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1 timothy 5:18 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
Matt 6:14, 15

God is Agápē ~1 John 4:8

December 22, 2016

The word "charity" in The New Testament (KJV) is the English translation of the Greek word agápē which is a noun and means love and/or divine love. Agapáō is the verb form of that word and is usually translated as "love" in the New Testament. Agapétos is the adjective form of the word and is defined as "loved, beloved, with two special applications: the Beloved, a title of the Messiah (Christ); of converted believers, as beloved by God, Christ, and one another through God's power in Christ."

God is the only source of agape love ("God is love" 1 John 4:8b) and increases within us when we LOVE God with all our heart and OBEY God with ALL our heart. When we love (agapé) God with all our heart that is loving ourselves and only then can we love our neighbors (everyone) as ourselves. ~Matt 22:34-40

The King James Bible translators suddenly began translating the word agapé as "charity" in the 14th chapter of Romans. Why, I don't know. But it breaks the uniformity of the word and can cause confusion.

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HELPS Word-studies: G26 agápē – properly, love which centers in moral preference; likewise the verb form (G25 /agapáō) in antiquity meant "to prefer". In the NT, 26 (agápē) typically refers to divine love (what God prefers). ~Source

"After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove [and] lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, "This is My Agapétos Son, in whom I am well-pleased." — Matthew 3:16, 17

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"For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children." Romans 8:14-16  

Agápē is so important. And I'm not talking about "love" as the world calls it. That is mainly a cheap and distorted view of love. I'm talking about God's version of Agápē - love.

God is Agápē. Therefore Agápē - love is as deep and complex as God. Yet for us, this Agápē - love of God is also "simple". As its God Who opens our heart, mind and understanding to it. It starts off as a somewhat shallow understanding but can grow as long as we seek God with all our heart. And our understanding of Agápē - love expands as we grow in grace. Until "we are made perfect in Agápē - love." ~1 John 4:18

Greater Agápē has no man than this.. that he lay down his life for his friends, relatives, spouse, children, parents, neighbors and enemies (John 15:13; 1 Tim 5:8; Eph 5:22-33; Col 3:20, Eph 6:4; Ex 20:12; Eph 6:2; Gal 5:14; Lk 23:34, Rom 5:6-10, Eph 2:1-5, Jn 3:16).

"Agápē - love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore Agápē - love is the fulfillment of the law." ~Romans 13:10

"A new command I give you: Agapáō - love one another. As I have agapáō - loved you, so you must agapáō - love one another." ~John 13:34

"By this, Agápē is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment..." (1 John 4:17)

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"But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:" John 1:12

John is telling us this very special situation of boldness in the day of judgment is not automatic. By no means. We are commanded all throughout God's word that we are to strive (agonizomai) to enter into the strait (narrow) gate (door). ~Luke 13:24

If we just think about these verses it should dawn on us how powerful this word Agápē is.

And when you have time, study the 13th chapter of Corinthians again.

So when you see the word "love" (or sometimes "charity") in the Bible, that means loving God with all your heart and the RESULTING fruit of that action. Only Jesus can love the Father properly. And Jesus joined to our spirit by the baptism in the Holy Spirit can allow us to do what He did.

We need to, A. Come to Christ. B. TAKE His yoke upon us and C. Learn of Him (Matthew 11:28-30). Through taking these steps we then enter into rest from our own works, our own will, thoughts and conduct. This is all God's doing, but we are agreeing with Him. That is the definition of "covenant"!

Jesus tells us to "yoke up" with Him because it is a partnership (fellowship). "Covenant" is defined as "an agreement between two parties"

The Old and New Covenants both revolved around Agápē - LOVE. God's version of Agápē which is the most holy and just version.

This was verified through the Words of the Logos of God made flesh, the Anointed of God; " “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “‘You shall Agapaō the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall Agapaō your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

May God the Father bless you all in Yeshua the Messiah! Please read my next message dealing with Agape - Love and how it extends to our brethren in the Lord and the WORLD!

Yours in Yeshua, Thomas Richards

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