2. But through all and in all His love abides unchanged, and is at the root of our sorrows as well as our joys, often hidden, but never absent, the same yesterday and to-day and forever. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for 1 John 1:5 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "THIS IS THE MESSAGE" Intro. They have become so familiar now that we do not know their meaning; but if we could throw ourselves back mentally and spiritually to the right standpoint, we should know that it did not lie within the compass of human genius to invent any of these words. Feb 3, 1985. If you ever get out do not get in again.'94 The man said, '93I cannot get out.'94 That is Confucianism. 1 John 4:8 - But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. Scriptures: John 8. In the love of the Eternal which Jesus reveals to us there is the fulness of life, perfect fellowship, infinite and eternal love. Men are required to imitate their heavenly Father. The sole hope of retaining God is in the absoluteness and the universality of the Divine love. The story is told of a congregation who had just called a new minister. Why comes this fragrance on the summer breeze. Do not expect that because God is love you are going to understand all that God is doing around you and for you. 3. The Greatest of These Is Love: An Introduction to the Series. Look into Catholicism, where God is a Burning Anger, kept from destroying the world only by a continual sacrifice. There is nothing in the nature of God which any of His creatures can imitate, except His benevolent feelings. Paul is the apostle of faith. Health is no longer commonplace, and you thank God that you are not like other men, who are sick, and weak, and dying. He is infinite in power, wisdom and glory. For answer to your question you must wait till you see the use made of the productions. They are all determined, limited, described, if God is love, by love. Let Us Walk in the Light of God. 1 John 4:8 . Think of your sins, yea even of your virtues, and as you reflect how bad your worst deeds were, and how poor your best, are you not glad for your own sakes that God is love?1 [Note: J. M. Gibbon, The Gospel of Fatherhood, 11.]. Scripture: 1 John 4:7–11. It is equally deep everywhere — Calvary deep Wherever you try it. And as the love of God is thus manifested, in that we were His enemies, for whose salvation His Son was sent, so is it, more over, manifested by the greatness of the salvation, which was wrought by His coming: a salvation great in every particular respect; great in respect to its extent; great in respect of the deliverance which it affords; great in respect to the means of grace which it now affords us, and of the all-sufficient aid of Christ's Holy Spirit to overcome our natural weakness and corruption; and great in respect of the hope of everlasting glory which it reveals to those who shall hereafter be admitted into His presence. Lewis (E. W.), Some Views of Modern Theology, 83. Though countless be the notes, that God is Love! What does 1 John 4:8 mean? It is not true.'94 But all the time, the words were burning down into his soul, '93God is love. I have seen a band of roving gypsies tear down the exquisitely carved panels of an old palace to light a fire to boil their kettle with. John Piper May 12, 1985 48 Shares Sermon. In the fair bow athwart the falling shower. God is love. It should be no surprise, then, that love is our theme as we continue to observe Lent. ], I was standing not long ago by a child's sick-cot; and if there is any sight which it is hard to look upon, it is that of the little one, to whom it is all such a mystery, racked and tortured with pain. Its own glad voice replies, that God is Love! '93I am trying to empty the sea.'94 '93Silly child,'94 said St. Augustine, '93you can never empty the sea with your little bucket.'94 '93As well may I try,'94 said the child, '93as you seek to explain with your finite mind the infinite Being of God.'942 [Note: C. Hepher, The Revelation of Love, 38. Of all this globe;'97such thrilling ecstasy, Expands my heart, as I the sight unfold.3 [Note: Dante, Paradiso, xxxiii. "God is love." Gibbon (J. M.), The Gospel of Fatherhood, 1, 33. Then see that true love begins with God, is received from God and changes us. Parker (J. J. Dec 3, 1989. John Piper Feb 17, 2008 37 Shares Sermon. I feel inclined to deny it. '93That sentence,'94 pointing to the words in fire, '93that sentence, '91God is love.' '94 Mr. Moody opened his Bible and showed the man from the Bible how God loved him, and how Jesus was an all-sufficient Saviour for all who take Him. He knew that whatever of God's life was manifest through Jesus of Nazareth was eternally true of the Almighty Father, and he told it all in three sublime and immortal words, '93God is love.'94. God must sing the song of His own heart. In the sermon today, we shall discuss 1 John 4:7-12 and see the difference between what the world calls love and truth love. Love is the very constitution and law of God's Being. To grave upon my heart, that God is Love! Love made earth. The love of God has no shallows. When we tell someone that we love them, we can mean anything from “I really like you a lot”, to “I really like what you do for me” to “I want to commit my life to you.”. God had never been able to tell Himself in these. God's love is the key to the mystery of pain and sorrow.'97This epigrammatic sentence fits all graves, it fits all cemeteries; it is the word that is written on the portals of the churchyard, '93God is love.'94 I have seen a strong man reel over his son's grave as if he would plunge himself into it, for there was nothing worth living for after that one boy had gone. Love built heaven. But this is not all that the sun does. Scripture 1 John 1 Sort Bible Verse. The sun cannot shine upon the just, and not upon the unjust, for the sun is light, and it cannot help shining. When Mr. Moody built his tabernacle in Chicago, he was so anxious that every one that came there should learn one truth, namely, that '93God is love,'94 and so fearful that some day some preacher might stand in the pulpit and forget to tell the people that God is love, that he had these three words put into gas jets over the pulpit. ], The old Greeks, whose civilization developed along the line of architecture, and painting, and the decorative arts, said, '93God is beauty.'94 The Romans, led by the C'e6sars on a hundred battlefields to victory, until they boasted that the Roman eagles never turned backward, said, '93God is strength.'94 The Jew, inheriting from Moses, the great law-giver, said, '93God is law.'94 It was not until John had laid his head upon the Saviour's bosom and communed with Jesus Christ that any man was able to say with confident heart, '93God is love.'942 [Note: L. A. I can wrap this love of His about me and claim it all as my own.2 [Note: M. G. Pearse, Short Talks for the Times, 15. St. John's statement does not imply that love's activities are necessarily in accordance with human conceptions of love. It matters not; to God to tell Himself was a necessity, for '93God is love.'941 [Note: J. M. Jones, The Cup of Cold Water, 162.]. "The heaven of heavens cannot contain Him": still less can His nature be compassed by the little span of the human mind. John Piper Oct 5, 2008 176 Shares Sermon. In the great house of God there are many treasures and jewels'97stars and planets, suns and moons; but above them all God values His human child. As far as God's love is concerned, the Cross might be placed in Genesis as well as in John, in Leviticus as well as in Luke. Have an example such as, I might bring my running shoes as I’m an avid runner and a plant as I am not a gardner. Thy God, in human form! Eternal Life Has Appeared in Christ. Peter is the apostle of hope. Now, one word as to the effect this revelation ought to have on us. You do not say that dawn makes the sun? channel: "iconday" It includes the mind. But look into old creeds, look into modern philosophy, where God is Force without heart, and Law without pity. Is it not a parable of the All-Father's love? Our Price: $27.99. The Divine love plants itself upon the cruel cross, returning love for hatred, a prayer for a blow, a crown for a cross, and with bleeding body and breaking heart the God-Man gives Himself for us. '93Mother washes her hands of you,'94 was the reply. He has been telling it unweariedly through the ages. Oct 5, 2008. A. Clapperton, Culture of the Christian Heart, 64. '93What does mother say?'94 asked the lad. 1 John 4:8. The excited conscience has formulated a God, but it has been a God of vengeance, wrath, and fury. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. Mar 16, 2008. Love is not merely an attribute of God, … The one who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love. What grace of old reveal'd, that God is Love! '93Of course!'94 you say. 1 Yr. A, Advent 3 Lessons: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 December 14, 2014 Psalm 126 . 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. Always. '93They never mention your name.'94, And then came the question, '93What does father say?'94, And the answer was, '93Father sends his love and a kiss.'94, This reached home as nothing else did. The phrase "know God" uses the Greek root word ginosko. If I were asked what has most contributed to human progress and human happiness, even as philosophers measure those terms; what it is, more than any other element of knowledge, that has set free the intellect; more than any other principle of conduct, has instructed the conscience; more than any other object of desire, has elevated the affections; I should say unhesitatingly that it is the unveiling of the face of our Father which is in heaven; the revelation, all the more pregnant and influencing from the way in which it was made, that '93God is love.'941 [Note: J. Fraser, University Sermons, 288.]. He wrote it in the lives of heroes; spoke it from the lips of prophets; told the wealth of it in the life and death of Jesus. Pardon, hope, life, for all the world; the break of the eternal day. We must call upon this man to-morrow; we must be remote, we must learn in God's grace how to touch a wound without hurting it. ], When Mungo Park was in Africa, he felt at one time very weary and alone, and he thought he should perish. 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. Nor less this pulse of health, far glancing eye. There was one thing which he said upon the universality of the love of God to sinners which I shall repeat to you. These are the words out of which all the other words come. God also has His fire; and the fire is your religious life. I read that he uses the word agape (love) over 30 times from . Love exists, not for the sake of the world, but for God's sake; and when the world came into existence, Love remained unchanged; and if every creature were to disappear, it would remain just as rich and glorious as ever. It is the great and impenetrable mystery. St. Peter's Episcopal Church John 1:6-8, 19-28 . Then he sought for a name for it, and there was no name good enough. All the time that Mr. Moody preached, the man was weeping in the corner. Jesus did not say in so many words, '93God is love.'94 He taught by the inductive method. Jan 27, 1985. "Poor overtaxed boy!" Man fell and went wrong; was'97he always is'97detected; brought a stain on the family name; and to man, just as he was ('93while we were yet sinners'94), came the message, '93Father sends you His Love, and a Kiss.'94 Jesus was the Love of the Father, and an old and beautiful name for the Holy Ghost was '93the Kiss of God,'94 the reconciling Power which brings pardon and peace to poor prodigal humanity.1 [Note: E. E. Holmes, The Days of the Week, 45.]. Are you not glad for your own sakes that God is love? John Piper Feb 17, 2008 37 Shares Sermon. Read verse in King James Version layout: "video", His character and His service, these were left to Him, and in His calling to these He recognized that God loved Him. Sermon 1 John 4:7-21 The Source. ", III. Not so God. God is love - An infinite fountain of benevolence and beneficence to every human being. In Him Was Life. They often become so absorbed in nature that they have no wish to look beyond it. His holiness is the wholeness of His love. 2. No, it does not. Because God is immutable, He always acts as God, and because He is a whole and perfect personality, He … It is so beautiful. The One Who Loves Lives in Light. Preached by the Rev. And so here. Colour like the turf and dead grass? Most lively image of Thy Father's Face. How commonplace! God in Christ takes man from the horrible pit and the miry clay, and sets his feet upon the rock, and establishes his goings, and puts a song of praise into his mouth. 3. He has no need of the creature, and the exercise of His love did not begin with the creature whom He could love, but it flows and springs eternally in the Love-life of the Triune God. But deeper students of Nature will not let us rest till we discern that storm and sunshine, calm and cloud are all manifestations of solar energy; that if one is good, the other cannot be fully bad. Bible Gateway Recommends. 1 John 4:7-10 English Standard Version (ESV) God Is Love. Feb 24, 1985 . They appear as two vague figures wrapped in clouds; the man half recumbent, the woman lying prone on the ground; time in the form of the woman illumined with a bright light; death in the form of a man overshadowed by his own form, and knowing nothing of the secrets that are hidden in his stern keeping.