Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown
Resumption of the main theme (I John 2:29). Love, the sum of righteousness, is the test of our being born of God. Love flows from a sense of God's love to us: compare I John 4:9 with I John 3:16, which I John 4:9 resumes; and I John 4:13 with I John 3:24, which similarly I John 4:13 resumes. At the same time, I John 4:7-21 is connected with the immediately preceding context, I John 4:2 setting forth Christ's incarnation, the great proof of God's love (I John 4:10).
Beloved—an address appropriate to his subject, "love."
love—All love is from God as its fountain: especially that embodiment of love, God manifest in the flesh. The Father also is love (I John 4:8). The Holy Ghost sheds love as its first fruit abroad in the heart.
knoweth God—spiritually, experimentally, and habitually.
Other Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown entries containing 1 John 4:7:
1 John 4:7
1 John 4:16
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