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Ephesians, Chapter One, Lesson Five

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V.15 (Cont'd.)

** So, since this is so important, are we supposed to crank up the love - somehow generating feelings of affection for other Christians?

No, like the Lordship of Christ, this is the natural by-product of our regeneration. All true Believers will follow the commands of Christ and have an abiding love for other Christians.

All see - 1John, chapter three. John pens his epistle from the position of absolutes. He could be called the "Mr. Black and White" of Biblical principles. Just for the record, the epistle of James serves as a wonderful companion to this letter because it focuses on the "black and white" application of Biblical principles.

V. 3-9 John begins by restating the importance of Jesus Christ as Lord. We are to obey Him!

We purify ourselves because He is Lord (V.3)
We practice righteousness because He is Lord (V.7)

V.10 At the end of verse 10 John turns his attention to the second main characteristic of a Believer. What is it?

Love for the Brethren!
V.11 - "we should love one another"
V.14 - "we love the brethren"
V.16 - "we ought to lay down our lives..."
V.18 - We love "in deed and truth"

cf. 1John 4:19-21 Our salvation produces a love for God and for our brothers and sisters in Christ!

Having established in our thinking the reality of the Lordship of Christ and a love for the Brethren as the two main characteristics of a true Christian, let's return to our passage in verse 15 of Ephesians chapter one.

** Was there any limit to the number of Christians that would benefit from the love of the Ephesians

No, they had a "love for all the saints". Without love, the true love of God which has been shed abroad in our hearts, our claim to be a genuine Christian becomes as useless as a "noisy gong or a clanging cymbal". cf. 1Corinthians 13:1

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