Crazy Love: My perspective

I’ve been going through 1 John these past couple of nights.  Honestly taking longer than I probably should because I get lazy, but here are my thoughts on 1 John 4:9-11.

The version I read:
1 John 4:9-11
New King James Version (NKJV)

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

In my own words:
9 God’s love became tangible when He sent His ONLY SON (aka, His only Son is a precious thing) to be the reconciling agent (aka, our atonement–payment for sins), that we might live (with God) through Him (that is, through Jesus the Son).

10 This is the picture and ultimate example of Love.  Not that we loved God. (Because it’s not crazy that we would love God.  That makes sense after all…I mean, who wouldn’t love their liberator…and that’s what freedom from sin is…freedom from bondage.)  But that He loved us! (worthless, unfaithful creatures.  Nobody’s.  Weak and weak-minded, etc.) And that He sent His Son (again, very precious to Him because Jesus is His ONLY SON…one reason among many), to be the propitiation of sins (propitiation means: The turning away of wrath via an offering, an atoning sacrifice.  And atonement means reparation for sin.  And reparation means compensation.  And compensation isn’t the same as payment–that is, it’s not giving exactly what is expected, but something more or less equal in value.  Aka, what was expected was that we should all die for our sins.  But that’s not what happened.  Because of the cross, and Jesus’ subsequent resurrection, He takes our place…pays for the sins of the world through His death.  Compensates God’s righteous, just wrath by His death in place of ours.  Wow.)

11 So beloved (dear ones): If God loved (loves) us in this way (so much that He gives His most PRECIOUS Son as a sacrifice for dirty, evil us) then we really ought to love each other! (It’s like the parable of the servant who is forgiven much.  Then to those who have done wrong to us, we should also forgive.) (To whom much is given, much is required/expected.)

In conclusion: God’s love for us don’t make no sense at all! His love compels us to love one another.  And if it doesn’t, then He is not in you! (See 1 John 4: 8)

One Response to “Crazy Love: My perspective”
  1. moving says:

    Useful info. Hope to see more good posts in the future.

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