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Love is... [message #390] Tue, 27 October 2015 07:50
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2 John 1:5-7 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. 6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. 7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

What is love? That we walk after His commandments. And this is the commandment which we have heard from the beginning, that we love one another. Notice that John says we must keep God's commandments to love. That is love, to keep God's commandments. What commandments? Well, the Apostle Paul says in Romans 13.


Romans 13:8-10 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

What are the commandments? Are they not The Ten Commandments, as illustrated by Paul? Then, to walk after His commandments, is to walk after the Ten Commandments.

2 John 1:9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

Whosoever transgresseth what? Is it not the commandments, as 2 John 1:6 shows? What is the transgression of the Ten Commandments called?

1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

Sin. So, whosoever commits sin, and does not believe on the name of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, does not have God. It is written:

1 John 5:1-3 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

We are to believe that Jesus is the Christ. Is that it? No, but we are also to love Him that begat (God the Father) and those that are begotten of Him. We are to love one another. How do you know when you love the children of God? When we love God, and keep His commandments. And that is the love of God, that we keep His commandments, which are not grievous. Only the carnal mind has a problem with the Ten Commandments.

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

And, so love is to keep the commandments of God. Therefore, it is concluded, that the soul who believes on Jesus must love God, and one another. The soul that believes on Jesus must keep The Ten Commandments, which teach us how to love God first, and our neighbors as ourselves. The two great commandments, are in fact, fulfilled when keeping the Ten Commandments, for love is to walk after the commandments.

Matthew 22:37-40 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.

Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.


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