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1 John 4:9

    1 John 4:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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 King James Version (AKJV)

    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 (ASV)

    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.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the love of God was made clear to us when he sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him.

    Webster's Revision

    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.

    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.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    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.

    Definitions for 1 John 4:9

    Begotten - To have born; brought forth.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 John 4:9

    In this was manifested the love of God - The mission of Jesus Christ was the fullest proof that God could give, or that man could receive, of his infinite love to the world.

    That we might live through him - The whole world was sentenced to death because of sin; and every individual was dead in trespasses and sins; and Jesus came to die in the stead of the world, and to quicken every believer, that all might live to him who died for them and rose again. This is another strong allusion to John 3:16 : God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life; where the reader is requested to see the note on John 3:16.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 John 4:9

    In this was manifested the love of God - That is, in an eminent manner, or this was a most signal proof of it. The apostle does not mean to say that it has been manifested in no other way, but that this was so prominent an instance of his love, that all the other manifestations of it seemed absorbed and lost in this.

    Because that God sent his only begotten Son ... - See the notes at John 3:16.

    That we might live through him - He died that we might have eternal life through the merits of his sacrifice. The "measure" of that love, then, which was manifested in the gift of a Saviour, is to be found,

    (1) in the worth of the soul;

    (2) in its exposure to eternal death;

    (3) in the greatness of the gift;

    (4) in the greatness of his sorrows for us; and,

    (5) in the immortal blessedness and joy to which he will raise us.

    Who can estimate all this? All these things will magnify themselves as we draw near to eternity; and in that eternity to which we go, whether saved or lost, we shall have an ever-expanding view of the wonderful love of God.

    Verses Related to 1 John 4:9

    Song of Solomon 2:16 - My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.
    Ephesians 5:25 - Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
    Psalms 42:11 - Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
    Book: 1 John
    Topic: Love