In the letter, the words of John written later, distilling, aware, understanding after the walk with the One, sent to earth as was foretold after the loss of his dying, the joy of his rising the awareness of all that had been fulfilled after the day of Pentecost, the filling with the Spirit the sending forth, to the ends of the earth
Transforming words, of insight, of understanding God is love. A clear declarative statement, present-tense full of hope, of joy, of a changing view of the world.
God is love; not that he loved us merely, not even that he sent His Son not even that He loves us now and in the future.
A state of being, the essence, the way to know God That He is love, incarnate, in the world now that our Creator, our Savior, our Guide indwelling within us, is love.
That He is the same thing as love, deep, abiding, eternal, that the thing we call love; this noun, this verb, even the adjective, lovingly, is to say something, someone is acting in the way of God; that what we see in others, that we share that which we feel, love, all of that is the same thing as God
In mathematical terms the equation, the permanent, immutable truth God = Love
That to feel love is to know God; If only we could get that into our thick skulls!
June 19, 2009 1 John 4:8 1 John 4:16 1 John 4:1-21 1 John 3:1-24