If the cross of Jesus speaks at all it speaks in tones of love. All that He does is the expression of His nature, is—to love. Wheeler (W. C.), Sermons and Addresses, 125. For God is love; he loves himself; there is an entire love between the three divine Persons, who are in the strictest, and in the most inconceivable and inexpressible manner affected to each other; their love is natural and essential: God loves all his creatures as such, nor does he hate any of them, as so considered; and he bears an everlasting, unchangeable, and invariable love to his elect in Christ Jesus; of which an instance is given in the following verses, and is a reason why the saints should love one another; that they might be like their heavenly Father, by whom they are begotten, and of whom they are born, and whose children they are; seeing he is love itself, and in his breast is nothing else but love. God is light (1Jn 1:5). Compare the notes at 2 Corinthians 13:11. Banks.]. When God was manifested in Christ, in the man Christ Jesus, that man fulfilled the whole law, of which the second great division is, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. ], The manifestation of unselfish affection, or even the expression of it, is a token of a higher nature in man and a presage of immortality. His righteousness is the eternal conformity of His life to love. Kingsley, Westminster Sermons, p. 15; Christian World Pulpit, vol. Love made earth. Logically the statement stands parallel with "God is light" ( 1 John 1:5) and "God is spirit" ( John 4:24) as one of the three great Johannine expression of the nature of God.... "God is spirit" describes his metaphysical nature, while "God is light" and "God is love" deal with his character, especially as he has revealed himself to men." Before God created heaven and earth with all their inhabitants, the Eternal Love of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit shone with unseen splendour in the Divine Being. ‘The Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ is contained in the truth that God is love. This is man’s highest good as God reads it; this God feeds, for “God is love.”, III. Consequently, if God is love, that love must exist and be exhibited as possessing in fulness this trinity of elements; and if to dwell in love is to dwell in God, that love in which we dwell must have its full development, and we must pass in our spiritual history from trust through desire to sacrifice, just as in our natural history we pass from filial through wedded to parental love. Be aware that there are some commentaries that say exactly the opposite of what John is saying -- they make statements such as "it is possible to be saved and not love." The dawn is the sign that the sun is coming; it is caused by the sun. He also sets in opposition to this, according to his usual manner, the contrary clause, that there is no knowledge of God where there is no love. Nor that the flowers create the summer? This is God's Word and He alone is the Judge (Who is also love!). The text takes us up, as it were, above the veil; we are caught up through the door of this vision to the sanctuary of God's throne. God must express Himself for His own sake. He never knew. His righteousness must be the righteousness of love. All aspects of His nature belong together and unite in determining His action and response. “Our Father which art in heaven.” The relationship which is the strongest possible claim upon help and love is to be transferred to God. We did not seek after Him. He âoverthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.â And by the kiss or the rod; by caress or correction; by âgentle gales from the wings of angels that fan His Mercy-seat,â or by hot blasts from the burning marl of hell; by the blood of Christ, and pleading love, or by fire and brimstone of punitive love, God seeks to overthrow all evil in all men and beings, and will not rest until the Holy Spirit shall say of the New Creation, âIt is finishedâ: for âGod is love.â, 1. But secondly, this world, having fallen, is now passing under discipline and training for another and better world; and the suffering is the discipline essential to the educating processes of the present life. God is perfect love, all His affections are pure and clear as the crystal stream. Treat God as “Love,” and you will find Him “Love.” But remember “love” is sensitive. (Bp. Read 1 John 4:8 commentary using Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. xvii., p. 328; F. W. 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