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Beloved

In the NT “beloved” is used exclusively in the divine and Christian manner of spiritual love. This love is uniquely Christian in its beauty, unity and endearment. Agapetos (beloved) appears forty-seven times in the NT, the first three in the synoptic gospels where God identifies His “beloved Son” (Matt 3:17; 12:18; 17:5; also Mark, Luke). The meaning implies “chosen,” an act of will rather than of feeling. Paul made use of the term thirty-two times in all his letters except Galatians and Titus, with reference to many individuals named and to the “brethren” (Acts 15:25; Rom 1:7 etc.). It appears twelve times in the epistles of John. Bibliography B. Davie Napier, Song of the Vineyard (1962), 153, 354-356; C. Milo Connick, Jesus, the Man, the Mission, and the Message (1963), 142-145; H. M. Buck, People of the Lord (1966), 67, 227. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915) The term rises to still Diviner significance as an epithet of Christ, whom Paul, grateful for His "fr