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Paul and love

Paul wrote his own detailed understanding of love (1Co 13).

Paul repeatedly reminds God’s people that they are loved by God (Rom 1:7; 5:5; 5:8; 8:35; 8:37; 8:39; 2Co 13:11,14; Gal 2:20; Eph 3:19; 5:1; 5:2; 6:23; Php 2:1; Col 3:12; 1Th 1:4; 2Th 2:13; 2:16; 3:5; 1Ti 1:14).

God’s love is based on his election (Rom 9:13; 9:25; 11:28; Eph 1:4; 2:4).

Christians are to love (Rom 12:9; 13:8-10; 14:15; 1Co 14:1; 16:14; 2Co 2:8; 5:14; 6:6; 7:1; 8:7; 8:8; 8:24; 9:7; Gal 5:6,13-14; Eph 1:15; 3:17; 4:2; 4:15-16; 5:2; 5:25,28,33; Php 2:1-2; Col 1:4; 1:8; 3:14; 3:19; 1Th 1:3; 3:6; 3:12; 4:9; 5:8; 5:13; 2Th 1:3; 1Ti 1:5; 2:15; 4:12; 6:2; 6:11; 2Ti 2:22; 3:4; 3:10; 4:8; Tit 1:8; 2:2; 2:4; 3:15; Phm 1:5,7,9,16). Examples: Love one another with brotherly affection (Rom 12:10). Love with characterised with increasing knowledge (Php 1:9). Hearts knit together in love (Col 2:2).

Paul expressed his love for the churches often referring to them as beloved (Rom 12:19; 1Co 4:14; 1Co 4:21; 10:14; 15:58; 2Co 2:4; 6:6; 11:11; 12:15; 12:19; Php 2:12; 4:1). My love be with you all in Christ Jesus (1Co 16:24).

Paul calls individuals beloved (Rom 16:5,8,9,12; 1Co 4:17; Eph 6:21; Col 1:7; 4:7,9,14; 2Ti 1:2; Phm 1:1).

Paul refers to a holy kiss, the equivalent to Peter’s kiss of love (Rom 16:16; 1Co 16:20; 2Co 13:12; 1Th 5:26; 1Pe 5:14).

Love is from the Spirit (Rom 15:30; Gal 5:22; Col 1:8; 2Ti 1:7; 2Ti 1:13).

Paul’s love for people is also apparent in these verses:

For I wrote to you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you. (2Co 2:4)

For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. (Php 3:18)

I am speaking the truth in Christ–I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit– that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. (Rom 9:1-3)

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Why should you turn from God when you turn to your books, or feel that you must turn from your books in order to turn to God?

`Vocation’—it is the call of God, addressed to every man, whoever he may be, to lay upon him a particular work, no matter what. And the calls, and therefore also the called, stand on a complete equality with one another. The burgomaster is God’s burgomaster; the physician is God’s physician; the merchant is God’s merchant; the laborer is God’s labourer … as students of theology your vocation is to study theology; and to study it diligently

Put your heart into your studies; do not merely occupy your mind with them, but put your heart into them. They bring you daily and hourly into the very presence of God; his ways, his dealing with men, the infinite majesty of his Being form their very subject-matter. Put the shoes from off your feet in this holy presence!

The great danger of the theological student lies precisely in his constant contact with divine things. They may come to seem common to him, because they are customary. The words which tell you of God’s terrible majesty or of his glorious goodness may come to be mere words to you—Hebrew and Greek words, with etymologies, and inflections, and connections in sentences. The reasonings which establish to you the mysteries of his saving activities may come to be to you mere logical paradigms, with premises and conclusions, fitly framed, no doubt, and triumphantly cogent, but with no further significance to you than their formal logical conclusiveness. God’s stately stepping in his redemptive processes may become to you a mere series of facts of history …

The very atmosphere of your life is these things; you breathe them in at every pore; they surround you, encompass you, press in upon you from every side. It is all in danger of becoming common to you! … Are you, by this constant contact with divine things, growing in holiness, becoming every day more and more men of God? If not, you are hardening!

You will never prosper in your religious life in (theological study) until your work … becomes itself to you a religious exercise out of which you draw every day enlargement of heart, elevation of spirit, and adoring delight in your Maker and your Savior.

Source: B.B. Warfield ‘The Religious Life of Theological Students’ Abstract from The Master’s Seminary Journal 6/2 (Fall 1995) 181-95.

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A minister must be both learned and religious. It is not a matter of choosing between the two. He must study, but he must study as in the presence of God and not in a secular spirit. He must recognize the privilege of pursuing his studies in the environment where God and salvation from sin are the air he breathes. He must also take advantage of every opportunity for corporate worship, particularly while he trains in the Theological Seminary. Christ Himself leads in setting the example of the importance of participating in corporate expressions of the religious life of the community. Ministerial work without taking time to pray is a tragic mistake. The two must combine if the servant of God is to give a pure, clear, and strong message.

Source: B.B. Warfield ‘The Religious Life of Theological Students’ Abstract from The Master’s Seminary Journal 6/2 (Fall 1995) 181-95.

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I am convinced that there are many things in religion and the Scriptures that are made difficult on purpose to try men, and to exercise their faith and scrutiny, and to hinder the proud and self-sufficient.

source: Jonathan Edwards, from Miscellanies #139:

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(2Ti 1:9) Election – saved & called, not by our works but by his own purpose & grace which he GAVE US in Christ Jesus BEFORE the ages began.

(2Ti 1:10) Election – grace was given to us before the ages began and has now has been manifested through …

(2Ti 1:10) .. thru the appearing (epiphany) of our Savior, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

(2Ti 2:8) Gospel is Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, i.e. OT fulfilled.

(2Ti 2:10) Christians are the elect who have salvation with eternal glory in Christ Jesus.

(2Ti 2:19)Election – The Lord knows those who are his.

(2Ti 2:19) OT applied – Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity. God knows his people and they depart from iniquity

(2Ti 3:16-17) All OT Scripture is breathed out by God and useful for teaching, correcting and training God’s people in righteousness.

(2Ti 4:1) Christ will judge the living and the dead, has a kingdom and will appear (epiphany).

(2Ti 4:6) Paul’s life was being poured out as a drink offering is over an OT sacrifice.

(2Ti 4:8) Laid up for us the crown of righteousness which the righteous judge will award to us who love his appearing (epiphany) on that Day

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Titus and OT

(Tit 1:1-3) Christians are God’s elect who have eternal life that was promised to them before the ages began …

(Tit 1:1-3) … and at the proper time manifested in his word through preaching.

(Tit 2:13) Our blessed hope is the appearing (epiphany) of the glory (doxa) of our great (mega) God (theos) and Savior (soter) Jesus Christ.

(Tit 2:14) Salvation – redemption from lawlessness, purification to be a people for his own possession – all OT concepts and used of Israel.

(Tit 3:4) Saved (soter) by the appearing (epiphany) of the kindness (chrestos) and love (Philadelphia) of God our Savior.

(Tit 3:5) Saved not by works but according to mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit – hope predicted in OT.

(Tit 3:7) Justified by his grace and heirs according to the hope of eternal life – Paul identifies this as the OT hope.

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