Verses to review today: 1 John 4:1-4:9
New Verse: 1 John 4:10


In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (ESV)

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (KJV)

Greek: ἐν τούτῳ ἐστὶν ἡ ἀγάπη, οὐχ ὅτι ἡμεῖς ἠγαπήκαμεν τὸν θεὸν ἀλλʼ ὅτι αὐτὸς ἠγάπησεν ἡμᾶς καὶ ἀπέστειλεν τὸν υἱὸν αὐτοῦ ἱλασμὸν περὶ τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν ἡμῶν.

Transliterated Greek: en toutō estin hē agapē, ouch hoti hēmeis ēgapēkamen ton theon all’ hoti autos ēgapēsen hēmas kai apesteilen ton huion autou hilasmon peri tōn hamartiōn hēmōn.

Literal Word for Word Translation: In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent His Son as the propitiation for our sins.

Vocab: ἀπέστειλεν, apesteilen, he sent; ἱλασμὸν, hilasmon, atonement (direct object); ἠγαπήκαμεν, ēgapēkamen, we have loved; ἁμαρτιῶν, hamartiōn, sin.

Commentary: What more could God do to show His love than have Jesus be the substitute for our sins. Going to the cross would not have been a joyous thing to do with regard to the suffering, but there was joy in the fact that the entryway to God would be opened through His life. Some say that is child abuse to have your child killed, as Jesus was. But, for one, that is true if the child stays dead, and for two, if there was another way to bring life to many.