1 John 4


1 John 4

Verse 7 and through out this chapter, two kinds of love are mentioned. Agapao and Agape. When it talks about us loving one another or us loving God, it uses Agapao. When it talks about God being love or God loving us, it uses Agape. They are similar but different.

The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon

Strong’s Number: 25

Agapao

Phonetic Spelling ag-ap-ah’-o

Definition

of persons

to welcome, to entertain, to be fond of, to love dearly

of things

to be well pleased, to be contented at or with a thing

Strong’s Concordance

to love (in a social or moral sense)

Agapao in its perfect participle passive form is translated “beloved”

The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon

Strong’s Number: 26

Agape

Phonetic Spelling

ag-ah’-pay

Definition

brotherly love, affection, good will, love, benevolence

love feasts

Verse 17

confidence

By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.

The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon

Strong’s Number: 3954

Parrhesia

Phonetic Spelling

par-rhay-see’-ah

Definition

freedom in speaking, unreservedness in speech

openly, frankly, i.e without concealment

without ambiguity or circumlocution

without the use of figures and comparisons

free and fearless confidence, cheerful courage, boldness, assurance

the deportment by which one becomes conspicuous or secures publicity

I love these images of confidence. I don’t know why, maybe it’s because I picture standing before Jesus and actually being able to speak to Him.

This chapter begins with some good common sense to the brethren. Basically, take nothing for granted, don’t be too terribly trusting. John is telling them to open their eyes to the many Antichrist’s out there. He’s telling them to not believe everything they hear without analyzing it first (testing = analyzing or proving in Strong’s).

I like this advice. Obviously, we all employ it liberally. But this is good! We have so many more Antichrist’s today (pretty much every street corner) we can’t afford not to be critical thinkers. Faith is too important to trust to any mortal man. And that is why we have the Word of God to go by. But even if we had nothing tangible, we have the Holy Spirit who is within us to guide in correct thinking, we just have to learn to listen.

When John talks about how it wasn’t that we loved God but that He loved us. The 2 uses of the different words for love come through. Agapao is we “loved” God… Agape is He “loved” us.

God is Agape.

We may show and have Agapao but without God, we cannot have or know Agape.

One other mention here… when John talks about one can say he loves God, but if he hates his brother, he is a liar…

Brother in this chapter is more than family, it is all other believers in Christ. I wonder, is it brethren and sistren?

Anyway, I imagine a world in my mind where all believers truly have that “familial” feel to them. Can you imagine walking down the street and suddenly reaching out to hug a stranger because you just “felt” like they were a long lost relative? And what if they hugged you back just as tight and gave you a huge warm smile? How cool would that be?

I love Agape.

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