The Great Commandment in the Law

Reading God’s word is vital to your actions. You must understand these words in order to be obedience to them. Our Savior and Master is saying something important to the “dead teachers of the law” (the Pharisees). Let’s read in Matthew chapter 22 starting at verse 34:

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.

The ten commandments served as the acknowledgement of sin in comparison to a Holy God. This is why sinners must recognize the need for a Savior.

Psalm 25:8
Good and upright is the Lord: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.

If your life doesn’t follow the ten commandments of Moses’ law given to the children of Israel, YOU ARE A SINNER. Don’t worry if you are! The Word of God tells us in Psalm 51:13 “Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”

Every sinner can restore the joy of salvation by receiving the free gift of the Holy One. One day as Jesus was saying through one of His parables, this question was posed by the acknowledging the law, let’s read about it in Matthew chapter 19 verse 16:

Behold, one came [young man] and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,

19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?

21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?

26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?

28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

These saying are still true today! Those who have a hear to ear the spirit of the living God, ear it well. YOU CAN BE SAVED! Saved from your sins. Glory to God!

Ephesians 2:8-9
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

What should I do to be saved from my sins? Believe in God’s Words according to Acts 2:21, “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

  1. Acknowledging God first.

The Holy Spirit used Peter to expressed SALVATION to the leaders of Israel and those who are listening in Acts 10-12,“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.

11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

  1. Acknowledging Jesus as Savior and more than a prophet.

What should I know? To understand ‘the head of the corner’ is the foundation stone from the beginning. If you get that, salvation will only come by the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Paul and Silas make it clearer for you to understand in Acts 16:30-31, by the jailer’s question after the earthquake, “And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

There is nothing you can do to release yourself from your trespasses and sins. However, there is ONE who can redeem you from the curse of the law. The Holy Spirit will deliver you from power of darkness into God Son’s, Jesus, Kingdom (see Colossians 1:13). Oh yes, thank your Lord! You Lord have redeemed those who will listen and be obedience to God’s Holy Word.

  1. The only mediator between God and man is Jesus Christ.

We are quickened (restore) to a proper relationship through the knowledge about of God’s redeeming or rescue plans. In our obedience to His Holy principles, by faith we believe in the power and resurrection of Jesus, His Son. Let’s read more about this arbitration from Ephesians 2:1-9:

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

That’s right! You cannot do any works to become saved. All actions of faith are a belief in the reality of the living God. The only source to all creation. We are to worship the only Jehovah according to the first commandment, and the second commandment by the grace given to do so.

The great commandment in the law exists for people who still do not understand the purpose of God. You cannot get this through general knowledge of written words for it the quickening of the Holy Spirit.

You cannot afford to play games with your life. Being obedience to the Lord God is a peace in knowing in His abilities. Trusting that He will keep His promises to you and your family.

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