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1 Let [meno] brotherly love [philadelphia] continue [meno]. KJV-Interlinear
1 Let love
of the brethren continue. NASB
There are lots of
variations of words that deal with the concept of love, but there are three
basic words that deal with the subject. Those
three words are: 'agapao,' 'phileo,' and
The first word, 'agapao,'
has to do with the mind. This covers the
basic and fundamental rules or principles of love. In short, this is a broad reference to Bible
doctrine. We studied this in great
detail in 1, 2, 3 Jn.
The second word, phileo,
which is in our passage for today, deals with the heart and feelings and
conduct between one person and another person.
This is our day to day interaction with people in general. Whether acquainted or strangers, we all have
to deal with people either directly or indirectly. Sometimes we deal with people who can see our
actions or hear our words. Often we deal
with people from afar never knowing that we have had an impact or have made
some kind of impression (either positive or negative) on them, because of our
words or actions.
The third word for love is,
eros. This deals with the intimate
relations between a husband and wife in its proper context. It, of course, also applies to subjects having
to do with two (or more) people in intimate relations whether they are
legitimate relations or not.
The first and third words
are not in view in our passage. He
second word, phileo, is. But
regardless of which type of love is
being discussed, they all have their foundation in the first word, agape,
which is the set of principles that guide all human relations. That set of principles is, of course, Bible
You cannot have any
relationship whether with God or mankind (or even self understanding), unless
you possess the underlying foundation of Bible doctrine within your soul. Without doctrine, everything in any kind of
relationship, is relative. This is why
so many people fall in and out of love, have difficulty in their relationships
and so forth.
Typically the biggest
mistake with any given relationship, is the approach that people take toward
one another. Self is generally in view
self righteousness or self pity. And,
the other person or persons, are simply the means to your end. This can apply to how people behave toward
each other in business (honesty verses dishonesty), or in politics (trying to
convince), or in the media (trying to influence), or in social settings (trying
to gain special feelings, trust, or popularity).
In every case there can be
the honest approach or the dishonest approach toward others.
In all instances of
relationships ones understanding of people is crucial in order to understand
their words or actions. If he/she says,
I love you. What does he/she mean
really? If the politician says, I want
your vote. Is he qualified to lead, or
does he just want the ego of the office?
A fundamental understanding
of Bible doctrine gives you re the necessary discernment to figure these things
out. This understanding, for the long
term, comes only through your persistent daily study of Gods Word. Sure people in general can have common sense
about things, but sooner or later in life, if doctrine is absent from their
life, then they will make mistakes when dealing with others.
Are all Christians pure at
heart? Of course not. They are nothing more than imperfect human
beings. Do all Christians study their
Bibles daily? No. Do all Christians have the same point of view
about life? No. Can you trust all Christians by default? No.
Should you judge God and
Bible doctrine based on the words or actions of Christians? No.
God gives us all the same
information. Not everyone learns
it. Not everyone applies it correctly to
life. Some take defiant stands with
respect to God and doctrine. Some will
dress in black only. Some won t dance on
Sunday. Some will have strong opinions
about the environment. Some will have
strong opinions about politics. Think of
any subject and you ll find a bushel basket full of opinions. Are all of these opinions correct and from
This life is driven by two
opinions Gods and everything else. It
is the everything else category which gives us difficulty in life and so we
need to learn to live with tolerance of others otherwise we will be upset all
of the time.
Too often people take
themselves too seriously. In order to
have a more pleasant life we need to learn how to get along with each
other. And that all starts with growing
Thus our passage. Let love of the brethren continue.
Love is the application of
the principles, which we should have learned through our daily studies, to our
daily lives as our life applies toward other people. Brethren, is a reference to people in
general. Brethren, adelphos means
literally, from the same womb. So this
is a reference to every human being.
In life we have a
responsibility to get along with others, and live a life that will compliment
that pattern of living. Just as we
cannot expect to believe in Christ and then do nothing else in life, so too we
need to pursue the life style that fits this pattern of New Testament teaching. Doctrine demands duty, position, and then
True faith demands true
living. We all have a duty to obey God
and abide by His will. We all have an
obligation to secure our position in Christ through advancement to spiritual
maturity. And the result? A daily life that is consistent with Gods
will. Putting into practice that which
we have learned and adopted for our life.
Doctrine must always come
first, and that will produce the result of a proper life. Clean living or trying to orient socially
with others first, does not produce the spiritual life, but rather defeats it.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.