1 John 4:14
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New International Version
And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.

New Living Translation
Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.

English Standard Version
And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.

New American Standard Bible
We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

King James Bible
And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And we have seen and we testify that the Father has sent His Son as the world's Savior.

International Standard Version
We have seen for ourselves and can testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.

NET Bible
And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And we see and do testify that The Father has sent his Son, The Savior for the world.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We have seen and testify to the fact that the Father sent his Son as the Savior of the world.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

King James 2000 Bible
And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

American King James Version
And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

American Standard Version
And we have beheld and bear witness that the Father hath sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And we have seen, and do testify, that the Father hath sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world.

Darby Bible Translation
And *we* have seen, and testify, that the Father has sent the Son [as] Saviour of the world.

English Revised Version
And we have beheld and bear witness that the Father hath sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

Webster's Bible Translation
And we have seen and do testify, that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

Weymouth New Testament
And we have seen and bear witness that the Father has sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

World English Bible
We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as the Savior of the world.

Young's Literal Translation
And we -- we have seen and do testify, that the Father hath sent the Son -- Saviour of the world;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:14-21 The Father sent the Son, he willed his coming into this world. The apostle attests this. And whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. This confession includes faith in the heart as the foundation; makes acknowledgment with the mouth to the glory of God and Christ, and profession in the life and conduct, against the flatteries and frowns of the world. There must be a day of universal judgment. Happy those who shall have holy boldness before the Judge at that day; knowing he is their Friend and Advocate! Happy those who have holy boldness in the prospect of that day, who look and wait for it, and for the Judge's appearance! True love to God assures believers of God's love to them. Love teaches us to suffer for him and with him; therefore we may trust that we shall also be glorified with him, 2Ti 2:12. We must distinguish between the fear of God and being afraid of him; the fear of God imports high regard and veneration for God. Obedience and good works, done from the principle of love, are not like the servile toil of one who unwillingly labours from dread of a master's anger. They are like that of a dutiful child, who does services to a beloved father, which benefit his brethren, and are done willingly. It is a sign that our love is far from perfect, when our doubts, fears, and apprehensions of God, are many. Let heaven and earth stand amazed at his love. He sent his word to invite sinners to partake of this great salvation. Let them take the comfort of the happy change wrought in them, while they give him the glory. The love of God in Christ, in the hearts of Christians from the Spirit of adoption, is the great proof of conversion. This must be tried by its effects on their temper, and their conduct to their brethren. If a man professes to love God, and yet indulges anger or revenge, or shows a selfish disposition, he gives his profession the lie. But if it is plain that our natural enmity is changed into affection and gratitude, let us bless the name of our God for this seal and earnest of eternal happiness. Then we differ from the false professors, who pretend to love God, whom they have not seen, yet hate their brethren, whom they have seen.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - And we have beheld, and do bear witness. The emphatic ἡμεῖς clearly means "we apostles;" and "beheld" τεθέαμεθα implies contemplation with bodily eyes, as in verse 12. The invisible God can be only "invisibly seen" by the pure heart. But the incarnate Son has been visibly contemplated; and to bear witness of this fact was the very office of an apostle (John 15:27; Acts 1:8). The language of this verse, as of chapter 1 John 1:1, 3, would be strained and rather unreal in one who had not seen the Christ in the flesh. Note that σωτῆρα has no article, and is not in mere apposition, but is a second predicate: "The Father hath sent [see on verse 10] the Son as Saviour," i.e., to be such. "The world," as commonly in St. John's writings, is specially the unregenerate among the human race.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And we have seen, and do testify,.... This seems to be particularly said of the apostles, who had a clear discerning of the love and grace of God, manifested in the mission of Christ into the world; for though no man had seen his nature and his person, yet they had seen his love, and the exceeding riches of his grace, which he had shown forth in Christ Jesus; and they had also seen Christ, God manifest in the flesh; they had seen his glory, as the glory of the only begotten of the Father; they had seen him with their bodily eyes; they had seen his works and miracles; they had seen him dying and risen again from the dead, and go up to heaven; they were witnesses, and eyewitnesses of him, and bore a faithful testimony of him, and for him, and particularly set their seal to this truth,

that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world; not of every individual person in it, for there are some that will go into everlasting punishment, and even a world that will be condemned; Christ is not in fact the Saviour of all the individuals of human nature, and therefore was not sent to be such; for if he was, the end of his mission is not fully answered; nor of the Jews only, but of the Gentiles also, and who are chiefly intended by "the world"; See Gill on 1 John 2:2; and even of all the elect of God, styled his people, his sheep, his friends, his church, and the sons of God; and it may be said of all that believe in him throughout the whole world, without any distinction of nation, age, sex, state, or condition: and Christ is the Saviour both of the souls and bodies of these, from all their sins, original and actual; from the power of Satan, the bondage and curse of the law, and wrath to come, and he is the only, able, willing, and complete Saviour, and who saves with an everlasting salvation.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. And we—primarily, we apostles, Christ's appointed eye-witnesses to testify to the facts concerning Him. The internal evidence of the indwelling Spirit (1Jo 4:13) is corroborated by the external evidence of the eye-witnesses to the fact of the Father having "sent His Son to be the Saviour of the world."

seen—Greek, "contemplated," "attentively beheld" (see on [2647]1Jo 1:1).

sent—Greek, "hath sent": not an entirely past fact (aorist), but one of which the effects continue (perfect tense).

1 John 4:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
Love Comes from God
13By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. 15Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.…
Cross References
John 3:17
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

John 4:42
They said to the woman, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world."

John 15:27
And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.

1 John 1:1
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched--this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.

1 John 1:2
The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.

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

And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

we have.

1 John 1:1-3 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we …

1 John 5:9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: …

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us, (and we beheld his glory…

John 3:11,32 Truly, truly, I say to you, We speak that we do know, and testify …

John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: …

John 15:26,27 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send to you from the …

Acts 18:5 And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed …

1 Peter 5:12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother to you, as I suppose, I have written …

the Father. See on ver.

1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and …

John 3:34 For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God: for God gives not …

John 5:36,37 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which …

John 10:36 Say you of him, whom the Father has sanctified, and sent into the …

the Saviour.

1 John 2:1,2 My little children, these things write I to you, that you sin not. …

John 1:29 The next day John sees Jesus coming to him, and said, Behold the …

John 3:16,17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that …

John 4:42 And said to the woman, Now we believe, not because of your saying: …

John 12:47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for …

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