Emanna for 09/12/2017

Divinity Strengthening and Enriching Humanity

Bible Verses

1 John 4:8 He who does not love has not known God, because God is love. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son... Romans 13:9 ...if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this word, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

Words of Ministry

If we read the Gospel of Luke carefully, we shall see that the divine attributes strengthen and enrich the human virtues. For example, the Bible clearly reveals that God is love (1 John 4:8) and that God loves (John 3:16). The Bible also says that as those created by God, we should love others (Rom. 13:9). God loves, and we also should love. However, we may love without having God's love to strengthen and enrich our love. Confucius said that we should love others. But he did not point out that human love can be strengthened and enriched by the divine love. In Luke we see a Man, the Man- Savior, who was very loving. Yet in His love there is the divine love strengthening and enriching the human love.

The Lord's living was the living of a Person who was a wonderful composition of divinity and humanity. As such a Person, the Lord was constituted of the divine attributes and the human virtues. In the Gospel of Luke there are a number of gospel messages, gospel parables and gospel cases. If we get into the depths of Luke's narration, we shall see that these three categories of things reveal that the living of the Lord Jesus on earth was fully strengthened and enriched by the divine attributes. As a result, He lived in the highest standard of morality.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Luke, pp. 8-9. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.