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702 TRUE CHRISTIANS ARE HATED BY TUE WORLD. Julian Pe tians is of no consequence, for they are assured that they Asia Niger, riod, 4799. Vulgar Æra,
have passed away from a State of Death to a State of 96.
Life, because they love their Brethren but he that loves not
his Brother remains still in a State of spiritual Death,
unconverted, and unregenerated-He who hates his Bro-
ther has the same Malice and evil Principle in him which
was in Cain; and were he not restrained by Human
Laws, would be like him a Murderer-No Man who
cherishes such feelings can have the Divine Life dwelling
within him-I'he great Love of God was made known by
his Son laying down his Life for Mankind, and Chris
tians should be willing from Love to God to sacrifice their
Lives for the benefit of Mankind. But, instead of doing
this, if those who have the good Things of the present
World refuse to impart a portion of them to a Brother in
need, it is not possible they can have the Love of God
abiding in them
9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for
his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he
is born of God.
10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness, is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another,
12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.
13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death,
15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer : and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us : and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his
brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of com-
passion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
§ 7. 1 JOHN iii. 18, to the end.
The Apostle exhorts them not to be content with an acknow-
ledgment of these great Doctrines, nor with empty Pro-
fessions of Love—but to prove their Conviction of their
Truth by their actions— Love to God and Man is the surest
test which Christians have of the Truth of their Religion
-and this proof will assure them their Hearts are right
in his Sight--If their conscience condemn them as being
Julian Pe deficient in brotherly Love and Charity, God, who is Asia Minor,
Vulgar Æra, greater than their Heart, and sees all its Secrets, will
condemn them in a much greater degree-but if their Con-
science condemns them not, they have Confidence towards
God, and they know that whatsoever they ask they shall
receive, as far as is consistent with their own good-be-
cause they keep his Commandments, and do the things
which they consider pleasing in his sight-And this is
God's great and new Commandment, that they should be-
lieve in his Son Jesus Christ, and be enabled, through his
Holy Spirit, to love one another, as Christ by his own
Example has given them Commandment—Those who keep
God's Commandments live in communion with the Father
and the Son, through his Spirit, and they know that God
dwells within them by the testimony of his Spirit, and its
influence on their Hearts and Lives, (com. John xiv. 23.)
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither
in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God :
22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in
him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abid-
eth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
$ 8. 1 John iv. 1-6.
St. John exhorts them not to believe every Teacher who pro-
fesses to be divinely inspired, but to make trial of them
because many false Teachers have gone out into the
World— Those who have the Divine Spirit are knonn by
maintaining that Jesus is the Christ come in the Flesh,
(1 Cor. xii. 3.)-Every Teacher who denies that Jesus
Christ had come in the Flesh is not from God—but is of
the Antichrists, or Deceivers, foretold, (Mark xxiv. 24.)
--But they, under the influence of the divine Spirit, have
overcome the Doctrines of these Impostors, for greater is
the Spirit of God which is in them, than the Spirit of the
Evil One which is in the World— These seek only the
Things of this World, governed by the carnal principle,
and worldly Men hear them-But the Apostles are of
SPECULATIVE KNOWLEDGE INSUFFICIENT.
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and by their Lives and Doctrines the true and false
i Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits
whether they are of God; because many false prophets
are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that
confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is of
3 And every Spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come ; and even now already is it in the world.
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them : because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5 They are of the world : therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us ;
he that is not of God, heareth not us. Hereby know we
the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
§ 9. 1 John iv. 7, to the end.
The Apostle, in condemnation perhaps of those who in-
sisted on the sufficiency of speculative Knowledge, exhorts
them to the practice of mutual Love, which proceeds from
the Spirit of God-for every one who is governed by this
divine principle of Love is born of God, spiritually rege-
nerated, and made a partaker of his Nature-He that
loves not, has no Knowledge of the divine Nature of
God, which is essentially Love-The infinite Love of God
was made manifest by the Incarnation of his only begotten
Son, who died for Mankind, and became the Propitiation
for their Sins, that they might live through him-No
Man hath seen God, because he cannot be an object of
Sense, but, if they love one another, God dwells in them
by his Spirit, and his Love is made perfect in them, and
by this evidence of his Spirit they are assured that God
dwells in them—The Apostles having seen Jesus Christ
made manifest in the flesh, and what he did for the
Salvation of Man, bear witness that the Father sent the
Son in the Flesh to be the Saviour of the World—Who-
soever shall acknowledge the reality of Christ's Incarna-
tion and Divinity, (which many denied) God dwells with
him through the Spirit, and he in God-They have wit-
nessed the great Love of God to Mankind in sending his
Son to die in the Flesh-God is Love, and he who dwells
in Love to God and Man is full of God, for God is the
Essence of Love; and Love is made perfect by God
Inlian Pe. uniting Man to himself by his Holy Spirit; which Union Asia Minor. riod, 4799.
gives him Confidence in the Day of Judgment, and reVulgar Æra,
moves all his Fears-He that feareth hath not received
that fulness of Love to God and Man, which proceeds
from God, and is the abiding Witness of the Spirit re-
newing the Image of God in Man- The Love of Man to
God proceeds from God's Love shewn to them -He, there-
fore, who asserts that he loves God, and hates his Bro-
ther, whose excellencies and good qualities he has seen,
and therefore will be more disposed to love, cannot love
God, whose Perfections cannot be seen-God has also
commanded that they should give a proof of their Love to
him, by their Love to Mankind.
7 Beloved, let us love one another : for love is of God;
and every one that loveth, is born of God, and knoweth
8. He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love.
9 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.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected
13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
14 And we have seen, and do testify, that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.
God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear ; because fear hath torment. He that feareth, is not made perfect in love.
19 We love him because he first loved us.
20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
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$11. 1 JOHN v. 1-12.
The Apostle, after having declared that all who believe that
Jesus is the Christ are born of God, by the influence of
his Spirit, asserts that those who love God, their spiritual
Father, must necessarily love his Children - The best
criterion they have of judging of their own Faith, is to
find out whether their love to the Children of God pro-
ceeds from a right principle, from love to God and obe-
dience to his Commandments; which are not burthensome
to those who love God- Those who are spiritually rege-
nerated, are able, by a true Faith in the Son of God, to
overcome all the Temptations of the World—This is that
Jesus, who was proved in Human Form to be the pro-
mised Messiah, by Water at his Baptism, by a Voice from
Heaven, and the visible Descent of the Holy Spirit- and
not by Water only, but by Blood-by the sacrifice of his
Humanity, when the same Spirit bore Witness to his Di-
vinity, and the Accomplishment of all Prophecy, by his
Resurrection ; and the Spirit cannot deceive-There are
three that bear record in Heaven-The Father, by ac-
cepting the Atonement of his Son- The Word, who
sents his crucified Body before the Throne of God-The
Holy Ghost, by whom the Word was conceived, and made
Flesh; and these three are one, as to the Unity of their
Design, and the Divinity of their Nature-And there
are three that bear Witness on Earth—The Holy Spirit,
by his miraculous and sanctifying Influences, and by the
written Word— The Water of Baptism, by which Mankind
are admitted into the Family of God, the visible Church,
and receive a new and spiritual Birth—And the Blood of
Christ, which is represented in the Eucharist, and shers
forth the sacrifice of his Humanity, by which the new and
eternal Life is obtained-And these three are constantly
witnessing on Earth the efficacy of Christ's Death, his
Humanity and Deity-If the Testimony of human Evi-
dence is received, (Deut. xvii. 6.) the Testimony of God
is greater ; for he who has Faith in God shall have the
witness of the Spirit within himself, regenerating his
whole Nature-But he who believeth not maketh him a
Liar, refusing to believe the testimony God has given in
his Prophecies, and wonderful Interpositions, to attest the
Divinity of Christ --The Testimony witnessed by the
three in Heaven, and the three on Earth, is, that God
will give to Man eternal Life through his Son-He
that conforms himself to the Image of Christ, making a
sacrifice of Flesh (Blood), hath the heavenly Life begun