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April 12, 2017

True faith is seen in OBEDIENT ACTION, LOVE and CONTINUING GOOD WORKS...



Galatians 5:61599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

[a]For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, neither [b]uncircumcision, [c]but [d]faith which worketh by love.

Footnotes:

  1. Galatians 5:6 He addeth a reason for that now circumcision is abolished, seeing that Christ is exhibited unto us with full plenty of spiritual circumcision.
  2. Galatians 5:6 He maketh mention also of uncircumcision, lest the Gentiles should please themselves in it, as the Jews do in circumcision.
  3. Galatians 5:6 The taking away of an objection: If all that worship of the Law be taken away, wherein then shall we exercise ourselves? In charity, saith Paul: for faith, whereof we speak, cannot be idle, nay it bringeth forth daily fruits of charity.
  4. Galatians 5:6 So is true faith distinguished from counterfeit faith: for charity is not joined to faith as a fellow cause, to help forward our justification with faith.

Galatians 5
V 1–10: CIRCUMCISION Paul develops the principle and applies it to circumcision. Circumcision is the putting away of the flesh as a mark of entering the covenant of Israel. Paul says that this is now outdated and to continue to observe it would logically mean that the circumcised person needs to keep the whole law in order to be accepted. The Christian is counted righteous through faith in Christ. Sadly, the pernicious teaching of being saved by circumcision has hindered obedience to God’s word and has grown like yeast in bread. V 11–12: CROSS Paul’s insistence on preaching the cross has led to his persecution because it is an offence to those who wish to justify themselves rather than relying solely on what Jesus has done for them. So grave is this error that troubles the church, that Paul could wish them cut off. V 13–15: CALLING The gospel has called the Galatians to liberty. That liberty should be used lovingly to be a blessing to others and not in destructive in-fighting that evidently characterises their lives, and flows from the false teaching, as Paul writes. V 16–18: COMMAND The Galatians are commanded to ‘walk in the Spirit’. Only in so doing can they conquer the lust of the flesh, because it is the Spirit, given through faith’s response to God’s promise, who gives liberty. Such a Spirit-led life cannot be achieved by seeking salvation by keeping the law. V 19–23: CONTRAST The evil of the works of the flesh are contrasted in detail with the goodness of the fruit of the Spirit borne by those who, turning from sin, trust Christ. There is no law against the fruit of the Spirit. V 24–26: CRUCIFIED Paradoxically those who have freedom in the Spirit are those who count themselves as crucified with Christ and follow Him. This alone deals with conceit, strife, and envy.

Gal 5:6. Mentions their former steadiness, and warns them against the bad doctrine which was then preached among them.

■■■▶ ♡ Love - Αγαπη· An intense desire to please God, and to do good to mankind; the very soul and spirit of all true religion; the fulfilling of the law, and what gives energy to faith itself...


But the fruit of the Spirit - Both flesh - the sinful dispositions of the human heart and spirit - the changed or purified state of the soul, by the grace and Spirit of God, are represented by the apostle as trees, one yielding good the other bad fruit; the productions of each being according to the nature of the tree, as the tree is according to the nature of the seed from which it sprung. The bad seed produced a bad tree, yielding all manner of bad fruit; the good seed produced a good tree, bringing forth fruits of the most excellent kind. The tree of the flesh, with all its bad fruits, we have already seen; the tree of the Spirit, with its good fruits, we shall now see.
Love - Αγαπη· An intense desire to please God, and to do good to mankind; the very soul and spirit of all true religion; the fulfilling of the law, and what gives energy to faith itself. See Galatians 5:6.
Joy - Χαρα· The exultation that arises from a sense of God's mercy communicated to the soul in the pardon of its iniquities, and the prospect of that eternal glory of which it has the foretaste in the pardon of sin. See Romans 5:2.
Peace - Ειρηνη· The calm, quiet, and order, which take place in the justified soul, instead of the doubts, fears, alarms, and dreadful forebodings, which every true penitent less or more feels, and must feel till the assurance of pardon brings peace and satisfaction to the mind. Peace is the first sensible fruit of the pardon of sin. See Romans 5:1, and the notes there.
Long-suffering - Μακροθυμια· Long-mindedness, bearing with the frailties and provocations of others, from the consideration that God has borne long with ours; and that, if he had not, we should have been speedily consumed: bearing up also through all the troubles and difficulties of life without murmuring or repining; submitting cheerfully to every dispensation of God's providence, and thus deriving benefit from every occurrence.
Gentleness - Χρηστοτης· Benignity, affability; a very rare grace, often wanting in many who have a considerable share of Christian excellence. A good education and polished manners, when brought under the influence of the grace of God, will bring out this grace with great effect.
Goodness - Αγαθωσυνη· The perpetual desire and sincere study, not only to abstain from every appearance of evil, but to do good to the bodies and souls of men to the utmost of our ability. But all this must spring from a good heart - a heart purified by the Spirit of God; and then, the tree being made good, the fruit must be good also.

Faith - Πιστις, here used for fidelity - punctuality in performing promises, conscientious carefulness in preserving what is committed to our trust, in restoring it to its proper owner, in transacting the business confided to us, neither betraying the secret of our friend, nor disappointing the confidence of our employer.

Galatians 5:6:
For in Jesus Christ - In the religion which Christ came to establish.

Neither circumcision ... - It makes no difference whether a man is circumcised or not. He is not saved because he is circumcised, nor is he condemned because he is not. The design of Christianity is to abolish these rites and ceremonies, and to introduce a way of salvation that shall be applicable to all mankind alike; see the Gal 3:28, note; Co1 7:19, note; compare Rom 2:29.

But faith which worketh by love - Faith that evinces its existence by love to God, and benevolence to people. It is not a mere intellectual belief, but it is that which reaches the heart, and controls the affections. It is not a dead faith, but it is that which is operative, and which is seen in Christian kindness and affection. It is not mere belief of the truth, or mere orthodoxy, but it is that which produces trite attachment to others. A mere intellectual assent to the truth may leave the heart cold and unaffected; mere orthodoxy, however bold and self-confident, and "sound," may not be inconsistent with contentions, and strifes, and logomachies, and divisions. The true faith is that which is seen in benevolence, in love to God, in love to all who bear the Christian name; in a readiness to do good to all mankind. This shows that the heart is affected by the faith that is held; and this is the nature and design of all genuine religion. Tyndale renders this, "faith, which by love is mighty in operation."

Galatians 5:6 "For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love."
“For” justifies the importance given faith in verse 5. In Christianity one does not profit spiritually either by being circumcised or uncircumcised. “Faith which worketh by love” means “faith that is produced by love.” Faith is a man’s response to God who loves him, and this divine love that produces faith results in his justification.
“Neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision” (6:15). Nothing done or not done in the flesh, even religious ceremony, makes any difference in one’s relationship to God. What is external is immaterial and worthless, unless it reflects genuine internal righteousness (Rom. 2:25-29).
Circumcision is of the flesh. This then, makes no difference either way, because Christianity is of the spirit. Christianity is a personal relationship with Christ.
“Faith which worketh by love”: Saving faith proves its genuine character by works of love. The person who lives by faith is internally motivated by love for God and Christ (Matt. 22:37-40), which supernaturally issues forth in reverent worship, genuine obedience, and self-sacrificing love for others.
Romans 2:28-29 "For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither [is that] circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:" "But he [is] a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision [is that] of the heart, in the spirit, [and] not in the letter; whose praise [is] not of men, but of God."
We see in all this that Christianity has very little to do with the flesh. The only thing it does have to do with it is that we must cut away the flesh that the spirit might live. For us to be in a position that we desire to be with Christ, we must crucify our flesh and live in the spirit.

Asbury Bible Commentary – IV. The Effects of the Gospel (5:1–6:10)
A. Stand in Freedom (5:1–12)
This chapter, the beginning of the third major division of the letter, opens with a direct exhortation. The RSV correctly includes a “therefore,” tying chs. 5-6 to chs. 3-4 in a causal relationship. If indeed the readers are not the children of slavery but children of promise, they are to stand firm in freedom, not allowing themselves to become enslaved. The epitome of slavery was the ritual of circumcision by means of which a proselyte was accepted into Judaism with the understanding that he was then expected to observe all of its laws and ceremonies. The argument of Paul is direct: One need not, in fact, must not, become a Jew in order to become a Christian. To do so would imply the legitimacy of the law as a means of attaining righteousness with God. In addition, to do so would deny implicitly salvation through faith in Christ, to hold that the death and resurrection of Christ were inadequate for salvation. Those who do this “cut themselves off from Christ” (Arichea and Nida, 74). They have “fallen from grace.” Wesley noted, “You hereby disclaim Christ, and all the blessings which are through faith in him” (Notes, 5:1; BBC, 18:84). Arichea and Nida emphasize that it is not that “grace has been taken away from them, but . . . that they have turned their backs on it” (p. 108).
V. 5 shows how Paul can use the idea of salvation in different ways: Salvation is something that was realized in the past in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in the present—in one's own personal acknowledgment of its efficacy for oneself and, finally, in the future—the realization of the final consummation. The word hope is here used in the true sense of the anticipation of a certainty so that one can live in the present with that anticipation. It is the glory of this relationship to Christ that makes circumcision and uncircumcision equally irrelevant. Neither the ceremony nor the lack of it has any value in God's sight.
In vv. 7ff. Paul expresses shock and disappointment at his readers' being so easily persuaded by an influence that did not come from God. He refers to this influence as a little yeast that is working through the whole batch and having its effect on the churches. Nevertheless, Paul expresses his confidence that they will heed his warning and turn from the one(s) turning them from Christ. He declares that whoever is confusing them will receive the punishment due from God himself.
In v. 12 Paul strongly denounces the Judaizers. He goes so far as to say that he wishes the agitators who advocate ceremonial circumcision would totally castrate themselves. Jewish tradition held that an emasculated male was no longer a part of the covenant. Paul seems to be saying that those who insist on Gentiles becoming Jews in order to become Christians are totally in error. To be obsessed with circumcision is to put oneself in danger of losing one's own place in God's kingdom!


Galatians 5:6. For justifies the importance given faith in verse 5. In Christianity one does not profit spiritually either by being circumcised or uncircumcised. Faith which worketh by love means “faith that is produced by love.  Faith is man's response to God who loves him, and this divine love that produces human faith results in his justification....
(Screenshot: King James Study Bible)

Galatians 5:13. Having shown freedom from the law to be proper protection against legalism (vv. 1–12), Paul now demonstrates it to be a proper antidote against unrestrained license to sin (vv. 13–26). Believers are not to abuse their liberty from the law for an occasion (opportunity) to the flesh (sinful nature). That is, don't think freedom from the law means you can indulge in sin; it means instead that you are free to serve God by serving one another.

Dictionary of Bible Themes:
  • 4432 dough  A mixture of flour and water to which yeast is added and which is then baked to produce bread. Scripture makes several comparisons with it to teach spiritual lessons.
  • 4554 yeast  A raising agent commonly used in bread. Bread that was required quickly was baked without yeast, as at the first Passover, commemorated annually in the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Although some non-meat offerings contained yeast, it could not be burned on the altar.
  • 6260 uncircumcised  Those who are outside the covenant of God.

    💚 In Christ the barrier between the circumcised and uncircumcised is overcome

  • 6511 salvation, nature of  Salvation involves a change in the relationship between God and a person. Salvation includes God’s adoption of believers into his family, his acceptance of them as righteous and his forgiveness of their sins. It also includes personal renewal and transformation through the work of the Holy Spirit.

    Salvation as a change in status before God:

    Access to God 
    Adoption into the family of God 
    Forgiveness of sin 
    Heavenly citizenship 
    Inheritance from God 
    Peace with God
    Righteousness in the sight of God: The idea of being righteous in the sight of God lies at the heart of Paul’s doctrine of justification by faith

    Salvation as a change in a person’s nature:

    Becoming a new creation
    Deliverance from God’s righteous condemnation
    Deliverance from the power of sin and evil 
    Inner personal renewal 
    New birth 
    The presence of the Holy Spirit
  • 6678 justification, and Jesus Christ’s work  On account of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the demands of the law of God are met, and believers are granted the status of being righteous in the sight of God.

    Justification is grounded in the death of Jesus Christ:

    Jesus Christ’s death shields believers from God’s wrath 
    Jesus Christ’s death fulfils the demands of the law of God 

    Justification is grounded in the resurrection of Jesus Christ

    Justification means believers are reckoned as righteous through the death of Jesus Christ

    The term “imputation” is used to refer to the process by which God treats believers as being righteous in his sight on account of Jesus Christ’s death.

    Justification is received by faith:

    The example of Abraham 
    The example of David 
    Apostolic teaching on the need of faith for justification 

    Justification is a gift of God’s grace:

    Not by works or the law 
  • 7328 ceremonies  Formal outward practices and rituals symbolising or marking events of importance or spiritual significance. Although they had their place in biblical cultural life, they may become empty and hypocritical, losing their deep spiritual meaning. Ceremonies thus become symbolic of empty legalism which should be rejected.

    Ceremonies marking important events

    Different stages in life 
    Temple worship Some psalms include excerpts from temple liturgy relating to parts of temple-based worship ceremonies
    Appointing leaders 
    Historical events 

    Ceremonies as spiritual symbols of God’s presence

    There is a sense in which any gathering of believers is ceremonially symbolic of God’s presence. The ark of the covenant was a symbol of God’s presence among his people. It, and its location, the tabernacle and later, the Most Holy Place, were therefore centres of the most elaborate ceremonies

    Initiation ceremonies

    Circumcision L
    Baptism 

    Ceremonies relating to ritual cleansing

    Many aspects of ritual activity were added to the biblical ones in Jewish laws and regulations.

    Ceremonies relating to atonement

    Ceremonies conveying spiritual realities

    Passover: a ceremony symbolising salvation history 
    Baptism: a ceremony symbolising new birth 
    Marriage: a ceremony symbolising faithful partnership 

    Ceremonies which lapsed into hypocrisy

    Washing ceremonies without accompanying inner cleanliness 
    Sacrificial ceremonies without inner repentance 
    Initiation ceremonies without real commitment 

    💚Jesus Christ brings freedom from meaningless ceremonies:

    Gal 5:1 See also Gal 4:8-10 (to fall back from Christ to ceremonies, is nothing else, but to cast away riches, and to follow beggarly); Eph 2:14-18; Col 2:13-23; Heb 7:18-19  

    Hebrews 7:18-19

    18 [a]For the [b]commandment (The ceremonial law) that went afore, is disannulled, because of the weakness thereof, and unprofitableness.
    19 For the Law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope made perfect, whereby we draw near unto God.

    Footnotes:

    1. Hebrews 7:18 Again, that no man might object that the last Priesthood was added to make a perfect one, by the coupling of them both together, he proveth that the first was abrogated by the latter as unprofitable, and that by the nature of them both. For how could those corporal and transitory things sanctify us, either of themselves, or being joined with another?
    2. Hebrews 7:18 The ceremonial law.
  • 7334 circumcision  The practice of cutting away the foreskin of male children, usually within a short time of birth. In the OT, the practice is seen as a sign of membership of the people of God. The NT makes it clear that Christians are under no obligation to be circumcised. 
  • 7335 circumcision, physical

  • 7336 circumcision, spiritual 
    On its own, the physical sign of circumcision is no guarantee of finding favour in the sight of God. It was intended to be the outward sign of inward consecration and should be accompanied by repentance, faith and obedience. Paul stresses that circumcision confers no special privileges upon individuals; it is faith in God, rather than any outward sign, that ensures that believers stand in a right relationship to God.

    Physical circumcision has no value without the obedience of the heart

    Circumcision and faith

    Abraham’s righteousness depended on his faith, not on the covenant of circumcision 
    Paul values the law as part of God’s plan 

    The sharp debate about circumcision for Christians

    The Council of Jerusalem 
    Jewish Christians in Jerusalem criticise Peter for accepting hospitality from Cornelius and his (uncircumcised) friends
    God’s acceptance of uncircumcised Gentiles is clear from the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon them 
    Peter’s misgivings about Gentile believers and the law: the dispute between Paul and Peter

    Imposing circumcision upon Gentile Christians denies the freedom of the gospel

    Gal 5:1-6 To insist on circumcision/children baptism is to nullify the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. See also Gal 2:3-5Gal 3:14

    “Judaisers” should be resisted

    To be “in Christ” is to be spiritually circumcised

    Paul’s confidence in Jesus Christ

    The relationship between baptism and circumcision in the NT

    Both circumcision and baptism may each be described as a “seal”. Baptism signifies entry into the new covenant in the same way that circumcision marked initiation into the old;Abraham the father of all believers
  • 7422 ritual  The regulations governing Jewish religious life and worship, especially sacrifices, ritual cleanliness and food laws. By the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ these rituals have been fulfilled and play no part in the new covenant.

    The purpose of ritual sacrifices:

    To atone for sin 
    To maintain fellowship between God and his people: The offering was part burnt and part eaten in a fellowship meal and expressed covenant relationship with God.
    To express worship and gratitude to God: The grain offering was the only bloodless offering but it accompanied the other offerings and was burnt whole to express gratitude to God for the harvest and for particular blessings

    Rituals for purification from ritual uncleanness

    Childbirth 
    Unclean diseases 
    Unclean discharges 
    Touching dead bodies

    Rituals relating to food

    Clean and unclean foods 
    The eating of blood is forbidden 

    Rituals relating to the priesthood

    Rituals relating to the place of worship

    Rituals relating to special days

    Festivals 
    The Sabbath 

    The initiation ritual of circumcision

    Ritual only has meaning when accompanied by obedience

    💚 Rituals of the old covenant are fulfilled by Jesus Christ

    💚 Old covenant rituals are abolished under the new covenant

  • 7512 Gentiles, in NT  Although Jesus Christ initially preached to Israel, his mission was soon extended to the Gentiles. From the outset, the Christian church accepted Gentiles as full members, refusing to make any distinction between Jew and Gentile. Paul, “the apostle to the Gentiles”, laid particular emphasis on their role in the purposes of God.

    Gentiles in Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry

    Peter sent to Gentiles

    Paul, apostle to the Gentiles

    Rejected by Jews, Paul turns more to the Gentiles 

    Difficulties concerning the acceptance of Gentiles into the church

    The question of mixing with Gentiles Ac 11:2-3 See also Ac 11:15-18Gal 2:12-13
    The question of circumcision Ac 15:5-31 See also Gal 2:1-5Gal 5:1-6

    NT teaching on Gentiles

    Gentiles now share the inheritance of God’s people Israel
    There is no distinction between Jews and Gentiles 

    God calls both Jew and Gentile

    Both Jews and Gentiles are justified by faith 
  • 7525 exclusiveness  The keeping of a distinctive group identity by drawing clear boundary lines, to separate those within the group from outsiders with whom they are unwilling to associate. 

    The practice of exclusiveness by God’s people, grounded in God’s claim to exclusive worship

    Exclusiveness in Israel, a practical expression of being a people set apart

    The marks of Jewish exclusiveness

    Circumcision 
    Festival observance
    Observance of food laws 
    Sexual relations restricted Lev 18:6 See also Lev 18:7-30Lev 20:10-21Dt 27:20-23

    Jewish exclusiveness overturned

    By God giving his Spirit to the uncircumcised Gentiles Ac 15:8 See also Ac 10:44-11:181Co 12:13Gal 3:2-5
    By the argument of justification by faith Gal 2:15-16 See also Ac 15:9-11Ro 3:28-30Ro 4:9-12

  • 8021 faith, nature of  Confidence in and commitment to God and Jesus Christ. These attitudes remain sure even though the objects of faith are unseen. True faith is seen in obedient action, love and continuing good works.

    The object of faith

    God as the object of faith 
    Jesus Christ as the object of faith 
    False objects of faith: Human resources;
    other people;  self;  idols

    Faith is personal trust in God

    True faith cannot be second-hand

    Faith and assurance

    Faith and sight

    Faith as trust in what is unseen 
    Faith looks towards an unseen future 

    Faith and obedience

    True faith is demonstrated in obedience 
    Examples of obedient faith Noah builds the ark: Abraham leaves Haran:  Abraham offers Isaac; Moses parts the sea. Caleb and Joshua; Joshua at the river Jordan Joshua at Jericho; Jesus Christ’s disciples, fishing; Paul

    💚Faith and works:

    True faith is demonstrated in good deeds 
    True faith issues in love
    True faith is constantly productive 
  • 8102 abiding in Christ The NT stresses the need for believers to remain in Christ. The reality of this close personal relationship with Jesus Christ is expressed in obedience to his word and is essential to effective discipleship.

    Jesus Christ tells his disciples to abide in him

    NT writers exhort believers to abide in Christ

    Abiding in Christ depends upon holding on to his teaching

    It depends on obedience to him 
    It requires living like Jesus Christ 

    Aids to abiding in Christ

    Eating his flesh and drinking his blood 
    The Spirit’s anointing 

    Jesus Christ abides in believers

    It is clear that the believer’s “abiding in Christ” and Jesus Christ’s “abiding in him” are closely connected, although the verse does not make their exact relationship clear. Because of Jesus Christ’s indwelling by his Spirit, believers are able to continue to live as his disciples; as they do so, the reality of his indwelling presence is deepened. 
    By his Spirit 
    By faith 

    Results of abiding in Christ

    Fruitfulness The picture of “bearing fruit” may cover many aspects of Christian life but it includes that of developing Christian character, effective Christian service and mission. These result, not from human effort, but from abiding in Christ.
    Answered prayer 
    Freedom from persistent sin  John is not saying that Christians are absolutely sinless. He says elsewhere that to claim sinless perfection is to deceive oneself (1Jn 1:8). But when people are born again there is the real possibility of living lives in which sin is not the norm. As believers abide in Christ more deeply, the grip of sin upon their lives is lessened.
    Relationship with God the Father 
    Confidence in the face of the last day 

    Warnings to those who fail to abide in Christ

  • 8162 spiritual vitality
  • 8296 love, nature of
  • 8316 orthodoxy, in NT

☆ AG dit louter vreugde, my broeders, wanneer julle in allerhande versoekinge val,  omdat julle weet dat die beproewing van julle geloof lydsaamheid bewerk.
JAKOBUS 1:2‭-‬3

☆ Maar hy moet in die geloof bid, sonder om te twyfel; want hy wat twyfel, is soos ’n golf van die see wat deur die wind gedrywe en voortgesweep word.  Want dié mens moenie dink dat hy iets van die Here sal ontvang nie —   so ’n dubbelhartige man, onbestendig in al sy weë.
JAKOBUS 1:6‭-‬8

☆ Salig is die man wat versoeking verdra, want as hy die toets deurstaan het, sal hy die kroon van die lewe ontvang wat die Here beloof het aan die wat Hom liefhet.
JAKOBUS 1:12

☆ Jy glo dat God één is. Jy doen goed; die duiwels glo dit ook, en hulle sidder.  Maar wil jy weet, o nietige mens, dat die geloof sonder die werke dood is?  Sien jy dat die geloof saamgewerk het met sy werke en dat die geloof volkome geword het uit die werke?
JAKOBUS 2:19‭-‬20‭, ‬22

☆ En die Skrif is vervul wat sê: En Abraham het God geglo, en dit is hom tot geregtigheid gereken, en hy is ’n vriend van God genoem.  Sien julle dan nou dat die mens geregverdig word uit die werke en nie alleen uit die geloof nie?  En is Ragab, die hoer, nie ook net so geregverdig uit die werke toe sy die boodskappers ontvang en met ’n ander pad weggestuur het nie?
JAKOBUS 2:23‭-‬25

☆ (GELOOF + GEHOORSAAM AAN GOD SE WOORD):
Deur die geloof het Noag, toe hy ’n goddelike waarskuwing ontvang het aangaande wat nog nie gesien was nie, met eerbiedige vrees die ark gereed gemaak tot redding van sy huisgesin, waardeur hy die wêreld veroordeel het en ’n erfgenaam geword het van die geregtigheid wat volgens die geloof is.
HEBREËRS 11:7

Wees lief vir God uit jou hele hart en uit jou hele verstand en uit jou hele siel en uit jou hele krag en ook alle mense insluitend jou vyande... Dit se JESUS is die vervulling van al die gebooie...

☆ En die skrifgeleerde sê vir Hom: Goed, Meester, U het met waarheid gesê dat God een is en daar geen ander is as Hy nie;  en om Hom lief te hê uit die hele hart en uit die hele verstand en uit die hele siel en uit die hele krag, en om die naaste lief te hê soos jouself, is meer as al die brandoffers en die slagoffers.
MARKUS 12:32‭-‬33 

☆ WEES aan niemand iets skuldig nie, behalwe om mekaar lief te hê; want hy wat ’n ander liefhet, het die wet vervul.
ROMEINE 13:8 

☆ Want nou sien ons deur ’n spieël in ’n raaisel, maar eendag van aangesig tot aangesig. Nou ken ek ten dele, maar eendag sal ek ten volle ken, net soos ek ten volle geken is.  En nou bly geloof, hoop, liefde — hierdie drie; maar die grootste hiervan is die liefde.
I KORINTHIËRS 13:12‭-‬13 

☆ WAT baat dit, my broeders, as iemand sê dat hy die geloof het, maar hy het nie die werke nie? Dié geloof kan hom tog nie red nie?
JAKOBUS 2:14 

☆ ’n Nuwe gebod gee Ek julle, dat julle mekaar moet liefhê; soos Ek julle liefgehad het, moet julle ook mekaar liefhê.   Hieraan sal almal weet dat julle my dissipels is, as julle liefde onder mekaar het.
JOHANNES 13:34‭-‬35 

☆ En wat noem julle My: Here, Here! en doen nie wat Ek sê nie?
LUKAS 6:46



JESUS soek al jou aandag op HOM gevestig... as jy tyd maak vir Hom heeldag deur sal jy HOM vind 

☆ En jy, my seun Salomo, ken die God van jou vader en dien Hom met ’n volkome hart en met ’n gewillige siel, want die Here deursoek al die harte, en Hy verstaan elke versinsel van die gedagtes. As jy Hom soek, sal Hy Hom deur jou laat vind; maar as jy Hom verlaat, sal Hy jou vir altyd verstoot.
I KRONIEKE 28:9 

☆ En julle sal My soek en vind as julle na My vra met julle hele hart.
JEREMIA 29:13