1 John 3 1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not. Behold -- look and see; it's amazing. NIV How great is the love that the Father hath lavished upon us It is incomprehensible to the human mind how much God loves us .
The Love of God The love of God is greater far Than tongue or pen can ever tell; It goes beyond the highest star, And reaches to the lowest hell; The guilty pair, bowed down with care, God gave His Son to win; His erring child He reconciled, And pardoned from his sin.
Refrain O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure The saints’ and angels’ song. Words: Frederick M. Lehman; he wrote this song in 1917 in Pasadena, California, and it was published in Songs That Are Different, Volume 2, 1919 . The lyrics are based on the Jewish poem Haddamut , written in Aramaic in 1050 by Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai, a cantor in Worms, Germany; they have been translated into at least 18 languages. http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/l/o/loveofgo.htm
The Love of God endures forever . God is not fickle; He is eternally loyal . He is our Father, not by accident of birth; He has chosen us to be His children. He will never leave us nor forsake us. No wonder John said, " Behold , what manner of love!"
1b therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not . The world will never understand the wonder of being the sons and daughters of God. They reject God as Creator and Lord of all. They rejected Jesus when He was on this earth. It is no wonder that they do not receive us or our message as genuine.
John 15 18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 17 These things I command you, that ye love one another. We must love and support one another, because no one else is going to. We must be loyal to one another, all the time. The world will use you, but they will never love you.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. We are not hoping to become God's children; We are now His children. "It doth not yet appear what we shall be." You can't look at a man and know that he is a son of God.
2b but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. In that moment we shall receive our immortal , glorified bodies, and be forever with the Lord.
3 And every man that hath this hope (confident expectation) in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure. Though our faith does not change our physical appearance in this life, It does change the way we live our lives. Where once a man embraced sin , after he is saved, he passionately hates sin . He once looked for opportunities to sin , now he strives with all his heart to avoid sin .
2 Corinthians 5 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 21 For He hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. We are a spirit , we have a soul , and we live in a body. Our spirit is born of God , sinless and perfect, A new creation .
Certainly we struggle with sin in our soul : Mind or intellect , and our emotions . The human mind is where the devil spreads his lies and builds strongholds . He works to control us through our emotions. And, we are tempted to sin in our bodily appetites . But we do not have to yield to temptation. 1 John 5 4 For whatsoever is born of God over-cometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.