The Contrasts of Love and Hate

1 John 3:11
Author: Philip Harrelson
Topics: Brothers, Righteousness, Saint, Sin, Wicked One
Series: Bible Study Series, The Word of Life


I John 3:11-18 KJV  For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.  [12]  Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.  [13]  Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.  [14]  We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.  [15]  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.  [16]  Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.  [17]  But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?  [18]  My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.


Throughout this whole epistle of 1st John, John is constantly reiterating to the reader what a real saint of God is.  Those who are genuine are presented here in a very clear way.  It cannot be summed up any more clearly than in the preceding verses leading up to our current text.  1 John 3:4-10 provides some very simple characteristics of who a saint of God really is:

  • 3:7  -  One who practices righteousness is a saint of God.
  • 3:8  -  One who practices sin is clearly marked as a sinner.
  • 3:9  -  A saint is one who will not practice sin.
  • 3:10  -  A person who does not practice righteousness is a sinner.

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