FRUIT OF THE SET-APART SPIRIT – YHWH’S LOVE THE CREATOR’S LOVE FOR ISRAEL AND FOR US By Larry Scher
There are many major themes that run through scriptures – Prophecy, Salvation, Law and Grace (favor), the Kingdom of YHWH, etc. The one common thread these and other topics have in common is love. His love is the motivating factor for our very creation, existence and destiny. The entire physical creation is a manifestation of His love for mankind –a perfect environment for mankind to thrive and prosper in.
The following is an overview of the definitions of YHWH’s love that is mentioned in the bible. Love is both a noun and a verb. To understand love’s true meaning, it is always best to let the Bible interpret the bible. After the dictionary definitions, we will expound scriptures that best describe His love. There are other kinds of love as well, but this lesson will focus on the meanings and purposes of His agape love.
I. In the O.T. YHWH’s Love – Strong’s 2617 – hesed – loving-kindness; steadfast love; grace; mercy; faithfulness; goodness; devotion. This term is one of the most important in the vocabulary of the O.T. theology and ethics. It is identifies three basic meanings: strength, steadfastness and love. The true meaning and usage should contain all three. The word refers primarily to mutual and reciprocal rights and obligations between the parties of a (covenant) relationship as between YHWH and Israel. The weaker party seeks the protection and blessing of the protector. The stronger party remains committed to His promise, but retains his freedom, especially with regard to the manner in which he will implement those promises. Hesed implies personal involvement and commitment in a relationship beyond the rule of law.
Martial love (another covenant) is often related to hesed. The prophet Hosea applies the analogy to Yahweh’s hesed to Israel within the covenant. It includes YHWH’s devotion or steadfast love for Israel including His truth, reliability, faithfulness, kindness, mercies and faithfulnesses are his specific acts of redemption in the fulfillment of His promises. Hesed can have both YHWH and man as its subject. When man is the subject, it usually describes the person’s kindness or loyalty to another person such as David and Jonathan.
The association of hesed with “covenant” keeps it from being misunderstood as mere love for all creatures; it applies primarily to YHWH’s particular love for His chosen and covenanted people. “Covenant also stresses the reciprocity of the relationship; but since YHWH’s hesed is ultimately beyond the covenant, it will not ultimately be abandoned even when the human partner is unfaithful and must be disciplined.
1 II. In the N.T. YHWH’s Love – Strong’s 25 – agapao – These are used in the N.T. to describe the attitude of YHWH toward His Son, to Believers (His Children) in conveying His will toward them and also concerning their attitude towards one another and to express the essential nature of YHWH. This love is known by the actions it prompts. It is a deliberate choice, made without cause, and is expressed by His nature alone. Yahshua displayed this perfect love in His sacrifice for us. His covenant love expresses itself in implicit obedience to His commandments. The whole law is summed up in love. Love is also the first “fruit of the Spirit” mentioned as it must be present to be the main factor that helps produce all the others. Self-will or self-pleasing is the negation of this love to YHWH. A true believer’s love is not an impulse from feelings. This love seeks the welfare of all, works no ill to any, and seeks opportunity to do good to all men, especially our brothers and sisters in the Truth. As used of YHWH, it expresses the deep and constant love and interest of a perfect Being towards His Children which fosters a reverential love in them towards their Father. YHWH is Love.
Love is a massive topic, so today we are just going to cover love as a fruit of the Spirit.
Rom 5:5 and hope putteth not to shame; because the love of Elohim hath been shed abroad in our hearts through the Set-apart Spirit which was given unto us.
1Co 12:7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit to profit withal. This verse states the power of the Spirit manifests itself or one could say reveals itself as spiritual gifts. In Gal 5:22-23 it manifests itself as a fruit comprised of 9 different characteristics or personality traits that YHWH has in Himself. Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Gal 5:23 meekness, self-control; against such there is no law.
Today we will divide love into three areas. How YHWH loves us, how we are to Love YHWH and how we are to love others with agape love (His love).
I. How does YHWH love us?
Joh 3:16 For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth (4100 – pisteuo- verb – to believe, to be persuaded of, to place confidence in, to trust, reliance upon not mere credence) on him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Joh 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
2 Rom 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of YHWH leadeth thee to repentance? Rom 5:8 But Elohim proves His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Messiah died for us.
Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Messiah? shall tribulation, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Rom 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, Rom 8:39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of Elohim, which is in Yahshua our Master.
2Ti 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the set-apart scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith in Yahshua Messiah. 2Ti 3:16 All scriptures is given by inspiration of YHWH, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 2Ti 3:17 That the man of YHWH may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
1Jn 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not YHWH; for YHWH is love. 1Jn 4:9 In this was manifested the love of YHWH toward us, because that YHWH sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
1 Jn 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved YHWH, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 Jn 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us. II. How Do We Love YHWH and Yahshua? 1 Jn 5:3 For this is the love of YHWH, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
One way to describe the commandments is that they are the law of love. The first four teach us how to love YHWH and the last six teach us how to love others. The first four are:
3 Exo 20:1 And YHWH spoke all these words, saying, Exo 20:2 I am YHWH thy Elohim, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Exo 20:3 Thou shalt have no other elohims before me. Exo 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
Exo 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them, for I YHWH thy Elohim am a jealous Elohim, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, upon the third and upon the fourth generation of them that hate me, Exo 20:6 and showing lovingkindness unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
Exo 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of YHWH thy Elohim in vain; for YHWH will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Exo 20:8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it set-apart. Exo 20:9 Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work; Exo 20:10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath unto YHWH thy Elohim: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid- servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: Exo 20:11 for in six days YHWH made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore YHWH blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.
We always need to be asking ourselves, Who is First because anything less is idolatry. The manifestation of our love for YHWH is through our obedience to His laws and Words.
Deu 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
Deu 30:20 to love YHWH thy Elohim, to obey his voice, and to cleave unto him; for he is thy life, and the length of thy days; that thou mayest dwell in the land which YHWH sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
4 Loving and obeying Him brings great blessings.
Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love YHWH, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Joh 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved by my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Joh 14:23 Yahshua answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
Joh 14:28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
III. How Do We Love Each Other?
The last 6 commandments express how we love one another.
Exo 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the YHWH thy Elohim giveth thee.
Exo 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.
Exo 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Exo 20:15 Thou shalt not steal.
Exo 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Exo 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbour’s.
At this point, I think it is important to note that love for others can have deep feelings and emotions, but this does not have to be the case. We can love others without necessarily liking them. We all have different personalities and backgrounds and interests. Friendship can be different than agape love. We don’t have to like everyone, but we do have to love everyone – i.e. treat others in the context of the last 6 commandments and respect others rights and feelings. We should always have out-
5 going concern for the well-being of others. Moses and Abraham are mentioned as being friends of YHWH
Joh 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Joh 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Joh 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his Elohim doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
In the N.C. Yahshua wants to have a relationship with us on many different levels. We are the Bride. We are Sons and Daughters. We are brothers and sisters in Messiah, and through our obedience to His Word, He also wants to call us friends.
My wife is many things to me, my bride, my help-meet, and also my best friend and confident.
Joh 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
YHWH is not a respecter of persons. He loves everyone as much as He loves Yahshua. He wants everyone to have a chance for salvation. We too, should want the best for everyone too.
Rom 13:8 Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Rom 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Rom 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
I Cor 13 is another way in which love can manifest itself in our relationships with others. Rather than law governing our relationships with others, also included is kindness, manners, self-control, humility as we relate to others in how we express our love for them. not charity, 1Co 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
6 1 Co 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
1 Co 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
1 Co 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
1 Co 13:5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 1Co 13:6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
1 Co 13:7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
How we love others is inseparable from how we love YHWH and Yahshua. The fabric of love is inter-woven by the indwelling of the Set-apart Spirit and Yahshua living His life in us by the power of His Spirit and Word guiding our every step, our thoughts and our actions. I John 4 is a good example of how these things are entwined. 1 Jn 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of YHWH; and every one that loveth is born of YHWH, and knoweth YHWH.
1 Jn 4:11 Beloved, if YHWH so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 1 Jn 4:12 No man hath seen YHWH at any time. If we love one another, YHWH dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
1 Jn 4:13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. 1 Jn 4:14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. 1Jn 4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Yahshya is the Son of YHWH, YHWH dwelleth in him, and he in YHWH.
1 Jn 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that YHWH hath to us. YHWH is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in YHWH, and YHWH in him. 1 Jn 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 1Jn 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
7 1 Jn 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us. 1 Jn 4:20 If a man say, I love YHWH, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love YHWH whom he hath not seen? 1 Jn 4:21 And this commandment we have from him, That he who loveth YHWH love his brother also.
1 Jn 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of YHWH, when we love YHWH, and keep his commandments. John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another as I have loved you. Joh 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
I John 3:18 says we should not just love in word only but in deeds. Actions speak louder than words and are much more powerful in what they accomplish in the lives of others. Matthew 25 is a good example of deeds we can do to manifest our love towards others.
Mat 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Mat 25:35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
Mat 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Mat 25:37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Yahshua, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
Mat 25:38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Mat 25:39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? Mat 25:45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. Mat 25:46 And these shall go into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
8 Love is a way of life as demonstrated by keeping the commandments, living by Torah and doing good works and deeds for others. Love is the main building block and pathway to the Kingdom. We all need to examine our lives daily to see if we are walking in this way of love. Straight is the way and narrow is the path that leads to life and few there be that find it. Remember to love each day so we all can stay on the right path.
SCRIPTURES ON YHWH’S LOVE TOWARDS THOSE IN HIS COVENANT RELATIONSHIPS
Psa 17:6 I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O YHWH: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech. Psa 17:7 Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them. Psa 17:8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings, Psa 26:3 For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.
Psa 36:7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O YHWH! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. Psa 36:8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. Psa 36:9 For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light. Psa 36:10 O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.
Psa 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my YHWH: yea, thy law is within my heart. Psa 40:9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O Elohim, thou knowest. Psa 40:10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation. Psa 40:11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Elohim: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.
Psa 48:8 As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Master of hosts, in the city of our Elohim: YHWH will establish it forever. Selah. Psa 48:9 We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O YHWH, in the midst of thy temple. Psa 48:10 According to thy name, O YHWH, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness. Psa 51:1 Have mercy upon me, O YHWH, according to thy lovingkindness:
9 according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Psa 51:2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Psa 51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Psa 51:4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
Psa 63:1 O YHWH, thou art my Elohim; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; Psa 63:2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Psa 63:3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Psa 63:4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. Psa 63:5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: Psa 63:6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Psa 63:7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. Psa 63:8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
Psa 89:28 My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him. Psa 89:29 His seed also will I make to endure forever, and his throne as the days of heaven. Psa 89:30 If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; Psa 89:31 If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; Psa 89:32 Then I will visit their transgressions with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Psa 89:33 Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. Psa 89:34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
Psa 92:1 A Psalm or Song for the Sabbath day. It is a good thing to give thanks unto YHWH, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: Psa 92:2 To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,
Psa 103:1 Bless YHWH, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his set-apart name. Psa 103:2 Bless YHWH, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Psa 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Psa 103:4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Psa 103:5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is
10 renewed like the eagle’s Psa 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. Psa 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Psa 103:13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Elohim pitieth them that fear him Psa 103:17 But the mercy of the Elohim is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; Psa 103:18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
Psa 119:1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of YHWH. Psa 119:2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. Psa 119:3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. Psa 119:4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently Psa 119:10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Psa 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psa 119:14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. Psa 119:15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. Psa 119:16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. Psa 119:47 And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved. Psa 119:48 My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.
Psa 119:58 I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word. Psa 119:59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. Psa 119:60 I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments. Psa 119:62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments. Psa 119:63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts. Psa 119:88 Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth. Psa 119:97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Psa 119:98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. Psa 119:99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. Psa 119:100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts. Psa 119:111 Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart. Psa 119:112 I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.
Psa 119:159 Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O YHWH, according to thy lovingkindness. Psa 119:160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever. Psa 119:164 Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments. Psa 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. Psa 119:166 YHWH, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments. Psa 119:167 My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly. Psa 119:168 I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.
Psa 138:1 I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praises unto thee. Psa 138:2 I will worship toward thy set-apart temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. Psa 138:3 In the day when I cried thou answerest me, and strengthened me with strength in my soul
Psa 143:8 Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.
Isa 63:7 I will mention the lovingkindnesses of YHWH, and the praises of YHWH, according to all that YHWH hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses. Isa 63:8 For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour. Isa 63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old. Isa 63:10 But they rebelled, and vexed his set-apart Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them. Isa 63:11 Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put his set-apart Spirit within him? Isa 63:12 That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name?
Jer 9:24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth 12 me, that I am the Elohim which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Elohim. Jer 9:25 Behold, the days come, saith the Elohim, that I will punish all them which are circumcised with the uncircumcised; Jer 9:26 Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness: for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart
Jer 31:1 At the same time, saith the YHWH, will I be the Elohim of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. Jer 31:3 The Elohim hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
Jer 32:17 Ah YHWH! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: Jer 32:18 Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: the Great, the Mighty Elohim, the YHWH of hosts, is his name, Jer 32:19 Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings:
Hos 2:18 And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely. Hos 2:19 And I will betroth thee unto me forever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. Hos 2:20 I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know YHWH.
Perfection is the rendering of several Heb. and Gk. words. The fundamental idea is that of completeness. Absolute perfection is an attribute of YHWH alone. In the highest sense, He alone is complete or wanting nothing. His perfection is eternal and without defect. It is the ground and standard of all other perfection. (See Job 36:4, 37:16, and Matt 5:48) A relative perfection is also ascribed to YHWH’s works.
Perfection is the rendering of several Hebrew. and Greek words. The fundamental idea is that of completeness. Absolute perfection is an attribute of YHWH alone. In the highest sense, He alone is complete or wanting nothing. His perfection is eternal and without defect. It is the ground and standard of all other perfection. (See Job 36:4, 37:16, and Matt 5:48) A relative perfection is also ascribed to YHWH’s works. It is also either ascribed to men or required of them. This is meant as a complete conformity to those requirements as to character and conduct that YHWH has appointed.
This has reference to the government of YHWH that takes account of man’s present debilitated condition. However, true believers may be perfect even in this life, but must wait for perfection in a larger sense in the life that is to come. Man’s present perfection relates to their union with Yahshua through the Spirit working in them. The believer acquires perfection because our Father sees us through Yahshua’s perfection working in us. Definitions of Perfection: 5046 – Teleios – Finished, that which has reached its end, complete, full, wanting in nothing. When used in a moral sense of YHWH’s expectation of us it means completely blameless.
It also means that you keep yourself unspotted from the world. It also means a person who is full age, full grown in mind and understanding, and knowledge of the truth, in faith and virtue. One who has reached moral maturity – a person who is obedient in Yahshua. The perfect love is mature, not lacking boldness or confidence and therefore not hampered by insecurity, anxiety or fear which are characteristic of immature love. 2294 – tharsos – Cheerful mind, courage. To have confidence, to be of good cheer, cheerfulness in connection with showing mercy. 2 4136 – plerophoria – to fulfill, perfect, full conviction, full assurance, complete understanding. These words may not say “perfect”, but their scriptural context has the same meaning. In very simple terms they all refer to one being complete or mature. We are described in James 5:7 as the precious fruit of the earth. (Be patient therefore, Brethren, unto the coming of Yahshua.
Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain). Pentecost is called the Feast of First fruits. When we walk in newness of life in obedience to the scriptures, we become mature fruit ready for harvest, i.e. ready for eternal life as part of the ruling family in the Kingdom of YHWH. Luke brings out the same principle as James did. Luke 8:14-15 – And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring forth no fruit to perfection. 15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
What is the purpose or goal of this completeness or perfection? Eph 4:12-13 – For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Messiah: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of ELOHIM, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Messiah: We are to become like Yahshua – to have His mind, His character, the fruit of His Spirit. He wants to marry someone just like Him to form the perfect bond of oneness just like He has with His Father. 3 John 17:22 – And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: We are not only to be perfect like Yahshua, we are to be perfect like our heavenly Father. Matt 5:48 – Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. The word Be in the Greek means “will be” or come to pass. Heb 6:1 says we are to go on to perfection. It is a journey or a process also known as the conversion process where we go from being carnally minded to becoming spiritually minded with Yahshua’s mind and maturity, by exercising the use of scripture in our life experiences.
We may think the things we have covered these last three months are meat, however, until we learn to go from observing these things in the letter to discerning and observing these things in the Spirit, it is still just milk. Heb 5:12-14 – For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of ELOHIM; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Full age is Strong’s #5046 which is the same word meaning mature, perfect and complete. So we see again, having our senses exercised is this process of going on to perfection.
Rom 12:1-2 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of ELOHIM, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto EL, which is your 4 reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of ELOHIM.
The process of perfection takes willingness on our part to sacrifice ourselves in service to others – to give of our time in prayer and study, filling our minds with His Spirit and truth – to transform ourselves into His fullness and stature. This is His will for us. Col 4:12 – Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of MASHIYACH, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of ELOHIM
2 Tim 3:16-17 – All scripture is given by inspiration of ELOHIM, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of EL may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. This is also achieved through the transforming power of prayer. I Pet 5:10 – But the ELOHIM of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Messiah YAHSHUA, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you. When we are perfected, we will not only be one with Yahshua and the Father, but we will share their glory. John 17:22 – And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: Rom 8:17 – And if children, then heirs; heirs of ELOHIM, and joint-heirs with Messiah; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
5 Rom 8:17 also confirms the same process we must be willing to suffer as Yahshua did so we can become perfect as He is perfect. Heb 2:10 – For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. Yahshua suffered as our example. We must also be willing to share that suffering. As we grow and mature towards perfection, others become jealous and envious as they foolishly compare themselves among themselves. II Cor 10:12 – For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. Yahshua was the paragon of perfection and was despised more than any man ever has been.
Isa 53:3-6 – He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of ELOHIM, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and YHWH hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isa 59:15 – Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and YHWH saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment. 6 Psalm 64:2-5 – Hear my voice, O ELOHIM, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy. 2 Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity: 3 who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words: 4 that they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not. 5 They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, who shall see them? Those who go on to perfection and come out of this world’s idolatry, false religions and Babylonian forms of governments, bring persecutions on themselves. Satan hates the perfection YHWH is developing in mankind. He will try to thwart YHWH’s plan every chance he gets.
Job 1:8-12 – And YHWH said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth ELOHIM, and escheweth evil? 9 Then Satan answered YHWH, and said, Doth Job fear ELOHIM for nought? 10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. 12 And YHWH said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of YHWH. YHWH used this trial to humble and perfect Job even more.
Job 42:1-6 – Then Job answered YHWH, and said, 2 I know that thou canst do everything, and that no thought can be with holden from thee. 3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? Therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. 4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. 5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. 6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. 7 All of those who are willing to submit to the “perfection process” will be blessed with spiritual fruit. Ps 37:37 – Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.
James 1:3-4 – Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. I John 4:17-18 – Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. So we see here that the fruit of perfection is peace, sound mindedness, faith, love and good works. The perfection journey is a life-long pursuit and will only be completed through YHWH’s grace and promises. The Apostle Paul, 25 years after he was converted, still was struggling with his human nature. Rom 7:14-25 – 14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of ELOHIM after the inward man: 23 But I see another law 8 in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank EL through YAHSHUA Messiah our ADONAI. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of ELOHIM; but with the flesh the law of sin.
Paul knew that even as mature as he was or any of us will become, it is YHWH that will complete the process and keep His promises. Philip 3:12-15 – Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Messiah YAHSHUA. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of ELOHIM in Messiah YAHSHUA. 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything ye be otherwise minded, ELOHIM shall reveal even this unto you. Paul understood his high calling and wasn’t going to let anything deter him from completing it. Prov 2:21 – For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.