A New Law?
Jesus taught, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40).
It is true that Jesus gave two great laws of love as a summary of all the law (Exodus 20:3-17), but these laws were not new at all. Jesus was quoting directly from the Old Testament: “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Deuteronomy 6:5. “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Leviticus 19:18).
The Ten Commandments
When asked about which law to keep to have eternal life, Jesus referred to the Ten Commandments. “And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?…but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. 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, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 19:16-19).
Jesus’ two love commandments simply summed up “all the law and the prophets.” The Ten Commandments hang from these two commands like our 10 fingers hang from our two hands. The commandments are listed in Exodus 20:3-17 as follows:
1 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
2 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
3 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
4 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
If one loves Christ supremely with heart, soul, and mind, he will obey the first FOUR commandments that have to do with our duty to God.
5 Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
6 Thou shalt not kill.
7 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
8 Thou shalt not steal.
9 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
And if one loves his neighbor as himself, he will obey the last SIX commandments which relate to our duty to our fellow men.
Love will lead to obeying or fulfilling all the law for “Love is the fulfillment of the law” (Romans 13:10).
In His service,
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