Harrison's song is a tribute to John Lennon, who was killed in 1980. Originally posted Jan 31 2010 5:27 PM. If you ask anybody why they work today, they'll say: 'It's to feed my family, my wife and my kids', but they don't even conceive that it is also to feed and supply the family of God - and it is! What does the name John translate to? Not only were they renowned for doctrinal purity, but early Christians were renowned for practical charity. He didn't lay aside His attributes, but He thought it not something to be grasped at, and relinquished them voluntarily as He came to earth to live as a man - why? Also, the fact that 1 Corinthians 13 uses charity 9 times connects it … One we know today is that of 'eros' describing sexual love and physical love, and we get the word 'erotic' from it. This, John says, is the supreme definition and illustration of love, and that's the love that we ought to show to one another. Love one another!  John 1:3, with a probable allusion to Gen. 1:3, "God said," as en arche refers to bereshith, Gen. 1:1. Subscribe to our email updates to receive bi-monthly notifications of new content. Now that is cold language, I believe, which means they aren't getting out of that relationship what they feel is their right. All other verb forms translated “love” (37) render the former. He uses pistos, faithful, only once (20:27). In verse 11 John reminds them of a command he says they had from the beginning: 'This is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another'. Now agape love is divine love, it is the love of God, it is what God is in His essence.  John 1:3, with a probable allusion to Gen. 1:3, "God said," as en arche refers to bereshith, Gen. 1:1. I don't mean everybody in the world, but is there a general principle, because of the life that you live and the stand that you take as one of Christ's children, it hates you - that's a sign that you've got God's life in you! Not only do its style, vocabulary, and themes strongly mirror the Gospel of John, but we also know 1 John is written by an eyewitness of Christ’s ministry (1 John 1:1-3). John comes in here speaking of this lack of brotherly love that proves an absence of eternal life, and he says: 'If you don't love your brothers', verse 14 the second part of it, 'you're still dead', for a love for brothers is a sure sign that you've passed from death unto life. THIS SET IS OFTEN IN FOLDERS WITH... Cross References - 1 John . He gives us the explanation: it was Cain's parentage of the wicked one, his practices of wickedness. Chapter 5 and verse 21: 'Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire'. In which two chapters is love mentioned the same number of times? It's not just a grudge against a group of people, or a denomination, or a sect, it could be a grudge against one individual. Our problem is we live in a day where we have a social welfare state, and it's easy for many Christians to forget and disregard their obligations. Give us that love that is nothing but the love of Jesus, that when He is hated He says 'Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do'. Translation is a tricky thing. Jesus the very Son of the Living God coming to earth living as one of us and giving the ultimate sacrifice is about Gods Love for us. Thirdly, you have to have a willingness, once you see the needs and have the means to meet them, to do the deed and help that person. Now what is it that gives the love of God at the cross its character? Now, what harm does a wee bit of envy or jealousy do from time to time? - because lust is the seed of adultery, and hate and anger are the seed of murder. The number of times that love is mentioned in the Bible depends on the version of the Bible. January 2006 Love is mentioned 310 times. During one of the sessions Larry missed Pete, and at lunch he said: 'I missed you at 10 o'clock, it was a really good session'. Then there are others who see love as agreeing with everyone, being cordial, harmonious, even with others whose cultures and beliefs perhaps don't agree with yours, but yet you accept them and live and let live - they understand that to be love. Would you put your life on the line for someone else? He was not only of the wicked one, but he practised wickedness because his own works were evil and his brother's righteous. Now I know how people react to these types of verses, they'll be saying to themselves: 'I've never shot anybody, or slit anybody's throat' - but what John's doing is he is echoing what the Lord Jesus has already taught in Matthew's gospel and chapter 5 at the Sermon on the Mount - which, incidentally, is as much for us as it is for anybody. It is not something that revolves around self or self-gratification, but at the very centre - and, ironically we could say, at the crux ('crux' is the Latin word for 'cross', of course) - there is self-sacrifice as the foundation of everything that can be described as love. Gentleness is love yielding to all that is not sin, Give us that spirit we pray, and none other, for His name's sake we ask it, Amen. He said: 'Well, you go off and tell him that I've forgiven him, but remember: if I get better the deal's off'. And 1 John has been given to us to help encourage us to, in fact, love. Many want to lay down the lives of their brethren, rather than to lay down their lives for their brethren. Five times altogether, according to the New King James version: How many times does the word love appear in the standard New International Version Bible? The deacon said: 'Did the doctor really say that I was going to die?'. Answer (1 of 7): Love may not be the most used word in the Bible. Have you ever resented another believer in Christ? Check out a brief profile of each John mentioned in the New Testament. A lot of people don't really know what love is to define or to experience in their own lives and environment. Where in the bible does it mention that Jesus was a 'man of color'. You don't have to commit the act to have a murderous heart, because God is not as much concerned with the outward appearance as He is with the heart. Not only did He lay down His human life here on earth, but we go back into the eternity of past and we see in Philippians 2 that here He comes from the right hand of God, and He lays aside the grasping at divine power. I don't know many. David Jackman says that on the few occasions he met him he sensed most powerfully the love of Christ in God's servant. Matthew Henry noted well in his commentary on this verse: 'The great serpent himself reigns as the god of this world. Verse 17: '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?'. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. Don't miss part 11 of 1 John: 'Confident Christianity', ------------------------Back to Top The Greek word believe here is the word (G1400) Pist-yoo'-o. - are you persecuting a child of God? Last updated Jan 31 2010. 5:13-15 My source is the Blue letter Bible. Meekness, love not fighting, but bowed at Calvary. Find out more about us, ourministry and how to use our site, David Legge ministers in theUnited Kingdom and Ireland, Send us an email or leave a comment via our Guestbook, I think love, as a concept and indeed as a word, is one that, perhaps, has been more abused and misused than any other in our language - especially over the last decade. 1 John has been given to us to help us understand how to define love. e. Expressions such as eternal life, a new commandment, abide in Christ, walketh in darkness, that your joy may be full. Then there are others who maybe wouldn't stretch their definition that far, but understand love as a sentimental sort of fluffy feeling that's akin to butterflies in the tummy - it's an emotion, purely, it is a tendency. Even as a Christian...and it's a sure sign that you don't possess eternal life. There are many passages that I could have based this talk on, but I chose 1 John 4:7-11. That even when I kneel to pray First of all, let me point out from the beginning of verse 14 that you can know, and that puts the lie to those who say you can't really know and be sure of your salvation. Because, just as the Lord Jesus said again in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6 and verse 15, 'If ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses'. Twice in John 13:34 and once in John 13:35. You might say: 'I love golf'. He gives us the application to us: if we are truly children of God the world will hate us too, we will love our brothers - but if we're not, we'll still be dead in our sins, murderers like Cain, and we don't even possess eternal life no matter what we say. Do you have brotherly love? Name two other names he was known by? But if you love your brother, even imperfectly at times, it's a sign that you have the life of God in you - but let us all ask ourselves tonight: how much of that Christlike love is seen in me? What John is saying here is that that's not man's chief problem - ignorance - man's chief problem is rebellion and sinfulness in their heart towards God. They've chosen no longer to love the person because, one way or another, they're not getting their way any longer. What John is saying here is that that's not man's chief problem - ignorance - man's chief problem is rebellion and sinfulness in their heart towards God, This is serious stuff. However, these materials may be freely copied and distributed unaltered for the purpose of study and teaching, so long as they are made available to others free of charge, and this copyright is included. Not only was there his parentage, but there were his practices. He gives us several reasons how we can know whether or not we are truly a child of God. Now turn with me for a moment to 1 Corinthians chapter 13, to the great passage on love and its definition. Lord, it's the hardest thing I think, perhaps, in all the Christian life to forgive - but Lord, unless we forgive, You've told us we cannot know fellowship. Maybe it's not the man next door, maybe it's the man or the woman in the next pew. The message of John is: if Jesus loved you enough to die for you, you ought to love your brothers enough to live for them! There are multiple greek words which could be translated as love into our language. The first is “not.” “Herein is love, not”--“not that we loved God.” Very naturally many conclude that this means “not that we loved God first.” That is not exactly the truth taught here, but still it is a weighty truth, and is mentioned in 1 John 4:19 in express words--“We love Him because He … Let this my motto be: That's what the Lord said to the Pharisees: 'Ye are of your father, the devil; and the works of your father ye will do'. Whether it's singers envying other singers, churches envying other churches, preachers envying other preachers, elders envying other elders, deacons of deacons, businessmen in the fellowship envying the success of others who are businessmen, professionals, parents envious of children's success, students envious of others academic success - we could go on and on and on, and we begin to appreciate the seriousness of how this thing can multiply to extremes. - is it not? In Ephesians 4:28 Paul says: 'Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth'. The name John is mentioned 131 times in the bible and may refer to several different men. But then there is the social test, and that is the one we're looking at tonight again, and that is that of love towards our brothers specifically in Christ - and our sisters of course - and indeed love that we are to show to all men. Now, maybe that's why we don't take it as seriously as murder, but that's why God does. This sermon was delivered at The Iron Hall Assembly in Belfast, Northern Ireland, by Pastor David Legge. Once in John 15:12 and once in John 15:17. Now right away we see that love is more than an airy fairy feeling, it is more an act of our will rather than a feeling. Remember, that's who John is writing to. O Thou Saviour divine, Any exceptions to these conditions must be explicitly approved by Preach The Word. Preach The Word. So we pray tonight that folk in this gathering, that all of us, will be done with grudges, will be done with keeping scores and records of wrongs. Don't misunderstand what I'm saying, I'm not saying that if you've been angry with somebody at some time, or you've fallen out with them, that you're on your way to hell - we all get angry with one another from time to time, like any family, and we all fall out with each other now and again. The negative repetition oude en, prorsus nihil, not even one thing (stronger than ouden nihil), excludes every form of dualism (against the Gnostics), and makes the panta absolutely unlimited. Now in ancient Greece, in biblical Greek and ancient Greek, there were three or perhaps four definitions for love. Not a popular verse today! [Read guidelines...]. But if we take all those definitions, modern definitions of love, we can see that there's a trend running right throughout them all, and it is simply this: that love in some shape or form is understood as being something that gives you self-gratification. Now, we all know well John 3:16, 'For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son', and we've memorised that one - but one I'm sure you have never memorised, let alone exemplified, is 1 John 3:16: 'We ought to lay down our lives for the brethren'. Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me'. 2:9-10) w children of God and children of the devil (1 Jn. Sure, it's probably the most popular doctrinal belief of the whole lot. A sad fact is that conflicts and battles are what mark many an assembly of God's people in the 21st century. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. Now that word 'slew' in verse 12 literally could be translated 'to butcher' - 'Do not be like Cain, who was of that wicked one, who butchered or slaughtered' - it literally means 'slaughtered by smashing his throat'. Christians used to be arrested, and they were required to give up the names of their associate Christians, and if they didn't they would suffer and die. Our Father, help us to realise tonight, even as evangelical Christians, that without works faith is dead. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. John, son of Zebedee was one of the Twelve Apostles, along with his brother James . In the Book of Revelation, what do they tell us happened to him because of his loyalty to Jesus? 4. Jesus said it three times. The first thing he gives us is the fact that he is of that wicked one, his parentage. The example he gives us is Cain. A brother comes into the meeting, and he's in great need, and somebody pats him on the back and says: 'We'll pray for you brother, the Lord bless you, safe home'. I wonder do we really appreciate the seriousness of how bad envy and jealousy can be among God's people, because John is likening it to murder, the murder of Abel by Cain right at the beginning - that first act of murder. What you are describing is that those things make you feel good, you get a measure of self-gratification tucking into a bar of Cadbury's, or spending your husband's money - it feels good! We don't talk about the big red thing that beats in our chest, we talk about the seat of our emotions. He says: 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?' They never fail to help widows, they save orphans from those who would hurt them. John is more intuitive, speaking as a bold witness. 'Jesus is patient, Jesus is kind. (Chapter) 4. Pete said: 'Well, I was talking to the bellboy, I actually led him to the Lord Jesus'. Now, of course, we could go back to Deuteronomy 6 and verse 5 where God commanded in the law that all men should love the Lord their God with all their heart, with all their soul, with all their mind and with all their strength. What other books of the Bible did he pen? That's the explanation for why he behaved in this way, why there was a lack of love. Temperance is love in harness, and under Christ's control, You can know that you have eternal life, but it's hard to know as you observe the life of people who profess Christianity whether or not they really love their brothers and sisters. He uses it ninety-nine times out of the two hundred and forty-eight times that it appears in the New Testament (also ten times in 1 John). We have an obligation to lay down our lives for the brothers, to meet known needs of our brothers, and thirdly and finally: we are to love in action rather than in words alone, verse 18, that's a sure sign that we are the children of God - without it we cannot be. That was all the reason Cain needed to hate him and to murder him - a sure sign he wasn't a child of God. Verse 16: 'Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he', the Lord Jesus Christ, 'laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren'. This John is mentioned frequently in the Synoptic Gospels , but always (with a lone exception) in company with his brother James or with Peter or often with both ( Matthew 4:21). 'David Legge is patient' - I'd have to stop right away! Date: 90-95 AD. Do you see the seriousness? John gives us, first of all, an illustration of what this love is not, what this love is not like. John lived the love of God. If you possess things that give you life and sustenance, material possessions, worldly goods, but refuse to share them - the Authorised says 'shut up the bowels of compassion', and that is a literal translation because the bowels, the intestines were understood in the ancient world to be the seat of affections, the way we use the word 'heart' today. It may not be the act of murder. 'Preach The Word' is a not-for-profit Christian ministry which exists to provide sound Bible teaching to all. Goodness is love in actions that flow from Christ within. But how many of us practice it, and practice it like John is propounding? What is it? How many of us tonight can say, including me: 'Lord, let me live from day to day First of all there is the doctrinal test, that we believe the historical gospel that was revealed at the beginning through the incarnation of our Lord Jesus, His death and resurrection, that we believe in the historical Christ and the historical authentic gospel. 'My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth'. 1 John 4:19 - We love him, because he first loved us. Where are we there? If we take all those modern definitions of love, we can see that there's a trend running right throughout them all, and it is simply this: that love in some shape or form is understood as being something that gives you self-gratification. You see, when the Almighty God of heaven sees hate, do you know what He cries? The love of God is epitomised in Christ, perfected in Christ, and the greatest standard and expression and measure of that love is Calvary. 121 terms. The Emperor Hadrian of Rome, in the early second century, called a man called Aristides to the palace to have him describe what Christians really were like. If you do it's a good sign that you're saved, if you don't it's a sure sign that you're not. This expression 'lay down the life' is used many times in John's writings - John 10, 11 and 15. … Others, Lord, yes others, Does the world hate you? The expression "God is love" (ὁ θεὸς ἀγάπη ἐστίν) occurs twice in the New Testament: 1 John 4:8,16. John 13:23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. We have to step back for a moment if we are naive, and say: 'Is this possible? is the Greek word, 'on our behalf, in place of, as a substitute'. Now here are three things that are necessary: one, you need to have the means to meet a need, so don't get guilty if you don't have the means, you're the one that is in need. We see that here in this verse, if you look at it again, verse 15, he changes from talking about 'brethren' that he talked about in verse 14 in the plural to talking about the singular 'brother' in verse 15. It is voluntarily - He lays His life down, John says, voluntarily. How often does it happen? 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