One cannot appreciate the incredible good news of the everlasting gospel unless one understands Gods unique agape love. This love explains why God saved us sinful human beings (see also Ephesians 2:1-6 and Titus 3:3-5).
|HUMAN LOVE IS:||GODS LOVE IS:|
Depends on beauty or goodness and therefore needs arousing. When this love is attributed to God it perverts the gospel into conditional good news or good advice: Matt. 19:16-27; John 9:14-31
Is spontaneous, uncaused, and independent of our goodness. This is the ground of our salvation: Rom. 5:6-10; Eph.2:1-6,8,9; Titus 3:3-5
Fluctuates and is unreliable: Luke 22:31-34 (Divorce rate in U.S.)
Everlasting and never fails: Jer. 31:3; 1 Cor. 13:8; Jn. 13:1; Rom. 8:35-39
|C. SELF-SEEKING (U-turn agape)
Egocentric; therefore always ascending, socially, politically, academically, economically, and even religiously: Isa. 53:6; Phil. 2:21. (Satan is the originator of this self principle and infected man with it at the Fall.) Ezk. 28:14,15; Isa. 14:12-14
|C. SELF-EMPTYING (agape)|
Selfless; therefore will step down for the benefit of others: 1 Cor. 13:5; 2 Cor. 8:9; Phil. 2:6-8
Because Satan knows that the agape love of God is the ground of our salvation, he does not want believers to understand this love. He knows if they do, his hold on them is gone. For this reason, the first thing he attacked in church history is the concept of Gods agape love. Once he perverted this, it was not hard for him to pervert the gospel. This is how he accomplished his deception: by creating a battle between the word agape and eros among the Church Fathers.
|The Eros Gospel
|The Caritas Gospel
|The Agape Gospel|
E.H. Jack Sequeira