1 John 4
Those who have the Spirit of God not only acknowledge the incarnate Christ and the doctrine of the apostles (4:1-6), but also manifest the love of God in their relationships with other believers (4:7-21).
Because of its refutation of Gnosticism, 1 John stresses the incarnation of Jesus Christ: “every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God” (4:2-3). The one who denies that Jesus is the Christ denies both the Father and the Son (2:22). Jesus is the Christ who “came by water and blood” (5:6)—He was the same indivisible Person from His baptism to His crucifixion.
READING of 1 JOHN 4
Lord, You manifested Your love for us when You sent Your only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved You, but that You loved us and sent Your Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Meditation passage for today: verses 4, 7-11, 15-18, 21
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