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Christmas Through The Eyes of Calvary (2 of 4)
Series: Do You See What I See?
INTRODUCTION: The Apostle John, an aged man (90 years old), helped teach us that God clothed Himself with flesh and stepped out of heaven and into this world and lived a life so that men could become intimately knowledgeable about God.
I. THE LOVE OF GOD ORIGINATED WITH
THE FATHER 9-11
V7 "for love is of (from) God"
V8 "for God is love" - He defines love; it does
not define Him.
V10 "He loved us"
A. The Manifestation of God's Love 9
Love is an action verb, never static or inactive.
God is a God of manifestation and
"Manifest" - to come out in the open, to be
made public. In the Old Testament God was
often hidden behind the shadows of ritual and
"For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect."
In Jesus Christ, God the Father manifested life and love.
1 John 1:2
"the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us"
"Jesus said to him, "'Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, Show us the Father?'"
Why was Jesus manifested?
1 John 3:5
"And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin."
1 John 3:8
"He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil."
"toward us" - we are the objects of God's love.
B. THE DEMONSTRATION OF
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