Unconditional Love – BT6
The singular fruit of the Spirit is Unconditional-Love
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From the last BLOG, the Lord then downloaded even more verses and directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words, visions, and dreams, so now I clearly understood that unconditional-love isn’t a “fruit or by-product” of God (a) at all! That is the common misconception of the English word “fruit” in Galatians 5:22-23, “the [singular] karpos fruit of the Spirit is actually, ongoingly defined-as/exists-as [singular] agape unconditional-love joy peace patience kindness goodness faithfulness/trusting-relying-faith (b) gentleness self-control” – notice there are no commas in Greek! Then how do we understanding this? We will start digging in now! <Notes> a) whether the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, b) the word pistis can mean either. Faithfulness really is just “patient-enduring trusting-relying-faith” which we see closely related in 2 Timothy 3:10 (next to each other in a list), Hebrews 6:12 (coupled by kai), and Revelation 2:19 made related by parallel phrases (metonymy).
Karpos “fruit” isn’t just “the by-product of trees, vines, and fields” (a), or a baby from a womb (b), or just the “harvest or result of our sowing of good works” (c) or “bad works” (d), proof that is “keeping with repentance” (e) or risk “being cut down and thrown into the fire” (f), even our “sacrifices of praises of thanksgiving to God” (g). <Notes> a) Matthew 21:19, 34, 41, 26:29; Mark 11:14, 12:2, 14:25; Luke 13:6-7, 22:18; John 12:24, 15:2, 4, 5, 8, b) Luke 1:42, c) Colossians 1:10, d) Romans 7:5, e) Matthew 3:8; Luke 3:8, f) Matthew 3:10; Luke 3:9, g) Hebrews 13:15.
Jesus really defines karpos in regards to living beings: “You shall actually, genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko know people by their karpos fruits” (a). Furthermore Jesus accused the religious leaders: “How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance/surplus of the heart (b) the mouth speaks . . . but what ‘comes out of’ the mouth proceeds from the heart (b), and it is this that actually defiles a person (c)” (d) . . . The good person out of the good treasure/storehouse of his heart (b) produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure/storehouse [of his heart] produces evil, for out of the abundance/surplus of the heart (b) his mouth speaks” (e). Clearly Jesus is saying that karpos “fruit” doesn’t ‘make the man’ any more than a ‘cart drives the horses,’ but that karpos “fruit” does reveal the ‘actual nature/essence of the man’ – what’s actually “inside them, in their treasure/storehouse of their heart/mind/inner-being.” Our relational experience of their words and deeds (their fruit) reveals their true nature, the “storehouse of their heart, their innermost being.” <Notes> a) Matthew 7:16-20, cf. 12:33; Luke 6:43-44, b) Jews view the mind, heart, and inner-being the same, using the terms interchangeably – see Identity, c) context: not putting the wrong foods into your mouth, or eating foods without ceremonially washing your hands, d) Matthew 12:34, 15:18, e) Luke 6:45.
Therefore, neither is the “[singular] karpos fruit of the Spirit is-defined-as/exists-as Unconditional-Love” (a) or the “Spirit of the Father” (b) or the “Spirit of Christ” or the “Spirit of God” (c), as if speaking of a “fruit or by-product” as a “thing” simply “contained within” or as a “by-product” of the Triune God in that it ek “comes out of” God. Our English bibles can be very misleading many times! No, the “[singular] karpos fruit of God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit that IS Unconditional-Love” actually reveals the “actual nature of, treasure/storehouse, mind, heart, or inner being” of THEM! A couple of translations came closer by translating karpos nature: God’s Word Translation and Names of God Bible. And almost all of this think this verse is talking about a Christian’s ideal plural behaviors, when it’s really talking about many “flavors” or characteristics of the singular nature of the Holy Spirit that dwells in a Christian. We can actually genuinely, experientially, relationally epignosko know the Triune God by this Unconditional-Love! <Notes> a) Galatians 5:22, b) Matthew 10:20, c) Romans 8:9.
And neither is Unconditional-Love a ‘what or thing’ that is ‘inside the box’ of the universe for scientists to discover, but actually ‘The WHO’ that created ‘the box’ of the universe in the first place and sustains it now, as we discussed in the last BLOG! “God is actually, ongoingly, defined-as/exists-as Unconditional-Love” period (a). Everything that God the Father originally thinks, that God the Son communicates as the logos Word/Message of God, and that God the Holy Spirit powerfully does, is “by, from, through, and for” Him (b) – and this Triune God is actually, ongoingly, defined-as/exists-as Unconditional-Love! And that’s what God tells me! <Notes> a) 1 John 4:8, 16, b) Colossians 1:16; Romans 11:36; 1 Corinthians 15:27; Ephesians 1:10.
Read the next BLOG for even more revelation!
As Christian musicians, don’t you want to the know deeper the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit God who doesn’t just have some quantity of unconditional-love that they may get around to sharing with your if you are good enough, but whose very nature or essence is infinite Unconditional-Love of which other characteristic is a flavor or facet of? If you haven’t experienced this unmerited, undeserved, unearned, loving-favor-of-grace kind of love from God, then likely you have never received the Spirit of God. This is how God is known, just as “a tree is known by its fruit.” The “fruit” of God that is “Unconditional Love” is not something outside of Himself, so matter or energy in the universe, but “the very nature or essence” of His “mind, heart, or inner-being.” You may have gnosis informational-knowledge about God but you don’t genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko God. In other words, you don’t have koinonia intimate fellowship with Him. Read the Salvation page to get started down the right road in life!
Lord, we want to know You fully and that means diving in deeply into Unconditional-Love, for all rivers flow from this Spring. Lord, reveal this to us fully as we seek after you relentlessly like a little child asking for cookies, and “as a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.”