John 21:15-17

So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.


We find little nuggets of golden truth when we study the etymology of Scripture. With a proper balance, you can gain incredible amounts of insight from studying the Greek and Hebrew definitions of the words in the Bible. This passage of Scripture in the book of John is just such a place where we can extract a golden nugget.


Jesus turns to Peter and asks him, “Do you love me?” Peter then says, “Of course, I love you.” This happens three times until Peter finally gets a little agitated (imagine being so close to Jesus that you would become agitated with Him). What is particularly interesting is that the Greek language separates the word love into several different meanings. Jesus asks with the Greek word, agapaó (a divine love from God). Peter responds to Jesus with the Greek word, phileo, (normal human love).


Jesus was trying to find what life Peter had in him, not just the words Peter was responding with. Although He knew what Peter had living inside Him, Jesus was asking, “Is there divine love in you, Peter?” In other words, “Show me the life of my Spirit dwelling in you.” Peter didn’t have the Holy Ghost at this point in time because it was not given yet. You and I can have it.


So I present the question to you: do you agapaó Christ? Ponder what that question really means to you. Do you have human affection for Him, or is your love a life that bubbles up from within?


Do you agapaó Christ?


57-0305 - “Divine Love”

Oh, you can have some kind of a false love. There is two kinds of love. There is a love which is called human love or in the Greek word, it would be called "phileo. " And in the Divine love is a Agapao. Agapao love is Divine love. And when Divine love is in your heart, there's a difference in your life, and everybody knows it. That's right. You live like a Christian, act like a Christian, walk like a Christian; and your whole system is timed to God's Bible.


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