Related: Light   Various forms of Love. There are four different Greek words for love, and the distinctions between them are important to understand. The four words are: Eros, Storge, Philia, and Agape. Eros. This is love in a romantic sense; e.g. love between husband and wife. It the most “fiery” type of love, but also the most shallow type of love. The word ‘eros’ is not found in the Bible, so I will not spend much time on it. The word itself is […]
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Ephesians 4:17 – 5:21

Bk Sec Outline Sec Bk   2nd Sphere: Walking Worthy as a Christian Testimony in the World Ephesians 4:17 – 5:21   2nd Sphere. Having discussed the subject of walking worthy in the assembly sphere, Paul next exhorts us to walk worth as a Christian testimony in the world. This consists of a series of arguments as to why we should walk worthy in this sphere of life. Not only should the one body be evident in the earth (collectively), but a new order of manhood should be evident as well […]

John 13

Bk Sec Outline Sec Bk   The Upper Room Ministry: The Character of Christianity John 13 – 17   The Upper Room Ministry. John 12 closes our Lord’s public ministry. In John 13 – 17 we have the private discourse of our Lord with His disciples. This discourse took place after the Passover supper on the day before the cross. It was within the last 24-hours of the Lord’s life. In John 14:31, Jesus said “Arise, let us go hence”, indicating that ch.13-14 were […]

1 Corinthians 8

Bk Sec Outline Sec Bk   Liberty & Responsibility with Regard to the Consciences of Others 1 Corinthians 8   Christian Liberty is Regulated by Love. The Christian enjoys full liberty from every kind of bondage, but there is a danger to be selfish in the practice of that liberty. We must consider our responsibility toward our fellow believers. The use of our liberty is to be regulated by love (Gal. 5:13). Christian liberty has to do with taking off the “chains of thought” that once bound us. […]

1 Corinthians 13

Bk Sec Outline Sec Bk   Divine Love: the Motive for the Exercise of Gifts 1 Corinthians 13   1 Corinthians 13. This chapter brings before us the activity of divine love in the exercise of gift. It is the perfect sequel to ch.12, where the gifts, their unity and diversity are explained. The “more excellent way” mentioned at the end of ch.12 is fully explained in ch.13. Love is the great motive for Christian service. We read in Galatians 5:6 that faith “works by love”. We read […]

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

Bk Sec Outline Sec Bk   Practical and Doctrinal Instructions 1 Thessalonians 4 – 5   1 Thessalonians 4 – 5. Apparently, Timothy’s report of the Thessalonians involved a number of matters. Paul addressed these in ch.4-5 of the epistle. They needed to be reminded to continue in practical holiness and love (1 Thess. 4:1-12). Being converted only a short time earlier, practical instruction was needed. Also, an eschatological issue had arisen. Paul had taught the Thessalonians when present of the coming kingdom and […]