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The Levels and Origins of Loves, and Their Ultimate Fulfillment
Each of the four worlds – the three heavens and the one earth – has both a corresponding element and a corresponding love.
The Greek language has a specific word for each of these four loves:
Eros: sexual love, the ultimate love of the flesh. Eros is earthly/physical in nature.
Storgē: familial love: the affection for one’s closest blood-relatives, and also for one’s clans, tribe, and race. Storgē is soulish/psuchikos in nature.
Philia: the love of friends that transcends soul-ties: trans-familial “brotherly love.” Philia is spiritual/pneumatikos in nature.
Agapē: all-encompassing love, Divine love, including for one’s enemies. Matt. 5:45 Agapē originates in the Holy Breath-Light of God, and is rebreathed through His children.
The elements corresponding to these four loves are earth, water, wind/air, and fire/light.
All of these worlds, loves and elements derive from a higher source, Divine Life, which is able at will to infill each:
Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God…breathed into his [Adam’s] nostrils Breath of Life, and the man became a living soul.
When operating in flesh, Divine Life produces fruitful (and thus fulfilled) eros; in soul, fruitful storgē; in spirit, fruitful philia; and in breath, fruitful agapē.
To earthly flesh is given the sense of touch. To watery soul is given the closely-related fluidic senses of taste and smell. To airy spirit is given the sense of hearing. And to fiery breath-light is given the sense of sight.
Flesh corresponds to the pinky finger. Soul, and thus storgē/familial love, whose root is marriage, corresponds to the ring finger. Spirit corresponds to the powerful middle finger. Breath-light corresponds to the pointer-of-the-way, the index finger. And the thumb, which is able to face, touch, and encompass them all, corresponds to life.
Life (Hebrew Chayyim/ Greek Zoē) derives from and is infilled with an even higher level of Divine Love, that being Unity (Hebrew Yechidah/ Greek Henotēs), which is both the ultimate source and the ultimate purpose of God’s Divine workmanship:
Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.
Galatians 3:28 …you are all one in Christ.
Ephesians 4:1 I [Paul]…beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called… 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace… 13 until we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a completed/fulfilled man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
God’s people will become “completed/fulfilled” only after they are purified in all of their love-natures at the return of Christ. Only then will they be able to stand before the Divine Presence, fulfilling the Divine Plan.
The essence of the Divine Plan is summed up in Isaiah:
Isaiah 55:11 So shall be My Word Who goes out of My mouth:
He shall not return unto Me unfulfilled;
Because lo! He shall have done what I desired,
And shall cause to prosper whomsoever I sent Him.
The Divine Word has been manifested in many forms, including the Holy Scriptures, the lives of men and nations, nature, the spoken oracles of YHWH, and in and through God-made-flesh, Jesus Christ. Thus Isaiah 55:11 can be interpreted in different ways. (The interpretation above uses the literal Hebraic verb tenses.)
The ultimate manifestation of ʽthe Word from the beginning’ was in the man Jesus. John 1:1 And Jesus’ ultimate work is to “cause to prosper whosoever I [YHWH/the Father] sent/sends Him”:
John 6:37 “All whom the Father gives me will come to me… 44 …and I will raise him up in the Last Day. … 15:5 He who abides in me bears much fruit…”
Those fruits derive from all of the various loves, to be ultimately manifested by a unified and “completed/fulfilled man,” the Body of Christ, “in the Last Day.” The Body of Christ shall manifest every form of love, from lowly eros up through transcendental Yechidah, thereby bringing fullness of joy:
John 15:5 He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; … 10 …you will abide in My love… 11 …that My joy may remain in you, and your joy may be full.