And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;…
These are the limits which define the course of love, and thus deepen it.
I. ADVANCED KNOWLEDGE is derived from —
2. Attentive study of —
(1) The Divine perfections.
(2) The gospel mystery.
(3) The Divine claims.
(4) The principles of Christ's teaching, which should pervade all Christian conduct.
II. MORAL PERCEPTION.
1. Results from the full exertion of every moral sense.
(1) There are many things in Christian life which cannot be formulated, but must be felt to be known.
(2) Grace awakens the moral senses. Love makes them delicately sensitive to spiritual things. Christian life appeals to them. Experience comes in the exercise of them.
(3) This experience produces a profounder knowledge and a deeper love by intensifying spiritual perceptions, because —
2. It is a medium of communication with the unseen and eternal.
3. As a medium of communication with God it makes the soul superior to, and independent of, the senses. When these close at eventide, the moral senses only open wider for the morning sun.
4. It robes the soul with a halo of light more assuring and glorious than "the glory cloud" emitted.
5. It imparts to the soul that delicate tact and instinct which almost instinctively perceives what is right, and almost unconsciously shrinks from what is wrong.
6. It is indestructible by death, and shall be an imperishable avenue for the soul's perpetual advance in knowledge.
(G. G. Ballard.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;