The reality of Christ is attested to by the evidence of His life, death and the Holy Spirit. These open the path to faith in Christ, but those who deny do so by ignoring the facts. Believers should live assured of their faith
God’s love through us is from our faith. God, His love, and commandments in this world are the central lessons in this section of John’s letter because these lead to victory over the curse in this fallen world.
No one has ever seen God in His fullness says John. But we have seen God’s love, and this same love can shine boldly through His people. A bold Christlike love proves that we abide with the only true God in Christ.
The emphasis that the Holy Spirit places on God, love and man in this section is unmistakable. This emphasis must not be lost on us because of our over familiarity or personal shortcomings concerning love.