You that have purified your souls by the holy spirit, in obeying the gospel, which obliges you to an undisguised benevolence, let your hearts be mutually affected with the most disinterested ardour;
address your selves to God, and you will find him present with you: cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, you that are diffident.
a new commandment I give unto you, "that ye love one another; that you would have the same love for one another as I have had for you."
but unto those who are contentious, and do not yield to the truth, but give way to injustice, indignation and wrath,
Let love be without dissimulation. abhor that which is evil, adhere to that which is good.
such a charge will produce that charity, which arises from purity, from a good conscience, and a sincere belief:
of God. Be respectful to all, love your brethren, fear God, and honour the king.
In a word, live all of you in perfect agreement and sympathy, be full of fraternal love, compassion, and affability.
Above all I enjoin you, to love one another.
and for their sakes I consecrate myself, that they also might be consecrated by the truth.
thus the word of God was spread; and the number of disciples encreased very much at Jerusalem; and a numerous body of priests embrac'd the faith.
by whose favour I have received the office of an apostle to bring the Gentiles every where to the obedience of faith preached in his name:
by no means. know ye not, that to whom ye subject your selves vassals at command, his vassals you are whom you thus obey; the vassals either of sin to destruction, or of obedience to justification?
for if you lead a sensual life, you will be miserable: but if through the spirit you mortify the affections of corrupted nature, you will be happy.
I approve myself, by chastity, by knowledge, by meekness, by kindness, by sanctity of mind, by undisguised benevolence,
O foolish Galatians, who hath deluded you, you that have had the crucifixion of Jesus Christ represented to your view?
endeavouring to preserve the spiritual union by your affectionate attachment to one another.
and the favour I ask of him is this, that your kindness to me may be crown'd with farther improvements in knowledge and all prudence;
may the Lord make you increase and abound in mutual love, in love towards all men, as we do towards you:
he therefore that violates these precepts, does not despise man, but God, who has endued me with his holy spirit.
We are oblig'd, my brethren, to render thanks to God continually upon your account, as it is but just; since your faith still improves, and your mutual love is always increasing.
As for you, my brethren, the favourites of the Lord, we are oblig'd to render perpetual thanks to God, for having chosen you from the beginning, in purifying you by his spirit, upon your believing the gospel.
At my departure from Macedonia, I advised you to stay at Ephesus in order to charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine,
don't give occasion to any to despise your youth: but be a pattern to believers in your discourse, in your behaviour, by your charity, faith and chastity.
the elder women as mothers; the younger, as sisters, with all purity.
for God is too just to his promise not to regard your piety, and the love which you have shewn to the christian religion by the assistance ye have given to the saints, and still continue to give.
how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the holy spirit offered himself a spotless victim to God, purify our souls from deadly sins, to serve the living God?
'Twas by faith that he who was named Abraham, showed his obedience in travelling to a foreign country, which he was afterwards to inherit; and began his journey without knowing where he was going.
suppose one of your brethren should be destitute of cloths, and of his daily nourishment,
Let the married women be subservient to their husbands, that if they happen to disbelieve the gospel, they may be gain'd by the instructive conduct of their wives,
but above all, let your mutual benevolence be intense, for benevolence cancels a multitude of offences.
for now is the time when God will begin his judgments with his own church. now if he begins with us, what will the conclusion be to those who do not obey the divine gospel?
to piety, fraternal affection: and to fraternal affection, universal benevolence.
for this is the doctrine that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
as for us, we know, that we have passed from a state of death to that of life, because we love our brethren: he that does not love his brother, is in a destructive state.
now this is his commandment, that we believe in his son Jesus Christ, and that we love one another, as he commanded us.
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth, is born of God, and knoweth God.
no man hath ever seen God. if we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and our love for him is then sincere.
if a man says he loves God, and yet hates his brother, he is a lyar: for he that does not love his brother, who is before his eyes, how can he love God who is invisible?
nevertheless, I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.