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Lesson 21: Love’s Witness (1 John 4:11-14)

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John was superb at teaching the necessary connectedness between loves and their outworkings. God’s love affects man’s love and this love serves as a proof that man knows God. But it was never enough for John to just stop there. He needed to return again and again to the original source of love—God Himself. And he tied the gospel to God’s love time and again as he explained how God showed His love in sending His Son. The three verses at hand cover all of these bases. Pastor Daniel summarizes these truths by stating, “God is seen and proclaimed through love.” He further emphasizes the work of the Holy Spirit to enable this love so that particulars of God’s divine nature and activity are evidenced.

Summary by Seth Kempf, Bethany Community Church Staff

Related Topics: Character of God, Love

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