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Golden Rule BibleTM
Volume 7
Pastorals

   As discussed in Volume 3, the earliest apostles taught a unified message: The utterance requiring brotherly love is the Law — the commandment. By the time the Pastorals were written, brotherly love was simply referred to as "the commandment":

"observe the commandment without fault, irreproachable until the appearing of King Jesus our master... Instruct those who are wealthy in this present age not to be proud and not to put their hope in the uncertainty of wealth, but in God, who richly grants us all things for enjoyment. Instruct them to do benevolence (to be wealthy in benevolent deeds, to be generous, sharing freely, storing up for themselves a genuine foundation for the future, in order that they may take hold of what is life indeed)." — 1 Timothy 6.14, 18-19

   The Pastorals used "the commandment" interchangeably with persistence in benevolent deeds. The Pastorals further portrayed such persistence in benevolent deeds as that which secures a "genuine foundation for the future," that which allows a person to "take hold of what is life indeed."

   Romans, Galatians, Matthew, James, John's writings, and the Pastorals all taught the same Law/commandment, and they all taught benevolent deeds as the entire Judgment Day standard as well.