CWV Study Guide 6 Flashcards
Provide a succinct list of the Ten Commandments. There is no other God before me; there is no other god before you; there is no other god before you; there is no other god before me; there is no other god before me; and there is no other god before me. What is the difference between the first four commandments and the last six? The first four commandments are concerned with God, whereas the following six are concerned with mankind. Lesson Summary: Read Matthew chapter 5:1-12 to learn about the Beatitudes, which are Jesus’ benefits bestowed upon those who believe in him.
They are the ones who have been blessed, and the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
To love your God and to love your neighbor are two essential virtues.
There is no such thing as truth; there are only interpretations.
- Two separate orientations are shown by the arrows, which symbolize two different approaches to interpreting the notion of truth.
- Absolute facts in moral and spiritual matters What exactly is universal revelation?
- What exactly is a “special revelation”?
- When someone believes that there is only one way to please or please God, they are said to be exclusivist.
- Pluralism is defined as the belief that there are multiple paths to God.
- What, in our opinion, is the most logical reason for this?
- From our point of view, the greatest interpretation would be that God used Job to demonstrate to the devil how faithful he was and that he would not turn against God.
Read the story of Lazarus’ resurrection in the book of John 11.
Jesus is the source of life.
Furthermore, Jesus possesses the ability to defeat death.
For what reason(s) may it be appropriate for a Christian to “consider it all joy,” as the Bible states in James 1:2-4?
When we suffer, we are drawn to God, and we are compelled to repent of our sins.
The experience of suffering draws us closer to Christ and His sufferings, especially when we are persecuted.
What are two possible reasons that Christians may offer to explain the dilemma of evil—how a benevolent and powerful God could allow suffering to exist?
Additionally, it aids in the transformation of Christians into individuals who are prepared to live in God’s holy presence.
How should Christians conduct themselves in light of what Jesus went through, according to Philippians 2:1-11? Put the needs of others ahead of your own, and be humble and submissive.
Great Commandment – Wikipedia
Jesus cites the first of two commandments in Matthew 22:35-40, Mark 12:28-34, and in response to him in Luke 10:27a, which is referred regarded as the Great Commandment (or Greatest Commandment) in the New Testament. The majority of Christian churches regard these two commandments to be the foundation of a proper Christianlifestyle, and they are accurate. In the Bible, it is found in Deuteronomy 6:4-5. “Hear this, O Israel: The Lord is our God, and He alone is our God. You are required to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, all of your soul, and all of your strength.” as well as Leviticus 19:18 In the words of the Lord, “You shall not seek revenge or carry a grudge against any of the inhabitants of your land, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself.
New Testament accounts
Jesus cites the first of two commandments in Matthew 22:35-40, Mark 12:28-34, and in response to him in Luke 10:27a, which is known as the Great Commandment (or Greatest Commandment) in the New Testament. According to the majority of Christian churches, these two commandments form the foundation of a proper Christianlifestyle. According to Deuteronomy 6:4-5, it is derived. “The Lord is our God, and only the Lord, declares the people of Israel. This is what you must do: you must love the Lord your God with all in you: your heart, soul, and strength.” Leviticus 19:18, for example, In the words of the Lord, “You shall not seek revenge or carry a grudge against any member of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Gospel of Mark
TheShemais is mentioned in the Gospel of Mark: “One of the scribes drew near and heard them debating with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he questioned him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” says the scribe. Jesus responded by saying, “It begins, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one.’ The second commandment is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’.
Gospel of Luke
Just at that moment, a lawyer stepped up to question Jesus. “Teacher, what do I have to do in order to obtain eternal life?” he inquired. He told him, “I’m sorry, but I don’t know what you’re talking about.” “What exactly is put down in the law? What exactly did you read there?” “You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, and with all of your soul, and with all of your strength, and with all of your mind; and you shall love your neighbor as yourself,” he said. And he told him, “You have given the correct response; follow these instructions, and you will live.”
Old Testament references
Because I am the Lord, you are not permitted to seek revenge or hold a grudge against any of your people, but you are required to love your neighbor as yourself.
Hear this, O Israel: The Lord is our God, and He alone is our God.5 You are required to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, all of your soul, and all of your strength.
Love the Lord thy God
The Lord is our God, and he alone is our God, declares the people of Israel. This is what you must do: you must love the Lord your God with all in you: your heart, soul, and strength.
- In its antiquity
- Being as old as the earth and having been imprinted on our basic essence from the beginning
- In all of its majesty
- As though it were directly and instantly emanating from and referencing God
- Being the commandment of the new covenant and the very spirit of the Divine adoption, it is at the pinnacle of excellence. In its justice
- Since it is the only one who gives God his due, favors him above other things, and ensures that he receives his appropriate place in regard to them
- In its fairness Because of its sufficiency, and because it is capable of making persons holy in this life while also making them joyful in the next, In its fruitfulness
- Since it is the source of all commandments and the means of bringing the law into fulfillment
- In its goodness and effectiveness
- Because it is the only means by which God reigns in the hearts of mankind and by which humans are joined to God
- Leaving nothing to the creature, and making no reference to the Creator
- In its whole
- And in its entirety
- As a result of its essential need, it is referred to as Throughout its existence
- It will always be perpetuated on earth and will never be abandoned in heaven
When it comes to loving the Lord your God, it is defined as “behaving in such a way that God will be beloved by all His creatures.” As a result, Israel, as the priest-people, is obligated, like the Aaronite priest, to sanctify the name of God and to avoid anything that tends to desecrate it (Lev. xxii. 32). He is not only obligated to give his life as a witness or martyr for the preservation of the true faith (see Isa. xliii. 12, ; and Pesik. 102b; Sifra, The Shema Yisrael, which comprises the lines “Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, with all thine soul, and with all thine might,” is said twice a day by every Jew (Deut.
There have been differing interpretations of the relationship that exists between the two commandments because of this double reference, although traditionally “love thy God” is referred to as “the first and greatest commandment,” and “love thy neighbor” is referred to as “the second great commandment.” It might simply be a reflection of Hillel’s “seven rules (Middot),” in this instance the first rule, known as al wa-omer (Hebrew: ), which he established.
Love thy neighbor as thyself
If you ask Jesus which is the greatest commandment, he will paraphrase the Torah: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind,” before also paraphrasing a second passage: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,” according to the Christian New Testament. The majority of Christian churches believe that these two commandments, taken combined, constitute the heart of the Christian faith. The second paragraph is regarded as a variant of the Golden Rule in its application (circa 1300 BCE).
- Christian–Jewish reconciliation
- The relationship between Christianity and Judaism
- The Judeo-Christian tradition
- The Law of Christ
- The New Commandment
QuestionAnswer Matthew 22:34–36 tells the story of Jesus being asked this precise issue by a Pharisee who was believed to be “an expert in the law.” “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, and with all of your mind,” Jesus said. In all of creation, this is the greatest and most vital commandment. Similarly, the second is: Love your neighbor as you love yourself. “All of the Law and all of the Prophets are dependent on these two commandments,” says Jesus in Matthew 22:37–40.
- When it comes to our connection with God, the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20 are divided into two categories: first, our relationship with God, and secondly our relationship with other people.
- Our connections with others will suffer as a result of our failure to maintain a proper relationship with God.
- Unless we first love God with all of our heart, mind, and soul, we will never be able to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
- After being challenged by another Pharisee how one might “inherit eternal life,” Jesus said that one could do so only by following these two commandments (Luke 10:25–37).
- Considered in its whole, Jesus’ statement was really a great response not just to the Pharisee of His day, but also to all modern-day “Pharisees” who attempt to judge a person’s holiness by how well he or she outwardly complies to a system of regulations or prohibitions.
Taking Jesus’ words, along with the fact that all of the laws and commands in Scripture can really be summarized by these two commandments, we come to realize just how impossible it is for us to keep God’s commandments, and how frequently we fail to do so, and how we can never be righteous before God on our own.
Our inability to obey God’s law and His anger upon us “brings about wrath,” yet “God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” according to Romans 4:15.
While we will never be able to obey God’s commandments or be righteous in His sight on our own, Christ accomplished this feat.
In order to be saved, “you must confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has resurrected Him from the dead.
Finally, according to Romans 1:16–17, the gospel of Christ “is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes,” and “the righteous shall live by faith.” After all, the gospel of Christ “is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.” We don’t have to ponder or search for the solution ourselves since Jesus answered this precise issue and His response is recorded in Scripture.
- Are our hearts, souls, and brains genuinely united in loving God with everything that we have?
- If we are honest with ourselves, we recognize that we do not, but the good news is that the law and commandments were given as “a tutor to bring us to Christ, in order that we could be justified by faith” (Romans 3:25).
- Sole when we see our own wickedness and helplessness will we be compelled to turn to Christ alone as the only means of redemption available to us.
- As the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit transforms our hearts and minds, we are able to begin to love others as we have been loved.
Questions about Matthew (return to top of page) What is the most important commandment?
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The Second Great Commandment by Phil Johnson
When the Pharisees put Jesus to the test about the greatest of all God’s commandments, He responded with a statement from Deuteronomy 6:5: “The greatest of all God’s commandments is to love your neighbor as yourself.” You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength, according to the Scriptures. “This is the first and greatest commandment,” He declared to the assembled crowd. In a similar vein, the second commandment states, “‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'” (See Matthew 22:38–39).
- Obviously, they both deal with the subject of love.
- The second commandment demands for charity love toward one’s neighbor – a love that is modest, sacrificial, and serving.
- “Love is the completion of the law,” as the saying goes (Rom.
- That is clearly stated in both commandments.
- Because your neighbor is formed in the image of God, loving one’s neighbor is simply a natural and necessary extension of real, wholehearted love for God.
- Because God’s image may be found in every individual, every commandment that controls how we should treat our fellow people is founded on the moral and ethical principles of that image.
- Why is murder considered to be such a particularly horrible sin?
To praising God while condemning individuals who are created in God’s image, according to James 3:9–12, is nonsensical, he explains.
For example, to neglect the needs of those who are suffering is to treat the image of God that exists inside them with utter disdain.
According to Matthew 25:44–45, Jesus stated just that.
In response to Jesus’ affirmation of the precedence of the first and second commandments, a lawyer posed the following question to Him: (Luke 10:29).
That story taught us that we are not to love our own brethren and fellow believers to the exclusion of foreigners and unbelievers.
God’s image was imprinted in humans at the time of creation, not at the time of redemption.
Despite the fall of mankind, the divine resemblance is still a part of it; in fact, it is vital to the very concept of humanity.
It goes without saying that one of the ultimate purposes of redemption is the restoration of God’s image in fallen humanity.
8:29; 1 John 3:2).
It is not only because they carry God’s image that we should love them, but it is also the most effective method for us to be like God (to return to Jesus’ point), for God Himself loves even those who despise Him.
It was akin to arguing that you don’t have to love someone you despise in order to be loved by them.
“You have heard that it has been said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven,” Jesus said.
“You have heard that Your adversary is created in the image of God, and as such, he or she deserves your respect and care.
Always keep in mind that “God is love,” and that “he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (1 John 4:16).
Such love, shown even toward our adversaries, is the distinguishing characteristic of the real Christian, since it is the most vivid manifestation of God’s image in His own people and hence the mark of the true Christian. “As He is, so are we in this world,” says the author (v. 17).
Does the Old Testament Law Still Apply?
Does the Old Testament law still apply? It’s a question we’ve all asked ourselves at some point or another. Do Christians adhere to the teachings of the Old Testament? Explore these questions further by reading the section below, which includes notes from The Chronological Life Application Study Bible to aid you in your investigation. What exactly is the Law of the Old Testament? Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy are the books that contain the Old Testament Law. This comprises the Ten Commandments, among other things.
- “Please don’t get the wrong idea about why I’ve come.
- No, I came to help them achieve their objective.
- As a result, if you break the least commandment and encourage others to do the same, you will be referred to as the least in the Kingdom of Heaven.
- You will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven unless your purity exceeds that of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, I warn you.
DOES THE OLD TESTAMENT LAW STILL APPLY?
If Jesus did not come to destroy the law, does this indicate that all of the laws of the Old Testament continue to apply to us in the modern era? The law in the Old Testament is divided into three categories: ceremonial, civil, and moral law.
ONE: Ceremonial Law
Suppose Jesus did not come to destroy the law, does this indicate that we are still subject to all of the Old Testament’s rules and regulations? Old Testament law is divided into three categories: ceremonial, civic, and moral (or religious).
TWO: Civil Law
In Israel, civil law was applied to everyday life, and this was known as civil law (seeDeut 24:10-11, for example). Because current society and culture are so fundamentally different from those of that era and environment, it is impossible to adhere to all of these standards in their entirety. However, the concepts that underpin the commandments remain timeless and should serve as a guide for our actions. Jesus exemplified these ideals through his life and teachings.
THREE: Moral Law
It is God’s direct mandate to follow the moral code (such as the Ten Commandments), and it requires complete and total obedience (seeExod 20:13, for example). The moral code shows the character and will of God, and it continues to be relevant today. Jesus complied with the moral rule to the letter.
THE ULTIMATE GOAL
God created His rules in order to assist individuals in loving God with all of their hearts and thoughts. This legislation has, however, frequently been misquoted and misapplied over the course of Israel’s history. By the time of Jesus, religious authorities had twisted the laws into a jumble of contradictory regulations.
When Jesus talked about a new way to comprehend God’s law, he was actually attempting to bring people back to the law’s original intent and meaning. Jesus did not condemn the law in and of itself, but rather the abuses and excesses to which it had been subjected in the past (seeJohn 1:17).
Even if some of those in the audience were professionals at directing others what to do, they themselves failed to grasp the core essence of God’s rules. Jesus made it quite clear that keeping God’s rules is more vital than understanding them in their entirety. When it comes to studying God’s rules and telling people to observe them, it is much simpler than when it comes to putting them into practice. How are you doing in terms of obeying God on your own?
Pharisees were strict and meticulous in their efforts to uphold the laws that they had established. So how could Jesus possibly urge us to a higher standard of righteousness than they did? Pharisees’ shortcoming was that they were willing to only follow the commandments on the surface level without enabling God to transform their hearts and minds (or attitudes). They appeared to be religious, yet they were a long way from the Kingdom of Heaven. As well as judging our actions, God also examines our hearts, for it is in our hearts that our true allegiance rests.
It is necessary for our righteousness to (1) come from what God does in us, rather than what we can do on our own, (2) be God-centered rather than self-centered, (3) be based on reverence for God rather than approval from others, and (4) go beyond simply keeping the law to living by the principles that underpin it.
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Jesus: Sermon on the Mount
The Sermon on the Mount by Jesus of Nazareth (KJV) After seeing the crowds, Jesus climbed up a mountain, and when he had reached the top, his disciples came to him: Matthew 51: Then he taught them by opening his lips and saying:3:Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4:Blessed are those who weep, because they will be comforted by the Lord. 5. Blessed are the humble, because they will inherit the earth. 6:Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, because they will be satisfied.
- Blessed are those who have a pure heart, since they will see God.
- 10:Blessed are those who are persecuted for the cause of righteousness, for it is theirs is the kingdom of heaven; for they are the children of God.
- 12: Rejoice and be very joyful, because great is your reward in heaven, since they persecuted the prophets who came before you in the same manner.
- 13: It is no longer useful for anything other than to be flung out and stomped under foot by mankind from this point on.
- You are the Word of God.
- 15: Neither do men light a candle and place it beneath an abushel, but rather they place it on a candlestick, which provides light for everyone in the house.
18: For truly I say unto you, until heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle of the law shall in no way be removed from it, until it is fully fulfilled in all its parts.
Twenty-one: For I say unto you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, ye will in no way be admitted into the kingdom of heaven.
Those who are enraged with their brother without justification will be subject to the judgment; those who say to their brother, Raca, will be subject to the council; and those who say to their brother, Fool, will be subject to the fires of hell.
25: Agree with thine enemy swiftly, while thou ist in the process of meeting with him; otherwise, the adversary may send thee to the judge, and the judge may deliver thee to the officer, and thou mayest be imprisoned at any moment.
27: You have heard that it was declared long ago, “Thou shall not commit adultery,” and you are correct.
29: And if thy right eye offends thee, take it out and hurl it from thee; for it is beneficial for thee that one of thy members perishes, rather than that thy entire body be cast into hell.
31: 31: It has been said, “Whosoever divorces his wife should offer her a written divorcement,” which means “Whosoever divorces his wife.” Those who divorce their wives, save for the reason of immorality (verse 32), are committing adultery; and those who marry a divorced woman are also committing adultery (verse 33).
- 36: Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou hast not the ability to turn a single hair white or black.
- 38: You have heard that it has been said, “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth”; yet, this is not the case.
- 40: And if any man shall suit thee in court and take away thy coat, let him likewise take away thy cloke.
- 42: Give to those who ask of thee, and do not turn away from those who would borrow from thee.
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you; 45: that ye may be the children of your Father who is in heaven: for he causeth his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
- Isn’t it true that even the bartenders are the same?
- Do not even the bartenders believe this?
- New International Version (New International Version) Standard Version Has Been Revised Matthew 61:1–3: Take care that you do not offer your alms in front of others in order to be seen by them; otherwise, you will receive no recompense from your heavenly Father.
- They have had their just reward, I assure you of that.
- When thy prayers are heard, thy prayer should not be like that of the hypocrites, who prefer to pray while standing in synagogues and on the corners of streets so that they may be seen by others.
- However, when you pray, go into your closet and, after you have shut the door behind you and closed the door behind you, pray to thy heavenly Father who sees in secret; and the Father who sees in secret will reward thee openly.
- 8: Therefore, do not be like them, for your Father knows what you require before you even ask him for them.
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven, according to the Bible.
12: And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors, as we forgive ourselves.
16: Furthermore, when you fast, do not be of a sorrowful countenance, as the hypocrites are, for they disfigure their features in order to appear to mankind to fast.
However, thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head with oil and wash thine face;18: so that thou appearst not vnto mankind to fast, but unto thy Father who seeth in secret, he will recompense thee openly.
Those who have an evil eye, however, will be enveloped in darkness throughout their entire body.
24: No one can serve two masters because he will either loathe the first and love the second, or he will adhere to the first and despise the second.
25: As a result, I tell you not to give any consideration to your life, what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor to your body, what you will wear.
26: Look at the birds of the air; for they do not sow, nor do they reap, nor do they gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father provides food for them.
27: Which of you can, with careful consideration, increase his height by one cubit?
Consider how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor spin, and yet they produce a harvest.
So, if God has clothed the grass of the field, which is today and will be put into the oven tomorrow, will he not clothe you, O ye of little faith, even more abundantly?
alternatively, With what resources will we be clothed?
33: But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you as you pursue them.
The evil of the day is sufficient for the time being.
Moreover, according to your judgment, you will be judged; similarly, according to your measure, you will be measured again.
4, or how do you plan on telling thy brother, “Let me pluck the mote out of thine eye,” only to discover that a beam is lodged in thine own eye?
9, or what man is there among you who, if his kid comes to him and asks for food, will instead give him a stone?
11: If you, who are bad, can figure out how to give good presents to your children, imagine how much more your heavenly Father will do for those who ask him for good things.
14, 15: Because the gate is small, and the road is narrow, that leads to life, and few are those who enter through it.
16: By their fruits will you be able to identify them.
Every good tree bears fruit that is beneficial, while a corrupt tree bears fruit that is harmful to the environment.
The fire is hewn down and thrown into the fire for every tree that does not bear good fruit.
21: Not everyone who calls out to me in a loud voice, “Lord, Lord,” will be admitted into the kingdom of heaven, but only those who carry out the will of my my Father, who is in heaven.
I will then confess to them, “I never knew you; away from me, ye who do evil.” 24-For this reason, I will liken anybody who hears these words of my and follows them to the wise man who built his house on a firm foundation.
Those who hear my words but do not act on them will be compared to an idiot who built his home on sand.
It came to pass that the people were taken aback by Jesus’ teachings after he had finished these sayings. 29: For he instructed them as one who had authority, rather than as scribes. New International Version (New International Version) Standard Version Has Been Revised Source of the text:
Did Jesus Reaffirm All 10 Commandments?
“Mosaic” sermon by Jesus of Nazareth (KJV) Then, seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain, and when he had reached the top, his disciples came to him. Matthew 51: Then he taught them by opening his mouth and saying:3:Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. Fourteenth:Blessed are those who weep, for they will be comforted 5-Blessed are the humble, for they will inherit the earth. 6:Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
- Those with pure hearts will see God, according to verse 8.
- 10:Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for it is theirs is the kingdom of heaven; and they will be called children of God.
- 12: Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, because they persecuted the prophets who came before you in the same way.
- It is no longer useful for anything other than to be cast out and trodden under foot by humans from this point forward.
- Neither light a candle and place it under an abushel; rather, they place it on a candlestick, and it provides light for all who are present.
- In fact, I declare to you that until heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle of the law shall be removed from it until it is fully implemented.
20: For I say unto you, that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will in no way be admitted into the kingdom of God.
Those who are enraged with their brother without justification will be in danger of the judgment; those who say to their brother, Raca, will be in danger of the council; but those who say to their brother, Thou fool, will be in danger of the fires of hell.
25: Agree with thine adversary quickly, while thou ist in the process of meeting with him; otherwise, the adversary may deliver thee to the judge, and the judge may deliver thee to the officer, and thou mayest be imprisoned for a long time.
27: You have heard that it was said long ago, “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” and that is still true.
29, and if your right eye offends you, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is profitable for you that one of thy members should perish, rather than that thy entire body should be cast into hell.
31: It has been said, “Whosoever divorces his wife shall give her a written divorcement,” meaning “Whosoever divorces his wife.” Those who divorce their wives, except for the reason of fornication (verse 32), are committing adultery; and those who marry a divorced woman are committing adultery (verse 33).
- Neither by the earth, because it is his footstool, nor by Jerusalem, because it is the capital of the great King.
- 36: Nevertheless, you must communicate in these terms: Yes, yes; No, no: for whatever is more than these comes from the evil one.
- 40: And if any man will sue thee in court and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke as well.
- 41: 42 : Give to anyone who asks of thee, and do not turn away from anyone who seeks to borrow from thee It has been said, and you have heard it as well, that one should love one’s neighbor and despise one’s enemy.
- 46: For what reward do you have if you love those who love you?
- What do you do more than others, if you only salute your brethren?
- So, strive to be perfect like your heavenly Father, who also strives to be perfect.
2: As a result, when thou doest thy alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, in order to gain public recognition.
When giving alms, however, keep your left hand from knowing what your right hand is doing: 4: In order for thy alms to be done in secret, and thy Father, who seeth in secret, will reward thee publicly as well.
They have had their just reward, I assure you of that.
Rather than repeating yourself in vain, avoid doing so as the heathen do, for they believe that by saying a lot, they will be heard.
As a result, pray as follows: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven, according to Jesus Christ.
Likewise, we ask that you forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
15, but if you do not forgive men their sins, neither will your Father forgive you your sins, says the Lord Jesus Christ.
They have had their just reward, I assure you of that.
18: 19: Do not store riches on earth, where moth and rust will ruin them and thieves will break through and take them: 20: But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust can destroy them, and where thieves will not break in or take them: The eye is the light of the body; therefore, if thine eye is single, thy whole body will be filled with light.22: For where your treasure is, there will also be your heart.23: The eye is the light of your body: if thine eye is single, thy entire body will be filled with light.
- Those who have an evil eye, however, will be enveloped in darkness over their entire body.
- 24-No one can serve two masters because he will either loathe the first and love the second, or he will adhere to the first and despise the second.
- Take no consideration for your life or what you will eat or drink, nor for the state of your body, nor for what you will put on, as I have said to you.
- Take a look at the fowls of the air, for they do not sow or reap, nor do they collect into barns, yet your heavenly Father provides food for them.
- 27, who of you, with careful consideration, can increase his height by one cubit?
- Take, for example, how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor spin: they just grow.
- So, if God has clothed the grass of the field, which is today and will be put into the oven tomorrow, will he not clothe you, O ye of little faith, even more abundantly?
what will we drink, or what shall we eat.
‘For all of these things are sought after by the Gentiles,’ says the Lord.
However, seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all other things will be added to you as a result.
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Moreover, according to your judgment, you will be judged; similarly, according to your measuring, you will be measured again.
How will you react when your brother says, “Let me pluck the mote out of your eye,” and then you notice that a beam is in your own eye?
6: Do not give your sacred things to the dogs, nor your pearls before pigs, lest they crush them under their feet and turn around and tear you to pieces.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it will be opened vnto you: a.
9: Or is there a guy among you who, if his son asks for food, will give him a stone instead?
Or, in the unlikely event that he asks for a fish, will he respond with a serpent?
Therefore, whatever you would have men do to you, that is exactly what you should do to them: for this is the teaching of the law and the prophets.
Enter via the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and numerous are those who enter by it: 14.
False prophets are those who seem to you in sheep’s clothes but are actually ravenous wolves on the inside.
Every good tree bears fruit that is beneficial, while a corrupt tree bears fruit that is harmful to the plant.
The fire is hewn down and thrown into the fire for every tree that does not produce decent fruit.
Twenty-one: Not every one who calls out to me in a loud voice and says “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven; but only he who submits to the will of my Father in heaven will enter.
as well as many more outstanding deeds done in thy name I will then confess to them, “I never knew you; go from me, you who do wickedness.” Consequently, I will compare everyone who hears these words of mine and acts upon them to a wise man who built his house on a rock: 25: And the rain plummeted, and the floods arrived, and the winds blew and battered on that home, but it did not fall, for it was built on a rock foundation.
26: And everyone who hears these words of mine but does not put them into practice will be compared to a fool who built his home on the sand: As a result, the rain plummeted, and the floods arrived, and the winds blew and battered on that home, causing it to collapse, and the collapse was tremendous.
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Did Jesus need to reaffirm each commandment?
First and foremost, consider the following: Is it true that Jesus stated that only the commandments that He specifically mentioned are applicable to Christians? That is a simple question to answer: no. No such statement can be found in the Gospel accounts, as you will discover if you look them up. Was Jesus implying that all of the Ten Commandments would remain intact and relevant in the future? He, in fact, did it. Shortly after delivering the Beatitudes, Jesus spoke about “the Law” and “the Prophets,” and whether or not He had come to abolish all or parts of these traditions.
- Consider the following: Is it true that Jesus stated that only the commandments that He expressly listed are binding on believers? Answering this question is simple: no. The Gospel narratives do not contain any such remark, as you will see if you look them up. Are all of the Commandments still valid and applicable, as Jesus claimed in the Gospel of Matthew? And He actually did it! Jesus addressed “the Law” and “the Prophets” shortly after delivering the Beatitudes, and whether or not He had come to abolish all or portions of them. Let’s look at what He stated in Matthew 5:17-19 in further detail:
Jesus stated unequivocally that He did not come to “destroy” the Torah. The Greek word for “destroy” (katalyo) can also mean “dissolve,” “demolish,” “abrogate,” or “deprive of force,” according to certain translations. However, rather than repealing the law, He came tofulfill(pleroo) it—which literally translates as “make full,” “fill up,” or “achieve.” His coming not only fulfilled Old Testament prophesies, but He also came to flawlessly keep the Ten Commandments and, in doing so, gave them additional meaning and relevance—just as the Messiah was predicted to do—just as the Messiah was promised to do (Isaiah 42:21).
- “And, believe me when I say, until heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle of the law will by no means be removed from the book of life until all is completed.” The Bible says (Matthew 5:18)
“And, believe me when I say, until heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle of the law will by no means be removed from the book of life until everything is accomplished.” Jesus said in Matthew 5:18 that
- If anybody breaches even one of these commandments, let alone instructs others to do so, that person will be regarded as least in the kingdom of heaven
- But anyone keeps and teaches them will be regarded as most excellent.” 19) and (verse 20).
When Jesus said that anybody who knows better but still preaches against any of God’s rules will not be allowed into God’s Kingdom, he took it personally (compare Matthew 5:20 and 19:17). The Greek word for “break” literally translates as “to lose, ruin, or disintegrate.” This harsh admonition, unfortunately, applies to many professing Christian leaders who teach their followers that all or portions of the Ten Commandments have been repealed. Using these three simple, yet impactful verses, Jesus reiterated that the Ten Commandments—each and every one of them—would be carried through into the New Covenant era of the New Testament.
It was agreed that they would remain in force so long as the heavens and the earth remained in existence.
Although the other eight have profound spiritual significance as well, He chose to focus on only those two at the time of his teachings.
Jesus reciting the Commandments
However, despite Jesus’ emphatic comments, some still contend that if He did not directly specify a commandment, its applicability to Christians is in doubt. Consider, on the other hand, Jesus’ conversation with a man who was referred to as “a certain ruler.” “What should I do in order to gain eternal life?” this man inquired of Jesus. (See Luke 18:18.) Keeping the Commandments, Jesus responded, was the first and most important step, and He then named five of them: “‘Don’t commit adultery,’ “Don’t murder,” “Do not steal,” “Don’t bear false testimony,” and “Honor your father and your mother.” “Do not commit adultery,” Jesus replied (Luke 18:20).
Is it correct to assume that because Jesus only mentioned five commandments, the other five are unnecessary and nonbinding? Following this line of logic, it follows:
- We are free to put any other deity before the real God (Exodus 20:3)
- We are allowed to create and worship idols of whatever kind we choose (Exodus 20:4-5)
- And we are free to do anything we want with our lives (Exodus 20:6). We have complete freedom to defame and misappropriate God’s name as much as we desire (verse 7). We are free to labor on the seventh-day Sabbath (verses 8-11)
- We are free to desire (verse 17)
- And we are free to sin (verses 18-20).
Unfortunately, this is taught by some, but in practice, it is typically only utilized to zero in on one of the commandments listed above (the seventh-day Sabbath). This is not accurate, as Jesus’ remark in Matthew 5 demonstrates. Is it possible that, by mentioning only five, Jesus was ignoring some of the Ten Commandments? In no way, shape, or form! In our next session, we’ll look more closely at the New Testament and discover that it does, in fact, directly emphasize each and every one of God’s Ten Commandments.
Sidebar: Why Did Jesus List Only Those Five Commandments?
When speaking to the rich ruler, Jesus stated that adherence to the Commandments was required, and then went on to enumerate five of the Ten Commandments in detail (Luke 18:18-20). Why would He do such a thing? Here are a few options to consider. The actual nature of this man’s “rule” is unclear, however he might have been a member of the Pharisees, according to the text (who ruled the synagogues). The Pharisees had devised their own set of commandments, which were extremely taxing and, in some cases, actually caused individuals to ignore God’s commands entirely.
- By mentioning a few of the Ten Commandments, He was explaining which commandments were required for everlasting life: God’s 10 Commandments, not the onerous regulations of the Pharisees, and which commandments were required for eternal life.
- When it came to the Pharisees’ laws, one of the most serious issues was that they frequently resulted in the abuse and mistreatment of others.
- (verse 34-35).
- The most serious fault was a failure to offer love to one’s fellow human being.
- These were the five commandments that the Pharisees desperately wanted to hear again.
- Even though the man stated that he had followed these rules since infancy, Jesus urged him to sell all of his belongings and follow Him, something that it appears the man was hesitant to do.
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The Greatest Commandment
I stopped using social media (with the exception of work-related items) a few weeks back. Taking a break from social media every now and again is strongly recommended, especially during an election season. No, I didn’t decide to fast for some super-spiritual purpose. I stopped using social media because I found myself becoming involved in unhelpful debates on theology, race, and politics, among other topics. When I saw that I was becoming abnormally drawn to memes that claimed things like “your internet search is not the same as my theology degree,” I realized it was time to say goodbye for the time being.
Furthermore, in the realm of social media, how can we navigate through an election season while being active on social media platforms?
A similar sentiment may be found in the second commandment: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “The whole Law and the Prophets are predicated on these two precepts.” Matthew 22:34-40 (New American Standard Bible) The fact that Jesus delivers these words in the midst of a tremendous controversy and debate with the religious authorities is something you may not have realized.
After throwing over a number of tables in the temple where religious leaders were selling items for worship at exorbitant costs to impoverished people, Jesus enraged the religious establishment (21:12-17) They have been labeled hypocrites by Jesus.
He compares them to Satan, the adversary, in several places (13:19, 38–39).
In addition, Jesus spends the entirety of chapter 23 imparting sorrows to the people.
He is not averting his gaze away from the dispute, nor is he being mute or inactive.
What is it about the religious elite that makes Jesus so enraged?
All of this is being done in the name of God’s love for the people.
Throughout Matthew 22:34-40, Jesus emphasizes the importance of loving God first and then loving others, and that loving God first leads to loving others.
Or, to put it another way, if we are not loving one another, we are not loving God.
Laws are important, but love is more important.
If the law prevents me from falling in love with someone, the legislation should be re-examined and maybe re-interpreted.
The religious leaders were guilty of abusing their authority in order to burden people with the law rather than loving people. How may these words of Jesus be a source of strength for us today, when we find ourselves in the midst of a conflict situation?
- It is OK to participate in confrontation. Being loving does not imply being mute or passive
- If you are having difficulty loving someone, concentrate on the ways in which you are loving and receiving God’s love. Using this method, you may determine whether or not it is appropriate to fast, turn off the news, or take a break from specific social groups. Perhaps it is time to consider what I am lacking in terms of God’s love for me or for the rest of the world. You may want to re-examine your laws or regulations if they are keeping you from loving someone. This is especially important in light of the commandment to love.
Whether you are taking a break from social media or are smack in the thick of a disagreement, remember that love is more important than anything else in the world. The CT’sBlog Forum contains the post Jesus Creed. Contribute to the work of CT. Subscribe today and receive a free year of service. The opinions expressed by the blogger do not necessarily reflect the views of Christianity Today or its staff.