I John 3:14 “We know that we have passed out of death and into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.” (New American Standard Version)
We know. Greek: Oida
We have seen, and so we have understanding.
We recognize. We realize.
We have passed out of death. Greek: metabaino (spiritual death)
We have left death. We have moved (on) from death
We know we have passed out of death. (Greek: Thanatos – spiritual death)
We have withdrawn, left, and moved on from the state, condition, and effect of being spiritually dead. (We left behind an empty tomb.)
We know we have passed from death (Thanatos) unto life (zoe) because we love (agapao) the brethren.
Greek for brethren: adelphos - Christian brothers, fellow believers
How can I test to see if I am spiritually alive?
If I love the brethren, I am alive.
If I do not love the brethren,
I am not alive.
Steps to loving the brothers and sisters…
•Ask God to give you love for them. •Begin treating them with love.
•Change your behavior toward them, them and pray for them.
Do not conclude the lesson with the negative aspect of the verse:
“He who loves not abides in death.”
End with the positive aspect of the verse:
“We know we passed out from death unto life because we really do love the brethren!”
I cannot always know if I am loved by the church. I can always know if I love the church. - Dennis Whitter
And so, since we are alive, we love the brethren, and since that love helps prove that we are spiritually alive, let us continue to love the brethren
Posted on Sun, February 21, 2016
by Dennis Whitter