Fear comes to me at night time. After praying for illumination on this scripture, I began to overcome the spirit of fear, as this scripture came to life for me in a new way. It’s empowering!
John is talking about the perfect love we have in Christ. We are going to look in depth at three words, Perfect, Love, and the word used for cast out. When you study these three words in depth the scripture takes on whole new meaning, and it will strengthen you in your walk.
In this verse the word perfect is Teleios in the Greek, it means, complete, full age, mature,and complete in all its parts.
Meaning all of this in Christ working in us through his spirit,
Strongs téleios (an adjective, derived from télos, “consummated goal”– mature (consummated) from going through the necessary stages to reach the end-goal, i.e. developed into a consummating completion by fulfilling the necessary process a spiritual pilgrimage.
[This root (tel-) means “reaching the end (aim).” It is well-illustrated with the old pirate’s telescope, unfolding (extending out) one stage at a time to function at full-strength (capacity effectiveness).
The word used for love here is agapao.Jesus asked Peter “Do you love “agapao” me? He answered with phileo love.This is brotherly love.
Agapao is a verb Definition: I love, wish well to, take pleasure in, long for; denotes the love of reason, esteem. A verb active action, the cognate. The same love that brought Jesus to do the will of father. Living for Christ, in love this love, his power, direction. This involves a choice and selection. It’s an action.
Casts out used here is the greek word Ballo
Look it up in Strong’s #906: ballo (pronounced bal’-lo)
a primary verb; to throw (in various applications, more or less violent or intense):–arise, cast (out), X dung, lay, lie, pour, put (up), send, strike, throw (down), thrust.
That’s how powerful Christ’s love is against the spirit of fear, and we walk around in faith with his Dynamite power of Truth but also the power that’s in his perfect agapao Love. John was known as the Apostle of love, but they all were empowered with his love. We are to walk in it, empowered.
Love your enemies takes on empowering meaning and love one another sheds new light. Not mere words.There is power in this love we walk in. This love strengthened early christians to face a den of hungry lions, sing praises to the Lord while in prison. They love their enemies, who mocked them tormented and oppressed them. They walked in this love gazing heavenward,with an inner joy unspeakable. I pray we also walk in this new love,with joy.