Jacob's Journal is a monthly theological post from my husband, Jacob. I love how much he always has to teach me and I wanted to share that with my readers.
Over the past several weeks I have been looking through the book of 1 John. There are many themes I've found in this book, but the main one I saw was love. The Greek word for unconditional love is agape or agapao. It appears in the book of 1 John 31 times (once every 70 words) and the Gospel of John 33 times (once every 473 words). This is nearly double the usage of any other book of the Bible. One would think that the Apostle John is trying to tell us something.
The Epistle of 1 John was written with two major objectives in mind. One was to give its readers an understanding of how they could be assured of their salvation. The other was to give the readers a clear picture of the nature of God. The answer to both these objectives is love. 1 John 4:8 “The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (HCSV)
God is love.
Three words, infinite impact. What a powerful statement of whom God is.
It does not say that God loved but God is love.
It does not say that God loves but God is love.
It does not say that God is in love but God is love.
It does not say that God gives love but that God is love.
It does not say that God has love but that God is love.
It does not say that God possess love but that God is love.
“God is love” is a statement about the very nature of God. God existed in a state of love before the beginning of time. He is the eternal state of love. The trinity existed/exists together united in a perfect state of love. All love is from God. No love exists without God. God is love.
God’s love is unconditional. It is not based on anything. It is not based on what we have done or will do. It is not based on what we deserve or what we don’t deserve. God’s love is who He is.
We cannot have love without God. God defines love. Love has no essence or meaning without God. True love is God. Not what this world has depicted as love. That is a far cry from what real love is. There can be no true love without God. That is why John used true love as the litmus test for believers. 1 John 4:16 “And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him.” (HCSV)
Is the God of love, the God that is love, revealed in your life? Are we as Christians representing God with love one for another? John, Peter and Paul all expound on loving one another as evidence of the presence of God in the life of a believer; John 13:35, 1 Peter 4:8, 1 Thessalonians 4:9.
If we want to show God then we must show love.