A BIBLE STUDY: ARE CHRISTIANS SUPPOSE TO LOVE EVERYONE THE SAME WAY? — PART 3

bibleIn A BIBLE STUDY: ARE CHRISTIANS SUPPOSE TO LOVE EVERYONE THE SAME WAY? — PART 1, we considered the question presented by the title of the post, and we listed alternatives. Here was the first.

Jesus wants us to love everyone.

Does Jesus want us to love everyone? Perhaps, but we don’t seem to be capable of such a thing. How could we love each individual in this world with the type of love the Greeks called agape (See A BIBLE STUDY: ARE CHRISTIANS SUPPOSE TO LOVE EVERYONE THE SAME WAY? — PART 2 for a discussion of the different types of love.)?

Dr. J. Vernon McGee, famed for his Thru The Bible series, did not teach we should love everyone. In 1 John McGee states that clearly. Check out McGee’s notes on 1 John. They are quite detailed and worth reviewing.

Why did the Apostle John write 1 John? He explains in the last chapter.

1 John 5:13 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

Thus, McGee said that 1 John explains what it means to be a Christian and how to know that we have eternal life. Who and how we love is one of the ways we know. Consider this passage.

1 John 3:4-10 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

Who must we love? We must love our brothers and sisters. Who are our brothers and sisters? Our brothers and sisters obey the commandments of God (1 John 2:1-5). Our brothers and sisters are the children of God.

In his commentary on 1 John 4:1-6 (McGee’s notes), McGee observes the following about false teachers.

“Test the spirits” is prove the spirits. Love can become rather mushy and sentimental. Paul prayed that “love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment” (Philippians 1:9). The so-called “love” of liberals slops over on all sides. There are many false teachers that the child of God should avoid as he does a rattlesnake. These false teachers are inspired by evil spirits that deny the incarnation of Christ and all His work of redemption that flows from it. The evil spirit denies the Person of Christ and His work. This is the final test. The evil spirit resists and opposes Christ. This is the spirit of Antichrist (see 1 John 2:22).

In a later notation, McGee specifically says the false teachers are “not to be loved.” Why would McGee say something like that? Consider this passage from Hebrews 10.

Hebrews 10:26-31 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

We must love God above all else. When someone speaks ill of the One we love, are we suppose to love that person? Not likely. Pity is perhaps the best we can do. Therefore, it seems Jesus does not expect us to love everyone.

To be continued

 

2 thoughts on “A BIBLE STUDY: ARE CHRISTIANS SUPPOSE TO LOVE EVERYONE THE SAME WAY? — PART 3

  1. Very well explained, Tom. These are very important verses that, many times we do not consider as we should. Our attitudes towards our spiritual brothers and sisters shows our spiritual condition. If we find we cannot love our spiritual brethren it is proof that we have never experienced the grace of the Lord in our hearts.

    Thanks for the great reminder for us all. Lord bless.

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