“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” 1 John 4.9
It is not uncommon to hear believers and unbelievers alike ask the question, “How do I know God loves me?” It may stem from a moment of frustration in life or it may be the result of a lifetime of disappointment and despair that seems unexplainable.
When John wrote his epistle of 1 John, he was dealing with a culture that was plagued with Docetism (the doctrine, important in Gnosticism, that Christ’s body was not human but either a phantasm or of real but celestial substance, and that therefore his sufferings were only apparent.) So when Jesus Christ came into this world as he did, as a baby in a manger, immediately God took on human form and flesh. Man could see Him, touch Him, speak with Him, and yes, ultimately execute Him (as a part of God’s plan).
John was saying, You want to know IF God loves you and HOW God loves you, here it is: “In this (the coming of Christ to earth in human form) was manifested the love of God toward us … ” The purpose for which He came, the ONLY purpose, was this: “God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” How is it that we LIVE through Him? His blood paid the price for our sin, and He rose from the grave that third day, victorious over death, hell, and the grave. “” 1 Corinthians15.55-57: “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” I don’t have to fear death anymore. You don’t have to fear death anymore. God will meet us at the entrance of the valley of the shadow of death, and He will take us THROUGH it and we will emerge on the other side victorious over death. Everyone on the other side of the valley of death who is escorted by God is alive! Praise His Holy Name! Why did Jesus come? So that “we might live through him.” Just my thoughts …