Scripture Reading: Luke 10:21-end
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Neighbor—who is my neighbor? Certainly not Gentiles. Used first part to imply second.
Love—compassion, desire for another’s good even to those who curse and despise you, just like Jesus did for you. Love those whose actions would typically inspire hatred.
Children/Father—family resemblance, God is gracious to all, you show you know Him when you do the same.
For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
Publicans—extorted and oppressed taxpayers, yet were nice to their moms and fellow citizens, they had respect to certain groups of people. You’re like that if you hate them!
Brothers only—party spirit, racism, nationalism, denominationalism!
--1 Timothy 5:8--one who does not provide for own family is worse than an infidel.
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Perfect as Father—be children of your Father, acting in accordance with His complete character.
--His eternal perfection is our goal, only realized when we are made like Him, but grown into as much as possible, from glory to glory, while we are here.
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Ungodly—irreverent, wicked, complete lack of godly merit. Those not at all like God.
Sinners—devoted to sin, pre-eminently wicked. Not the good righteous man of previous verse
Enemies—hateful, odious, adversary, hostile. Hated by God, and yet loved.
Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Enemy—exact same word as in Matthew 5 and Romans 5. What Christ did for those opposed to Him, we are to do for those opposed to us.
Lord takes care of vengeance—He’s the one who gave them life and died for them. His righteousness will be better implemented than yours.
--He does the vengeance; we show His love.
2 Thessalonians 3:13-16
But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.15 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
No company—no familiarity, no needless correspondence. Close, habitual relation.
Ashamed—made to look at himself, do some self-examination.
Not as enemy—not someone you need to feud with. Christians don’t start enemy stuff.
Admonish as a brother—the admonishing effect of being left to your devices. The church won’t go with you down that road.