Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The illustration of virtue in Greek Drama. Part 9. Love that has virtue is love that loves for no personal reason.

Sunday, June 6, 2004

1. Virtue (includes respect, loyalty, devotion).
2. Knowledge – perception of doctrine.
3. Self-control – organized life.
4. Perseverance – endurance or consistency.
5. Godliness – living the spiritual life.

Brotherly kindness – sixth member of the chorus line – accusative singular feminine noun – philadelphia -filadelfivan = brotherly love.

In the perception and metabolization of Bible doctrine, real impersonal love is developed = love for all believers; an objective, unbiased love that emphasizes the subject who is doing the loving rather than the object.

“I love you”

Once a believer metabolizes Bible doctrine, they will receive the power and the motivation to love God as well as believers.

MAR 3:21 And when His own family heard of this [that He claimed to be the Son of God], they went out to take custody of him; for they [members of His family] were saying, “He has lost His senses.”

JOH 7:5 For not even his brothers were believing in Him.

Per-act-ind – hestekasin = they have been waiting outside for Him for a long time.

TLJC taught that His followers are even closer to Him than His natural family and closest relatives.

1TI 2:4 He wills all men to be saved and to come to the epignosis knowledge of the truth.

Relationship with God must have priority over relationship with people.
Relationship with members of the royal family of God must have priority over relationship with family.

Personal love is minus virtue.

MAT 5:46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax-gatherers do the same?

Love that has virtue is love that loves for no personal reason.

Impersonal love requires virtue because the person doing the loving is loving from virtue within not reasons without.

Personal love is directed toward a few with whom you are compatible, while impersonal love is directed toward all. “I love you.”

Virtue is found in “impersonal love” and a person who has virtue also has a capacity for personal love.

ROM 5:5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

The only personal love that has any real virtue is personal love for God, which is the function of your royal priesthood.

Virtue love toward God is personal.
Virtue love toward man is impersonal.

Personal love toward God is the function of your royal priesthood.
Impersonal love toward man is the function of your royal ambassadorship.

“Brotherly love” is the function of your royal ambassadorship rather than your priesthood.
Your ambassadorship is your relationship with man.

The only way you can love mankind with virtue is to love all mankind.
This requires “impersonal love and virtue” in the one doing the loving.

In personal love toward God we have virtue as a priest.
In impersonal love for mankind we have virtue as an ambassador.

2CO 5:14 For the love for Christ motivates us.

The Stoics rejected Bible doctrine and biblical teaching but taught that God wants you to perform good deeds and have reverence toward Him.

You cannot love God from your priesthood unless you have metabolized doctrine.

Legalistic believers always persecute, yet they usually are very moral.

Those with “virtue love” tolerate and love the legalists.

1. This “brotherly love” or virtue love is how we fulfill the divine mandate –
MAR 12:31 “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
2. This love is a love that “covers sins,” it does not repeat them, PRO 10:12; PRO 17:9, 1PE 4:8.

PRO 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all transgressions.
PRO 17:9 He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.
1PE 4:8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.

3. This “brotherly love” gives us the ability to fulfill MAT 5:41-42 “And whoever shall force you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.”

GAL 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.
GAL 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
GAL 5:14 For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

4. This “brotherly love” causes us to treat one another as we would treat the Lord, MAT 25:34-40.

5. “Brotherly love” is a revelation to others that we are the students or disciples of the Lord,
JOH 13:13-15; JOH 13:34-35.

6. “Brotherly love” is revealed by an unselfish desire to lose one’s life, JOH 15:12-13.

7. Brotherly love is without hypocrisy and manifested by affection, ROM 12:9-10.

ROM 12:9-10 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;

8. “Brotherly love” is not a love of independence or self-preservation,
GAL 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
EPH 5:2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you, and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

9. This love is totally from divine power and not from human emotion,
1TH 3:11-12 Now may our God and Father Himself and Jesus our Lord direct our way to you; and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all men, just as we also do for you;

10. This brotherly love is manifested by a relaxed mental attitude.
LUK 6:27-28 But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

1. The Lord’s Supper is an examination as to where you stand with true Christian fellowship, not with people but with God.

1JO 1:3 “Indeed our fellowship is with the Father,”
1CO 1:9 God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
2CO 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

2. The communion service is a test of your fellowship with the truth or Bible doctrine.
3. Ritual without reality is meaningless, therefore it is imperative that you understand the ritual you are about to partake of.

a. The bread speaks of the impeccability of the humanity of Christ and His qualification to go to the cross as the lamb without spot and without blemish.
b. The cup represents the salvation work of Jesus Christ on the Cross.

4. Past failures or wrongs may have consequences, but the work of our Lord on the Cross is the constant reminder of our restoration and our Father’s love for us.

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