Jesus Explained God’s Law

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Jesus Explained God’s LawThe Love Commandment

Let’s look at the Ten Commandments that God gave to Moses on Mr. Sinai.

“And the Lord said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel. And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.” (Exodus 34:27-28)

God’s law hasn’t changed. But we have a better understanding of it because of Jesus. He explained that man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart. “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24)

God wants you to worship him in your mind and in your heart. If the Word of God is alive in you, God’s law is written on the fleshy tablets of your heart. And you have the desire to please God and obey him.

Jesus’ commandment¬† to “love God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind” covers the first three of the Ten Commandments–to serve the true God, to honor his name, and to remember the Sabbath day and keep it separate.

His commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself” summarizes the rest of the Commandments–honor your father and mother, don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t bear false witness, don’t covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his possessions.

So far, Jesus has consolidated Ten Commandments into two, and they don’t seem impossible to keep. But this next part shows the genius of God and his great generosity toward us. These two commandments can be combined into one, Jesus’ new commandment to “love one another as I have loved you.”

The Bible tells us that the definition of loving God is keeping his commandments. “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments; and his commandments are not grievous. (1 John 5:3)

So what is God’s commandment? To love your neighbor as yourself. Therefore, when you are loving your neighbor as yourself, you are loving God. You are multi-tasking, or killing two birds with one stone. Jesus made it possible for you to fulfill God’s Law. But it is impossible without him.

Loving God=Loving Your Neighbor

QED

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