Church of Jesus EM

Sun, Sep 13, 2020

Those Who Love Their Brothers

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Those Who Love Their Brothers
(Jn13:34-35; 1Jn4:20-21)

God is the Father (Php1:2).
In His blood He gives birth to children and
Through His death He confirms His love (Rm5:8).

Faith is knowing His love (Eph3:18) and
The life of this faith is loving the brothers for whom Yeshua died (1Co8:11-12), because loving God
Who is invisible must be revealed through loving brothers who are visible (1Jn4:20-21).

From one same father, receiving the same blood
Sharing the same meal, brothers share the same quality.
While there is the order of birth, there is no rank among them.

Although God made men as the object of His love
Adam, the ancestor of all men, was separated from it as he was deceived and sinned (Ge3:4-6).
As a result all men became children of the devil (Jn8:44; 1Jn3:12).

So began the tragedy of mankind: sibling conflict, hatred etc (Pr17:17).
Cain killed Abel (Ge4:3-9; 1Jn3:12), Esau tried to kill Jacob (Ge27:41) and
Joseph’s brothers conspired to kill him which
Ultimately paved the road to the slavery of Israel (Ge37:3-4).
In that midst, however, it came into Moses’ heart to visit his brothers (Ac7:23) and
The exodus of Israel was fulfilled.

Among God’s commandments given to the Israelites were
The commandments regarding loving their brothers
To not hate, not harm (Lev19:17-21),
Cancel their debts, giving to the poor, showing interest etc (Dt15:3-19, 22:1-4).
When witnessing one’s very own brother breaking the commandment, however,
He was to be the first to stone him to death (Dt13:6-10).
Ironically, the closest brothers became the object of one's fear.

The sanctuary where the stone tablets were placed inside the ark
Reminded them of the Law, the spirit of slave to make them fear (Rm8:15).

Yeshua said, “Destroy this temple and I will raise it again in three days,” because
Through the death and the resurrection of the temple of His body (Jn2:19-21),
He would fulfill the greatest and the first commandment, that is,
To love God and to love brothers (Mt22:37-39).
In addition, He gave a new commandment to love, even one’s enemies (Mt5:43-46) for
He loved all men who had become enemies of God (Jn13:34-35, 15:12-14).

As He died, He said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Lk23:34), and
Also “It is finished” (Jn19:30), declaring that He:
1) Loved the Father by offering up His life (Jn10:17-18);
2) Judged the devil the separator (1Jn3:8); and
3) Gave His life and loved all men (Mt20:28), fulfilling the greatest and the first commandment to love God and love men perfectly.

He resurrected and was taken up to the kingdom of love (Col1:13; Rev1:5).

The Holy Spirit whom He sent
Pours out into the hearts of believers the love of God (Rm5:5) and
Lets them know that they owe the heavenly Father the debt to love (Rm13:8-10).

A disciple is he who puts effort to
Pay back the debt to the brothers on earth (Mt25:26).
So he does not neglect them (Ge4:9; Lk10:25-37),
Rather forgives and does not hate them (Mt18:21-35; 1Co6:5-8; 1Jn2:9-11),
Takes pity and looks after them (Mt25:34-46),
Making sacrifice for them (1Jn2:16-18) for
God is the God of those who have brothers — in other words, “our Father” (Mt6:9).

O Lord,
We have shouted that we love the Lord,
Only to realize now that we have done so in vain!
Forgive this disobedient child who only gave a lip service.
From now ‘til arriving in the Father’s house
Let every moment be with the Father’s heart and
Let us all carry out this brotherly love (philadelophos). Father!
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