Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

1 John 4:9

Was manifested (epanerwth).
First aorist passive indicative of panerow. The Incarnation as in 3:5. Subjective genitive as in 2:5.

In us (en hmin).
In our case, not "among us" nor "to us." Cf. Galatians 1:16.

Hath sent (apestalken).
Perfect active indicative of apostellw, as again in verse 14, the permanent mission of the Son, though in verse 10 the aorist apesteilen occurs for the single event. See John 3:16 for this great idea.

His only-begotten Son (ton uion autou ton monogenh).
"His Son the only-begotten" as in John 3:16. John applies monogenhv to Jesus alone (John 1:14,18), but Luke (Luke 7:12; 8:42; 9:38) to others. Jesus alone completely reproduces the nature and character of God (Brooke).

That we might live through him (ina zhswmen di' autou).
Purpose clause with ina and the first aorist (ingressive, get life) active subjunctive of zaw. "Through him" is through Christ, who is the life (John 14:6). Christ also lives in us (Galatians 2:20). This life begins here and now.

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Bibliography Information
Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on 1 John 4:9". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.