Chapter One, Lesson Five
THANKFUL IN CHRIST Page
** 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
** 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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