The best and most wonderful gift any one of us could ever receive is the gift of grace given by God through the faith we hold in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-8). But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
We read in the book of Peter that it is given to us by the power of God many great and precious promises, and a beautiful list of the benefit’s we obtain by escaping the corruption that is in the world with brotherly love and kindness being part of the knowledge we learn in Christ. (2 Peter 1:3-8). According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
There is one thing many of us learned from early on and that is what love truly is, and if we genuinely learn how God sees what love is then He is seen in us by applying it to our life. (1 Corinthians 13:1-7). Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
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Great essay! I have often wondered if folks have really understood the word “charity” as translated from the Greek in the KJV and other translations. In the English “charity” it is often understood by the English dictionary:
char·i·ty – ˈcher-ə-tē – Plural – charities 1. a: generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering also : aid given to those in need (received charity from the neighbors) b: an institution engaged in relief of the poor (raised funds for several charities) c: public provision for the relief of the needy (too proud to accept charity) 2. benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity (The holidays are a time for charity and goodwill.) 3. a: a gift for public benevolent purposes b: an institution (such as a hospital) founded by such a gift 4. lenient judgment of others (The critic was liked for his charity and moderation.)
The English word “charity” is translated from the same Greek word (G26) in (1 Corinthians 13:1-7) as it is elsewhere and (G25) throughout the New Testament (KJV):
*G26 – ἀγάπη – love, i.e. affection or benevolence; specially (plural) a love-feast. Derivation: from G25; KJV Usage: (feast of) charity(-ably), dear, love.
>G25 – ἀγαπάω – to love (in a social or moral sense)
Derivation: perhaps from ἄγαν (much) (or compare H5689); KJV Usage: (be-)love(-ed).
The word love is translated mainly from G25 & G26 throughout the New Testament (KJV) with the following exceptions (variations of “love” included):
*G5368 – φιλέω – to be a friend to (fond of (an individual or an object)), i.e. have affection for (denoting personal attachment, as a matter of sentiment or feeling; while G25 is wider, embracing especially the judgment and the deliberate assent of the will as a matter of principle, duty and propriety: the two thus stand related very much as G2309 and G1014, or as G2372 and G3563 respectively; the former being chiefly of the heart and the latter of the head); specially, to kiss (as a mark of tenderness) Derivation: from G5384; KJV Usage: kiss, love.
Love: Mt. 6:5, 23:6, Luke 20:46, John 15:19, 21:15-17, 1Cor. 16:22, Titus 3:15, Rev 3:19 Loved: John 11:36, 16:27, 20:2, Lovedst: John 17:24 Lovest: John 11:3, 21:17 (both times) Loveth: Mt. 10:3737 (both times), John 5:20, 12:25, 16:27, Rev 22:15 Kiss: Mt. 26:48, Mark 14:44, Luke 22:47
>G5384 – φίλος – actively, fond, i.e. friendly (still as a noun, an associate, neighbor, etc.) Derivation: properly, dear, i.e. a friend; KJV Usage: friend.
*G2309 – θέλω – or ἐθέλω , in certain tenses θελέω , and ἐθελέω , which are otherwise obsolete to determine (as an active option from subjective impulse; whereas G1014 properly denotes rather a passive acquiescence in objective considerations), i.e. choose or prefer (literally or figuratively); by implication, to wish, i.e. be inclined to (sometimes adverbially, gladly); impersonally for the future tense, to be about to; by Hebraism, to delight in
Derivation: apparently strengthened from the alternate form of G138; KJV Usage: desire, be disposed (forward), intend, list, love, mean, please, have rather, (be) will (have, -ling, – ling(-ly)).
Love: Mark 12:38 (one place only preceding “to go…”, the second in italics (KJV) added in translation preceding “salutations…”)
*G5360 – φιλαδελφία – fraternal affection. Derivation: from G5361; KJV Usage: brotherly love (kindness), love of the brethren.
Love: Romans 12:10, 1Thess. 4:9, Heb. 13:1, 1Peter 1:22
*G5361 – φιλάδελφος – fond of brethren, i.e. fraternal
Derivation: from G5384 and G80; KJV Usage: love as brethren.
Love: Romans 12:10, 1Thess. 4:9, Hebrews 13:1, 1Peter 3:8
*G5365 – φιλαργυρία – avarice. Derivation: from G5366; KJV Usage: love of money. (I Tim. 6:10 only)
*G5362 – φίλανδρος – fond of man, i.e. affectionate as a wife
Derivation: from G5384 and G435; KJV Usage: love their husbands. (Titus 2:4 – first place – husbands – one word)
*G5388 – φιλότεκνος – fond of one’s children, i.e. maternal
Derivation: from G5384 and G5043; KJV Usage: love their children. (Titus 2:4 – second place – children – one word)
*G5363 – φιλανθρωπία – fondness of mankind, i.e. benevolence (“philanthropy”) Derivation: from the same as G5364; KJV Usage: kindness, love towards man. (used for “love” as an adjective of God’s love toward man and also used as a single word translated “…fondness of mankind:…” in Acts 28:2)
*G4375 – προσφιλής – friendly towards, i.e. acceptable. Derivation: from a presumed compound of G4314 and G5368; KJV Usage: lovely. (Used only once in Philippians 4:8)
*G5382 – φιλόξενος – fond of guests, i.e. hospitable
Derivation: from G5384 and G3581; KJV Usage: given to (lover of, use) hospitality. (Titus 1:8 – a single word translated “…lover of hospitality…”)
*G5388 – φιλάγαθος – fond to good, i.e. a promoter of virtue
Derivation: from G5384 and G18; KJV Usage: love of good men. (Titus 1:8 – a single word translated “…love of good men…”)
Hope this proves edifying.
P.S. Took a little while cutting and pasting from the Strong’s. Think I just did most of the work for this sabbath’s message. Ha! Impeccable timing for a posting to be read huh? LOLGB+
Beautifully written with translations. I appreciate the time you took to do this! Yes indeed this would make a wonderful Sabbath message. Be Blessed.
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