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Brotherly Love Exegesis Preface

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The Hebrew nation described themselves as 'children of Abraham' and thus 'brothers'.  The early Church adopted this label, recognizing that they are 'children of God' and 'brothers' to the Lord Jesus.  Both groups emphasized the importance of strong fellow-feelings within their group.

 

These strong fellow-feelings were preferential, giving one within the group special consideration and claims on the resources of fellow members.  The Disciples were to help and care for one another.  While those in serious trouble outside the Church should also be helped, Philadelphia gives preference to those in need within the Church.

 

The ideal to be worked toward within the Church, is to recognize that all Disciples are equal before the Lord and not be troubled by other, external social differences.  The Church is seen as separate from the World, and unified within itself.

 

 

 

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14 December, 2023