Agape-love is fashioned inside the high walls of heartache and terror, in a prison far removed from selfish desire. While locked in this cell with their accusers, most men will seek to escape the trials that would produce agape-love inside them. But fortunately for you, God will arrange things so that this is impossible. He intends for you to grow up through your trials, not escape from them. Thus he hems you in by his sovereign work, then patiently waits until agape-love is born in your spirit and exudes from your bones. I pray, that your love (agape) may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment.
Your bid to become the love of God is a two step process. Phileo is only the first step. Phileo-love is an attribute of created beings and carnal death. If your love remains at the phileo level you will remain spiritually dead. Your love for God begins in “phileo,” but must continue on to become “agape.” When you first learn the goodness of God you will have phileo-love for him. After that, you must learn the affliction of God to become the perfection of agape. This is the crucifixion process. When you experience a cross from the hand of your Heavenly Father, your fallen Adamic nature will be shattered and with it your adolescent understanding of good and evil. By the time agape-love flows out from your spirit, you will have learned that every event in creation is God, and each is an instructor of his divine love.
After his resurrection, Jesus asked Peter if agape-love was yet formed in his heart. Simon, son of Jonas, lovest (agapao) thou me more than these? But though Peter “loved” Jesus, he had denied him three times. His love was still at the phileo level; it was far from perfect. Even with all the “good,” the miracles, and the personal instruction of Jesus Christ, agape-love had not yet been birthed in Peter’s spirit. Peter was still at the first step, the “phileo” stage. Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love (phileo) thee. Agape-love was matured in Jesus Christ when he gave his life in response to evil. Now it is your turn. If you seek an intimate relationship with God, preferring him above all else, he will arrange for the birth of agape-love in you. The process will begin as trials of evil slam into your life. When that happens you must leave phileo behind and pursue agape-love. Above all these things put on charity (agape), which is the bond of perfectness.
Stepping toward this glowing threshold to the Begotten Realm is a solemn experience. It requires that you deny yourself, take up your cross and follow him. If you will, then your life is about to change. And to you he whispers of a spiritual destination that is incomprehensible to mortals. This is a share in his divine substance, through the birth of agape-love. As it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love (agapao) him.
Begotten Love: The Plan of God It is not enough that you should simply bathe in the glory of God and enjoy the love that comes to you. His plan for you far exceeds this initial step. God intends that you are to become a new source for his love, an independent wellspring of his substance.
God has initiated a plan to give you his divine love, in seed form. This spiritual seed was prepared through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When you accept the forgiveness of God through Jesus Christ, the seed of agape-love is sown into your spirit. God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. This nucleus will take root inside you and begin to grow. As it grows it will destroy your old Adamic nature and eventually blossom into the mature divinity of agape-love. Agape-love is not created, it is begotten. It is individually birthed in the spirits of men. It must be born in your spirit as certainly as you were born of your mother. Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. This “born again” experience is not complete in you until agape-love is birthed in you and flows out from you. Beloved, let us love one another: for love (agape) is of God; and every one that loveth (agapao) is born of God.
Ultimately this new living love will transport you to a supernatural existence with God in a realm beyond creation. As we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Those who are begotten of God will reproduce his substance within themselves and grow to become what he is. Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. That you should become this begotten love is the plan of God, his motive from the beginning of time. Consider Ephesians 1:4-6: Ephesians 1:4. He hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love (agape). In eons past, God chose to make you a little lower than the angels for a short time, that you might experience the suffering of death as a mortal on planet earth. Through this process your spirit will produce something new and wonderful. Your destiny is to become holy and sinless in agape.
Holy is the Greek word hagios, which means, “higher than sacred, more than honorable, more than pure. It is characteristically, Godlikeness.” The words without blame are from the Greek word amomos. Amomos really means “without blemish.” It refers not to a cleansing, the removal of blame, but rather, to a new sinless state of being, as a lamb conceived perfect from its birth. Godlikeness … sinless … in agape. God has ordained that you should enter a new state of existence, a newborn state of sinless Godlikeness, as you become agape-love. Ephesians 1:5 (Fenton). Having prepared us for adoption to Himself through Jesus Christ according to His settled purpose. Prepared is the Greek word proorizo, which means, “to predetermine, to appoint beforehand, to decree from eternity.” Adoption is the Greek word huiothesia. Huios means “a Son,” and thesis means “a placing.” Literally, “a Son-Placing.” Thus, from eternity by sovereign decree, God appointed you to become his own Son. This Son – placing was initiated through the work of Jesus Christ, and is the changeless purpose of God for you.
Ephesians 1:6 (Fenton). In accordance with His glorious gift which He presented to us from love (agapao). The glorious gift is the transfer of love. God gave you the spirit seed of agape-love. This seed came through Jesus Christ. It is from the agape of God and grows up to become agape in you. When this seed matures in you, you will be a sinless Son of God, just like Jesus Christ. Agape-love is the birth of Godlikeness in you. Agape is not part of the created realm, for it is begotten of God. Behold, what manner of love (agape) the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God. Agape is not forgiven, for it has never sinned. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
Agape-love is eternal life. You will attain immortality only when agape-love is born in you and flows out from you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love (agapao) the brethren. He that loveth (agapao) not his brother abideth in death. Agape-love encapsulates the genetics, character, and capacity of your Heavenly Father. When it is born in you, it will make you what he is. That you may really come to know practically, through experience for yourselves, the love (agape) of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge without experience. That you may be filled through all your being, unto all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:19 (Amplified).
In this season where many Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus and his resurrection power it is good to remind ourselves just what that Resurrection Power is. And can we show this love to one another? Scripture says we can…