Sunday Morning Podcast September 13, 2015. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: MATTHEW 22:34-40
34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.
35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Jesus’s two commandments as stated in Matthew the 22nd chapter, are the foundation of all the laws that God had ever given. Not all the intricacies of the Mosaic law, were still needed. Those laws, were too often hard to comprehend or adhere to. Too often the laws of Moses were not always or fully remembered. And, they only included a people with a literal blood lineage. When those who were students of the law, sought to justify their standing with God, Jesus established what really mattered. No longer the old laws of compliance, but to seek with all one’s mind, heart, strength, and soul, of that which would please God. To truly love others as much as our own life. When this is taken to heart, the rest falls in place. No need to fear that one might not do something exactly right. For now with a complete love for Christ, His sacrifice, and one’s fellowman, it will be done right. You try your best not to cause another to be hindered, from your example of God’s righteousness. We don’t have any accepted righteousness of our own.
We only are justified by the righteousness of Christ’s example (or law) in our life. This is where the authority of the gospel originates. Following and being consecrated to Christ’s example. We all have ethics (or “laws”) that we live by. What does your life say? A family or people that live without a law, live in chaos. If we claim to live within Christ’s commandments, the world around us is entitled to witness that. Galatians 5:4 tells us that if we are merely justified by the law, we are fallen away from the grace of Christ. For the grace of God, comes only through loving God with all our heart, mind, soul, and loving our neighbor (or fellowman) as ourselves.
The commandments of Jesus. Are you from the heart obeying them?