1 JOHN 2:3-6
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever belie-
veth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (Jn.3:16).
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son
shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (Jn.3:36).
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent
me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death
unto life” (Jn.5:24).
“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”
⇒ Jesus Christ said that God had sent Him to make God known.
“And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not”
“Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him
whom he hath sent” (Jn.6:29).
“Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know
whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not”
“I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak
to the world those things which I have heard of him” (Jn.8:26).
“He that seeth me seeth Him that sent me” (Jn.12:45).
“If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye
know him, and have seen him” (Jn.14:7).
“All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine,
and shall show it unto you” (Jn.16:15).
“In Him dwelleth all the fulness of God” (Col.2:9).
“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the
flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the
world, received up into glory” (1 Tim.3:16).
“Who [Christ] being the brightness of God’s glory, and the express image of His per-
This means something very significant: if we are to know God, we must know Jesus Christ. God has revealed Himself and
made Himself known through Jesus Christ and through Christ alone. Therefore, to know God we must know Jesus Christ
whom He has sent. How do we know if we know God? If we know Jesus Christ, then we know God.
Now, note exactly what the verse says.
“Hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments” (v.3).
This verse says explicitly that we know God if we keep God’s commandments. What are God’s commandments?
“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” (1 Jn.3:23).
God’s chief commandment is this: that we believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another. There are
two things said here.
1. First, to know God we must believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ. If we believe in Christ, then we come to
know God, for Jesus Christ came to earth to reveal God. By believing in Jesus Christ we keep God’s commandment.
2. Second, to know God we must love one another. Love covers all the commandments of God. If we love one anoth-
er, we will not hurt or cause pain for one another; we will not offend or sin against one another. We will be keeping all the
commandments of God. This is exactly what Scripture declares.
“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the
law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt
not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly
comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill
to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law” (Ro.13:8-10).
The point is this: How do we know if we know God? Take a test: Do we keep God’s commandments? If we keep God’s
commandments, then we believe in Jesus Christ, that He is God’s Son, and we love one another. We surrender all we are and
have to Jesus Christ and to loving one another. Unless we are doing these two things, we do not know God. No matter what a
person may say, he does not know God if he has never given his life to Jesus Christ. And he does not know God if he criti-
cizes, grumbles, and backbites his brother and commits adultery, kills, steals, lies, covets, or does anything else against his
brother. If a person really knows God, then he wants to please God. He wants to know more and more about God, and the
only way he can know more and more about God is to follow God. He has to do the things that God does, to walk and love
as God walks and loves. The more we walk and love as God does, the more we will come to know God. Therefore, if we
keep His commandments, we know Him. This is the way we can tell if we know Him, the only way.
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