Verses to review today: 1 John 4:1-4:8
New Verse: 1 John 4:9
In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. (ESV)
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.. (KJV)
Greek: ἐν τούτῳ ἐφανερώθη ἡ ἀγάπη τοῦ θεοῦ ἐν ἡμῖν, ὅτι τὸν υἱὸν αὐτοῦ τὸν μονογενῆ ἀπέσταλκεν ὁ θεὸς εἰς τὸν κόσμον ἵνα ζήσωμεν διʼ αὐτοῦ.
Transliterated Greek: en toutō ephanerōthē hē agapē tou theou en hēmin, hoti ton huion autou ton monogenē apestalken ho theos eis ton kosmon hina zēsōmen di’ autou.
Literal Word for Word Translation: by this is the love of God revealed in us, that God sent his one and only Son into the world in order that we may live through him.
Commentary: The only way we can escape our separation from God is to be united with Him by the Son as a result of His death and resurrection and our faith in Him. Without that, we are forever separated. Jesus came for a rescue mission, not to condemn the world, for the world is already condemned (Jn 3:17-18), but so that men can be reconciled with God – no longer estranged in sin. Only by accepting the salvation that comes through Jesus can we avoid continuing toward an eternal destiny apart from the love and goodness of God (Acts 4:12). What kind of place is a place without the love nor the goodness of God? It is a place worse than anyone’s worse nightmare. Praise God that He has taken the iniative to save condemned souls!