, this is important, John writes: We are called the sons of God because God has bestowed His love upon us. God has sent His Son into this world as a propititation (appeasing) (2:2) for our sins and through repentance and faith we live in union with the Father and the Son (1:5-2:2). In verses 20 and 27 of chapter 2, there are two words that are used that are rooted in the same Greek word: chrism: In verse 20 the word unction is used and in verse 27 the word anointing is used. In both places the sense of meaning is that through this unction/anointing we know all things and are taught all things We have this unction/anointing within the union of Jesus Christ. We are able to see that which is of the truth and that which is a lie. Here are the two verses:

KJV 1 John 2:20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
KJV 1 John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

"therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not."

As a result of our being in fellowship/union with the Son, the world does not know us because they did not know him. Earlier in his Gospel, John had written concerning these words that Jesus had spoken.

John 15:17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

Perhaps it is beneficial for us to remember that when we bear His testimony, we are kept insulated from the world loving us, and therefore from the temptation to fall into trying to please it or people. We are insulated from being affected by the manipulation of all kinds.

2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

We are now the sons of God, even though we are less than we know we should be. It is not future, but it is present. This sonship in his family is a gift of grace, not something that we attain of ourselves. But one day, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is!! It does not matter what the world thinks of us, for we are God's offspring. Living in fellowship with the Father and the Son, we have fellowship with all other believers. We should not forget that one of the principle reasons that John writes this epistle is:
1 John 1:4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure

Everyone who is fixed upon Jesus Christ is pure. When we are in union with Him, we are pure, sinless. We go back to the first chapter. Christ is life, He came into the world as the Light of the world to show us our darkness, through repentance and faith we now united with Him and are in the Light. This purity is a gift righteousness which is by faith. Let us continue to see if this interpretation is consistent with the proceeding verses of this epistle.

4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

All who are "doing" sin are breaking the law, for doing sin is breaking the law. We are all guilty before this truth.

Jesus was made plain to take away our sins, and in him is no sin. So being in union with him, we do not sin. If Christ has taken away our sin and we are in him, we do not have any sin. What about what we heard in the first chapter? "if we say we have no sin, we make God a liar." But he is talking about this from two sides. We yet sin in experience, but being in Christ it is not accounted to us. God has no memory of our sin when we are in Him, which means that we believe that He has cleansed us through His Son. On the other hand, if we do not believe the Gospel, we are yet accountable for our sin. Will we believe God or will we not believe Him? What John writes in his Gospel will clarify this:

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Who is doing the condemning? God or ourselves? He that believes not is condemned already. God does not condemn, but through unbelief one is condemned. It is important to see that distinction. God does not impute sin to anyone and wants all to come to the knowledge of what manner of love He has bestowed upon all through His Son.

7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Satan wants us all to dwell in our sin and never to come to a knowledge of the forgiveness of our sins. When we do that, we are asking for our sins to be back on us. When we do that, God says: "Why do you want them back?"

Hebrew 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

2 Cor: 4: 3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

When God has taken away our sin he has no memory of it. We yet acknowledge ourselves as a sinner, but God does not see our sin when believe that through Christ we are pure in God's sight. We live in forgiveness toward others because we have received forgiveness. We are sinners, yes, but the power of his blood is greater than our sin and greater than all the sin of the world. All sin is my fault and no one else's fault. It has nothing to do with any external circumstances, but it has everything to do with my sinful self. We sinned and therefore do not merit anything but eternal and everlasting punishment. The blood of Christ is amazing!!! Those who do not see their own sin hate themselves so much that they extend this bitterness towards others. Their lack of forgiveness toward self is a direct cause of their hatred of others.

11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.

John returns to love, saying this is the message that ye have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another and not be like Cain, for he was of the devil. How so? His works were evil and his brother's righteous.
When we lose sense of the forgiveness of Christ and we focus on our sin, we lose the sense of the completion of His finished work. Cain took out his problem on his brother when he should have went to God with his problem. He took out his disagreement with God by killing his brother. There was no rival left. The good works were destroyed so that the only works remaining would be the evil works. That is why Christ was killed, that is why people kill people, in order to get rid of the opposition. Instead of coming to the light and turning towards God in repentance, one simply will get rid of the light so that only the darkness remains. Darkness always wants to hide from the Light and if that is not possible, it will always destroy the Light. Ravi Zacharias summed this up this way: "Kill God, kill ethics and then you will kill people."

The next verse returns to something that he said in the first verse of this chapter: "Therefore the world knows us not because it knew him not." This should bring rejoicing to our heart, for what did Jesus tell his disciples in the 5th chapter of Matthew?

Matthew 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

How do we understand this? Perhaps what Peter wrote in his 2nd Letter will help give us some insight as to how evidence of life in us is seen through love to the fellow believers.

KJV 2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Love came to serve, love serves the other for their benefit while lust demands to use another for ones own selfish promotion and benefit.

Galatians 1:19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Perhaps a real life example will illustrate what is being considered now in our meditations.

Recently a dear brother was called to glory by our Father in heaven. In my numerous visits with him over the last 10 years, he often would quote this verse as well as some verses from Paul's letter to the Romans. He would relate as to how earlier in his life he lived under the dictates of what he called religion. He said that regardless of how he tried to be obedient in all his duties in the kingdom of God, he always felt like he did not do good enough. One day he threw up his hand and said, "I give up, I cannot do it," and then he would look at me and say with exuberance: "And I died!" He again would look at me and ask me: "Have you died?" As this dear brother got older and as his elderly years began to take a toll on him, he would many time during the course of our visits quote from Romans: "What I thought was unto life, I found to be unto death, and I DIED!" And then again he would ask me: "Have you died?" I will always remember his loving and direct approach to how it is that Christ lives in us, and therefore, through us. In order for Christ to live, we must die. Yes, all have died and arose with Him objectively two thousand years ago, but have we come to know this for ourselves. Let us consider the 6th chapter of Romans as we consider this question.

Understanding what Peter and Paul wrote about, along with our brother's personal experiences, should guide our thinking in these next four verses...

16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

God is able to see both our inward person and our outward person, while people are only able to see us outwardly through actions. Yes, our inner attitudes are outwardly perceived and heard also by others, but those are not always exactly what is going on within a person. The easy truth to see here is that our love ought to be expressed not only in word or in tongue, but in dead and in truth. In other words, we ought to walk the talk from a heart of charity towards others. This seems to be saying that loving in deed and in truth is evidence of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, for the fruit of the Spirit is "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance." It does not say "fruits", but it says "fruit."

Because we are by nature self seeking and proud, there are times when our heart will condemn us due to our falling victim to self, but we are told that God is greater than our heart. Since we are His child through the righteousness which is by faith, we are not ever condemned by God, but only by ourselves through our looking at our sinful self instead at the sinless Christ. Looking to Christ always keeps us in a place of confidence towards God.

22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

Our prayers are always heard by Him, and we always receive an answer. Sometimes it is yes, sometimes it is no, and sometimes it is wait. One particular answer of no was heard by the Apostle Paul himself. After he prayed three times that his "thorn in the flesh" would be removed, he was told no, but he was also told why the answer was no. (2 Corinthians 12: 1-10) Do we have a "thorn in the flesh" that we wish would be taken away? Have we been asking God about it? The answer that He gives will work towards our salvation and not against it.

We are given encouragement that since God has revealed/disclosed His saving grace to us through the name of His Son and that we love one another, we live in Him and He in us. And we know that He abides/continues in us through the Spirit which He has given us. Paul wrote to the Romans in this way: "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:" (8:14-16)

May the Lord bless our continued meditations in His Word.

Pastor Orval Wirkkala

Posted on 01 May 2012 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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