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04/01/2013

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Great Words Redefined and Transformed


"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love" (1 Jn.4:7).

When we write to one another, we choose words that those that we are writing to will understand. We don't try to re-invent the English language with new or obscure words, because the object of our writing is to communicate. The writers of the New Testament did the same, as they chose words that would be familiar to their contemporaries. Lets use the word "grace" as an example. The readers in those days knew grace to mean either some good will, favor, or even charm. As the Holy Spirit guided them to write, the word grace would make a wonderful transformation and redefinition... For Christians it would it would become a wonderful favor from God that would result in our redemption through Jesus Christ. How cool is that... I guess that one of the great blessings of our New Testaments is the way that important words were transformed and redefined. The Greeks had several words for love, which I am sure that you have heard some preacher expound upon. Some of these very important word like grace or love have been transformed into words that are at the basic foundation of Christian doctrine and practice. When John uses the word love in this part of his writing, he chooses the Greek word "agape." Of all the words that were commonly used for love in those days, it was the one that was rarely used. Jesus declared in Mk.12:30-31 that this agape love was the first and second most important commandments for humans to follow. Paul amplified on this in the thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians. "But the greatest of these is love." It should not come as any surprise that for John this love was to be the basic building block of godly living. "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love" (V 8). I hope that you are not afraid of heights, because John has taken us to an altitude that is hard to fathom... These would be great words for us to read and meditate upon today... "God is Love!"

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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