"The bond of perfectness"

Paul's letters contain many exhortations to the early Christians to rise above material sense into the spiritual consciousness of Life and existence. Continually he urged upon the early adherents to Christianity the paramount necessity to spiritualize thought in order to partake of the measureless bounty which God had bestowed upon His beloved. In a letter to the Christians in Colosse he admonishes the members of the church to put off the old materialistic ways of thought, "the old man," and to "put on the new." Having enumerated many Christian virtues to be emulated, he summarizes his plea in these words: "And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness."

Practically all modern translators render ayamn as "love"; and this word is used not in its common meaning of human affection, but in the sense of the "well-known" love which becomes Christians; that is, the love which has been spiritualized, and accordingly has been lifted above the plane of mere human affection to the love of God—a pure, spiritualized, holy love, free from every taint of materiality. So, also, in Paul's letter to the Corinthians the Greek word ayamn, in the King James Version translated "charity," has the deeper significance of Christianly love, a meaning which greatly broadens and enriches the significance of the sentence in which it occurs.

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