Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Summary

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Bible References

Herein

1 John 4:8
The person who does not love [others] does not know God [as Savior], for [the very nature of] God is love.
1 John 3:1
Look at how much love the Father has shown to us [Christians], that we should be called His children! But, that is what we [really] are! The reason the people of the world do not know who we are is because they do not know who God [really] is.

Not

1 John 4:19
We love [God and others] because God has first loved us.
John 15:16
You [apostles] did not choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you to go and bear much fruit [i.e., through their evangelizing], and that your fruit should last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask Him for in my name [i.e. by my authority].
Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates His own love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
Romans 8:29
For [that class of] persons whom God knew beforehand He also predetermined to become conformed to the [spiritual] likeness of His Son, so that He could be the firstborn One among [His] many brothers [i.e., so He could be the preeminent example to all His followers. See Heb. 2:11].
2 Corinthians 5:19
That is, God was in Christ restoring the world to fellowship with Himself, not counting people's sins against them. And He entrusted to us the message of restoring people to fellowship [with Him].
Ephesians 2:4
But God, who has great love for us and abundant mercy [toward us],
Titus 3:3
For we [Christians] were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various kinds of [evil] desires and [sinful] pleasures. [We used to] live in malice and envy, hating people and being hated by them.

And sent

1 John 2:2
And He is the One who provides a "covering over" [or atonement] for our sins [See Heb. 2:17; Dan. 9:24; II Chron. 29:24], and not for ours [who are already Christians] only, but also for the sins of the people of the whole world.
Romans 3:25
God presented Jesus as the atoning sacrifice [for our sins] through [our] faith in His blood [i.e., His death on the cross]. This was in order to demonstrate His justice when, by using forbearance, He passed over people's sins in previous generations.
1 Peter 2:24
Jesus took upon Himself our sins [when] His body was placed upon the cross so that we, [through] dying to [i.e., giving up] the sinful life, would live for righteousness. You were healed [from your sins] by His being brutally treated.
1 Peter 3:18
For Christ suffered once for people's sins [to be forgiven]. [It was the case of] a righteous Man suffering for unrighteous people, so that He could bring you [or, "us"] to God [for salvation]. [Though] He [i.e., Jesus] was put to death physically, He was brought back to life by the Holy Spirit [Note: Some translations say "in spirit"].

General references

Matthew 22:40
The entire law of Moses and the prophets hinge on these two commandments."
Luke 19:10
For the Son of man came to search for and save those who were lost."
John 15:13
No one has [any] greater love than to give up his life for his friends.
Hebrews 13:1
Continue to love [one another] as brothers.
1 John 4:19
We love [God and others] because God has first loved us.