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There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love. [1 John 4.18]

The perfection is received when we obey the command, “Love your enemies…” [Matthew 5.44; Luke 6.27, 35] but the love is received and enacted when we obey the commands, as Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will obey what I command,” [John 14.15] and again, “Whoever has My commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves Me.” [John 14.21] And who can have the commands if they do not listen to the One commanding?  And so the beginning of love for Jesus Christ and therefore for God begins with listening to Him, and having listened, obeying the commands, which include practising His words.

So the perfect love that drives out fear, which John spoke of, is available only to those who have listened to Him (Jesus), and having listened, obeyed, and in obeying, practised His words.  And since perfection also means completion, then perfect love is complete love and that is, the complete love of all enemies from the first to the last.

It is very obvious, even to the immature, that our first true enemy – that is, he who came to us lying and seeking to deceive us as to kill us – is Satan, the devil himself.  That is why Jesus said of him, “He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him.” [John 8.44] He is our first enemy – the alpha of enemies – and Paul correctly told us:  The last enemy to be destroyed is death. [1 Corinthians 15.26] And between Satan and death, we have us – men (and women).

So if our love of enemies is to be complete so that we do have perfect love, then that love of enemies must extend beyond men and include the first and the last of our enemies – Satan and death.

Now for those who have not listened nor practised, these teachings are really quite beyond your comprehension and so can seem even ludicrous and mad.  However, Codus Electi is for the elect of the Holy Spirit, for those who have not only had the command restored to them, but by patient perseverance have read and practised the word to know that they can do the things Jesus has been doing and even the greater things is true.

It is as always one thing to say love your enemies; it is another to know how.  For Satan and death are not your ordinary enemies as you cannot bless them, pray for them or do good to them, for they are both condemned by the written word to the lake of fire, the second death.  For it is written:  And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulphur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. [Revelation 20.10] And again:  Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. [Revelation 20.14]

So how do you love your enemies when they are Satan and death?  Perhaps the command, “Love your enemies…” does not apply, for after all, Christ died not for them but for men only.  True, and that can be argued.  However, our Lord also said, “If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.” [Matthew 5.41] Now if we are to do that with one who forces us, how much more we are permitted to exceed the two miles with the one who invites us?  As such, for those who dare and apply this command of our Lord to those who are already condemned, we can do so as one and ones who are showing kindness to the condemned, for indeed our Father is “…kind to the ungrateful and wicked,” [Luke 6.35] as Jesus has told us.  Surely there is none more ungrateful and wicked than these two.  So then even though your ‘love’ for them can offer them no salvation, for they stand condemned now, what it offers is for your practice to be like your Father and to be sons who are not only like their Father, but who exceed their Father.  This does not go contrary to our Lord’s word, for He only said, “A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.  It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master.” [Matthew 10.24-25] However, you are more than students and servants if you hold onto the command to “Love your enemies…” and practise it.  You are sons of your Father in Heaven.  And what father, what good father does not hope and dream of his sons doing greater than and exceeding him?  Indeed, it is the purpose of every good father to prepare the foundation for his heirs to excel and exceed him.

If king David – a sinner, liar, murderer and adulterer like any man – who, though he was a sinner, knew how to lay up such treasures for Solomon to build the temple, then how much more our Father in Heaven has laid up riches of immeasurable value for those who seek to bring Him glory by being known as the son who did greater than the Firstborn?  Not out of pride like Absalom or foolish selfishness like Solomon, but being sons and daughters whose hearts throb not just with love for their Father, but with pride, who seek success for their Father’s glory and not their own, just like Jesus did.

Indeed, it is the wish and will, the hope and desire, the dream of Jesus that indeed we who are His brothers and sisters would do greater things than He for the Father’s glory… and if we glorify the Father, we are also glorified in Him.

As such, there is no call for intercession before the Father for these condemned ones’ salvation, even pardon… for they are condemned.  However, we can show them kindness.  Kindness to an enemy is to help him be all he can be – a worthy enemy, a worthwhile opponent and adversary.  And you can do that by honouring him first by making yourself a worthwhile and worthy opponent and adversary – one who challenges him to his very core.

With Satan it begins with this:  Being one who goes beyond the extra mile – your faith and practice of the words of Jesus – so that you always remind Satan the last words of Jesus to him, just as you would like the Holy Spirit to always remind you of Jesus’ words.  Reminding him that the last thing Jesus said to him was, “Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only,” [Matthew 4.10; Luke 4.8] and even inviting him to join you as you worship God and serve Him only.  You can invite, but it is then up to Satan to accept or refuse.  However, what counts is that you invite politely… for love is never rude.  And even though he is condemned, as it is written, mercy dictates that even the condemned, even the vanquished, deserve to be given an opportunity to grasp victory from certain defeat.

It is possible for Satan… well, theoretically anyway… to stop the flow of scriptures at Revelation 20.7 when he is released from prison at the end of the thousand years.  It is written:  When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—to gather them for battle. [Revelation 20.7-8] If he does not go out, if he does not deceive Gog and Magog, if he does not gather them for battle… he will have broken the scripture, and the plan of God cannot continue, and he will have spared himself and death from the lake of fire.  As such, it is always excellent to preach the good news to him that there is an opportunity available for him, not to be redeemed, not to be saved, not to even be pardoned, but to stop what is written about him and thus avoid what has been prepared for him and his chosen ally, death.  All Satan has to do is to remember at the end of the millennium not to go out and he will avoid his own death.

Now that is poetic justice… for just as Adam was given only one command to follow – “…you must not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die” [Genesis 2.17] – which carried the threat of death, so to our enemy who has been responsible for our demise over all these millenniums, we offer him one command that holds the promise of life… for life is, for a condemned man, death avoided.  And this is the command, no, advice:  “Do not go out when you are released from prison at the end of the millennium, then you will surely not die.”  And he will be given an opportunity to save not only himself, but also his ‘friend’ and compatriot – death.  If there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for a friend, then perhaps helping an enemy save his ‘friend’ might come a very close second.

Now then if you have the audacity to invite Satan to worship God with you to help him obey Jesus, what fear have you of him?  If you have the confidence of what is yet to come and the faith to know that which is written will be, for scripture cannot be broken, and yet show Satan how he can break the scripture (not you), what fear have you of your enemy?  More importantly, what confidence and trust do you have in the word of the Lord that you would dare take His commands and obey them, even beyond what you might think He has commanded you to do so… but in truth He has hoped that you would?

The Kingdom of God may be the kingdom of power, peace, joy and righteousness with eating, drinking and talking in the Holy Spirit, but because God is Love, it is first and foremost the kingdom of love… perfect love, for God is Perfect.  So it is the kingdom without fear, for God has no fear.

Now, would it not be logical for God to entrust the power to those whose love is perfect as He is perfect?  Perfection that is borne out and proven by the love shown to enemies and kindness to the ungrateful and wicked where the first enemy and the last enemy are loved as much as any other enemy, regardless of nature or species.

So then, elect, the command indeed is, “Love your enemies…” and we will do so from the first of them to the last of them.


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