Agape In The New Testament - Ridge

Agape In The New Testament - Ridge - Lauren Ridge 28 April...

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Lauren Ridge 28 April, 2008 A. Whitley REL 1120 Agape in the New Testament “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Cor. 13:4-7). This description of love is what the Greek word agape represents, all of those things rolled up into one little word; little, yet powerful, just like most of the Greek language. In the New Testament, which was originally written entirely in Greek, the author of many of the books stresses the use of the word agape to illustrate the deeper meaning of Jesus’ teaching of his love commandment, which is summed up best as “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Lk 6:31). The meaning, nature, and practice of this unconditional love is found throughout the New Testament, but is best reiterated in the synoptic gospels, in the Pauline letters, and in the epistles of John the evangelist as well as his gospel. When Jesus began preaching his ministry of love, shying away from the typically dooming and vengeful message of the Old Testament, he was not preaching anything new to his Jewish followers. “Hear, O Israel: The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all
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your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home, or when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead and write them on the doorposts of your house and your gates” (Deut. 6:4-9). This passage is from the book of Deuteronomy, and serves the Jewish people as one of the most important books in the Old Testament because it is one of the five books of the Torah. . Being a part of the Torah, Deuteronomy and also the book of Leviticus served as rulebooks for the Jews. In the book of Leviticus is a passage that also precedes Jesus’ love commandment. It says, “You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD” (Levi. 19:18). What Jesus does with these two passages is he takes them and proclaims them together as the greatest commandment. He also tweaks the passages and
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