Agape

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Chris­tian love for Karl Barth is one thing only: “agape.” “It is never, as such, erotic, hun­gry, self-as­sertive, grasp­ing, want­ing to posses, to con­trol, and to en­joy. Chris­tian love com­mu­ni­cates, sur­ren­ders, serves, and cre­ates.”22

Agape is not the con­tra­dic­tion of Eros, but it dif­fers from it; it is in fact its op­po­site. It is supernatural love; it is di­vine. Men would not have known it had it not been re­vealed, and men can share in it only as they are in­cor­po­rated into Christ by faith through the op­er­a­tion of the Spirit.

This love does not seek to ac­quire or pos­sess; it is not ap­pro­pria­tive or self­en­rich­ing. “This love is the very sign and seal that one has al­ready been en­riched, ful­filled, and made whole. It is not turned in upon the self. Also, this love is not value-ori­ented, or in any way dis­crim­i­na­tory. This love does not ask who he is.”23 There can be found the “Love, Agape,” five times in (1 Thess 1:3; 3:16; 3:12; 5:8; 5:13), “to love, Aga­pau” twice in (1 Thess 1:4; 4:9), “beloved, Agapetos” in (1 Thess 2:8). Since we can know Agape is as very high-level ethic. It is supernatural level.

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