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Love . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Biblestudy Feb. 2007


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                                              DIFFERENT LOVES

Now we are going to go through different loves.

One reason there is confusion about this, is that the Greek and English Languages are just different. Itís interesting that the Greek has several words for love, where we only have one. But in other areas we have several words, where they only have one word. You would think they have to have more than one word, but they donít.

Begotten and born are the same word in the Greek, they only have one word. To conceive a child and for a child to actually be born or birthed is the same word.

But when it comes to love we only have one word and they have a bunch of them or several anyway. I mean some of them are words we have, too. They have words for friendship and to be fond of and so on. Itís just that the translators translate most of those love too, but they donít need to, because there are English words that will fit.

Now Jesus Christ said;

Mark 12:30  And you shall love [Gk: agape] the LORD your God with all your HEART, and with all your SOUL, and with all your MIND, and with all your STRENGTH: this is the first commandment.

The word there agapáō, is from the word agapē. You hear some people say agapē, I rather think itís agapā or agapáō.

Some people think this is the ultimate love and that love starts down here somewhere (hand held low) and it builds up to this one agape (hand held high), because it says in 1 John;

1 John 4:8  God is love.  

The word is agape, "God is agape."  Now thatís the noun, but if you use it as a verb, itís agapao.

So here the commandment says, "you should agapao the Lord your God, with all your heart and all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength, this is the first commandment." That should tell us right there, that this word agapao is not all inclusive by itself. If agapao meant this ultimate pentacle of love, why then did Christ say you have to love with all the heart, soul, mind, and strength? Why do you have to do that, if the word contains all that? Well, itís because it doesnít.  

When we apply words to ourselves... it's the same words with the same meaning, but the intensity changes. If I talk about the same word, like my strength, thatís one word, right. But if I talk about Godís strength, thatís the same word... are we talking about the same thing? Hardly, same word though.
Agapao from the noun agape - love, can be intensified by doing it with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul, and all your strength. See, intensify it, make it greater than what the word itself means, important point.  

Now, He doesnít talk about the second commandment, the same as this, as you shall love your neighbor with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your strength. No, it doesnít say that. No, that is not what He said.

Listen to me, I say this at every meeting we have virtually and I say it in my papers,
you have to pay attention to the words! You canít believe how much is missed in the Bible, when people donít look at the words. They think they know what it says... they missed it, they missed it in verse after verse, in hundreds of scriptures. They missed it, why? They donít pay attention to the words. They just read a bunch of words and think, 'I know what that means.' No they donít, not if you donít pay attention to the words.

He didnít say, love God this way and love your neighbor in the same way. He said you love God (same Greek word agape/agapao), agape your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and might.  

Agapao your neighbor as yourself... whoops what happened there? What happened there, thatís different?

Letís assume you have nice neighbors, I have nice neighbors. When we moved here our neighbors brought us a big bowl of cookies and we share cups of sugar with our next door neighbor over here, Tammy.  

But you could have a neighbor who is a wife beating, drug dealing, God hating, you know, monster for a neighbor. Now, does God want you or tell you, that you have to love that wife beating, drug dealing monster, with all your heart, with all your mind and soul, does He tell us that? NO! But I can see some self-righteous preacher giving a sermon saying, 'well yes you have to do this.' No you donít. 'Well, how are you suppose to love your neighbor as yourself?' You put yourself in the equation. 'Oh well, I wish my neighbor would give me a million dollars.' Well then you have to give your neighbor a million dollars.

You got to love them as yourself. But I donít expect my neighbor to give me million dollars or even ten dollars. For that reason Iím not going over this afternoon and give him ten dollars. Canít you see that?

But I might want to go over there and borrow his ladder, because I donít have a long ladder. Just like he comes over here and borrows some of my electrical drill stuff. Thatís good, itís good we do that. But if you donít know what your talking about, you can get stupid with this.

Now then, do you run into contradictions in 2 Corinthians?

2Cor 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
v. 15  What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?
v. 16  What agreement has the temple of God with idols?"

People always use this as referring to a wedding. "Donít be unequally yoked" together with somebody who doesnít believe in God. Well, that would fit. But thatís not what itís talking about. Thatís just one application of it, donít be unequally yoked together with people like this.

Well, my next door neighbor, is not a wife beating, drug dealing, you know, monster. So I can be yoked together with him, right. No! He doesnít believe these truths.

My neighbor told me one day, if he caught, a particular race of people, stealing something... how he would dismantle their body with a baseball bat. Now I thought whoa, this man could get to be a little rough, you know, if he just caught someone in his backyard. Thatís not me. I donít think like that abd Iím not going to be yoked to that. So we donít go out together. No, we donít go out to bars together or out to dinner together. You know, I donít get into his crowd. I have no intention of going out with him, why? Donít be unequally yoked together!  

Then how can you love him as yourself? Contradictions isnít it? No, itís not. How can I have nothing to do with him and love him as yourself? Iím going to show you.

Believe me, Iím not trying to say, I can exhaust this subject. This topic could go on for days. Thereís a lot, you donít even know how much is in this topic. Iím going to try and make it simple, but it is a little involved.

In the Old Testament, the words for love is, 'āhēbh, 'ahăbhāh. Basically it is a very simple word, it just means to give or I give. I love you... I give. Thatís nice, thatís simple, good and profound. Thatís spiritual love... I give.

In the New Testament, we have the word agápē (we have a little different explanation for that) -  a complex emotion arousing appreciation or delight in and desire for the presence of itís object; as well as to please and promote itís welfare.

Now, I got this out of the Concordant Keyword Dictionary, because itís so much better than all the other dictionaries and Dr. Strong combined. I mean Iíve gone over definitions of this word, agapao and agape, for many hours and itís really difficult to nail it down. Dr. Strong in his Exhausted Concordance, translates agape one way and then translates agarao the verb, differently, like itís two different words.
I contended for so long with this thing of, aion and aionios and that no adjective can take on a different or greater meaning than the noun from which it is derived. Yet they take the word aion, which means an age, and turn it into eternity. Itís stupid, itís grammatically wrong.  

You donít take the word hour and then when you say you work hourly, you mean yearly.  No, it still means hourly.  It doesnít change just because you change it from a noun to a adjective or a verb, an adverb, or something else.

So now I can see some better distinctions. It, agape - is a complex emotion, arousing appreciation or delight in and desire for the presence of itís object; as well as to please and promote itís welfare.

Now here is the word phileo. We understand the word Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia - it means to be fond of, responsive, affection based on approval and regard.  

Thatís a little complicated, basically itís this. God of love -agape, is a one-way street, God loves, He gives. Itís not based on whether the ones He gives it to, loves Him back. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, right. Why? Because He loves us, ďfor God so loved the world.Ē That includes all these drug dealing, wife beating, God defying people. He so loved the world, did they love Him back? No, very few people love God back. Itís a one-way street... He loves. Heís the One that loves, not getting anything back for it, He loves.
But phileo love, is where two people are fond of each other and theyíre responsive to each other. It has to do with affections, based on the approval of the one youíre giving out to, you see. Why are people friends? Because they reciprocate, right.

Bob and I go to lunch once a week. If we didnít reciprocate in how we think and talk to each other and build up each other when we are down, then I think that would come to an end rather quickly.

Seriously, when you have a close friend, is that somebody that never shows you close affection? I donít think so.
A close friend, a phileo, a friend that reciprocated, itís a two-way street. Although God is agape, you would say thatís the ultimate. But it is not as intimate as phileo. All my life I heard this pyramid of love. At the top there was this agape, the ultimate. Is it really?

A couple of things, I have a very important note here: There are two kinds of love, for two kinds of people. LOVE is what God is!

It is a love that has the welfare of all others at heart, regardless of how evil they are or how badly they may treat us. It is the kind of love that the good Samaritan showed for the man who was wounded by the side of the road, when he was befalled by robbers. They beat the living daylights out of him. You know the Levite came by, the Priest came by and they said, 'thatís to bad, look at that, heís bleeding to death' and went on their way.  

Then a Samaritan came by. He used a Samaritan because they despised the Samaritans. The Samaritans were of the northern tribe of Israelites. So the good Samaritan came by and he tended to him. He bound up his wounds; carried him to the village; put him under the hospices of somebody there. He had someone take care of him, nurse him back to health and here is money and 'Iíll be back in a week or two and Iíll stop by to see if you need more money and Iíll give you more money.'

Now that is agapao love. Thatís not phileo love, thatís not brotherly love, thatís agapao love.
Did he expect to get anything back from that person?  No.
Did he know him?  No.
Did he like him?  No.
Did the man even thank him?  It doesnít say.

Does anybody think, they became good friends later in life? I donít think so, I really donít think so. This man was just passing through. Maybe he was on business, just passing through, I donít think they became friends. He helped just for the shear reason, that this is a fellow human being and needed help. He provided not only help, but a lot of help, good quality help, and thatís agapao, thatís not phileo.

Now hereís one thing that interested me with all this said. God is agape, He loves agapao with the agape love, you got the noun and the verb. But does God phileo love or is God in this ivory tower, where He just has this great spiritual love and He doesnít get down on our level?  

Now, this is very interesting, in John 3 it says that God agapao His Son, Jesus Christ.

John 3:35  The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.

That means His welfare and everything thatís good for Him, as a Son. Thatís always in His heart and mind and so on.  

Ah, but He also phileo His Son, in John 5.  

John 5:20  For the Father loveth the Son, and showeth him all things that himself doeth: and he will show him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

God does both, He loves His Son like a friend, like a brother, like some one you put your arm around, give a hug or whatever.  

Now, does God love us that way? Yes He does. He loves us with this agape love and He also loves us with the phileo love, this affectionate love, like a friend, you see.
Jesus Christ and His Father are One, theyíre one Spirit. You have the Father and you have the Son, but theyíre one.

Now what did Christ say regarding His disciples? He said I call you friends. But what did the Father say? The same thing, because they are One. Whatever Christ says, the Father says the same things, because they have the same Spirit, because they are One. One Spirit, they say the same. Whatever Christ says, thinks, or does, thatís what the Father is... same thing. They do the same thing, because they are One, Father and Son are One.
Now Jesus, it says loves John.  

John 19:26  When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved...

I looked up the first scripture on that and it says agapao. Oh no, donít tell me, as close as they were that it was agapao love. This was formal - legalistic you know. Needful like a king loves his subjects. Like President Bush loves Americans, he doesnít know them all, he just loves them as a nation. As a nation he loves, not individually, he doesnít even know them all, but as a nation, see.

So Iím saying... oh no Jesus loves John agapao. But never stop looking, because then we come to John 20 and we have phileo.  

John 20:2  Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved...

He loved them, both. He loved him in that He was going to see him into the kingdom of God, and his destiny was going to be fulfilled. But He loved him like a friend and brother too.

Now we come to the question, it is also on the forum and everybody is going crazy about it. But does God love everybody the same way He loves His Son, and the same way He loves us?

Most of us, would say absolutely (by us, I mean the elect, thatís us, not the world. Iíd say the whole world, but we are not suppose to be of the world anymore), and give as a proof scripture, ďGod is not a respecter of persons,Ē (Acts 10:34).

No He doesnít, in fact God hates things and people.  

Websterís Collegiate Dictionary, defines hate as - intense hostility and aversion, although in the Greek the word hate can mean - to love less, not to have a passionate, vindictive type emotion towards somebody.  

God doesnít have that. When He has a hostility or an aversion for something, it just means He is going to judge it and punish it and clean it up, thatís all. You canít think that God has human emotions, like we do, even though He expresses human emotions, like we know He does. But no He doesnít, even with this thing of love agapeo and phileo - brotherly love. When God talks about His wrath and His anger, itís not that He canít control His emotions. He talks to us so we can understand from a manís prospective what these emotions are, see.

But you canít tell ministers of the world that this is not literally the way it is. They think that God almighty has finger nails and therefore He must trim them (I wonder what He does with the trimmings, maybe He saves them). Itís just nonsense.

God does not have two eyes. This Kenneth Copeland said God the Father is a 6 foot man. Iím laughing saying this guy is insane. Listen, if God is a man then He has two eyes and that means He canít see behind His head. Whoís so stupid to say, God canít see behind His head, come on. God doesnít have hands and arms or fingers and toes or hair. This is all anthropoid. If He were a man, He would do this (flex His muscle) by the strength of His arm. But Heís not a man! Heís God, and Heís spirit! Spirit is everywhere.
He talks about those, sitting on His right hand and His left hand... itís spiritual. He has no right hand and left hand. He means if He were like a king on the physical earth, those that sit on His right hand, would be of a greater elevated position, than those on His left. Heís talking spirit, itís a spiritual analogy. God doesnít sit on a throne.

GOD IS EVERYWHERE! God is Spirit and God is invisible. Now thatís what He is.  

There is one other major thing that God is, this invisible Spirit is agape - love, concerned for the welfare of His whole creation. Thatís us and the whole world.
Alright now God says, ďAnd I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard,Ē (Micah 5:14).  

Well, it sounds like a man, that's so angry He is out of control, you know. No, but if you were to picture, as to God being a man, this is the way it is. But He is not a man and Heís in total control of His emotions.

Now you say, 'God loves everybody the same.'

Rom 9:13  As it is written, "Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated."

Now, there the Greek can mean to love less by comparison. But itís a quotation from Malachi 1:2, and in the Hebrew it means hated... get it?

Proverbs 6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
v. 17  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
v. 18  A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
v. 19  A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

ďThese six things does the Lord hate,Ē and then it list a proud look and a lying tongue and so on. But then He says, ďa false witnessĒ and thatís a person. A false witness is a person that speaks lies and he that sows discord among the brethren. Those are people that do that. But He doesnít hate, like we hate, because He doesnít have a carnal mind and we do. When we hate, we hate with our carnal mind. God has no carnal mind, so you canít draw the same analogy.

When I say I want to do something with the strength of my right hand, you know how limited that is. I can pick up one of these 5 gal. water bottles and thatís about what I can pick up.

But when God says, Iím going to do something by the strength of His right hand, are we even in the same universe? No. Well, if you can see that, why canít you see it then, when He talks about things that appear to be human emotion like anger, My fury, wrath, and all of that.

So we have contrast here now. There are 2 verses that could be at variances with one another.

Esau I hated... I hate a false witness, I hate those who sow discord among the brethren. But ďfor God so loved the world,Ē wait a minute does that include Esau? Does that include the false witness or the one that sowed discord among the brethren? I thought He just said He hated them, now He says He loves them. Is this a contradiction?

Weíre getting into some deep stuff here. So is that a contradiction, I hate Esau? I love him so much that I gave My own Son for him. What is that? Is that a contradiction? No, itís really not. But you do have to understand it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Love / page 2

Weíve stepped out of Sunday School now, and weíre going to a little higher level. You can have this agapao love, for something you hate. What? Yes you can. Proof? God does. He hated Esau, He hates a false witness... He hates people. He doesnít just hate false witnesses, He hates a false witness, thatís a person, you see.

The Christian world would have you believe, He loves the world sooo much. But the Concordance version has it right.

John 3:16  For thus God loves the worldÖ

Not how much He loved the world, although it was a lot, but that is not what the word said. It does not say, for God loved the world so much, no. It says this is how He loved the world, thatís what it means. He didnít so love the world, He thus loved the world, in this way and this manner. Now in what manner did He agape the world?

John 3:16 ...He gave His only begotten Son...

Okay. But if you say, God so loved the world, then you are insinuating He has phileo love for the world, right. That He has this affectionate, endearment of friendship with the world, because He so loved the world.  NO!

This is the manner He loved them, He loved them with this agapao love, which has the benefit and future of humanity at heart. Nowhere does it say, God phileo loves the world, or any sinner in the world, mark that. This is too deep for the world, they canít accept this, the same way they canít accept that God created evil and uses it often. But we have to deal with what scripture says or you might as well fall under the condemnation of the verses that says, ďBecause you despise this Word,Ē (Isa 30:12; Jere 23:17), if you wonít believe what it says.

Granted there is a couple of places that is not translated right, but not that many. Thatís why I use the KJV. Even though it has eternal punishment, and there is no such thing as eternal punishment, there is eonian chastisement, two totally different things. Eonian, age lasting chastisement or correction to make you better, is a whole lot different than torture the hell out of you, for all eternality, in fire. I mean these are not two same thoughts, theyíre totally antithesis towards one another.

So this is the manner in which God loves the world, with agapao love. A love that is undeserved, theyíre not reciprocating. Let me give you another example of agapao love, not phileo love. Agapao love is when they crucified Christ, and He was dying, He prayed to His Father and said;

Luke 23:34  Father forgive them, for they donít know what they are doing.

Now thatís agape love. Father these people are blind and deceived, oh theyíre fools, and theyíre hypocrites, blind fools as they called the Pharisees in Matt 23, none the less. Then as it was such a strong condemnation, on the one hand, on the other hand, He says Father forgive them. Is this a contradiction? No, itís not. Itís the way God is and we need to be like God.

We can love our neighbor, with an agape love, we donít need to fellowship, hobnob with them or become part of what they are, in any way, shape or form. When God says, love your enemies... If it said you would have to phileo your enemies, then I would just have to take my 9 pages of notes here, tear them up, throw them away. Close the Bible and say, I have not a clue as to what this thing about love is, not a clue.

But I have checked it out for many, many hours now, and I understand that the Bible does not contradict in this area. God - Jesus Christ, never said you have heard, them of old say, you should hate your enemies. First of all, God never taught to hate your enemies. Well, where did they hear that of old? About five times in the book of Psalms, by David, who went to his death bed hating his enemies, telling his son to kill them and make it bloody. That was King David, not God. But people read the Psalms and so you heard it said. Yes, you did hear it said, but not of God.

But Christ said, but I say unto you, love your enemies - agapao your enemies. Can you love your enemies and hate them at the same time? You say, 'no you canít, thatís a contradiction.' Well, letís think about that for a second. Could God hate Esau and love him a the same time? Not only could He, the Bible tells us that, and it shows that He did. He shows more favor to Jacob then He did for Esau. Yet you can find some pretty strong promises and blessings (even though He said I hate Esau), you can find blessings on Esau in the Bible I can show you them.

God said, I hate liars and people that cause discord and everything, yet I gave My own Son for the world. Why? Because I agapao them. God thinks beyond their couple of three score and ten years of hate and criminality. I look beyond that, and I see their future - agapao. Maybe we need to learn to do that too, if weíre going to be like God... right?

We look at these guys cutting somebodyís head off, with a rusty butcher knife and your going to say, oh I love them? Thatís almost perverted. Iím going to take some flack for this, donít get me wrong, people will say, 'oh Ray what is he teaching now.'

When you see these people screaming out of fear and terror, for their life. Now I havenít seen that, but they do show it on the internet. Michael Savage has it on his. You can watch them cut their heads off, and screaming and screaming while they cut their heads off. Now you tell me you want to run up and give those people a hug and a kiss on the cheek, and tell them how much you love them. Anyone - donít be intimidated, if you think so tell me. I know people who are so self-righteous, that they would say yes I would. If you would, you are perverted.

Can you look beyond what they are doing, and at how filthy, corrupt and evil they are, and see a time when that evil can be burnt out of them. They can be brothers in the kingdom of God. Can you do that through the spirit of God? I can, thatís agape love.

When I see them, putting a young girl, who has her whole life ahead of her, and she knows week after week, they are going to cut her head off, with a rusty butcher knife. Just living in stark terror, and you say, I have such a warm feeling in my heart for those terrorists. I donít think so. Further more, God never tells us we have to phileo love them as a brother. As someone you would want to hug, go out to lunch with or do favors for or kiss them on the cheek.

By the way, this was a revelation to me. Do you know several places in the New Testament, where it says "kiss," it means kiss (a smacking sound with the lips). Well guess what that word is? Itís the same word phileo.

Phileo not only means affectionate love and adoration, and fondness for fellow brothers or sisters, it means kiss. Because you kiss someone youíre fond of, thatís how close they are connected.

So God does not tell us, we have to phileo our enemies or that we have to phileo our next door neighbor.

Agapao is a more formal, itís not a give and take, two-way street. Itís a one-way street, forgiving humanity for the evil that they have.

If Christ knew that no one would ever be righteous or good, guess what? He would not have died for them. When it says, ďwhile we were yet sinnersĒ (Rom 5:08), in our sins, committing sins... when we were in that condition, Jesus died for us, okay. Why? Because He knew we would not be in that condition forever. Heís going to change us.

Hopefully these Bible studies help, change us. I have been changed over the years, Iíve got a long way to go yet. But Iím trying and I want to, thatís where my heart is, but not there yet. But maybe making a little bit of progress, you know. But God does not tell us, we have to phileo the terrorist, okay. Does this paper help at all? Does it help your understanding?

Now I have this great scripture for you. I have shown you scriptures where God loves His Son, with a affectionate, huggy, kiss on the cheek, kind of love. Also with this formal, total one-way love, for your eternal destiny and well being, if you will. He loves us the same way, and Jesus loves John the same way, both, not just agapao, but phileo too, both ways, okay. Now IĎm going to ask the  question... why?

Remember I gave you two definitions, and I said agapao is like a one-way street. The good Samaritan did not expect anything in return, for helping that man, who was dying on the side of the road, itís a one-way love.

But then I said, this phileo, this brotherly love, this affectionate love, this give you a kiss on the cheek love, this is like a two-way street. That the reason we have this love for a close friend or wife and children, is because they reciprocate. You hug them, they hug you back. You do a favor for them, they do a favor for you back. You help them, they help you, you feel sad, when they feel sad, they feel sad when you feel sad. Thatís why you get so close, you support each other, you love each other, youíre physically in contact, you see. My daughter is 18, she still sits on my lap, thereís nothing wrong with that.

But, so I told you that there is a scripture, that actually tells you that? That thatís what phileo is, and thatís why phileo love exist. Yes there is a scripture, this is a remarkable scripture.

John 16:27 For the Father Himself loves(phileo) you, because you loved Me and have believed that I came from God.

There it is!

Why does God love us, His elect? Because we loved Jesus Christ and to the Father that is the same as loving Him. Because no man has ever seen the Father or heard His voice at any time. But Jesus has made Himself known, in Spirit, in the Comforter and through His Word, you see.

So thereís your phileo love and itís Godís definition. God agape loves us, even if we spit in His face. But thatís the reason He phileo loves us and He loves us and not the world. He does not, so phileo the world, it is not in there. He agapeís the world and not phileo them.

The only places you will see God phileo anyone, is His Son and us, the Elect, no one else. Those who reciprocate, He loves us because He said (He is talking to His disciples now), My Father loves you and they didnít know that before. But He said, I am telling you, My Father loves you, and the reason is, "because you loved Me." Iíve given them Your Word, Iíve been teaching you, itís the same as the Father. The words that I speak, Christ said, they are the Fatherís (John 14:10). The things that I do, the works that I do, itís all the Father. You accepted and reciprocated and love Me for it, and that is why My Father loves you. There it is!

So we need to have this agape love for our neighbors. Maybe we donít like them, maybe theyíre not even good people, for our enemies, surely arenít good people, or there would not be a reason for them to be your enemy.

For the whole world, we have to have this agapao love. But no where does God say we have to phileo them, or love them with affection, like a brotherly love, where we would hug them or give them a kiss.

Jesus said you should not call a brother fool, did Jesus Christ ever call anyone a fool, another contradiction, right?

Mat 5:22  Öbut whoever shall say to his brother, Fool! shall be liable to hell fire (judgment).

But wait I thought the Lord called the Pharisees fools, twice in chapter 22. Well, they werenít His brothers. How do we know they werenĎt His brothers? Because He was condemning them, because of their sins. But are they still His brothers? No.

Remember the occasion, where they said, your mother is looking for you, Lord?

Mat 12:46  While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.
v. 47  Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.
v. 48  But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
v. 49  And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
v. 50  For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

He said, who is My mother, and whoís My brother, who so ever does the will of My Father, thatís My mother and thatís My brother.

Did the Pharisees do the will of His Father?  No.
Were they His brother?  No.
When He called them a fool, did He sin?  No.
Should we call a brother fool?  No, donít you call a brother fool.

Jesus said you are My friends - phileo, that means dear friends, actively fond of you. But He put a little disclaimer on there, if you do whatsoever I command you.

John 15:14  You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.

There's a song ĎWhat a Friend We Have in Jesus.í Somebody read that scripture and wrote a song about it. Some of you might be thinking, 'if Heís such a friend, why donít He help me out, like some of my friends would if they could? How come my friend Jesus, doesnít do that? How come He doesnít bail me out and how come He doesnít do more things for me? How come He doesnít make me feel better and get rid of this problem, if Heís really my Friend, why doesnít He do that?

I have an answer for that, it came to me this morning. You know why He doesnít do that? Because He says weíre His friends and Heís our friends, and we say 'wait, somebody I consider a friend will do more for me than I think that Jesus does for me sometimes.' Donít think that way. Why? You know why.


That a spiritual statement. Because friends donít let friends drive drunk, most of the time. When we want what we want and when we want it and wonder why God doesn't give it to us. Itís because we want to get spiritually drunk, and we want to drive in this world spiritually drunk and friends donít let friends drive drunk. Christ wonít let you do what could kill you, spiritually. So there is a reason why you donít get everything you want, when you want it. Thereís even more.

We donít get it, because maybe it would be okay to have it, but He is building strength in His Saints, spiritual strength. Those that can do without and still love God for not having what they think they need, now what do we call that? We call that living by faith, see. If you get everything you need... everything you want... everything you desire... you donít have faith for anything.

Itís when you donít see a way out of the spiritual prison that Christ has put you in. Itís got a door with bars and windows with bars and there is no way out, you have got to pay the price (This is in my next installment, by the way, part D). There is no way out, you got to pay the utter most for it. You say, 'I donít even know what it is.' God knows! Christ puts you in prison sometimes. You have to live by faith, you have no choice but to live by faith. Either that or give up on God, and throw it all away and say 'Iím through with this living Godly stuff.'
You got to live by faith and hopefully thatís what weíre doing.


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