The passage refers to the interest or devotion we would manifest for our brethren even to the extent of making great and trying sacrifices. Personally, I will go a long way with a person who really is genuine in his love for the Lord Jesus Christ. It is perhaps intended in such Scriptures as these that Christians shall behold the truth of their being "unprofitable servants," and utterly incapable of achieving, in any complete sense, that righteousness which alone can save. ]:” “Herein is love; not that we loved God; but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins [Note: 1 John 4:9-10. 704: θεῖναι εἰς μέσσον, τιθέναι εἰς τὸ κοινόν, in Pape see τίθημι). https: Our life ought not to be dearer to us than God's own Son was to Him. BibliographyBurkitt, William. 1851. We ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 1. The words of God have been supplied by the translators. We may plead the merit of his obedience unto death. This is a love that must come from God. The Expositor's Greek Testament. Go to. It is love that is full of consideration for others. O that there were in us a corresponding sense of our duty, and that we could, with one heart and one mind, rise to the performance of it! https: But where could such an one be found? And we ought to be so deeply affected with, and influenced by this unparalleled loveof Christ, as to stand ready after his example, and in imitation of his love, to expose or lay down our own lives, whenever he calls us to it, (as St. Paul did his, Philippians 2:17.) "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". 1765. Every one of them is a member of Christ’s mystical body, yea, “one spirit with him:” so that whatever we do for them, we do for Christ himself, as much as if he were personally present with us, and the visible object of our attentions. None but God himself could interpose with effect, even that God, whose law we had violated, and whose majesty we had offended. BibliographyBeza, Theodore. "Commentary on 1 John 3:16". ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. This is a beautiful contrast with the man who hates his brother. 1 John 3:16. We who love the Saviour and who love the Word of God should be genuine in our love one for the other. What a testimony it would be before the world if we loved even those who don't agree with us on every point! As Christ did in pursuance of His love, so ought we to do in pursuance of ours, bound as we are to Him not by the mere force of an outward example, but by the power of an inward life. https: And this testimony of God’s love to us, his laying down his life for us, ought so to transform us into his likeness, that out of the power of that Divine principle, the love of God in us, (so that implanted love is called, 1 John 3:17. the love of God), we should never hesitate, or make a difficulty, to lay down our lives for the Christian community, or even for the common good and welfare of men, being duly called thereto. "Mitchell's Commentary on Selected New Testament Books". 1896. But the thought goes deeper than that, for here John is linking love for the brethren with the love that brought Jesus to the cross. By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another ( John 13:34-35). "Commentary on 1 John 3:16". https: The extent in which we should exercise love to our brethren—. ὄτι … ἔθηκεν. “For God so loved […] 1863-1878. 2013. "Commentary on 1 John 3:16". https: Charles Schribner's Sons. He now draws attention to what that love must be like. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. Hereby perceive we the love of God, — This text, as it stands in our version, has generally been mentioned as equivalent to Acts 20:28. 1 John 4:9. Christ is the archetype of self-sacrificing love, as Cain is of brother-sacrificing hate. 1 John 3:7, chap. And we - on our part, if necessary for the glory of God, the good of the Church, or the salvation of a brother. The passage means that the Lord gave direct evidence‘ of His love in that he laid down his life for us. We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". "Commentary on 1 John 3:16". “He, says the apostle, without mentioning him by name, for He is to every believer the well-known,” Rickli. "Commentary on 1 John 3:16". https: The derivation of it from the Hebrew שִׂים נֶפֶשׁ בְּכַף (Ebrard) is equally unsuitable, because “here the בְּכַף is essential” (Meyer). Let us rise to a sense of our duty.