We often say that Divine Love is a love that flows from God. We say that
it is a Godly Love in that God gave His only begotten Son as an atoning
sacrifice for the sins of mankind.
The Greek word used by Christians to describe such love is
Agape is a noun. Its verb form is
is generally defined by Christian writers as
"an intentional response
to promote well−being when responding to that which has generated
ill−being". The word is believed to represent divine, unconditional,
self−sacrificing, active, volitional, and thoughtful love.
the word agapao, by itself, is also used in the Bible in a negative
sense. In its negative sense, its meaning is noticeably depraved of
Godliness and is mutually exclusive of an agape of Yahweh.
Jhn.3:19: "…but men loved [agapao] darkness instead of light because
their deeds were evil."
Jhn.12:43: "…for they loved [agapao] the praise of men more than the
praise from God."
2Tim.4:10: "…for Demas has forsaken me, having loved [agapao] this
1Jhn.2:15: "Do not love [agapao] the world or anything in the world.
If anyone loves [agapao]
the world, the love [agape]
of the Father is not in him."
in these verses, "agapao love" could not be taken to mean "Godly
Love" or "Divine Love" but a general affection of things. In
is simply a word denoting a deep seated affection
for someone or something. When speaking of God's LOVE,
thus refers to God's inherent LOVE that is revealed to mankind in His Only
Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Yahweh's LOVE is seen in the gift of His Son,
1 John 4:9,10. Yahweh packaged His LOVE in flesh and gave IT to us. That package of
AGAPE is the Lord Jesus Christ (cf.2Cor.5:14;
Eph.2:4−6; 3:19; 5:2).
There are three ancient Greek words for "love" −
Eros is passionate,
sensual and longing.
is a selfish love. It seeks
to satisfy only the individual senses and is limited in scope, as that
between two persons or a person and material things.
Philia has a wider scope − though
natural, the love expressed maybe conditional as that among family,
friends and neighbours.
Phileo love is commonly known as
generally used to denote a love that's self-sacrificing, unconditional and
voluntary, even so much as to
agapao one's enemies (cf.Matt.5:44).
Agape can be learned − as this light flows from God, one will react
graciously to all creatures (man and beasts) and the surroundings. Take
for example the two different events that happened to William Branham. In
one of them Bro. Branham saw a mistreated dirty little collie by the side
of the road. It had fleas all over it. Fleas or no fleas, he just picked
it up and took it home. Now, he did that because it was
agape. In the
second event, an old sickly mother opossum with some babies came one
morning to the steps of Bro. Branham's house and just laid there. To Bro.
Branham, the opossum was old and dying and the little ones would surely
starve to death without their mother. A sister suggested that it would be
humane to just end their lives. Bro. Branham could not bring himself to do
that. He simply let them lay there at the steps. The next morning was when
the Lord spoke to Branham and told him that He brought the opossum to him
and yet he did not even pray for her. The Word struck him and he repented
and immediately prayed for the animal. The opossum got up and walked into
the woods. Here
agape was demonstrated when Bro. Branham received the
Word and followed through.
Agapao and Phileo
But what actually is "agapao love"?
How does God express His
How do we know that we have
Notice this discourse Jesus had with Peter after Christ's resurrection.
So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son
of Jonas, lovest [agapao] thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea,
Lord; thou knowest that I love [phileo] thee. He saith unto him, Feed my
He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest [agapao]
thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love [phileo]
thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest [phileo]
thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest
[phileo] thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things;
thou knowest that I love [phileo] thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my
When asked if he did
the Lord, Peter answered that he did
Him. Twice Peter answered the Lord with this word
It is obvious that Peter knew what the Lord meant when He used the word
Instead of saying, "Yea, Lord, I
he chose to use the word
phileo. In using that word, Peter was saying that he, indeed, did have
great affection for the Lord. Moreover, he insisted to the Lord Jesus that
He ought to know that he loved Him when he said, "Yea, Lord; thou knowest
that I phileo
thee." That was his confession.
Apparently, Peter had some reservation in using the word
Sensing that, Jesus put the same question to him the third time using the
same word phileo that Peter
In addition, Peter avoided a part of the question put to him the first
time − "Do you
me more than these?" − he ignored the last three
words "more than these". He simply said,
"You know I
The second time, Jesus asked the same question using the word
but removing the phrase
"more than these". Again, Peter responded with the
same words − "You know I
phileo thee." Finally, Jesus removed every
important word he originally used and asked Peter the last time, "Lovest [phileo]
The response of Peter to the Lord's question showed that he had an evasion
to the question that was put to him. Many of us Christians have, at times,
done the same to certain words from the Lord when he deals with us. Peter
was facing a challenge. Christ was probing his heart. He had not very long
ago boasted that he would stand by Christ though all men forsook him, that
he would not deny his Lord, but then he did (cf.Mark 14:29-30,72).
Christ's questioning was very upsetting to him. It was a soul searching
question indeed. Peter had love for Jesus. It was easy to
Jesus but to
agapao Him was something else for
agape is a sacrificial love
that puts Christ and His Word above all things − "more than these"
referring to family, friends, career, possession, etc. Would Peter be
willing to detach himself from all things dear to him and do Christ's will
with great sacrifice − to feed Christ's sheep? To do any
otherwise with just
philia would have only a
Christians are often heard saying that they
the Lord when in reality they only
phileo Him. Like Peter, Christians have to learn to
"love [agapao] the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul,
and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment" (Matt.22:37-38). Notice that if this great commandment is accomplished, the
second of two great commandments will naturally follow right alongside.
"And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets"
Kenneth Wuest gives a simple definition between the two
"love" words (Wuest's
Word Studies in the Greek New Testament, Vol.3, #28, pg.62 [Eerdmans
Publishing Co, Grand Rapids, Mich, 1992]):
"'Phileo' is a love which consists of the glow of the heart kindled by
the perception of that in the object which affords us pleasure. It is the
response of the human [soul] to what appeals to it as pleasurable... The
word was used to speak of a friendly affection. It is a love called out of
one in response to a feeling of pleasure or delight which one experiences
from an apprehension of qualities in another that furnish such pleasure or
on the other hand, speaks of a love which is awakened by
a sense of value in the object loved, an apprehension of its preciousness.
is found in Rev.22:15; Mat.6:5; 10:37; 23:6; Luk.20:46; Jhn.11:3,36; 16:27; 1Cor.16:22."
With that we
is intellectual and emotional and that
agape comes from the heart. The first reasons and questions; the
second does not, it is a conscious and deliberate choice made on the basis
of applied principles from the Word of God; it is perfect in God, just
what He says. As true worshippers, our love has God as its primary object;
He is the foundation, the theme. Our love should be expressed through
implicit obedience to His commandments. Agape demands that.
A Conscious and Deliberate Choice
Rom.12:9: Let love (agape) be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is
evil; cleave to that which is good.
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love (philadelphia);
in honour preferring one another;
Again the Scripture
points out that
agapao love results from a
deliberate effort to love without hypocrisy, to abhor evil and to cling to
the good. On the other hand
phileo love is not so, for at time
without a diligent observation, it can negate what God intended in one's
affection and loyalty to another person. When it does, it opposes the
agape of God.
A believer who
phileo another more than the Truth of God
has not the
agape of God.
Like Balaam, he has backslid; he has left the
"first love". When wisdom is lost, agape is lost too. Self-will, that is,
self-pleasing, is the negation of love to God.
For he that will love [agapao] life (WITH GODLY FEAR AND
SACRIFICIAL LOVE OF OTHERS), and see good days, let him refrain his tongue
from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
He that loveth [phileo] his life (an undue desire to preserve
it, forgetful of the real object of living) shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
Like the Pharisees of
old, many preachers today are walking contrary to the Word of God when
they bypass the justice and
agape love of God which
they should perform toward the welfare of others. They do not honor nor
respect other ministers of the Gospel. Instead, they are full of
agapao recognition and high places. As a result, they
radiate spiritual darkness to those who look up to them. They are unseen
sepulchers that even those who associate with them do not have an inkling
as to who they really are.
But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all
manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love [agape] of God: these
ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love [agapao]
the uppermost seats in
the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves
which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.
The apostle Paul said that
AGAPE LOVE is patient, is kind, does not envy,
does not boast, is not proud, is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not
easily angered, keeps no record of wrongs, does not delight in evil but
rejoices with the truth, always protects, always trusts, always hopes,
always perseveres (cf.1Cor.13:1-7).
come by a selfless mental discipline of a believer as guided by the Holy
Agape and Perfection
But the fruit of the Spirit is love [agape],
joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,..
Agape is the first of the fruits of the Holy Spirit in the believer,
without it no Christian is spiritually complete: "And above all these
things put on charity [agape], which is the bond of perfectness"
If agape is the bond of perfection in a Christian, to a place where he
is complete in Christ, then Christians ought to take serious heed to
Apostle Paul's admonition:
And this I pray, that your love [agape]
may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere
and without offence till the day of Christ.
Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus
Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
These exhorting words tell us that
agape is based on the knowledge of
God and His Word. In other places, the apostle Paul said that to gain
spiritual knowledge, you must "examine yourselves, whether ye be in the
faith; prove your own selves…" (2Cor.13:5a); "prove all things; hold fast
that which is good" (1Thess.5:21); "And be not conformed to this world:
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what
is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God" (Rom.12:2).
agape is not an unresponsive and careless feeling. It is but
intelligent and morally discerning − the intellectual logical perception
received from the Word of God as revealed by Yahweh. The more that
spiritual knowledge is gained from searching the inbreathed Word of God,
the more agape enables the believer to love and obey what God commands.
The Apostle Paul said:
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good
Therefore, it is very foolish for those followers of William Branham,
especially preachers of his message, to accuse the faithful followers of
Christ as being "intellectual" in a negative sense. Simply quoting the
words of Branham does not make a person a true believer. But thousands
upon thousands are doing just that without even one iota of Godly
intelligence. They would simply "amen" every word that came out of the
mouth of Branham without having an understanding of what he meant. And
they would claim that that is faith in God's prophet because every word he
uttered is "Thus saith the Lord", whether or not they understand it. How
could one have intellectual knowledge of the Truth if one does not hearken
to the Word? When Satan came to Jesus Christ after His 40 days of fasting
to tempt Him, our Lord was steadfast in the Word and in His reply to
"It is written".
Amen. Our Lord kept Satan in check as Satan had quoted the prophetic
words out of context to suit his own purpose. Do not the Branhamites
in the various camps do the same with the prophetic words of Branham?
How could one have eternal Life if one is not willing to listen to the
Word and be obedient?
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though
your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be
red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for
the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
Friend, God wants you to
reason with Him, with His Word. You are
reason with yourself, with your carnal intellectual conceptions. When you
do that you have nothing but presumptions and unless you come to the Lord
and have Him reason with you, you would only be deceived into presumptuous
sins. That's nothing but the truth. We cannot take some statements of Bro.
Branham and presume that he meant this or that without taking them to the
Scriptures. We are told to
"check it with the Word" just like the wise Bereans did with Paul's teaching. God's INBREATHED WRITTEN SCRIPTURE is
the source of our Faith. When one is born again, one has the Holy Spirit.
And if a believer has the Holy Spirit, the anointing of the Spirit gives
the believer a Godly intellect. The Spirit of Christ is God's intellect,
His Wisdom. The Spirit and the Word are ONE. Whosoever claims that he has
the Spirit of Christ must be obedient and willing to be led into God's
Holy Word. And he who has the Word has Life. (Read Proverb 3.)
Philia versus Agape
The unification process of all churches that started back in 1948 is now
in full swing. It is also to unite all the other religions of the world under
the pope. There is a plan for them to celebrate the 500th anniversary of
the Reformation right in the city of Rome itself in the year 2017. However, the truth of God is not the foundation of this union.
Oh, how quickly has Protestants forgotten the words of Martin Luther when
he exclaimed at the Reichstag in Worms in the year 1521: "Cursed be the
unity that is achieved at the expense of the truth!" Yes, truth is not in
the mind of the various religious leaders of the churches. These leaders
are reprobates. They are under a religious anointing that brings falsehood
into the midst of their people. Even among the many Pentecostal and
Charismatic churches, tens of thousands can proclaim that they have spoken
in tongues, but can they truly claim that they are born again and sealed
by the Holy Spirit until the day of their redemption?
Religious people are quite emotional and easily moved by the "love" spirit
to do what appears right to the eyes. However, whatever the "godly" work,
as long as it is not Word based, it is not of God. And if it is not of God
it is not agape. Only
phileo is at play.
The oneness or unity among the churches is mostly motivated by
philadelphia. Certainly, let "brotherly
continue among the believers. But for the unity of the saints to be a
reality, the individuals must
agapao the Lord and His Word, be willing and
Well, what about the believers of the Endtime Message? It is easy for many
preachers to think and believe that the thousands who gathered in their
meetings and who raised their hands and confessed affirmatively with loud
"Amen! Amen!" to their questions −
"Do you believe in the divine message
of the hour? Are you baptized Biblically in the Name of our Lord Jesus
Christ?" − are true believers of the Word. Yes, they may be united as one
in "the message", whether one calls it
"the Endtime Message",
"the Message of the Hour", but are they truly united as one in
"the TRUTH" of God? Are they motivated by the Holy Spirit and by the
of God? Or are they, having itchy ears, merely agreeing with the "words of
men" who are able to provide the scratching hands? Are the inbreathed
words of the Scripture taken as the Absolute Foundation of their Faith and
taught to the people, or are the oral words of the messenger, William
Branham, used verbatim to formulate doctrines so much so that they surpass
the Sacred Scriptures for authority?
In the city of Kinshasa
(Democratic Republic of Congo) alone, there are tens of thousands of
"message believers". Ministers from the USA, Canada and Europe often
go there to minister the Word of God but are they there to set in order
the things that are lacking and the TRUTH of God that needs further
straightening? Or, are they there to make a name by just gathering
large crowds? A single gathering to hear these preachers can see some
50,000 or more "message believers" gathered together in a stadium. A
single gathering of "message ministers" in a ministers' meeting can see
some 3,000 ministers from all over DRC. But what do we actually see?
A similar unification, a coming together, nonetheless like that of all
organized (denominational) churches in the Ecumenical Movement.
Though the inbreathed Scriptures is not their foundation of TRUTH, yet
there is a unity of divided opinions concerning the words of Bro. Branham.
Among them are the "Polygamist" group, the "Thunders" group, the "New
Name" group, and several others, coming together to "amen" that God had
sent a vindicated prophet to the age. Each group claims that the
prophet's "message" is the (same as the) Bible and the Bible is the
"message". All will "amen" every statement of the prophet but all
are equally divided and confused over the many statements of the prophet.
"Cursed be the unity that is achieved at the expense of the truth!"
It is so easy for believers to hit out at the errors of organized churches
and their major traditional church doctrines that are either scripturally
false or scripturally unsound. This is so because Bro. Branham had laid
them out to the knowledge of all who know his sermons by books or by
magnetic tapes. However, are they able to discern the errors, the false
doctrines, the false revelations, brought about by the many preachers
among them? Are they able to see the subtlety of Satan as he manipulates
the words of Bro. Branham through false ministers?
One of Bro. Branham's most important messages is that which he taught,
that God's Word calls for a total separation from unbelief. In this
message, many believers take it that the prophet meant the believers are
to separate from those in the organized churches. How foolish. Don't they
know that Satan walks even in the midst of a camp of believers? Satan's
one main weapon is to make people religious. One approach is to create
fear and have believers pay homage to a "holy man". Another approach is to
get the believers to revere a set of religious books or taped sermons,
just as he has the organized churches to observe statements of beliefs or
creeds. Such deceptions do not happen in one day. The believers are
brainwashed over a period of time.
Praise God! Those who know the true foundation of their faith cannot be
deceived. Of course, many of the followers of Branham can quote what he
said concerning the elect of God, that the true elect cannot be deceived
and they claimed that they themselves are the true elect and therefore
they cannot be deceived. Among the hundreds of thousands of followers of
Branham and with the many different opinions and interpretations of "the
divine message" in the different camps, all will claim that the saints of
their own particular camps are the elected ones.
Meddle Not With
Let me draw you a type from the Bible. The children of Israel were under
Egyptian bondage, slaves to a system for many years. After they made their
exodus out of Egypt towards the Promised Land, many of the men did not
believe that they could take the land after the report of the twelve spies
were given. God then passed His judgment:
And the LORD'S anger was kindled the same time, and he sware,
Surely none of the men that came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old
and upward, shall see the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and
unto Jacob; because they have not wholly followed me:
Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite, and Joshua the son of
Nun: for they have wholly followed the LORD.
And the LORD'S anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them
wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation, that had
done evil in the sight of the LORD, was consumed.
Now all those who were consumed in the wandering in the wilderness were
able-bodied men, mature men, able to fight, able to reason and able to
understand. Though they had suffered under the wicked Pharaoh of Egypt
they had also seen the mighty hand of God. They had witnessed how Yahweh
judged Egypt. They had seen miracles while they were on the move, even
water and food were miraculously provided for them. Yet, they grumbled and
"Is the LORD among us, or not?" (Exo.17:7).
All those men lived and witnessed what God did through Moses. But all who
murmured against the Lord were not allowed to enter the Promised Land;
they all died in the wilderness. Because Moses did not revere the Lord in
bringing forth water from the rock, he was forbidden to enter the land. It
was on account of the provocation of the children of Israel that he smote
the rock twice instead of speaking to it. Moses died along with all the
unbelieving men of Israel at the close of the forty years of their
Under the leadership of Joshua, a new generation of men was to cross over
Jordan and take all the land that was promised them. They were told to
leave the Edomites, the Moabites and the Ammonites alone and
not to meddle
(cf.Deut.2). The Edomites were descendants of Esau, and the
Moabites and the Ammonites were Lot's sons by his own two daughters. One
way or another, all these peoples were related to Abraham.
identify themselves with Abraham
but not with his
They could not easily embrace Israel. They had their lands but God would not
allow His Chosen People, Israel, to have those lands, not even one
footstep. Though their places were right next to the Promised Land, the
Israelites were told to bypass those places and those "camps" of peoples
and go right straight to possess THE LAND that was promised to them. The
lands of those other people related to Abraham were not for the chosen
people of God. God
had set the bound for Israel. She was the chosen people of God.
Those other peoples must come to her, even if it would take God many years
to weed out the rebellious mongrels among them (cf.Deut.23:3-8).
Did not the messenger to this last church age cry out to all who had ears
to hear to hear what the Spirit said − to get into the Absolute Word of
God? Is not every PROMISE in the HOLY BOOK for all saints of God to claim? Are
we not told to get into the PROMISED Word and to eat the fruit of It?
where do they worship and feast, who come out of Babylon? Getting out of "Egyptian" bondage
(or Mystery Babylon) is one thing but to stay out of the
Promised Word is another. To identify with Branham, without the true
revelation and faith of the message he brought us, is useless. So, what have the true worshippers of God in
this hour, under the ministry of Joshua (Yahshua) our Saviour (which is
the Ascension Gift Ministry of Ephesians 4) to do with those "camps" of
people who could identify themselves with Branham but who have founded
their own separate "places" outside of the WORD? Surely, those "camps" of
people in their separate "places" have their own kinds of "foods", produce
sowed and reaped by men who are not anointed with the Joshuaic spirit to
understand the revelation of the Word. Among the preachers (there are even
men like Balaam) who know to do the right things but do it not because of their
greed for wealth and popularity. Others are filled with pride and
"old corn of the land" (cf.Jos.5:11-12) is found only in the
Promised Word, and the Spirit of God in the Joshuaic Ministry is leading
the Church into It. The Lord is grounding her faith deep in the foundation
of the WORD. The Holy Spirit is giving the revelation of the Word that she
be fearless even with all the other "camps" round about her.
As Moses instructed Israel, so we do likewise.
Let us not meddle with
those other "camps". Let's just leave them alone. The "places" where they
dwell are not for us. Certainly, they have their own food. The true saints
of God have their place in the Promised Word. It is the only one place
where God has put His Name and the only place we could ever gather to
worship God in spirit and in truth (cf.Deut.14:23; 16:2). It is the only
place where we can eat seven perfect produce (cf.Deut.8:8). The Word of
God is perfect, converting and transforming the souls of all who feed upon
Saints of God, do not stay where the
"manna" you are eating is stale. But
be at the place where the Word of God is made alive, where His Spirit is
moving within the Word, for where the Spirit of God is, His
freshly prepared. "Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not
bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently
unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself
in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall
live" (Isa.55:2-3). It is the
AGAPE of God towards His chosen few
(Deut.7:7-8). God wants His people to obey, to follow His commandments. Every one of us is responsible towards the choice we make − to serve God
or mammon, to love God first above family members and friends or
otherwise. Remember, it is easier to
God than to
agapao Him. For it to be
agape we have to put Christ and His Word above all things −
"more than these" − our family and friends, career and possession, etc. Beloved, would you be willing to detach yourself from all things dear and
precious to you and do the Lord's will, to follow the leading of the
Spirit into His Word and obey His commandments? Surely to do
otherwise with just
philia would have only a
Agape love is demonstrated by you when you obey God − His Word.
all about HIM, the WORD of God made manifest to us in flesh.
beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…
In him was life; and the life was the light of men" (Jhn.1:1,4). God loves
us, He gave His Son to us, He gave His Life to us, He gave His Word to us.
If ye love [agapao] me, keep my commandments.
21: He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that
loveth [agapao] me: and he that loveth
me shall be loved [agapao]
of my Father, and I will love [agapao] him, and will manifest myself to
…If a man love [agapao]
me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love [agapao] him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with
For the Father loves
the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show
Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.
O gracious! Yes, God
agapao as well as
phileo us, just as much as He
phileo His Son, for we are His children and also His Son's
Bride. And as much as the Father showed His Son what He was doing, He
would, likewise, through His Son, guide us into all Truth and show us
things that are to come. Did not Jesus Christ promise us that?
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you
into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall
hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14: He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it
All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he
shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
Agape is all about the Word of God. God wants to reveal His Word, His
Plan and Purpose and His Life to us. That is His Blessing to us. That is
His Divine Love to us. He is doing a work in us
"for we are his
workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath
before ordained that we should walk in them" (Eph.2:10).
"This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent"
(Jhn.6:29). That is why He sent His servants − His messengers, His
apostles and His prophets − to us, His chosen ones. They are His
It is an exercise of Yahweh in deliberate purposeful choice. It is an essence of God. He chooses to do it because it is in His nature. Whatever God says, we
must be willing to take His Word and agree with Him −
"That's true, Lord,
I believe. I do not question for You have reasoned It with me according to
Your wisdom, and I believe"
− and move right on. That's what takes real love −
agape − a deliberate choice made on our part in response to
Other confessions would be as in Peter's reply to the Lord's question,
"Yea Lord, You know I phileo Thee", or worse, a confession uttered
with a carnal intellectual mind.
Chosen Place of Worship
Notice, even though when the children of Israel are come into the Promised
Land, God is particular about where and how He wants His people to feast
on the blessings He provided them:
Thou mayest not eat within thy gates the tithe of thy corn, or
of thy wine, or of thy oil, or the firstlings of thy herds or of thy
flock, nor any of thy vows which thou vowest, nor thy freewill offerings,
or heave offering of thine hand:
thou must eat them before the LORD thy God in the place which the
LORD thy God shall choose, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy
manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates:
and thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God in all that thou puttest
thine hands unto.
thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which
he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy
wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks;
that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.
See? Where and how we partake of God's Blessings − God's Blessed Truth −
is important to Him. We cannot eat what God provides in the "camps" of our
choices. We are commanded to eat in the place where He has placed His
Name. That place is not the Roman Catholic Church. That place is not any
of the Protestant Churches. That place is not the Pentecostal Church or
the Charismatic Church. That place is not any of the Branhamite Churches. That's the truth. So, where then is that place?
Where do they
worship and feast, who come out of Babylon?
It is in God's Own Word! Yahweh has placed His Name in His Own Word. Praise the Lord! The Word that
was made flesh has the Name of Yahweh placed in Him. He sacrificed Himself
"Take, eat: this is my body"
He is the Word of Life, the Book of Life, that we, if we be Bride, are
"Take it, and eat it up" (cf.Rev.10:8-11). Blessed be the Name of the
Thy words were found,
and I did eat them;
and thy word was unto me the joy and
of mine heart: for
I am called by thy
LORD God of hosts.
Truly, beloved, if we are called by the Name of Yahweh and do
and He have let us found where the Name of Yahweh is placed and where His
Word is, then let's eat the Word of Life with joy. Let us not be swayed
by contrary winds of opinions or even our self-will and pride that will
but oppose the flow of
The apostle John had a clear revelation of what God is, that He is
(cf.1Jhn.4:8). It is obviously clear that
agape love is in God's Word. God
agapao us and that's why He gave us His Word that we would be a part of
His Life. It is clear from John's revelation that
"whoso keepeth his word,
in him verily is the love (agape) of God perfected: hereby know we that we
are in him" (1Jhn.2:5). Nothing could be clearer that these words −
"whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love (agape) of God perfected".
That's the capstone
that will cap the Church for the Rapture.
Therefore, let us keep the Word
"for this is the love
[agape] of God, that
we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous"
(1Jhn.5:3). This is the reason why God sent a message
in this age to direct us back
to THE ABSOLUTE −
"It is written". All that is written were the thoughts
of God spoken forth in the beginning. God inbreathed every word as He
wrote them on parchment and the Written Word is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that we
might be complete and thoroughly equipped for all good works (cf.2Tim.3:16-17).
"And this is love
[agape], that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, that, as ye have heard from the
beginning, ye should walk in it"