Who Is My Brother?

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  1. Precepts

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    In spite of our personal opinions in the case in point, (not in regards to ANY other thread, but only to any case in point), just who is my brother?

    Does this only apply to a blood relative?


    Only in the case of immediate family, birthed by the same mother?

    Either in the case of remarriage and making them my step-brother?

    In the case of the Blood of Jesus, is this limited to only saved people?

    "Saved" only in reagrds to my opinion of whether or not they are actually saved?

    What about the "racial indicators", (not meaning to sound racist, I'm not!)

    Are all the inhabitants of the world considered to be my brother regarding the human, and not so human, race? [The not so-human remark is in jest for those who might have their condemning hammer cocked back and ready to fire. ( :eek: If you saw me with my shirt off and you won't unless you're my physician, you might form an opinion :eek: )]


    Reminder:

    I John 2

    1 ¶ My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
    2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
    3 ¶ And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
    4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
    5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
    6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
    7 ¶ Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.
    8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.
    9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
    10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
    11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
    12 ¶ I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.
    13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.
    14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
    15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
    16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
    17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
    18 ¶ Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
    19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
    20 ¶ But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
    21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
    22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
    23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
    24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
    25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.
    26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.
    27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
    28 ¶ And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
    29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.


    I John 3

    1 ¶ Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
    2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
    3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
     
  2. Johnv

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    Biblically, your brother is anyone who is created in the image and likeness of God.

    "Whatsoever you to to the least of my brothers (and sisters) you do also to me"
     
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    It depends on the context. "My brother" can refer to a blood relative. It might refer to a fellow Christian. It might refer to someone of a like mind, closer than a fellow Christian. It can refer merely to someone in need. So it depends on teh context.
     
  4. dianetavegia

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    Brother or Neighbor?

    Brother, to me, generally means another Christian. We are 'Brothers' by adoption! Neighbor is all else.

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    Agreed, wise Lady Diane!

    Or sister, as the case may be. [​IMG]
     
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    From the NT, the meaning would be Brother (as in brother or sister) and another Christian of like faith.
     
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    Amen Sister Diane!!!

    A Sister or Brother is one of the Body of Christ, or a sibling by birth...
     
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    The following is from the Noah Webster's 1828

    NEIGHBOR, n.

    1. One who lives near another. In large towns, a neighbor is one who lives within a few doors. In the country, a neighbor may live at a greater distance; and in new settlements, where the people are thinly scattered over the country, a neighbor may be distant several miles. Such is the use of the word in the United States.

    2. One who lives in familiarity with another; a word of civility.

    3. An intimate; a confidant.

    4. A fellow being. Acts 7.

    5. One of the human race; any one that needs our help, or to whom we have an opportunity of doing good.

    6. A country that is near.

    BROTHER, n. plu. brothers or brethren. [L. frater.]

    1. A human male born of the same father and mother. A male by one of the parents only is called a half-brother, or brother of the half blood.

    2. Any one closely united; an associate; as a band of brothers.

    3. One that resembles another in manners.

    He that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. Proverbs 18.

    In scripture, the term brother is applied to a kinsman by blood more remote that a son of the same parents; as in the case of Abraham and Lot, Jacob and Laban. Persons of the same profession call each other brother, as judges, clergymen, professors of religion, members of societies united in a common cause, monks and the like.

    Kings give to each other the title of brother.address their congregations by the title of brethren. In a more general sense, brother or brethren is used for man in general; all men being children of the same primitive ancestors, and forming one race of beings.

    Brother-german is a brother by the father's and mother's side, in contradistinction to a uterine brother, or by the mother only.

    Anyone notice any similarities?
     
  9. HankD

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    There is a Scripture which indicates we are all blood brothers.

    Acts 17:26
    And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

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    I'm glad we agree. [​IMG]
     
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    Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
     
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    Fully agreed! It is like the precious ointment that flowed down Aaron's beard unto the paps and to his girdle and to the loins. That is why we can be shod with the Gospel of peace.

    Ephesinas 2:14 For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.

    (So don't provide the devil with the bricks or the mortar to build any walls)

    "My future's so bright I have to wear shades" :cool:
     
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    Our Fellow Christians are brothers (and sisters), blood reatives notwithstanding. Non Christians are the "Offspring" of God.
     
  14. HankD

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    We are all blood brothers in Adam (although the "Bullingerites" might disagree).

    HankD
     
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    perhaps I should have said my siblings are my brothers (and sisters)
     
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    I agree.
     

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