1 JOHN 4

5 Outlines

1 John 4:1-6

INDENTIFYING FALSE TEACHERS.

 

THERE IS A TEST Vs. 1

THERE IS A TESTIMONY Vs. 2

THERE IS TREACHERY Vss. 3, 5

THERE IS TRIUMPH Vss. 4, 6

 

 

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1 John 4:1-6

ON GUARD

 

We must be constantly on guard against the doctrines of false teachers. Here's how to make sure that you are not taken advantage of.

 

BE CAREFUL - Vss. 1,5

Just because a person sounds good, it doesn't mean the person is right. We must be careful to test the spirits to make sure we follow those teachers that are from God.

False teachers are of the "world". Because they are worldly, those who love the world want to hear them.

 

BE COGNIZANT - Vss. 2-3, 6

Be aware that only those who believe that Jesus came in the flesh to the world are of God.

Be aware of the spirit of anti-Christ that is in the world.

Be aware that those who are not of God will not adhere to the true teachings of the Word of God.

 

BE CONFIDENT - Vs. 4

We can overcome false teachers because "greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."

 

 

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1 John 4

LOVE

 

EXAMPLE OF LOVE Vss. 8, 10

EXPRESSION OF LOVE Vss. 7, 11, 19

EXCELLENCE OF LOVE Vs. 18

 

 

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1 John 4:8, 10,11,18,19

HEREIN IS LOVE

 

Introduction - God is love. Vs. 8

 

THE DESCRIPTION OF LOVE Vs. 10

THE DUTY OF LOVE Vs. 11

THE DISTINCTION OF LOVE Vs. 18

"There is no fear in love..."

THE DELIGHT OF LOVE Vs. 19

 

 

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1 John 4:8 etc.

YOU ARE LOVED!

 

Lloyd Ogilvie is Chaplain in the U.S. Senate. He grew up with this attitude towards himself: do and you'll receive, perform and you'll be loved.

"When (he) got good grades, achieved, and was a success (he) felt acceptance from his parents." His dad taught him to fish and hunt and worked hard to provide for his family, but he rarely said,

"Lloyd, I love you." His dad tried to show love by his actions and sometimes there was a twinkle of affirmation in his dad's eyes. But Lloyd still felt empty.

 

When Ogilvie became a Christian, he immediately got so involved in discipleship activities, that he says, "I did not experience the profound healing of the grace I talked about theoretically..."

 

Eventually Ogilvie became a post-graduate student at the University of Edinburgh. Because of financial pressures, he took a double course load all at once. This was very demanding, and he was exhausted by the constant feeling of never quite measuring up. No matter how good his grades were, he thought they should be better. He was not experiencing the very grace and joy that he was studying about.

 

Then one day, one of his professors, a short energetic man named Dr. James Stewart, confronted him in a corridor. Stewart knew exactly what Lloyd Ogilvie's problem was. He looked Ogilvie in the eye intensely. He smiled warmly, grabbed Ogilvie's coat lapels, drew him down to within a few inches of his own face and said, "Dear Boy, you are loved now!" ( Craig Bryan Larson, Contemporary Illustrations for Preachers, Teachers and Writers, Copyright 1996 by the author, Published by Baker Books, Grand Rapids, Michigan, page 132)

 

And I say to you this morning, "YOU ARE LOVED NOW!"

 

You are loved by family.

You are loved by friends.

You are loved by me.

But most of all, YOU ARE LOVED BY GOD!

 

Oh how much happier you would be if you realized that no matter what happens in your life today, God still loves you!

 

No matter what losses you experience, God still loves you.

No matter how badly you fail, God still loves you.

No matter how badly you feel, emotionally, Spiritually, or physically, God still loves you.

 

GOD'S LOVE FOR YOU IS AUTHENTIC - 1 John 4:8

Not all love is true love.

We say "I love Pizza," or "I love steak." That kind of love is just a personal preference.

 

Sometimes somebody will tell you good news or do something nice to you and you might say, "I love you man!" But that kind of love is not true love. It is a spur of the moment, response of joy.

 

Many a guy has told many a girl that he loves her, wanting her to do things that are only appropriate in marriage. These guys will appeal to the girls and say, "If you love me, you'll do this."

A great answer for the girl to use to that kind of guy is "If you really love me, you'll wait until we are married."

 

God's love is the real deal. It is authentic.

 

1 John 4:8 - "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love."

 

God has various attributes or qualities that are part of His nature.

One of those qualities is love.

Notice from 1 John 4:8 that one can not know real love unless they know God. It is God who is the source and originator of true love.

 

GOD'S LOVE FOR YOU IS ATONING - 1 John 4:10

 

We said that God's love is an attribute or quality of God.

But it is not the only attribute of God.

God has many attributes.

God is not only love, but He is holy. Leviticus 11:44, Psalm 99:3, Isaiah 40:25

 

Not only is holiness an attribute of God but so is righteousness.

Righteousness is closely related to holiness. God is separate from sin and that's holiness. God demands justice for sin. That's righteousness. Psalm 11:7,

 

God's holiness and righteousness holds you accountable for your sin. Ezekiel 18:4, Romans 6:23

You deserve to die. You deserve the punishment of hell.

But this is where God's wonderful atoning love comes into play.

 

God in His love sent His Son to earth. Being perfect, without sin, Jesus could have condemned us all! He could have condemned us because He was righteous and we are not. He was sinless and we are not! John 3:17

 

So what did Jesus do to save the world?

God in His justice demanded that someone pay for our sins.

God in His love sent the sinless Lord Jesus to die in our place.

That is God's atoning love! Man could not pay for or atone for his own sins. He needed help. And God in His love sent the Lord Jesus. 1 John 4:10

 

GOD'S LOVE FOR YOU IS AVAILABLE

 

Jesus has died for your sins.

Jesus has risen from the dead.

As God, Jesus is present now.

And through His Spirit He says, "Come".

 

"Come, and accept my forgiveness."

"Come, and put your trust in me."

"Come, and accept my love."

 

My friend, Jesus did all that was necessary for you to be forgiven of your sins. There is only one thing he wants from you, and he will not do this for you.

 

All the Lord Jesus wants is for you to place your faith in Him.

Loving forgiveness for all your sins is available if you but trust Him as your Savior, as your forgiveness from sin. Ephesians 2:8-9, John 3:16

 

God's love for you is available, but it is you who must decide.

You may have been attending church all your life, but if you have not made a personal decision to trust Christ, you have not accepted God's available love. You have rejected it. If you continue to reject it, the outlook is bleak. John 3:36

 

God's love was available to you for salvation.

God's love is available for you on a daily basis.

He loves you still and wants you to avail yourself of that love.

 

There was a great Old Testament saint by the name of Enoch.

It is said of Enoch that he walked with God.

Enoch talked to God all day. Enoch listened to God all day.

As he talked to God and listened to God he made himself available to the love of God.

 

Christian, God wants you to feel His love.

Christian, God wants you to enjoy His love.

Christian, God wants you to accept His love on a daily basis.

 

How do we accept His love? By abiding, remaining close to Him, just as Enoch did. John 15:4-5,

John 15:7

 

Christian, God's love is available to you.

 

When you hurt, come to Him. Matthew 11:28

When you have sinned, come to Him. 1 John 1:9

When you need peace, come to Him. John 14:27

When you don't know which way to turn, turn to Him. Psalm 32:8

When you need a friend, come to Him. - He's the friend that sticks closer than a brother.

When you are disappointed come to Him. 1 Peter 5:7

 

GOD'S LOVE FOR YOU IS ABIDING

 

Christian, God does stop loving you.

To me, one of the greatest verses in all Scripture is Ephesians 1:6 - "To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved."

 

If you are a born again Christian, you are accepted by God.

What more can you ask for.

Friends and Family might not always accept you.

Your enemies will not accept you.

Your government, your employer and perhaps even your church may not always accept you.

But you are always accepted in Christ!

 

Oh God does not accept your sin. You need to confess that.

But God does accept you as His child in Christ.

And this kind of love is an abiding love.

One of my favorite passages that shows this abiding love is Psalm 121. This Psalm uses the idea of God's keeping power as the expression of God's love. (I closed this message by reading Psalm 121 as the congregation listened with their eyes closed.)

 

YOU ARE LOVED BY GOD!

 

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