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Have confidence before God.
Receive whatever you ask
Have the Holy Spirit living in you
1 John 3:11–24 ESV
For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.

The Message From the Beginning: Love Each Other (v.11)

1 John 3:11 ESV
For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
The Greek term for “message” is only used here and in .
The first time it was a message for doctrine, this time it is for application. I think this shows the balance John help between doctrine and application.
Teaching us that teaching and application should go hand and hand.
What I find intresting is how John refers to the beginning very often.
in his first book:
John 1:1 ESV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
in his second book: ; , , , ;
1 John 1:1 NKJV
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life—
1 John 2:7 NKJV
Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning.
1 John 1:1 NKJV
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life—
1 John 2:13 NKJV
I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, Because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, Because you have known the Father.
; , , , ;
1 John 2:14 NKJV
I have written to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, And you have overcome the wicked one.
1 John 2:24 NKJV
Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.
in his third book: ,
2 John 5 NKJV
And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another.
2 John 6 NKJV
This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.

What Love Is Not (v.12-15)

As you can see John likes to refer to the beginning.
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Notice how John speaks of the word beginning more than anyone else.
Teaching me that: this message is not new it is old.
Many people want to say the message of the NT is so different from the OT.
They are wrong its that the Old testament is an example of the messages in the NT.
As Jesus said in
Matthew 22:40 NKJV
On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 22:40 NKJV
On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 22:39–40 NKJV
And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 22:39–40 NKJV
And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 22:28–40 NKJV
Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had her.” Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven. But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” And when the multitudes heard this, they were astonished at His teaching. But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 22:38–40 NKJV
This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 22:37–40 NKJV
Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

What Love Is Not (v.12-15)

1 John 3:12–15 ESV
We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
John’s doctrinal example of what love is not: Story of Cain and Abel ()
John’s example of “the message from the beginning” (to love each other) comes from the very first recorded moment when a man did not love his brother. ()
John’s example of “the message from the beginning” (to love each other) comes from the very first recorded moment when a man did not love his brother. ()
John’s example of “the message from the beginning” (to love each other) comes from the very first recorded moment when a man did not love his brother. ()
You should know that murdering your own brother was considered one of the most hideous crimes in the ancient world.
John application of what love is not: hate/murder
Matthew 5:21–22 NKJV
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.
Hatred/anger is murder in God’s eyes.
to take it to the next level:the greek word for murder here means to butcher, or cut the throat.
Look if anyone has the right to be angry it is God towards us.
He created us for his purposes.
But we say but what this person did or didn't do wasn't right....
But how many things have you done to God that wasn't right?
If God loves you and is not angry with you.. then you have no right to be angry.
If that speaks to you you should read
So your anger/hatred is butchering or cutting off the throat of the person in God’s eyes.
A Roman Philosopher in Jesus day named Seneca said whenever you feel hatred toward someone just laugh, or scoff it off”
We see that Jesus taught to love your enemies (Mt 5:44)
“Hate takes a life but love gives a life” - Bob Utley

What Love is (v.16-18)

1 John 3:16–18 ESV
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
Laying down your life (v.16)
as Jesus laid (aorist) His life for us.
John 10:11 NKJV
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.
now when we lay down our life for others there is no atoning value to it… but we do it because thats what Jesus taught us.
Not holding tightly to what you own (v.17)
that Greek word for “closes his heart” means to slam the door of his compassion
in some Jewish thought holding tightly to what you own is the same as starving a person.
Josephus boasted “no Jew depended on outsiders for charitable support, since the Jews cared for all of their destitute and disabled brethren”
Deuteronomy 15:7–8 NKJV
“If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother, but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs.
Love in deed and truth (v.18)
the ancient world often coupled the words “deed and truth”

What Love Does For Believers (v.19-24)

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1 John 3:19-24
1 John 3:19–24 ESV
By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.
Confidence before God (v.19)
Verse 20 tells us why love gives us confidence before God.
God is greater than your heart and knows everything about you...
If anyone can judge you and condemn you it is God, but instead He loves you.
Receive whatever I ask (v.22)
the verse continue to say “because you obey him”
we obey God by keeping his commandments.
Verse 23 tells us the 2 commandments:
“trust in Jesus” - as Jesus said in
John 6:29 GNB
Jesus answered, “What God wants you to do is to believe in the one he sent.”
John 6:22 NKJV
On the following day, when the people who were standing on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except that one which His disciples had entered, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with His disciples, but His disciples had gone away alone—
love each other”
The Holy Spirit living in us (v.24)

Conclusion

Don’t be angry or hate others = murder
Lay down your life for others
Don’t hold tightly to what you own
Love in deed and truth
Then as you love others and trust in Jesus you will:
Have confidence before God.
Receive whatever you ask
Have the Holy Spirit living in you
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