This is unquestionably a weighty and dangerous temptation; for what could be more unreasonable than to approve of a doctrine, by which the desire of doing good, and the rigor of charity, appear to be diminished? When those who live in total disregard of practical religion increase. 12 and because of the increase of evildoing, the love of many will grow cold. As they increase, it can have the psychological effect—because we begin to get weary of dealing with it—of becoming apathetic, that is, without feeling for what we formerly loved so dearly. Others may get such a note, but it is not as valuable to them as the sender spending meaningful time with them. In the tendency to “forsake the assembling of themselves together” among the Hebrew Christians, we have, perhaps, one instance of the love waxing cold (Hebrews 10:25). It is like childhood, which everybody thinks is beautiful, or ought to be. Copyright StatementThe text of this work is public domain. BibliographyNicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. If we are only looking for one facet of God's love, we may miss a great deal of His workmanship, His outworking, and His image in His other children. Unrighteousness involves compulsion, love, as it were, something natural.— ψυγήσεται, shall wax cold) It is the character of love to burn.— ἡ ἀγάπη, love) sc. For others, though, "talk is cheap," and the real evidence of love on their page 949 is some form of physical service or gift. Matt. That is not a shortcoming but simply the way they are. All rights reserved. That merchant of Paris, his case was nothing so comfortable, who, for jesting at the friars, was by them condemned to be hanged; but he, to save his life, was content to recant, and so he did. “What!” said he, “would you have me quit the race close by the goal?”. [The love of many shall wax cold.] Like Charles VIII. And yet when the gospel makes its appearance, charity, which ought to kindle the hearts of all men with its warmth, rather grows cool. Many people are affected by their surroundings whether good or bad. Lit., shall be multiplied. 1801-1803. 12.] Here are two signs more given: 2. Today we live in cultures that lure people into a spiritual stupor that gradually desensitizes people to true spiritual and moral values. thew (măth′yo͞o) n. See Table at Bible. Matthew 5:10 Similarly, philadelphia love means "fraternal affection" or "brotherly love." The second is that our discernment is incorrect, and that God's love is actually present and not growing cold, but we are having trouble seeing it. 1891. What Does Matthew 24:14 Mean? Matthew 6:1) in the salutation or holy kiss (see Sophocles’ Lex., sub voc.). As another example, a man I know has a plaque in his office with four short words that explain another facet of God's love. And therefore he repeats the statement, that no man can be saved, unless he strive lawfully, (2 Timothy 2:5,) so as to persevere to the end. Knowing God's truth and practicing it to become holy will protect us from the rampant antinomianism of this world, this age that is soon to end. Why should he, too, not choose the heroic part, and cast in his lot with the defenders of the sacred walls? These words relate to that horrid apostasy 1952. https: As we live with it and everybody else is doing it, the world's behavior gradually becomes acceptable to us, thus giving evidence that apathy is taking over. 1879-90. In this he uses the imagery of harvesting wheat to describe God's judgement. Eeebolus, AEneas, Sylvius, Baldwin, Pendleton, Shaxton, and many others, set forth gallantly, but tired ere they came to their journey’s end. We live in those times, and it requires a clear vision and a steadfast conduct to avoid being sucked into following the worldly crowd. A.S.V. To claim that "endure" applies to salvation in Matthew 24:13 does NOT agree with Romans 4:5, i.e., a man's faith is COUNTED for righteousness. 1675. "Commentary on Matthew 24:12". MATTHEW 24:12. "Commentary on Matthew 24:12". That is the faith we will need to endure any trial. 1897-1910. This exercise demonstrates that, while we are on the same page with regard to sacrificial love and the need for it, the exact application of that love may be different for each of us, even though it is still exercised within the bounds of God's law. BibliographySchaff, Philip. Of course, the world itself is antinomian because it is under the sway of Satan the Devil, who despises God's law (Ephesians 2:2; I John 5:19; Romans 8:7). Technically, we are, but at the same time, we may not be looking at the same passage. "Scofield Reference Notes on Matthew 24:12". By destroying the centralized worship of the temple, and staying the immemorial sacrifices, it taught Christians to look far afield, it bade them bow down in no single shrine to worship the Father, and it sent them forth to evangelize a world lying in darkness. He even tried his antinomian tricks on Jesus, who countered with quotations from the law (Matthew 4:1-10)! The plaque reads simply, "I teach. p. 148) of Christians. (biblical abbreviations) Cancel. BibliographyCalvin, John. https: Bible Language English. "Commentary on Matthew 24:12". "This is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another" (I John 3:11). In other words, all have sinned in the past, and in the present all fall short in reflecting God's love, which is a major part of His glory. Love is the ornament and very life of Christians, and of their whole condition and conduct, Philippians 1:9; 2 Peter 1:7; Revelation 2:4. The love of the saints destroyed by the abounding of iniquity. The world, says Ludolfus, has been once destroyed with water for the heat of lust, and shall be again with fire for the coldness of love. First published online in 1996 at The Restoration Movement Pages. When all this happens, there may be no physical evidence to see how much God loves us. Matthew 24:12. τήν ἀνομίαν, unrighteousness) Unrighteousness and love are opposites; for love is the fulfilling of the law. E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament. The effect of all this would be, that the ardor of feeling of many Christians would be lessened. (See Scofield "Romans 3:23"). (A. Or if we understand it of love to brethren, the apostasy of professors much cools the Christian, not knowing who they may trust and confide in as sincere. "Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the [New Jerusalem]" (Revelation 22:14). There are many little behaviors like this. Are we on the same page? That is, we tend to evaluate whether God's love is present based on how we feel or how we are affected, rather than on objectively looking for God's spiritual workmanship in the overall situation. In this prophecy, Jesus Christ is describing an ongoing breakdown in the relationship with God. 24:13 "but whoever endures to the end, he will be saved" This is an aorist active participle (endure) followed by a future passive indicative (saved cf. towards God, mankind, our neighbour, and ourself; of a spiritual and also natural kind; love, which is the sum of the law.— στοργὴ (natural affection) makes parents rejoice in the birth of their offspring: when iniquity has made times hard, they rejoice in losing their offspring or having none. Such spiritual love, godly love, is unattainable by those driven by the spirit of this world. Matthew, Saint fl. It would require a considerable time to make room for such degeneracy. Although shy in big groups he has a large personality. N.A.S.B. And because iniquity hath (literally, shall) abounded, shall arrive at its height, the charity of many, carried away by the force of bad example, will grow cold; and scarcely, even among Christians, will a person be found willing to assist Christians, lest he may be known for a Christian. https: Nevertheless, not everyone is able to sacrifice in this way. Matthew 24:12. ἀνομίαν. "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". So the iniquity is in the world, but resisting it is a constant stress because it exerts tremendous pressure through an appealing façade—to give in and go along with it. On the contrary, we have every responsibility to do our utmost to perfect it (I John 2:5; 4:12, 17-18). It is beautiful in all its lines. We may be continually waiting for a specific type of sacrificial love, and if we do not receive it, we may suppose that God's love is absent. 1897. New York. Though the other apostles were probably encouraging and affirming in their own ways, only one was named for that aspect of God's love. The meaning of Matthew 24:12, then, is that agape love will grow cold because of lawlessness, even though there may still be brotherly love, kindness, and human affection. 2. Eating: How Good It Is! 1974. It behoveth us, therefore, upon whom the ends of the world are come, to beware lest we suffer a decay; lest, leaving our first love, and led away with the error of the wicked, we fall from our former steadfastness (Revelation 2:5; 2 Peter 3:17). (I John 4:20). This is because we each have facets of God's love, but we do not have the totality, the whole, of it. Verse 7 adds that godly love "bears all things" and "endures all things." "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". Matthew 25:5, ἐνύσταξαν πᾶσαι καὶ ἐκάθευδον. For ἀνομία, the opposite of moral compliance with the law of God (= ἁμαρτία, 1 John 3:4), comp. [Late Latin Matthaeus, from Greek Matthaios, from Hebrew Mattayyāh, gift of Yahweh : mattān, gift (from nātan, to give; see ntn in Semitic roots) + yāh, Yahweh; see hwy in Semitic roots.] This is a warning to us—that the iniquity that is in the world will cause a loss of love in the church. Although, then, the charity of many, overwhelmed by the mass of iniquities, should give way, Christ warns believers that they must surmount this obstacle, lest, overcome by bad examples, they apostatize. There was, after all, only one Barnabas among the apostles. https: Jesus, then, is warning His church that the wickedness of the world will increase to such an extent that it would sap the spiritual heat out of His own people, causing their love to grow cold. Bible in Basic English 24:12 And because wrongdoing will be increased, the love of most people will become cold. "John Lightfoot Commentary on the Gospels". True love pays no attention to a suffered wrong, nor takes account of the evil done to it. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 1909-1922. The fear of death, and the deluding influence of false teachers, would lessen the zeal of many timid and weak professors; perhaps, also, of many real but feeble Christians. Protestantism is more antinomian, having rejected Catholicism's works during the Reformation. 1840-57. i.e. In the Epistles no word meets us more often, though the occurrence of ἀγάπη in the LXX. When there is compromise, or the setting aside of God's standard of righteousness and holiness, then the submissive love toward God and the sacrificial love toward man will begin to grow cold. So apostates come at last to nothing, and therefore must look for nothing better than to be cast off for ever; when they that hold out and hold on their way, passing from strength to strength, from faith to faith, etc., shall be as the sun when he goeth forth in his strength; yea, they shall shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. For instance, G. Campbell Morgan skips over Matthew 24:15-22, which is the most important portion of Matthew 24. 2nd future passive of ψύχω, to breathe. The love of the many (the mass) shall wax cold. Others may not have as much to say, but they will give the shirt off their backs to the needy. Ver. Then today, we did exactly the same thing, and figured that we are at least 50% more righteous than the world. However, if we are not showing patience or endurance in response to imperfect love, then we are simply responding with carnality rather than with God's love. 12Because iniquity will abound. To endure to the end, to survive the mystery of lawlessness that will mark the end time, we must hold fast to God's Word and seek His righteousness. "Commentary on Matthew 24:12". However, if the world had become more unrighteous during that same period, then, even though we may be 50% more righteous than the world now, we have actually gone backwards in those ten years—right along with the world! That you may sustain no harm by the abounding of iniquity, guard your attention, affections, etc. But not everyone has that kind of sacrificial love. 1832. Some serve behind the scenes, and we may not even be aware of all their sacrifices. See 2 Thessalonians 2:3. Second future passive indicative from πσυχω — psuchō To breathe cool by blowing, to grow cold, “spiritual energy blighted or chilled by a malign or poisonous wind” (Vincent). We will see the effects of this drop in the temperature of our love in reduced time and respect for God and in deteriorating relationships between brethren. It will be shown imperfectly when it is demonstrated by God's still-imperfect children. There is a compulsive power in company to do as they do (Galatians 2:14). "Commentary on Matthew 24:12". The love of many shall wax cold] Conversation with cold ones will cast a dampness, and will make one cold, as our Saviour here intimates; there is no small danger of defection, if not of infection by such; they are notable quench coals. Latimer saw so much lack of love to God and goodness in his time, that he thought verily doomsday was then just at hand. "Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold. BibliographyTrapp, John. Even so, Matthew 24:12 is not speaking about such people; it is not addressed to the people in the world at large but directly to Jesus' disciples and their spiritual descendants. BibliographyBarnes, Albert. We all are in this state. Revelation 2:1-7 To the Greek, however (though Christianity raised ἀγάπη far above the range of pagan thought), it would recall the purest and highest conceptions of Greek poets—the pure love of brother and sister—the devotion of a child to her father—duty to the living—respect for the dead. Used by Permission. Matthew 24 The Parable of the Wedding Feast 22 And again Jesus o spoke to them in parables , saying , 2 p “ The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave q a wedding feast for his son , 3 and r sent his servants 1 to call those who were invited to the wedding feast , but they would not come . A Christian must guard himself strongly against becoming caught up in the stupor-inducing spirit of the times of which Paul forewarns us. The apostle John declares that sin is the transgression of God's commandments (I John 3:4, KJV), including the two great commandments Jesus spoke in Mark 12:28-31. This doctrine knocks out law and judgment for sin in one blow. It is also the foundation of that ὑπομονὴ, patience or endurance, mentioned in the next verse.— τῶν πολλῶν, of the many) i.e. Remember, we show agape love to God through obedience—the opposite of lawlessness—so … In the case of those who were distinguished above the ordinary run of Christians, no such cooling was to take place; but yet, as compared with the latter, they were only to be regarded as ὀλίγοι. Martin Luther's doctrine of salvation by grace "through faith alone" removes God's law from the equation altogether. It is the old Constitution we will suppose. This is just hypothetical, but what if we evaluated ourselves against the world ten years ago and judged that we were 50% more righteous than the world. The verse occurs in the section relating the preachings of John the Baptist. So far as we know, this was not literally fulfilled in the first century. He also warns through Paul that in this time people would be so perverse as to be without even natural affection (II Timothy 3:3). "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". The abatements of Christians’ zeal, and love to God. Since that most important relationship is the source of agape love, if it is waning, then it will be evident in other relationships. The Bereans "received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so" (Acts 17:10-11). We may have to give them more personal space. As a Christian word ἀγάπη meant the love of the Christian brotherhood to one another and to God, and the outward symbols of that love in the Eucharist (ἀγάπην ποιεῖν ‘to celebrate the “love-feast’”) in ‘charity’ or ‘alms’ (see note on δικαιοσύνη, ch. Even though we might fancy ourselves as expert judges, at times it can be tricky to determine by observation whether the agape love is truly cooling. .—Better, of the many; the greater part of the true Israel who would be found in the Church of Christ; perhaps, also, the greater part of the nation as such. https: What kind of music do they listen to? NASB E-Prime The word translated as "sin" literally means "to miss the mark." They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. At Mt 24:44, he connects it with the need to be “ready.” —See study note on Mt 26:38. Matthew 7:23, Matthew 13:41, Matthew 23:28; 2 Corinthians 6:14; 2 Thessalonians 2:7. first century ad. WORDS OF JESUS IN RED. It commences the Olivet Discourse or "Little Apocalypse" spoken by Jesus Christ, which continues into chapter 25, and contains Jesus' prediction of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. Matthew 24:12. Combining these principles gives us a very broad definition of sin: Sin is imperfectly loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; and imperfectly loving our neighbor as ourselves. It does not keep a running list of all the ways it has been offended or loved imperfectly. They have always assigned other causes of it, which in their opinion clears them from all suspicion of unjust prejudice or prevention. 82–84, as prevailing in Greece, which had destroyed all mutual confidence), the love and mutual trust of the generality of Christians shall grow cold. It is the well-known Greek word agape, the love that people have only because God has given it to them (Romans 5:5; II Timothy 1:7; I John 2:5; 4:7-8). How much more critical is it to those of us who live so much nearer to the horrors of the end time and the return of Jesus Christ? There comes up the bay, and is making towards the navy-yard, another ship. * [24:9–12] Matthew has used Mk 13:9–12 in his missionary discourse (Mt 10:17–21) and omits it here. Because of the multiplication of wickedness, the love of … Under the grip of a merciless narcissism, many are losing their humanity. l, p. 548; Ast, Lex. How do we keep our love from going cold? Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. on Galatians 1:4. Without a strong resistance to this almost unrelenting pressure, such stimulation will gradually produce a stupor, an apathy, an unfeeling indifference toward the highest priorities of life, that is, our relationships with God and fellow man. Tucker. (12) Because iniquity shall abound . She anchors at the navy-yard. Mark : All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. Because of these changes, it has joined evangelical Protestant "Christianity" to the point that it now worships on Sunday, encourages celebration of Christmas and Easter, and permits the use of crucifixes and images of "Jesus" by its ministry and membership and in its publications. The shooter's motives were unclear, although it was reported that he was "troubled" and perhaps "autistic" and "weird." And in consequence of the growing prevalence of wickedness (as the result of what is mentioned in Matthew 24:10-11), the love of the greater number will become cold; that predominance of evil within the Christian community will have the effect of cooling the brotherly love of the majority of its members. The A. V. in omitting the definite article, misses the force of Christ's saying. Agape love, though, is manifested first toward God, because it is a dutiful, submissive, obedient love, one that does what is right regardless of how a person feels about it. Romans 3:23 declares that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." It has given and taken thunder-blows under the flag of its country. Even the Church itself is leavened by the distrust of the evil days. https: BibliographyPett, Peter. A symptom may be that sacrificial love toward other people is decreasing, but the real cause is that the relationship with God is cooling off. seems to imply that it was a vernacular word before it took its place in literature; its absence from classical Greek enabled it to enter Christian thought and literature unstained (ἔρως has no place in the vocabulary of the N.T.). τῶν πολλῶν,—thus we have ch. One would have to be "cold," without feeling, to do such a thing. How do they dress? It brings up another verse, II Timothy 3:2, where the apostle Paul prophesies that the last days would be dangerous because "men will be lovers of themselves," and in verse 3, "without self-control, brutal." Both these are great temptations, and though they will not extinguish that holy fire which God hath kindled in good souls, yet they have oft times a very ill influence upon them, to abate of their former warmth in the ways of God. Compare all. It was such a crisis as rarely happens to a man, to a society, to a nation. So, if we find ourselves in the midst of a fulfillment of Matthew 24:12, we really have our work cut out for us because we will have to endure patiently and continue to display God's love rather than allow our own agape to also grow cold in response. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. What are the world's movies like? 10:22. 1887. It is against this ἀνομία especially that James, in his Epistle, and Jude, in more than the outward sense the brother of James, were called on to protest,—the mixture of heathen licentiousness with the profession of Christianity. One paraphrase of Romans 1:28 changed the term "reprobate mind" (KJV; debased mind, NKJV) to "degrading passions seeking stimulation." Nicolaitanism Today. See what over 150,000 subscribers are already receiving each day. "Commentary on Matthew 24:12". It is an old man-of-war. All patriotic instincts, all that the Jew most cherished, must have drawn the convert in that direction: it was a sore trial to have to make this choice between the Old Testament and the New. Matthew 24:12. ἀνομίαν. "E.W. (Sketches.). BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. https: Verse 12 describes people without faith in God's love for us growing cold and not enduring. God has given our cultures over to allowing the carnal mind to spend itself on continuous sensation-seeking stimulation. John W. Ritenbaugh (verses 15-17). “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. Pure Protestant theology is so antinomian that it claims that lawkeeping in any form - which it terms "legalism" - is detrimental to the soul's growth in spirituality. “Is come unto you” (literally “has come upon you”): The Lord’s power over demons was evidence enough that He was the Messiah. This old war-beaten ship, that carries the memory of many memorable campaigns, lies there; and they look at its breached bow, its shattered rigging, its coarse and rude lines, its dingy sides, which seem long since to have parted company with paint; and every one of them feels, if he is a true patriot, “God bless you, old thing! Revelation 3:10 The doctrinal changes that began to be instituted mere months after the death of Herbert W. Armstrong had as their goal the removal of God's law, particularly the Sabbath, from the church's beliefs. The love of many . How will we endure those times? The Biblical Illustrator. Verses 28-30: “The kingdom of God:” Matthew’s usual expression is the “kingdom of heaven” (3:2). Matthew is a name from the bible. II. Copyright StatementThe Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. In other words, agape love has a moral core rather than an emotional one. A horrible state of immorality prevailed in the first century, and the false teachers endeavored to join it with Christian profession; the inevitable result was a coldness, a dying out of Christian love. College Press, Joplin, MO. Used by permission of Broadman Press (Southern Baptist Sunday School Board). ψ. is an hapax leg. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. I Corinthians 13 gives a beautiful description of agape love, which parallels Jesus' exhortation to endure in several points. Other Forerunner Commentary entries containing Matthew 24:12: Joel 1:13-15 Your word is truth. BibliographyGill, John. Of this we have an example, 2 Timothy iv. But the very point Jesus wishes to impress is that there will be room for that before the final crisis of Israel comes.— ψυγήσεται, etc., will cool the love of many. When all classes give each other countenance in crime, and provoke each other to it by example, by solicitation, and by menaces (Genesis 6:5-7; Genesis 19:12-13). Plat. https: This is because the word "love" can be a subjective term, and even the phrase "sacrificial love" is wide open to interpretation. The word as used by Christ would naturally bear the general sense of godlessness or iniquity. 9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. If we understand the progression of events in Matthew 24, then verse 12 speaks of the time of the Tribulation. https: Thus, although we are all on the same page in one sense, we are not all seeing the same thing. These are modern types of the apostle Barnabas, whose name means "son of encouragement" or "son of consolation." "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". Thessalonians 2:3, &c.; Galatians 3:1; 1 Timothy 1:15, &c. BibliographyLightfoot, John. https: The moral degeneracy within the pale of that community will bring about as its special result a prevailing want of charity, that specific contrast to the true characteristic of the Christian life (Galatians 5:6; 1 Corinthians 13:1 ff. The Bible shows that, in general, we show agape love to the Father through our obedience and submission, especially to His law (John 14:15-23; 15:10; I John 2:5; 5:2-3; II John 6). 1685. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. lawlessness, sin. Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. https: Matthew 24:12-13. My page 949 is probably at least a little bit different from yours—maybe even very different—though, strictly speaking, we are on the same page. Cherish ardent, enthusiastic love to Christ. It simply means that agape love is not complete in us in the way that God's love is complete. Late in his life, the apostle John wrote almost exclusively about agape love. 1870. dia, as in Matthew 24:9. abound = be multiplied. The Expositor's Greek Testament. Weiss and Holtzmann (H. C.) take this in the specific sense of antinomianism, a libertine type of Christianity preached by the false prophets or apostles, the word in that sense of course to be credited to the evangelist. Matthew 24:12. Young's Still to come are the Beast and his False Prophet, who will exemplify this anti-God, anti-Christ, anti-law spirit.