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The Wednesday Word: Jesus and the Great Commandment

One of the primary reasons Christ came was to magnify and honour the Law of God. He loved God’s Law with a passion and upheld it at every turnaround. When asked about the greatest commandment, He affirmed that it was to love God with all the heart and mind (Matthew 22:36-39; Luke 10:26-28). According to Jesus, God was to have first place in our affections and loyalty. Accordingly, there could be no competition, no challengers and no rivals when it came to following and loving God.But then, Jesus loses the plot … or does He? He begins to teach that we should follow Him with the same kind of loyalty we ought to give to God. Listen to Him and consider if these are the words of a person who was merely a good teacher.

He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me” (Matthew 10:37).

“Whosoever of you that forsakes not all that he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33).

According to Jesus, if we love our families more than we love Him we are not worthy of Him. Furthermore, if anything claims our affection and keeps us from following Him, we are not qualified to become His disciples.

This is strange, for remember it was prophesied in Isaiah 42:21 that Christ would magnify God’s Law and make it honourable. It sounds like Jesus is doing the opposite. It seems that He’s setting himself up as a rival to God for He’s demanding the first place in the lives of his listeners. A morally upright man wouldn’t do this. He would encourage people to love and follow God first and foremost! Jesus, however, by demanding His brand of loyalty, is blocking the way for people to obey the great commandment. He’s challenging, for Himself, to have the same kind of loyalty and love that only God should have.

Then He has the audacity to say,

“If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).

But what about God’s commandment to love Him with all? Christ is now commanding that we keep His law as a sign of love. This surely is strange! After all, Christ said,

“Think not that I have come to destroy the law or the prophets; I have come not to destroy (them) but to fulfil (them) (Matthew 5:17).

How can Christ claim that He is there to fulfil God’s Law, and yet, at the same time, show such apparent disregard for it? If He loved the Law, then he would desire to establish it and not take people away from it!

Furthermore, He says,

“He that hath my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father (John 14:22).

What? Can this be right? We know that Jesus believed that the great commandment was to ‘love God with all’, but now He says that we should love Him above all else. But we can’t do both. Jesus, by this teaching, has placed us in an impossible position. Is Jesus teaching us to have a divided loyalty?

Not at all! God, according to Jesus, approves of this double- mindedness, for, He says, if we love Him, the Father will love us (John 14:21)! Has the Father changed? Is the great commandment, ‘Love God with all’ still in force? It certainly looks as if Jesus has overthrown it and usurped the position that God should hold. Can these be the actions of a godly, religious teacher? Could a good moral man set himself up to rival God for the love He receives from mankind? Of course not! Any mere man who taught like that should be rejected and denounced as an evil worker.

So, was Jesus a wicked worker? The only conclusion is that —yes indeed He was … that is, if he wasn’t and isn’t God. But rather than show He was evil, these passages actually demonstrate that He was God in human flesh. We should love God with all and that’s why it’s perfectly okay to love Jesus with everything. Our entire loyalty belongs to God so it’s perfectly fine to be entirely loyal to Jesus. We are to have no other Gods before Yahweh, so when we put Christ Jesus first, we are on safe ground for He is Yahweh in human flesh appearing!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

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Question 41-Puritan Catechism

October 17, 2013 2 comments

Spurgeon 1Q. What is the sum of the ten commandments?

A. The sum of the ten commandments is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind; and our neighbor as ourselves. (Matthew 22:37-40)

Charles Haddon Spurgeon-A Puritan Catechism

We Must Persevere in the Work of the Lord

We must persevere in the work of the Lord to the end. When Israel came out of Egypt, I suppose they all intended to go forward, and to possess the land: but when difficulties arose, the great body of them fainted, and were for going back. When an undertaking is new and plausible, many come forward to engage in it: but a time comes when the first flush of spirits subsides, when great and seemingly insurmountable difficulties present themselves, and when success appears to be much farther off than at the beginning: this is the time for the trial of faith. A few such seasons will commonly thin the ranks of Christian professors; but blessed are they that endure temptation. Those who followed the Lord fully were brought into the land. It is possible that our motives may be pure at the outset, and yet, through the strength of temptation, we may be turned aside. The Lord speaks well of the church of Ephesus, as having, for a time, borne, and had patience, and for his names sake had laboured, and not fainted: yet it follows, Nevertheless, I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast justify thy first love. This is an example for us to shun. Another follows, namely, the church at Thyatira, for our imitation: I know thy works, and thy charity, and service and faith, and thy patience, and thy works, AND THE LAST TO BE MORE THAN THE FIRST.

Rev. Andrew Fuller-God’s Approbation of our Labours Necessary to the Hope of Success-Preached

Fruit of True Saints

March 24, 2011 2 comments

True saints have their minds, in the first place, inexpressibly pleased and delighted with the sweet ideas of the glorious and amiable nature of the things of God. And this is the spring of all their delights, and the cream of all their pleasures.

Jonathan Edwards – Religious Affections

Love the Lord with all Your Heart

Love to Jesus is the basis of all true piety, and the intensity of this love will ever be the measure of our zeal for His glory. Let us love Him with all our hearts, and then diligent labor, and consistent living will be sure to follow.

Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)