FRIDAY August 31, 2018
Loving One Another
The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. The salutation with my own hand—Paul’s. If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
I Corinthians 16:19-23
Priscilla and Aquila were converts to Christianity. They were tent makers. Paul also worked as a tent maker, and Priscilla and Aquila became Paul’s close friends. They helped Paul and worked with him in the same trade. They had a deep affection for one another. Aquila and Pricilla risked their lives for Paul’s sake. In Romans 16:3-5, Paul tells us more about them:
Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. Likewise greet the church that is in their house.
It is also important to understand that in the early church, they would greet each other with a holy kiss on each cheek. A man would greet another man this way, and so would a woman with another woman.
Then in a final benediction, Paul took a pen and personally began to write his concluding words. He had dictated most of the letter, but now he finishes the letter with a warning and edification in his own hand. Those who did not love the Lord were going to be accursed, the Greek word anathema, means, “let him go to the lowest hell.” Paul then edified the saints with the Aramaic word Maranatha (KJV)––O Lord, come!
Paul ended his letter with the grace of God. How much grace is given to us! So as Paul’s love was with the Corinthian Church––so my love is with you. How we thank God for this important letter to the Corinthian Church, may we love one another.
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down
one’s life for his friends.
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