15 “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” (I John 4:15-16)
Agape love, which is a self-sacrificial love of the will, is one of many evidences that believers in Christ are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. In fact, it may be the greatest evidence believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures indicate that this type of love supersedes all other activities of the believer (I Corinthians 13:1-8).
The apostle John sets forth the principle that whoever declares as truth that Jesus is the Son of God, this evidences that God abides in him and that he abides in God. Remember, we cannot truthfully confess that Jesus is the Son of God unless the Holy Spirit indwells us (Romans 10:1-9; I John 4:1-3).
The result of this confession is a life set apart to reflect the holiness of God. This reflection is best seen by agape love. When sinners are converted and become believers in Christ, the Holy Spirit, through the Word of God, gives them an understanding and knowledge about God’s love. Not only that, but they also trust in, commit to, depend upon and honor and worship the God of love and the love God has for believers.
John again makes the definitive statement, as in I John 4:7-11, that God continually exists as the source of and the originator of agape love. Who remains and continues in this type of love remains in God and God in them.
Dr. John Walvoord writes, “Under the circumstances just described, confession (cf. 1:9; 2:23; 4:3) that Jesus is the Son of God is a sign that the confessor enjoys a mutual abiding relationship with God. The section is rounded off by the assertion, We know and rely on (lit., “have come to believe”) the love God has for us. Living in the atmosphere of mutual Christian love produces a personal knowledge of God’s love and fresh experience of faith in that love. Since God is love (cf. v. 8), one who lives in love lives (menei, “abides”) in God and has God abiding with him. The last part of verse 16 ought to be taken as the conclusion of the paragraph, rather than the start of a new one. John again affirmed the reality of the abiding experience enjoyed by all Christians who love”
How may you display the Love of God today? Ask God to give you insight in how you may love others today with a self-sacrificial love of the will.
May the Lord’s truth and grace be found here.
Soli deo Gloria