Secret of AGAPE. The Most Important Word in the Bible
Agape Love defined as, “God’s love for mankind” is an oversimplification. To the majority of the world, even Christians, that definition has little or no significance. It is imperative for the Body of Christ to understand that Agape is the absolute essential element by which God’s love for all mankind is propagated through each member of the Body of Christ by the Holy Spirit. Agape is the most powerful Gift of the Holy Spirit, and is available to every member of the Royal Priesthood.
The Problem Understanding Agape is in Translation
As translated from Greek ‘agapao’ to English ‘love’ from the original transcripts of the New Testament, the word occurs 259 times. In contrast, brotherly love or Phileo is only used 54 times in the NT. If we relate the same comparison to the Old Testament translated from Hebraic transcripts, ‘love’ is expressed by variations of the word ‘ahava’. The variation for God’s love, is only used 45 times out of the 250 variations used in the OT.
In 1Corinthians 13:1-3, the Apostle Paul teaches that even if a person has and uses one or more of the miraculous gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12, that person will not accomplish anything for the Kingdom of God if not worked through Agape. In Matthew 22:36-40, Christ made a similar statement even more emphatically when asked by a Pharisee, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: (note: in addition to, part of ) Love your neighbor as yourself. (40) All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Jesus makes it crystal clear that Old testament and New Testament scripture is dependent on Agape! Our belief in the history of the Church, the present day application of Holy Scripture, and the prophesied events through the Book of Revelation are meaningless to us without Agape. Our faith will not accomplish in us what God desires for us, and our gifts will not edify the Kingdom of God. According to Christ himself in Matthew 7:21-23, many of those who seem to be doing everything right will be judged as false disciples and evildoers on Judgement Day. We are judged by our hearts. Luke 16:15, Jesus says, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.”
- The predominant word ‘love’ used in the New testament refers to Agape.
- Agape is God’s love expressed to us and through us by the Holy Spirit for others.
- Since the coming of Christ and the giving of supernatural gifts through the Holy Spirit, all members of the Body of Christ should serve as a conduit of agape towards others.
- The understanding and utilization of Agape is necessary for the empowerment of Kingdom work.
- There are consequences for those who refuse to learn Agape.
- Christians should be taught about Agape. Romans 10:14 2 Timothy 2:15