See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him – 1 John 3:1
This is a great passage, but I think our translations have missed the mark in a couple of places. The overall language is satisfactory, but in a few places, it falls short of the Greek and the tone.
For example, the word “See” means, to know or to have knowledge of something. For we know or have knowledge of the Love God has poured out. This should not be a surprise for anyone reading this or understanding His love for we are His children and know that love.
Secondly the word here “Lavish,” which is great but misleading a bit, in the great it is, granted or allowed to have. Even in the KJV it says bestowed, but this would indicate a way that was not voluntary or asked for. The best translation would be to has granted or has allowed.
Finally, is the phrase, “Should be called Children of God!” This phrase is interpreted from the Greek word, “Kaleo or καλέω” which means to be summoned or called to something. So the word isn’t being called something but being invited to join as children of God.
So that the verse could be written:
We understand God’s great love that He has granted to all who would choose to be called children of God. And so we are!
Because we have accepted a love we know and understand, because we have heard the call of the Shepherd and answered that call and because we understand the Son was given as a sacrifice, we are now called the Children of God. He has granted His love to us who have chosen His way and life. He has provided a love that is beyond our comprehension. He has called us children, sons and daughters!
Finally, we now take this love out to the sons and daughters of the word and we show them a better way. A life that does not revolved around the sinful flesh, no, we show them a better way. We show them the life of Love that is in God, for “God is Love.” (1 John 4:18) In this they come to understand and know the love of the father that has been offered through His Son, Jesus Christ. May that love be in our minds and hearts, may it prevent us from following the flesh and may it be forever written in our hearts that we may always love one another.
God’s Love be with You,