Open Letter - Perfect Love
In the Law of God all of man's responsibility is carefully laid out.
- Jesus summed up the Law in Mark 12:29-31 (also in Matthew 22:37-40).
The beginning of the commandment states that 'Our Lord is one Lord'. The
Hebrew word for one means united, ie. one or first - it comes from the root
word that means to unify. The Hebrew word for Lord means the self-existent or
eternal - it comes from the root word that means to exist, ie. be or become
(I AM). Our God is triune - Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Yet they are one unified
existence - whole, complete, and not able to be divorced from each other. What
is the unifier that holds them fast to each other? The bond between Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit is LOVE. It holds Them so tight to each other that
nothing can separate Them. This same 'bond of perfectness' - love - is what
God desires for man, ie. to hold man to God and man to man.
- Mark 12:29-31 - "And Jesus answered him, 'The first of all the commandments
is, 'Hear, O Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the
Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind,
and with all thy strength' (Deut. 6:5): This is the first commandment. And the
second is like, namely this, 'Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self'
(Lev. 19:18). There is none other commandment greater than these."
The bottom line - 'God is love' (I John 4:8b). God loves man without measure -
with the same love that THEY love Themselves with. The reason - God spoke to
God to make man (Gen. 1:26,27) - man comes from the essence of God. Father
sent the Son to buy back Their own essence - man's trapped eternal spirit.
Awesome! God's goal as stated in Col. 3:14,15 is that man would grow up in
love - bonded together - whole in his love of himself, whole in his love of
mankind, whole in his love for God (loving God with every part of his being).
And ruled by the peace of God in his heart.
- Colossians 3:14,15 - "And above all these things put on charity (love),
which is the bond of perfectness, and let the peace of God rule in your hearts
to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful."
'Love God with all your heart' - perfection - realm of God the Father. The
Greek word for heart (Kardia) means the middle, center of being. The Hebrew
word means the heart as the most interior organ - from the root word that
means to be enclosed. We are to love God with all the center of our being.
When we love God with all our center than our heart is perfect toward God. The
word perfect (shalem) is related to the word for peace (shalom).
Shalem means complete, friendly - a perfect heart is not only whole but 'user-friendly' to
- In II Chronicles 16:9 - "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout
the whole earth, to show Himself strong in behalf of them whose heart is
perfect toward Him."
Perfect (shalem - complete) peace (shalom). The word for mind in Hebrew means
a form - from the word that means to mold into a form (like a potter).
Staying this 'form' on God produces complete peace. Therefore the 'heart' and
'form' are the one and the same thing. Loving God with all the heart cancels
out the temptation 'ye shall be as God' (Genesis 3:5) putting man back under
the dominion of God the Father.
- Isaiah 26:3 - "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on
thee: because he trusteth in thee."
Satan's statements to Eve in Genesis 3:5 challenged the dominion of each member
of the Trinity - the sin had to be against each one for it to be complete.
'Love God with all thy soul' - transformation - realm of God the Son - Jesus.
The Greek word for soul is pusche. Both the Greek and the Hebrew words for
soul mean breath, to be breathed upon.
When God breathed into man's body He fused the heart to the body producing a
living soul (a living breath). Breathe is not solid, yet according to scripture it lives.
- Genesis 2:7 - "And the Lord God formed man (the body of man) of the dust
of the ground. And breathed into his nostrils the breath of life: and man
became a living soul."
Note it was the voice that walked - a good definition for Rhema. Man is a
living breath like Jesus is the voice that walked. The living breath is the
seat of man's life -it is what he is to lay down.
- Genesis 3:8 - "And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the
garden in the cool of the day:"
- John 15:12,13 - "This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I
have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this: that a man lay down his
life (pusche) for his friends."
Neither Deuteronomy nor Matthew tell us what a living breath is - but Mark
- Psalm 42:1 - "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my
soul (breath) after thee, O God."
'Love God with all thy mind'. The Greek word for mind is nous - it means all
understanding in thought (mind), feeling (emotions), and/or will - the
conscious rational being - what we commonly call the soul.
The word understanding is dianoia - which means deep thought. It comes from
the root word nous (mind, will, emotions). When we love God with all our
breath and mind our eyes are enlightened - we will see God through the eyes
of light not the darkness of the eyes of flesh.
- Ephesians 1:8 - "The eyes of your understanding be enlightened..."
- I John 1:5 - "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and
declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all."
Before the fall man's eyes were closed. A closed eye can see naturally the
full spectrum of light - both spiritual and natural. It is more closed than
the pupil of the eye is closed in bright light. A 'closed eye' is a 'single eye'
- full of light. Single means folded together, like braids, plaits, twine - similar
to the Hebrew word one - unified. The light of love makes the eye single
by braiding man's being together so that it is unified. After the fall man's
whole being was fractured like a prism. His eye was opened - like
the natural eye is opened, dilated by darkness. An 'open eye' is an 'evil eye'.
Evil means hurtful, derelict, diseased, culpable, ill. It can only see some
of light's spectrum - only the natural world. It is an eye open to the
darkness of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil but closed to the tree
of life. It is under the law of sin and death - therefore it produces death.
When we love God with all our breath and mind, it cancels out the temptation
'your eyes will be opened' (Genesis 3:5) restoring the dominion of God the
- Matthew 6:22,23 - "The light of the body is the eye: If therefore thine
eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil,
thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in
thee be darkness how great is that darkness."
'Love God with all thy strength' - sanctification - the realm of the Holy
Spirit. The Greek word for strength is ischus - it means force, ability,
might. The Hebrew word is might - it means vehemence, ie. vehement, wholly,
- Romans 12:1 - "I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,
which is your reason-able service."
Man is to yield his strength, his body and all its members, to the service of
the Holy Spirit who works sanctification in man.
- Romans 6:19 - "I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of
your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members (body parts) servants to
uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity: even so now yield your members
(body parts) servants to right-eousness unto holiness (sanctification)."
The Holy Spirit teaches man all things (especially about Jesus). When we love
God with all our strength, the temptation to know good and evil a part from
God is cancelled and the dominion of the Holy Spirit over man is restored.
- John 14:2b - "But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father
will send in my name. He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to
your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."
When God has worked His love in us so that we love God wholly, then the first
commandment is fulfilled. Father longs for us to love Him wholly. Love is not
satisfied until it is reciprocated. Until we love God with all of our being
Father's heart remains in a longing state - searching 'to and fro throughout
the whole earth', looking for that one whose heart is perfect to Him'.
- "The second is like, namely this, *'Thou shalt love thy neighbor as
thyself.'" (*Levitucus 19:18) Mark 12:31a
We are to love God with our body, soul, and spirit. We are to love ourselves
wholly. We are to love man as we love ourselves - wholly. We are to love man
with our strength, with our breath and mind, with our heart - Father's love
extended to our world. Love so deep that it longs like Father longs for love
to be known, revealed, shown.
- I John 4:7,12,16,17 - "Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of
God: and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God...No man hath
seen God at any time, If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His
love is perfected in us...And we have known and believed the love that
God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God and
God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the
day of judgment: because as He is, so are we."
- Ephesians 1:15-19 - "Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the
Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you,
making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of glory, may give unto you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in
the knowledge of Him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye
may know what is the hope of His calling. And what the riches of the glory of
His inheritance in the saints. And what is the exceeding greatness of His
power to us ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power."
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FOR THE EDIFYING OF THE BODY OF CHRIST EPHESIANS 4:12c
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Last Updated: May 23, 2011
Text Written 6/28/95