Part II of Love of God and then Love of Your Neighbor

Part II of  Love of God and then Love of Your Neighbor

 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.”[1] The Apostle John, under the direction of the Holy Spirit wrote, “John also wrote: “In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,” [2]

Love of one’s neighbor is explained by The Apostle Paul  The ten commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 

Today we are going to continue with the Shammah or the Great Command. Before we continue we need to look at what the word Fulfill means:

  • to fill up that which is not full;
  • to level up a hollow place;
  • to finish that which is unfinished; or,
  • to perfect that which is imperfect.

To recap, we prove love to God by keeping the first four of the Ten Commandments.  Now today we will look at how we show love to our neighbors by keeping the last six of  the Ten Commandments.

Jesus told his disciples, “I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.”  When he said this, he meant that his disciples are still bound by the Torah. Why are they still bound by the Torah when Jesus plainly says that to treat others as you would have them treat you “is the law and the prophets“?  What happened to all of the food laws and other laws that are in Exodus, Leviticus and Deuteronomy in that teaching of Jesus?  They are absent from his teachings and also from the New Testament church that was started on Pentecost. Paul addressed this construct with the Corinthian church.[3]  He also addressed it with the church in Rome.[4]  He corrected the Galatian church was chastised for their desire to live according to the old covenant.[5]  We have freedom in the Lord.  He gave us only 2 commandments.

Let’s look at the rest of the ten commandments that guide us in how to show love to our neighbors.

Love of one’s neighbor is explained by The Apostle Paul  The ten commandments,

  1. “You shall not commit adultery,” [(Matt 5:27-28,32)].Look at this statement, “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”  So, just looking at a woman or man with lust in your heart you have broken this commandment.
  2. “You shall not murder,” [(Matt 5:21-26)] “How about this statement that refers to committing murder, “That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” Anger and name calling is just as bad as committing the physical act of murder.
  3. “You shall not steal,” This commandment is basic. How about taking pencils from your job?  Or copying your personal documents with your company’s copier? How worse yet printing your church bulletins with the company’s copier? Is that stealing? Yes, if you did not get permission to do so.  How about posting to Facebook during your work hours instead of working on your job? Is that stealing? Yes, you are being paid to work not interact with social media during your work hours.  What about spending so much time watching TV that you have no time for your family?  Is that stealing? Yes, you are responsible for your family.  You cannot teach and or be an example to them when you spend no time with them at all.
  4. “You shall not covet,”[(Ro 1:29; Romans 13:13; 2  Corinthians 12:20)] and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command:

The New Testament speaks to the fruit of the flesh: Gal 5:19-21  “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these;

  1. Adultery 7th Commandment, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions,
  2. Heresies theological lies 9th Commandment
  3. Envyings 10th Commandment,
  4. Murders 6th Commandment, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law.[6]  That is straight from the Bible, and directly from teachings to the New Testament Church. To fulfill the latter part of the Great Command one must keep the last six of the Ten Commandments.  Christ came to fulfill the law.  He teaches his children in the beatitudes how to live the spirit of the Ten Commandments. In short he tells his children that if they think about breaking the commandments they have broken them.  That is an even higher order of living that the act of avoiding the physical breaking of the Ten Commandments. We live a life as spirit directed born again Christians my friends.  Our lives are not governed by the Old Covenant rituals, but it is governed by the fulfilling of the spirit of the law.

Notes: Please read these scriptures to get a clearer picture of the subject.

[1] Matthew 22:37

[2] 1 John 5:3

[3] 1 Corinthians 8:13; 1 Corinthians 10:32; I Co 10:25-29

[4]  Romans 14:21-22: Romans 14:1-3, 13, 15, 17, 20-21

[5] Gal 3Gal 2:3-13:

[6] Romans 13:9-10

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