1 John 3

1 John 3

v1 – See how great a love the Lord has for us
It’s a 3-fold Statement
1. THIS WAS A STATEMENT OF AMAZEMENT
– So amazing that John wants to get everyones attention – BEHOLD…
– John was amazed at how God loves us when we are good and when we are not good
– Romans 8:35-39
– We need to love others the same way the Lord loves us
2. THIS WAS A STATEMENT OF GRATITUDE
– Let’s all be thankful for the love of God
           (3) THIS WAS A STATEMENT THAT WENT AGAINST THE GRAIN
– The God kind of love was foreign to society and the culture at the time of Jesus
– Jesus came to introduce another kind of love
Bestowed – the love of God was given by God to us as a gift
– It means to give/a gift/ a donation
– We do no deserve it..can’t earn it…happens at salvation
– It is for everyone
– We have all of God’s love
– It is permanent
1. THE LOVE OF GDO SAVES US – v1
-People are saved because of God’s love
2. GOD’S LOVE CHANGES US – v1
– God’s love radically changes us to the point that the world cannot recognize who we are
v2-6 – God’s Love Was Manifested
v5 – manifested – means to appear and go public
– God went public through Jesus Christ to accomplish 2 things:
1. v5 – TO TAKE AWAY OUR SINS
-Know – means to absolutely positively know
– Sins – mans errors, iniquities, sins and disobedience
– These are one time events and not a lifestyle of sin
– Take away  – means to lift off and send away – our sins, guilt and shame
v6 – continually walking in sin is not from the Lord and a person is not saved if they live in a lifestyle of sin
2. v16-19 – TO PERFORM GOOD WORKS
We know (experience) God’s love from the Lord Himself by Him doing things for us
All believers should perform good works as the Lord does good works
            a. body ministry is the key….
Because The Lord Loves us, He Has An Exit Strategy Planned For Us – vs2-3
– This has to do with the Rapture of the Church
– The world is changing to show Jesus is returning and the Rapture is coming soon…….
1. Rapture definition – to be caught up and seized in a state of ecstasy
– There are different views of the rapture
2. At the Rapture, we are changed to be like Jesus & all believers go in the rapture
– 1 Thessalonians 2:1
3. The rapture releases an all out assault of wickedness on the earth – 2 Thessalonians 2:3-8
– The church on earth is holding back evil and wickedness from taking over
– Christians are the good force and influence on earth