Inheritance Day 5 Heavenly Love: Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper Days...are a pretty big deal at GT!

We search God's Word together, ask questions as we read, dig around to find the original intentions at the time of writing, and then make some applications to our everyday lives.
Along the way, we hope you'll pick up some new tools to study Scripture and you'll see truth in a new and accessible way!
Dig In!

The Passage

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1 John 4:7-9 English Standard Version (ESV)

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.

The Questions

1) What does it mean to “know” God?

2)
I know many loving people that don’t know God; what does this verse mean? (verse 8)

3) What does it mean to “live through him?”?

The Findings for Intention

1) What does it mean to “know” God?
The Greek (which is the original language of the New Testament) word for “know” is ginṓskō, which is a “prolonged form” of the original verb. More than a casual acquaintance you’ve met a few times or “know about”, this “knowing” denotes a depth of intimate relationship. The same word is used to describe the “knowing” of a husband and wife in marriage. Here, to know God isn’t an intellectual nod, “I believe there’s a God”, rather it’s deeply personal. It’s a mutual intimate knowledge of hopes, dreams, fears, purposes, and the like.

2)
I know many loving people that don’t know God; what does this verse mean? (verse 8)
The word for “love” here is agape, which is a selfless love that originates in the heart of God. It doesn’t mean the non-believers cannot love others selflessly, but rather that if your heart isn’t quickened to love in the same way that Jesus is continuously loving you, then you aren’t in relationship with Him. If you love only when it convenient for you, if loving God is a chore, if you don’t see “love” being fleshed out in ever-increasing ways in your regular daily living, then check your heart to see if you’ve truly surrendered to God.

3)
What does it mean to “live through him?”?
To live through God’s Son, Jesus, is to have put to death our old natural nature of sin, which itself leads to eternal death and separation from God because of sin. True, fulfilling, meaningful, purposeful life is only found when the love of God lives within us and changes us from the inside out. We receive the ability to “live in Him” by asking Jesus to be our Lord and Savior and Forgiver of our sins, upon which surrender, He gifts us with the Holy Spirit, the very being of God to live right inside of our heart and souls.

The Everyday Application

1) What does it mean to “know” God?
The real question here is, do you “know” God with the kind of deep intimacy implied with this word usage? Are you seeking His heart, and have you surrendered yours to His? If you do claim God as your God, are you actively pursuing to know Him better? How important is that relationship to your everyday life? Important enough to invite others to know Him the way you do? Important enough to consistently pour into it?

2)
I know many loving people that don’t know God; what does this verse mean? (verse 8)
Just as water makes things wet, as gas makes a car go, so does the love of God genuinely change a person. It’s impossible to give your heart fully to Him and then remain unchanged. Love changes us. God is defined as Love, and Jesus is defined as “Love in the flesh”; to radically love others as God loves us is to be in an intimate relationship with Him. Without His life-giving power of love flowing through us, we cannot love in the way that He calls us to.

3)
What does it mean to “live through him?”?
Living everyday life through the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ looks different on different people based on their stage of life and where they are in their own, personal faith journey. But one thing is certain; they will reflect a life of sacrificial love in ever increasing ways. What does agapé love look like in you right now? Where would you like Jesus’ love to transform you in deeper ways? Ask Him to grow you in love and see where His Father heart will take you!

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I Can Do That!

1) Take this passage (or any other passage).
2) Read through it (always more than a verse or two).
3) Write down your questions as you think of them.
4) Ask specific culture related questions and be ready to dig around for your answers. Google them, use www.studylight.org, or look them up in a study Bible and read the footnotes (click on the little letters next to a word and it will show you other related verses!). (www.esvbible.org)
5) Check your applications with other trusted Christians that you are in community with and embrace the fullness of God in your everyday!

The Community!

Thanks for joining us today as we journeyed into
Inheritance Week One!
Don’t miss out on the discussion – we’d love to hear your thoughts!

The Tools!

We love getting help while we study and www.studylight.org is one of many excellent resources.  Just type in the verse you’re looking at and Boom! It’s right in front of you in English and Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek (New Testament), which are the original languages the Bible was written in.

Want to know more about a specific word in a verse? Click on “Strong’s Interlinear Bible” then click the word you’d like to study. Find super awesome stuff like “origin”, “definition”, and even all the different ways that single word has been translated into English! If you want to be geeky, you can even click the word and hear its original pronunciation – That Is Awesome!

Want to get more background on a word or phrasing or passage? Click “Study Tools”, then pick a few commentaries to read their scholarly approach, keeping in mind that just because a commentary says it, doesn’t mean it’s true. (just like the internet :-))

The Why!

Finding the original meaning is a huge deal when we study Scripture and can make all the difference in our understanding as we apply God’s truths to our everyday lives.

In our modern-day relationships, we want people to understand our original intention as we communicate; how much more so between God and humanity?!

Here’s a little bit more on why we take Digging Deeper so seriously.

Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus.
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