and above all these things, have love, which is a bond of the perfection,
Colossians 3:14 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And above all these things - Επι πασι δε τουτοις· Upon all, over all; as the outer garment envelopes all the clothing, so let charity or love invest and encompass all the rest. Even bowels of mercy are to be set in motion by love; from love they derive all their feeling, and all their power and promptitude to action. Let this, therefore, be as the upper garment; the surtout that invests the whole man.
Which is the bond of perfectness - Love to God and man is not only to cover all, but also to unite and consolidate the whole. It is therefore represented here under the notion of a girdle, by which all the rest of the clothing is bound close about the body. To love God with all the heart, soul, mind, and strength, and one's neighbor as one's self, is the perfection which the new covenant requires, and which the grace and Spirit of Christ work in every sincerely obedient, humble believer; and that very love, which is the fulfilling of the law and the perfection itself which the Gospel requires, is also the bond of that perfection. It is by love to God and man that love is to be preserved. Love begets love; and the more a man loves God and his neighbor, the more he is enabled to do so. Love, while properly exercised, is ever increasing and reproducing itself.
Instead of τελειοτητος, perfection, several reputable MSS., with the Itala, read ἑνοτητος, unity; but the former is doubtless the genuine reading.
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Colossians 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and to all riches of the full assurance of understanding...
John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
John 15:12 This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you.
Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loves another has fulfilled the law.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 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...
Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us...
1 Thessalonians 4:9 But as touching brotherly love you need not that I write to you: for you yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
1 Timothy 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
2 Peter 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
1 John 3:23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another...
1 John 4:21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loves God love his brother also.
Ephesians 1:4 According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Ephesians 4:3 Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
1 John 4:7-12 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God...
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