Apostle Peter said;
"Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because "All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, But the word of the LORD endures forever." Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you" 1 Peter 1:22-25 NKJV.
You have been born again, not of corruptible seed (flesh) but incorruptible (Spirit), through the word of God - love (the brethren,) or one another fervently with a pure heart.
Peter is declaring a new relationship in this passage, or rather he is affirming that relationship Jesus started when He said, "My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it" (Luke 8:19–21).
Our brotherly love transcends that of flesh and blood, or that of totems. Jesus says, "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you" John 15:11-14.
His mother and brothers came to see him, they couldn't get into the house where he was teaching because of the crowds. They sent a word for him, but he answered; ""Who is My mother, or My brothers?" And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, "Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother."" Mark 3:33-35.
As believers, the relationship we have with each other is infinitely deeper than flesh and blood, higher than friendships, and more permanent than totems, transcending by far any blood relationship. When you say you love, let it be of a pure heart, and incorruptible, for you will be held liable for it.
Beware of wicked workers though, wolves or false brethren in sheepskin!
Paul says, "I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat." 1 Corinthians 5:9-11. He said, "You are My friends if you do whatever I command you." "My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it."
If in your love feasts, your relationships are based on flesh and blood, on totems or is sexual, then know that it is not sincere love of the brethren anymore, but corrupted.
"Then Peter began to say to Him, "See, we have left all and followed You." So Jesus answered and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel's...." Mark 10:28-29. Yes, you can lose these, but can’t afford to lose a Christian brother or christian sister.
"Then He said to another, "Follow Me." But he said, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father." Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God."" Luke 9:59-60.
"...For My sake and the gospel's...." love the brotherhood, to the end, and wash one another’s feet - love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible.
- How can this be?
- John the Baptist
- Christ is born
- Parables on the new garment & wineskins
- The gracious words
- Make a distinction
- He’s anointed Me
- My mother and My brothers are these!
www.muzembi.org - Simple Gospel Summation