|Mercy Street Church of Christ
Love made new...
The idea of love in general was not new, but Jesus Christ
invested it in several ways with richer and deeper meaning.
First, it was new in the emphasis he gave it, bringing the
love commands of Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18
together and declaring that the whole teaching of the Law
and the Prophets hung upon them. Secondly, it was new in
the quality he gave it. A disciple was to love others not
just as he loved himself but in the same measure as Christ
had loved him, with selfless self-sacrifice even unto
death. Thirdly, it was new in the extent he gave it,
showing in the parable of the good Samaritan that the
'neighbor' we must love is anyone who needs our compassion
and help, irrespective of race and rank, and includes our
'enemy' (cf. Mt. 5:44). It was also, fourthly, to continue
new by our fresh apprehension of it, 'for though doctrinal
Christianity is always old, experimental Christianity is
always new'. In these ways it was 'a new command', and
will always remain new. It is new teaching for the new age
which has dawned, new ... *because the darkness is passing
and the true light is already shining* (1 Jn. 1:8).
grace and peace to you,
For Mercy Street Ministries, I'm Stan Baldwin.
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