The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible
Let brotherly love continue.
] The Vulgate Latin
and Syriac versions add, "in you"; or among you, as a church and
society of Christians; for this is not to be understood of love to
all mankind, or to those of the same nation, or who are in a strict
natural relation brethren, though they are all in a sense brethren,
and to be loved; but of love to those who are in the same spiritual
relation to God, as their Father, to Christ, as the firstborn among
many brethren; and are in the same church state, at least partakers
of the same grace: and which love ought to be universal, and reach
to all the saints, and be fervent and unfeigned, and as Christ hath
loved us; and when it is genuine, it is active and laborious; and
shows itself in praying with and for one another; in bearing one
another's burdens; in forbearing and forgiving one another; in
admonishing one another in love; in building up each other in the most
holy faith; and in stirring up one another to the several duties of
religion: and without this excellent and useful grace, a profession
of religion is in vain; this is an evidence of regeneration; it is
the bond of perfectness, and what renders the saints' communion
delightful and edifying: many are the arguments moving to the
exercise of it; as the love of God, and Christ; the new commandment
of Christ; the relation saints stand in to one another; the comfort
and joy of Gospel ministers, and our own peace and edification: and
this should continue; for the love of God and Christ continues; the
relation between the saints continues; and without this, churches
cannot continue long: the apostle means, not the grace itself, the
internal principle, for that, where it once is, always continues,
and can never be lost; but the exercise and increase of it, an
abounding in it yet more and more. One of the Jewish prayers is to
this purpose F17;
``he that dwells in this house, let him plant among you
(hbhaw hwxa) , "brotherhood and love", (or brotherly love,)
peace and friendship.''
F17 T. Hieros. Beracot, fol. 3. 3.
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