1 John 4:9
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New International Version
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

New Living Translation
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.

English Standard Version
In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.

New American Standard Bible
By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.

King James Bible
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God's love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His One and Only Son into the world so that we might live through Him.

International Standard Version
This is how God's love was revealed among us: God sent his unique Son into the world so that we might live through him.

NET Bible
By this the love of God is revealed in us: that God has sent his one and only Son into the world so that we may live through him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In this the love of God is known to us: for God sent his only Son to the world so that it shall live by him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God has shown us his love by sending his only Son into the world so that we could have life through him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In this was the charity of God demonstrated in us, in that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

King James 2000 Bible
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

American King James Version
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

American Standard Version
Herein was the love of God manifested in us, that God hath sent his only begotten Son into the world that we might live through him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
By this hath the charity of God appeared towards us, because God hath sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we may live by him.

Darby Bible Translation
Herein as to us has been manifested the love of God, that God has sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

English Revised Version
Herein was the love of God manifested in us, that God hath sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

Webster's Bible Translation
In this was manifested the love of God towards us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

Weymouth New Testament
God's love for us has been manifested in that He has sent His only Son into the world so that we may have Life through Him.

World English Bible
By this God's love was revealed in us, that God has sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

Young's Literal Translation
In this was manifested the love of God in us, because His Son -- the only begotten -- hath God sent to the world, that we may live through him;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - The verse is very similar to chapter 1 John 3:16, "in this" referring to what follows, and introducing a concrete and crucial example of love. Beware of the inadequate and misleading rendering "towards us" for ἐν ἡμῖν. It means in us, and belongs to "manifested," as John 9:3 plainly shows. We must not connect together "the love of God in us," still less "the love of God toward us," as one idea. "In us" means "in our case," and the whole may be paraphrased: "A transcendent manifestation of the love of God has been made in regard to us, in that he hath sent," etc. The verse might serve as a summary of St. John's Gospel. The word μονογενής as applied to Christ is peculiar to St. John; it and ζήσωμεν are the key-words of the passage. "This is love indeed; it is his only Son whom he has sent, and he has sent him to give us life." Note the double article - "his Son, yes, his Only Begotten."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

In this was manifested the love of God towards us,.... The love of God here spoken of, and instanced in, is not his general love to all his creatures, which is shown in the make of them, and in the support of them in their beings, and in his providential care of them, and kindness to them; but his special love towards his elect, and which was before it was manifested; it was secretly in his heart from everlasting, and did not begin to be at the mission of Christ into the world, but was then in a most glaring manner manifested: there were several acts of it before, as the choice of them in Christ, the appointment of him to be their Saviour, and the covenant of grace made with him on their account; these were more secret and hidden; but now the love and kindness of God appeared, broke forth, and shone out in its glory; this is a most flagrant and notorious instance of it, in which it is exceedingly conspicuous; this is a most clear proof, a plain and full demonstration of it:

because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world; the sender is God the Father, who is distinguished from the Son that is sent; of which act of sending; see Gill on Romans 8:3 and See Gill on Galatians 4:4; and for him, who is that God against whom we have sinned, and is that lawgiver that is able to save, and to destroy, and of purer eyes than to behold iniquity, to send his Son to be the Saviour of sinful men is an amazing instance of love; and which appears the more manifest, when it is observed that it is "his only begotten Son" that is sent; of which See Gill on John 1:14; and the place he was sent into is the world, where his people are, and where their sins are committed, he came to expiate; and where he was treated with great indignity and contempt, and suffered many things, and at last death itself: the end of his mission was,

that we might live through him; who were dead in Adam, dead in sin, and dead in law, and could not quicken themselves; nor obtain eternal life for themselves, by their performances. Christ came, being sent, that they might have life, and that more abundantly than Adam had in innocence, or man lost by the fall; and accordingly they were quickened together with him; when he was quickened, after he had been put to death, they were virtually and representatively quickened and justified in him; and in consequence of his death and resurrection from the dead, they are regenerated and made spiritually alive, and live unto righteousness; and through his righteousness wrought out for them, and imputed to them, they are in a legal sense alive unto God, and alive and comfortable in their own souls, living by faith on Christ, and have a right and title to eternal life; and which they also have through him, and which is chiefly intended here; for the design is not only that they may live spiritually and comfortably here, but eternally hereafter.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. toward us—Greek, "in our case."

sent—Greek, "hath sent."

into the world—a proof against Socinians, that the Son existed before He was "sent into the world." Otherwise, too, He could not have been our life (1Jo 4:9), our "propitiation" (1Jo 4:10), or our "Saviour" (1Jo 4:14). It is the grand proof of God's love, His having sent "His only-begotten Son, that we might live through Him," who is the Life, and who has redeemed our forfeited life; and it is also the grand motive to our mutual love.

1 John 4:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Love Comes from God
8The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.…
Cross References
Genesis 22:2
Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, whom you love--Isaac--and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you."

John 1:18
No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:18
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.

John 9:3
"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

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

1 John 4:16
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

1 John 5:11
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

1 John 5:13
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
Treasury of Scripture

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

was.

1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life …

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

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

Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, …

God sent.

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

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach …

John 5:23 That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. …

John 6:29 Jesus answered and said to them, This is the work of God, that you …

John 8:29,42 And he that sent me is with me: the Father has not left me alone; …

only.

Psalm 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD has said to me, You are my Son; …

Mark 12:6 Having yet therefore one son, his well beloved, he sent him also …

John 1:14-18 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us, (and we beheld his glory…

John 3:18 He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not …

Hebrews 1:5 For to which of the angels said he at any time, You are my Son, this …

we.

1 John 5:11 And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and …

John 6:51,57 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat …

John 10:10,28-30 The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: …

John 11:25,26 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes …

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man …

Colossians 3:3,4 For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God…

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