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John, the Beloved
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
1 John 4:7-12
Who was John?
· Wrote the Gospel of John; 1,2,3 John; and Revelation.
· Only disciple to die of natural causes at an old age.
· Younger brother of James, son of Zebedee.
· Referred to as the beloved disciple.
Purpose of John’s writing:
1. Joy (1 John 1:4)
2. Holiness (1 John 2:1)
3. Assurance (1 John 5:13)
“But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:31
Gospel of “Agape” Love
Agape Love is...
"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” 1 John 3:16
“Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:8
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8