A. John here proclaims the love of God in our adoption and the effects of that adoption.
B. John sets forth the manner of God’s love.
1. 2. 3. 4.
C. We are 1.
2. 3. 4.
God did not simply offer His love to us; He rather bestowed it upon us! bestow upon: To confer as a gift, present, give (a person).
This bestowed love constitutes us the sons of God.
If God loves you, you will be called a son of God.
the sons of God by adoption. EPH 1:5.
adoption: The action of voluntarily taking into any relation; esp. of taking into sonship. Our relationship to God as His sons was predestinated.