The Divine Authority of Love upon GraceI often find myself on scriptural paths that are seldom traveled, this is no exception.
Love and grace are translated from two distinct Greek words (agapao & charis). While these two words are distinct, it is obvious that a relationship exists between them. †Love appears to be masculine and grace feminine. †In order to test this possibility, I searched for an instructional scripture centered on the male/female relationship and placed love in the masculine and grace in the feminine context.
What follows is the amazing outcome: †
First Corinthians 11:3-6 "But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head. But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved. For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered." †
3-6 Translated: But I want you to know that the head of love is Christ, the head of grace is love, and the head of Christ is God the Father. †In your gatherings love should never be under authority, because this dishonors Christ, yet when grace is not under authority it dishonors love. †
7-12 "For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man is not from woman, but woman from man. Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man. For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. Nevertheless, neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord. For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God."
7-12 Translated: Love is not under authority because love is from God and love is for Godís glory, but grace is for the glory of love. †For love is not from grace, but grace from love. †Nor was love created for grace, but grace for love. †For this reason grace ought to have a symbol of authority as also the angels? †Nevertheless, neither is love independent of grace, nor grace independent of love, in the Lord. †For as grace came from love, even so love also comes through grace; but all things are from God. †
13-16 "Judge among yourselves. Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him? But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering.
But if anyone seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God."
13-16 Translated: Judge among yourselves. †Is it proper for grace to be without loveís covering in your gatherings? †If anyone seems to be contentious, we have no other intimacy of understanding, nor do the churches of God.
And this same line of intimacy is again outlined in Ephesians 5:23-27 "Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemishÖ32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church."
First Corinthians 13:1-13 "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 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, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing."
Grace without Love is nothing!
"Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."
Grace is from Love!
"Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away."
Love never fails but Grace without Love will fail!
"When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." †
Loveís place of Divine Authority!
Christ is all in all; He is grace made of His Fatherís love, which constitutes His Body (salvation), and He is love born of grace, which constitutes His Bride (lordship). †So just as woman was made from man, Godís grace is from Godís love. †And just as man is born of woman, Godís love is born by Godís grace.
If judgment is from God's Love then it also aught to fit:
But I want you to know that the head of love is Christ, the head of judgment is love, and the head of Christ is God the Father. †In your gatherings love should never be under authority, because this dishonors Christ, yet when judgment is not under authority it dishonors love. †
Love is not under authority because love is from God and love is for Godís glory, but judgment is to glorify love. †For love is not first from judgment, but true judgment must come first from love. †Nor does love exist for judgment, but judgment for love. †For this reason judgment ought to have a symbol of authority as also the angels? †Nevertheless, neither is love independent of judgment, nor judgment independent of love, in the Lord. †For as judgment must first came from love, even so love also is demonstrated through judgment; but all things are from God. †
Judge among yourselves. †Is it proper for judgment to be without loveís covering in your gatherings? †If anyone seems to be contentious, we have no other intimacy of understanding, nor do the churches of God.