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Verse of the Day (February 8, 2020)

Verse of the Day (February 8, 2020) #BMSeminary – The law of love, sometimes called “law of Christ,” summarizes the ethical principle of the Sermon on the Mount. “Love thy neighbor” summarizes the entire second table of the law (cf. Lev. 19:18–34). But the unscriptural addition “hate thine enemy” was a popular concept in Jesus’ day. The admonition Love your enemies is one of the greatest statements Jesus ever made. The love enjoined in this passage is love that originates from God Himself. Man is not commanded to attempt to love his enemy on the basis of mere human affection but rather on the basis of a love that comes from God. The quality of love commanded here is expressed by giving. Bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that persecute you. Loving an enemy involves doing good toward that enemy in order to win him over to Christ. In summarizing the importance of love, Jesus reminded that love was a necessary proof of salvation: that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven may be better rendered, “that ye may prove to be sons of your Father.” An initial reading of this text out of its context might seem to imply that loving one’s neighbor automatically makes one a child of God. However, the New Testament is clear that love is the evidence that one is already saved by the grace of God (cf. 1 John 3:14). Therefore Jesus reminds us that we are to love our enemies as our brethren, for even the publicans love those who love them. Publicans were public officials of Jewish nationality who worked for the Roman government as tax collectors and were generally despised by the people. (KJV Study Bible, HarperCollins)

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