Sincere Love of God and Others

 

1 Timothy 5:1-2 AMPC … Do not sharply censure or rebuke an older man, but entreat and plead with him as [you would with] a father. Treat younger men like brothers; 2 [Treat] older women like mothers [and] younger women like sisters, in all purity.

Treat others as if in a family relationship, “in all purity”.

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Remember these questions: Without obeying the Truth through the Holy Spirit can there be any real/sincere biblical love for each other? For the Father and the Son?

The answers are found in 1 Peter 1:21-23. 🙂

Biblical sincere love of God and others comes only through Christ.

Biblical sincere love(a pure heart) does not exist apart from obedience to the Truth(ever living&lasting Word) through the Holy Spirit. –1 Pe 1:21-23

Biblical sincere love is not only clinging to what is good, it is also separating, departing from evil.  –Ro 12:9

* Interesting how this is related to “abiding” in Christ and “doctrine” 

=> only the one who continues in the doctrine of Christ(does not go off the map) lives and has both the Father and the Son and is able to have sincere biblical love. –2 Jn 1:9

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1 Peter 1:21-23 AMPC … Through Him you believe in (adhere to, rely on) God, Who raised Him up from the dead and gave Him honor and glory, so that your faith and hope are [centered and rest] in God. 22 Since by your obedience to the Truth through the [Holy] Spirit you have purified your hearts for the sincere affection of the brethren, [see that you] love one another fervently from a pure heart.  23 You have been regenerated (born again), not from a mortal origin (seed, sperm), but from one that is immortal by the ever living and lasting Word of God.

From NetBible 1 Pe 1:22

  • NKJV … Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart
  • BBE … And as you have made your souls clean, being ruled by what is true, and loving one another without deceit, see that your love is warm and from the heart
  • sincere[505] = genuine, without hypocrisy
  • pure[2513] = clean
    – purified by fire
    – like a vine cleansed by pruning and so fitted to bear fruit
    – free from every admixture of what is false, sincere genuine
  • “having purified,” as the preparation for the love described in the second half of the verse.

From NetBible Ro 12:9

  • NASB … Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.
  • BBE … Let love be without deceit. Be haters of what is evil; keep your minds fixed on what is good.
  • NRSV … Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good.
  • sincere[505] = genuine, without hypocrisy
  • hate[655] = abhor, separate from[575]
  • hold fast[2853] = cling, keep company with, be united, glue together

From Commentary 2 Jn 1:9

  • NRSV … Everyone who does not abide in the teaching of Christ, but goes beyond it, does not have God; whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.
  • to advance beyond the limits of the (Christian) doctrine
    => contains an ironical allusion to the pretensions of the false teachers to have advanced to a “higher” degree of knowledge.
    *From Zondervan KJV Study Bible -this going too far refers to the Gnostics who believed they had advanced beyond the teachings of the apostles(doctrine of Christ). This especially refers to the true teaching about Christ as the incarnate God-man(fully God-fully man -word made flesh(Jn 1:14) at birth). The Gnostics believed the Holy Spirit came temporarily upon the man Jesus between His baptism and crucifixion
  • Anyone who goes beyond the doctrine of Christ(follows off the map)
    => has no “true” knowledge or relationship to God or Christ
  •  It is necessary not merely to believe in God but to believe in Him “through Christ” (1 Pe 1:21).

 

2 John 1:5-11 AMPC … And now I beg you, lady (Cyria), not as if I were issuing a new charge (injunction or command), but [simply recalling to your mind] the one we have had from the beginning, that we love one another. 6 And what this love consists in is this: that we live and walk in accordance with and guided by His commandments (His orders, ordinances, precepts, teaching). This is the commandment, as you have heard from the beginning, that you continue to walk in love [guided by it and following it]For many imposters (seducers, deceivers, and false leaders) have gone out into the world, men who will not acknowledge (confess, admit) the coming of Jesus Christ (the Messiah) in bodily form. Such a one is the imposter (the seducer, the deceiver, the false leader, the antagonist of Christ) and the antichrist. 8 Look to yourselves (take care) that you may not lose (throw away or destroy) all that we and you have labored for, but that you may [persevere until you] win and receive back a perfect reward [in full]. 9 Anyone who runs on ahead [of God] and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ [who is not content with what He taught] does not have God; but he who continues to live in the doctrine (teaching) of Christ [does have God], he has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine [is disloyal to what Jesus Christ taught], do not receive him [do not accept him, do not welcome or admit him{as a fellow Christian}] into [your] house or bid him Godspeed or give him any encouragement. 11 For he who wishes him success [who encourages him, wishing him Godspeed] is a partaker in his evil doings.
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5 Responses to “Sincere Love of God and Others”

  1. khollandsblog Says:

    When talking about loving God and others usually you hear the following verse.

    John 13:34-35
    34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

    Rarely do you hear the following verses.

    John 8:31-21
    31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

    1Peter 1:22-23
    22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, 23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

    Notice how “love”, truth and obedience are related.
    => Without knowing and trying to obey the Truth through the Holy Spirit can there be any real/sincere biblical love for each other? For the Father and the Son?

    John 14:6,21
    6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” …
    … 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.

    Notice also these next verses.

    Romans 12:9 Amplified
    9 [Let your] love be sincere{ without hypocrisy}; hate what is evil [loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness], but hold fast to that which is good.

    3John 1:11
    11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.

    Sincere biblical love is not only clinging to what is good, it is also separating, departing from (hating)evil.

    🙂

    Prayer:
    Philippians 1:9
    9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

    2John 1:3
    Grace, mercy and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

  2. khollandsblog Says:

    How do you biblically guard your heart?

    Proverbs 4:20-23
    20 My son, give attention to my words;
    Incline your ear to my sayings.
    21 Do not let them depart from your sight;
    Keep them in the midst of your heart.
    22 For they are life to those who find them
    And health to all their body.
    23 {Guard}Watch over your heart with all diligence,
    For from it flow the springs of life.

  3. khollandsblog Says:

    Why do some reject and/or persecute you? Why do you seem to be strangers with these people?

    John 15:20
    20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you[disciples]; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.

    Luke 10:16
    16 “The one who listens to you[disciples] listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me.”

    John 12:48
    48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day.

    1 John 4:1-6
    Testing the Spirits
    1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.4 You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 5 They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

  4. khollandsblog Says:

    Who does God see as a stranger?

    Matthew 7:21-23
    21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’

  5. khollandsblog Says:

    The following is disturbing.

    God created Adam in His own image. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that if God is love, then Adam is also love because God created him in His likeness. And moving forward, this also implies that the heart of God was beating in Adam. The thoughts of Adam were actually God’s thoughts.

    1. If Adam is love just like God is love why did Adam sin and bring the fall?=>Adam’s love was not perfect
    =>God’s love is perfect(sinless)

    2. How could Adam’s thoughts be God’s thoughts?
    =>God’s thoughts are perfect-sinless?

    3. Made in God’s likeness doesn’t mean Adam or we are perfect.
    =>Adam was not a God – neither are we.

    Genesis 1:26-27
    26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
    => male AND female are not exact copies of God.

    How is love of God perfected?

    1John 2:3-6
    3 By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.4 The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; 5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: 6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

    => we can not reach a perfect sinless state(love) here on earth
    => but hopefully we grow more like Christ with His help

    1Corinthians 13:12
    12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.

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