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One of the greatest tragedies of life is the inability or the neglect of a father to pass on to his children the benefits of his experience.

Fathers must instruct, warn, and encourage their children.

For the next while Wednesday evenings messages will be from John’s first epistle and are titled “The Counsel of a Spiritual Father to His Children.”

Today we are discussing Love verses Fear.

Text

1 John 4:18 (AMP)

18 There is no fear in love [dread does not exist]. But perfect (complete, full-grown) love drives out fear, because fear involves [the expectation of divine] punishment, so the one who is afraid [of God’s judgment] is not perfected in love [has not grown into a sufficient understanding of God’s love].

Scripture Reading

1 John 4:11-21 (AMP)

11 Beloved, if God so loved us [in this incredible way], we also ought to love one another. 

12 No one has seen God at any time. But if we love one another [with unselfish concern], God abides in us, and His love [the love that is His essence abides in us and] is completed and perfected in us. 

13 By this we know [with confident assurance] that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given to us His [Holy] Spirit. 

14 We [who were with Him in person] have seen and testify [as eye-witnesses] that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

15 Whoever confesses and acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 

16 We have come to know [by personal observation and experience], and have believed [with deep, consistent faith] the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides continually in him. 

17 In this [union and fellowship with Him], love is completed and perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him]; because as He is, so are we in this world. 

18 There is no fear in love [dread does not exist]. But perfect (complete, full-grown) love drives out fear, because fear involves [the expectation of divine] punishment, so the one who is afraid [of God’s judgment] is not perfected in love [has not grown into a sufficient understanding of God’s love]. 

19 We love, because [a]He first loved us. 

20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates (works against) his [Christian] brother he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 

21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should also [unselfishly] love his brother and seek the best for him.

Introduction

Through Jesus Christ, God revealed Himself to humans.

Through the Holy Spirit, God indwells humans.

In tonight’s study, we shall see three grand and glorious things about this unique relationship between God and His people.

first, we shall see the gift, then we will discover the gain, what we have “gained” in receiving this gift, and finally, the glory, the inexpressible result of our continuing relationship with God through the Holy Spirit’s presence within us.

  1. Let’s look at this incomparable gift of God to the believer. 1 John 4:12-13.
  1. The first part of the gift is expressed outwardly. 

“If we love one another, God dwells within us.”

We prove out faith to the world by loving one another, or, more specifically, by letting God love others through us.

I may like you, or dislike you, that is beside the point.

You may detest some of my ways, that too is beside the point.

The simple, earthshaking truth John has given us is that God dwells in us only if we love one another in spite of who or what we are!

B. The second part of the gift is expressed inwardly.

It concerns the assurance we need constantly that we are the children of God.

How do we know that we are His?

Because He has given us His Holy Spirit.

Upon our repentance, God “baptised,” submerged, us into His family.

This is a permanent gift, given to us at a point in the past to be forever ours until we decide we don’t want it.

2. But then, there is the gain. 1 John 4:7.

  1. What do we gain in this relationship with God that transforms us and makes us His children?

The word we are looking for is boldness, and it is one of the most important words in the New Testament.

Luke said in the book of Acts that the religious authorities were amazed at the boldness of Peter and John in Acts 4:13.

The disciples spoke the Word of God with boldness in Acts 4:31.

We are invited, as God’s children, to come boldly to the throne of grace in Hebrews 4:16.

And this boldness is neither brashness or a reckless presumption, but a “freedom of speech” God has given believers through the presence of His Spirit dwelling within them.

B. Another dimension of this boldness is revealed in verse 17.

Christians will have boldness in the day of judgement.

Because of their relationship with God through Christ, they will have no reason to fear at the judgement.

Paul said plainly in 2 Corinthians 5:10 that we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that that he has done, whether it be good or bad.

3. Finally, let us see the glory of it all. 1 John 4:18-21.

1 John 4:18-21 (AMP)

18 There is no fear in love [dread does not exist]. But perfect (complete, full-grown) love drives out fear, because fear involves [the expectation of divine] punishment, so the one who is afraid [of God’s judgment] is not perfected in love [has not grown into a sufficient understanding of God’s love]. 

19 We love, because He first loved us. 

20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates (works against) his [Christian] brother he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 

21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should also [unselfishly] love his brother and seek the best for him.

  1. What type of fear was John talking about in verse 18? 

It is possible that he was talking about the fear of judgement.

But where there is “perfect love”, and it is perfect because it is God’s love in us and not our own, there is trust, confidence, and assurance.

Just as darkness cannot exist in the presence of light, fear cannot reign where there is love.

B. There is no torment like that produced in a person who lives in fear.

There is a fear of tomorrow, a fear of death, a fear of judgement.

And because sin alienates people from God, it is the fear of unbelievers toward a God who they do not know and they cannot call Father.

C. The glorious promise is that “perfect love casts out fear”

When we surrender to God and are able to allow God to love through us, there can be no fear.

The love of God within us destroys and dissipates fear.

Conclusion.

If you are a Christian, you have already received the greatest gift of all, salvation by grace through faith.

But have you received the gift John talks about, which should be operating in the life of every Christian?

Are you letting Christ love others through you, are you receiving constantly the assurance that you belong to God because of His Spirit within you?

Have you gained a “holy boldness,” a freedom to share your faith with others?

Are you free from fear because God has filled your heart with His love?

Until next time

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I really want to encourage you to be diligent with your Bible study time, because God has so much more for us than we can get from just going to church once or twice a week and hearing someone else talk about the Word.

When you spend time with God, your life will change in amazing ways, because God is a Redeemer.

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