1 John 4:10
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New International Version
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

New Living Translation
This is real love--not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

English Standard Version
In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Berean Study Bible
And love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Berean Literal Bible
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son as a propitiation for our sins.

New American Standard Bible
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

King James Bible
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

International Standard Version
This is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

NET Bible
In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

New Heart English Bible
In this is love, not that we have loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son as the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In this is love: it was not that we loved God, but he has loved us, and he sent us his Son, the atonement for the sake of our sins.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the payment for our sins.

New American Standard 1977
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In this does the charity consist, not because we had loved God, but because he loved us and has sent his Son to be the reconciliation for our sins.

King James 2000 Bible
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

American King James Version
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

American Standard Version
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In this is charity: not as though we had loved God, but because he hath first loved us, and sent his Son to be a propitiation for our sins.

Darby Bible Translation
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son a propitiation for our sins.

English Revised Version
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Webster's Bible Translation
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Weymouth New Testament
This is love indeed--we did not love God, but He loved us and sent His Son to be an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

World English Bible
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son as the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Young's Literal Translation
in this is the love, not that we loved God, but that He did love us, and did send His Son a propitiation for our sins.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:7-13 The Spirit of God is the Spirit of love. He that does not love the image of God in his people, has no saving knowledge of God. For it is God's nature to be kind, and to give happiness. The law of God is love; and all would have been perfectly happy, had all obeyed it. The provision of the gospel, for the forgiveness of sin, and the salvation of sinners, consistently with God's glory and justice, shows that God is love. Mystery and darkness rest upon many things yet. God has so shown himself to be love, that we cannot come short of eternal happiness, unless through unbelief and impenitence, although strict justice would condemn us to hopeless misery, because we break our Creator's laws. None of our words or thoughts can do justice to the free, astonishing love of a holy God towards sinners, who could not profit or harm him, whom he might justly crush in a moment, and whose deserving of his vengeance was shown in the method by which they were saved, though he could by his almighty Word have created other worlds, with more perfect beings, if he had seen fit. Search we the whole universe for love in its most glorious displays? It is to be found in the person and the cross of Christ. Does love exist between God and sinners? Here was the origin, not that we loved God, but that he freely loved us. His love could not be designed to be fruitless upon us, and when its proper end and issue are gained and produced, it may be said to be perfected. So faith is perfected by its works. Thus it will appear that God dwells in us by his new-creating Spirit. A loving Christian is a perfect Christian; set him to any good duty, and he is perfect to it, he is expert at it. Love oils the wheels of his affections, and sets him on that which is helpful to his brethren. A man that goes about a business with ill will, always does it badly. That God dwells in us and we in him, were words too high for mortals to use, had not God put them before us. But how may it be known whether the testimony to this does proceed from the Holy Ghost? Those who are truly persuaded that they are the sons of God, cannot but call him Abba, Father. From love to him, they hate sin, and whatever disagrees with his will, and they have a sound and hearty desire to do his will. Such testimony is the testimony of the Holy Ghost.
Study Bible
Love Comes from God
9This is how God’s love was revealed among us: God sent His one and only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him. 10And love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.…
Cross References
John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 6:51
I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And this bread, which I will give for the life of the world, is My flesh."

John 13:34
A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another.

Romans 3:25
God presented Him as an atoning sacrifice through faith in His blood, in order to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance He had passed over the sins committed beforehand.

Romans 5:8
But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:10
For if, when we were enemies of God, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!

Hebrews 2:17
So He had to be made like His brothers in every way, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, in order to make atonement for the sins of the people.

1 John 2:2
He Himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours alone, but also for the sins of the whole world.

1 John 3:1
Behold what manner of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God. And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.

1 John 4:9
This is how God's love was revealed among us: God sent His one and only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him.
Treasury of Scripture

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Herein. See on ver.

1 John 4:8,9 He that loves not knows not God; for God is love…

1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we …

not.

1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.

Deuteronomy 7:7,8 The LORD did not set his love on you, nor choose you, because you …

John 15:16 You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, …

Romans 5:8-10 But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, …

Romans 8:29,30 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed …

2 Corinthians 5:19-21 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, …

Ephesians 2:4,5 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us…

Titus 3:3-5 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, …

and sent.

1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but …

Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined on your people and on your holy city, …

Romans 3:25,26 Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood…

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that …

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, …

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