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Fellowship love is femaleness love, Peter by the sea,

Q78: 85. "By the Sea Once More"

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(1) Fellowship love is femaleness-love

Three times Peter had openly denied his Lord, and three times Jesus drew from him the assurance ofhis love and loyalty, pressing home that pointed question, like a barbed arrow to his wounded heart.Before the assembled disciples Jesus revealed the depth of Peter's repentance, and showed howthoroughly humbled was the once boasting disciple.

The first work that Christ entrusted to Peter on restoring him to the ministry was to feed the lambs. Thiswas a work in which Peter had little experience. It would require great care and tenderness, muchpatience and perseverance. It called him to minister to those who were young in the faith, to teach theignorant, to open the Scriptures to them, and to educate them for usefulness in Christ's service.Heretofore Peter had not been fitted to do this, or even to understand its importance. But this was thework which Jesus now called upon him to do. For this work his own experience of suffering andrepentance had prepared him.

Joh 21:15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest (Gk: agape Heb: ahab) "maleness-love" thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love (Gk: philos Heb: Ahabuh) "femaleness-love" thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs (Heb kebes 3532) "male lambs".

A gender male showing maleness love to a gender male can respond with femaleness-love, shows fellowship love of companionship.

Joh 21:16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest (Gk: agape Heb: ahab) "maleness-love" thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love (Gk: philos Heb: Ahabuh) "femaleness-love" thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep (Heb: tson 6629) "flock of sheep".

Jesus repeats the saying with the same way of loving, exept to include all flocks of sheep.

Joh 21:17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time,Lovest (Gk: philos Heb: Ahabuh) "femaleness-love" thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love (Gk: philos Heb: Ahabuh) "femaleness-love" thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep (Heb: kibsah, 3535) "female sheep".

Now on the third and last time, Jesus asks a gender male to love him as "femaleness love" something deeper, that a man might love a woman, and it grieves Peter, because it is unnatural, and in his humble condition trusts Jesus to know all things. Jesus says to feed "female sheep" something Greek words do not have. Hebrew has three words for sheep, Greek has only two.

Notice the SOP says Peter was ill-equipped for this task of pastorship.

For more see

  • Introduction to love
  • Love as personalities
  • List the two personalities of love
  • Maleness-love
  • Femaleness-love

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