GWEA Monthly Messages
God's "Loves" in the Bible
REVEREND GORDON WILLIAMS, JUNE 2017
Recently while reading C.S. Lewis’ book, “The Four Loves,” I made a surprising discovery - he was wrong when he explained the four kinds of “loves” in the New Testament:
1. Affection (storge – Greek) which is love of family members.
2. Friendship with people (philos – Greek).
3. Eros (Sexual love). This word is not used anywhere in the Bible because it is about the sinful use of sexuality.
4. Charity (agape – Greek). Is given to us when we receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Mk. 16:17–18: Jn. 3:3,5,7; Acts 2:4).
Paul tells us that we can only have “agape love” when “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us” (Rom. 5:5).
The proof of having received the authentic “agape” love is “casting out demons, speaking in new languages, protection while doing ministry, and the laying of hands on the sick so they can be healed" (Mark 16:17–18).
Also, the Holy Spirit equips us with the fifteen Ministry Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 12:6–8; 1 Cor. 12:8-10). Motivated by the "agape love" of God, Christians with the infilling of the Holy Spirit, will display “these signs (which) will follow those who believe” (Mk. 16:20).
Eros love was/is the Greek word that covers what Paul describes as “the works of the flesh: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things shall not enter the kingdom of God” (Gal. 5:19-21).
When we are saved and baptized with the Holy Spirit, the works of the flesh are replaced by “the fruit of the Spirit "which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Gal. 5:22–23).
The Benefits of God's Agape Love.
Paul describes "agape love" for us: “Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong (does not keep a record of wrongs), but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends” (1 Cor. 13:4 -8)...”but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away” (1 Cor. 15:24).
Another benefit of God's "agape love" is described when Peter asked Jesus, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven” (Matt. 18:21). That means 490 times a day! No more than the likelihood of how many times Jesus has to forgive us daily!
With the power of forgiveness, like Jesus, there is no limitation on forgiveness as He tells us in the “parable of the unforgiving servant” (Matt. 18:23–35). With the power of the Holy Spirit, we have the ability to forgive and forget about those who sin against us.
We will experience the "peace that surpasses all understanding" (Phil. 4:7), and the root of bitterness will not have any power over our lives (Heb 12:15).
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand fast therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Gal. 5:1).
If you have never received this freedom of Salvation, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, gifts of the Holy Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit, healing, forgiveness, and/or deliverance, I invite you come to one of our house meetings or contact me and I would be happy to pray with you and your loved ones.
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Our ministry helps people to receive Salvation, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, spiritual gifts, healing, deliverance and other spiritual gifts from God.
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"And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
"Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness."
1 Corinthians 12:8-10
"...for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues."
How do you deal with lust?
At Calmar Christian Centre, Alberta, Canada a man in his 60's asked, “How do you deal with lust?” I explained, “One of the 'weapons of our warfare' (2 Cor. 10:4) as a Christian believer (Mark 16:17-18) is the Gift of the Holy Spirit called 'speaking in a tongues-language' (1 Cor. 12:9-11; 1 Cor. 14:4).
When you recognize that you are starting to lust, turn your attention to Jesus and pray also in your tongues language that you received when you were baptized in the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4). And as your pray, you will receive healing which comes each time we pray. (James 4:2)
What is lust? Lust is one of those ‘vain imaginations’ (Rom. 1:21) that causes a person to misdirect their sexual desire towards somebody who is not your spouse. When this temptation comes upon you, it is necessary to start to pray in tongues, focusing your attention on Jesus. Often the Holy Spirit will direct your attention to your spouse or some ministry that the He wants you to do to replace vain imaginations.
Jesus made it very clear that there is only “ONE GOD” who does not change His name as He moves from one place or country to another (1 Cor. 8:6; Isaiah 46:9).
In Hebrew His Name is “Yahweh” (mentioned 6,823 times in the Old Testament) and in Greek it is “Jesus” whose name means “Yahweh is Salvation” (mentioned 1,034 times) and "Christ" mentioned 561 times in the New Testament).
Paul explains that ALL other so-called Gods are “demons” (1 Cor. 10:10–22).
"Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?" (1 Corinthians 10:20-22)
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