24th September 2012

Do We Know The Great Commandments?

“Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, ‘Which is the first commandment of all?’ Jesus answered him, ‘The first of all the commandments is: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’  This is the first commandment.  And the second, like it, is this: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’”
Mark 12:28 (NKJV)

Christ kept the law perfectly.  He was without sin.  “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes”, as it says in Romans 10:4.  His righteousness was imputed to Abraham who believed in God’s promise.  “Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also for us.  It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offences and was raised because of our justification.” (Romans 4:22-25)

In Ephesians 2:8-9, the Apostle Paul says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”  And in Romans 6:1-2 Paul reminds us, “What shall we say then?  Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?  Certainly not!  How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”

Indeed, grace does not give us licence to sin, but we are dead to sin.  In the Old Testament, Israel was given ten commandments, written on tablets of stone.  They utterly failed to keep them, hence a new covenant was made which we find in the book of Hebrews 8:7-10, “For if the first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.  Because finding fault with them, He says: ‘Behold the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with this house of Israel and with this house of Judah—Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers…because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord.  For this is the covenant that I will make…I will put My laws in their minds and write on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

The Apostle John reported that Christ said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)  And he later writes in 1 John 1:8-9, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  And the righteousness of Christ will also be imputed to us.

Prayer
Father in Heaven, our flesh is weak and we need your help to live a new life in Christ, who kept the law perfectly on our behalf.  I pray in Jesus’ name for your help.
Amen

Study by Natu Moti

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