Good morning to all, grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Today we are discussing the greatest commandments, and they must follow in this order before they are fulfilled properly within our hearts, soul and mind. Jesus tells us these two commandments in two different ways. First the Holy Spirit tells us through Matthew's account of the words of Jesus in Matthew 7 and then plainly in Mathew 22 when asked by the Pharisees. Jesus tells us who we are before the cross, who God is, who we are after the cross, and who we will be for others in Matthew 7, and many do not realize this is the two commandments. He then spells them out more plainly in Matthew 22. Let us look at these two separate conversations so God can reveal his truth through His Spirit from each conversation for all of us to benefit from.
Matthew 7:11-12 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gits to those who ask him! 12) So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
We read first that Jesus tells us we are evil, that is the first thing he will tell us from the cross through His Spirit, he will reveal our evil, because his presence is so holy, good and full of light, he is the mirror that reveals our true sinful nature, and his true presence within us gives us belief!! We can willingly repent in full faith from what he reveals to us of himself through the Holy Spirit or we can reject him and what he is giving us. We willingly can ask him as a child to forgive us of all our sinful nature, and all the times we did not think of him when clearly he has made his presence known. After he has revealed his presence and revealed our evil by his presence we then make the acceptance of the gift or the rejection. This will determine who "those" are that are asking the Father. We, "those" are his reborn children.
The second revelation from these words we will receive and experience from the cross is God as our Father forgiving us. This he reveals to us by his Godly Father presence and showing us mercy because our hearts, soul, and mind have been given to him to fill with his presence, he will clearly give us all good gifts because we have received him as our Father and he has revealed to us we are his reborn child. This relationship is clearly spelled out through his words, "How much more will your Father in Heaven". We are full of his love in our hearts, mind and soul because of what his Son revealed to us at the cross. His blood healed us from our sinful nature, and by His gift of His Spirit we now can give God our love as he desires, and receive God's love as he desires, and this relationship comes through His Son Jesus Christ our Lord. We are full of his love as him being our perfect Father everyday through the Spirit of His Son as we surrender ourselves to him as his child. We then know we can ask him anything and he will freely give it to us. We have been fully reconciled to God, and can complete all the requirements he is asking us to be and do because of the gift of the Holy Spirit our Father has lavished in us. This is the first commandment fulfilled through the Cross. Have you experienced this from the cross by receiving His Spirit of truth? If the cross is drawing you, go now to the cross, and willingly ask him as his child to reveal his presence in you. When we have received all of what God wants to give us each day it is because we freely have surrendered all each day. What then, do we keep all he is given us to ourselves?
No, then he fulfills his next commandment within our hearts. "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets."
What is he telling us here. If we are full of his presence through the Gift of the Holy Spirit, we are loving him with all our hearts, mind and soul, how will we be loving others? The same way we love him, and he loves us, we will be loving them through his full heart of wisdom, through his full heart of grace, through his full heart of healing, through his full heart of mercy, forgiveness, and love. We will be loving others through what he is giving us and we will be proclaiming his name as our Lord, thanking him, and praising God giving him our Father in Heaven all the glory. There is no greater love you can give a person than the love of God our Father through his son Jesus Christ our Lord. Today I do not see people loving others through Christ. I see people loving people through people.
He clearly says to love others as yourself. Who are you? This does not mean to love someone through your natural love, being good, giving, lifting up each other by making yourselves feel loved and good. This does not mean to love someone because you want to make a difference in someone else's life. Who are you? Are you not being made in the image of Christ for Christ to be glorified through you for others? "I have been crucified with Christ I no longer live, but Christ lives in me." Who are you glorifying? Who saved you? You blesses you so you can bless others? If He is in you, this will mean you want him to make a difference in someone else's life. It means he is sending you to love them through Him, through his grace, his mercy, his wisdom, his blessing, not for your glory of your own goodness, and your own wisdom of making a difference, but he is making a difference in you, and now he wants to make a difference in another persons life through you.
I saw a video on Facebook that many were praising, and some even said they needed a tissue because it made them cry. It was at a grocery store, and a person was helping all kinds of people pay for their groceries. The person who is talking to us before the video is played never tells us who is taping the video. He even shows us a written prayer he prays above the video asking God to give him the heart for helping people, and loving people. He never says one word about my Lord, his goodness, and his blessings. He never mentions his name or gives him glory. He then shows us the video of how he was changing peoples lives, and loving people and that should be our main concern here on earth. He then tells us, the audience, this is what we are all to do. "Love others as yourself"
The video shows a customer in a store coming to the cash register after all their groceries were rung up, and then the manager would come up and say, "Guess what?" The customer would look weird, and say with confusion as if they had done something wrong, "What??" The manager would say, "Your money is not good today, your groceries have been paid by an anonymous donor !" They would be so happy with tears falling down their faces, could not believe what was going on, and then they show the next person, then the next, then the next. Everyone was so happy because someone was helping them, the store was being praised, the anonymous donor was being honored, but Christ is never mentioned. Everyone was loving everyone, but our Father God nor my Lord was never mentioned. He was not acknowledged, praised or glorified. His name never came up. Many of the customers ask the manager, "Who did this?" The manager would say, "It is an anonymous donor". The customer would say, "Please thank them" and the the manger would tell them he would. . So are we living the first commandment to complete the second, or are we only living the second for our praise and our glory of making ourselves "feel" good this season we celebrate his birth?
What kind of love do you want from others when you love God with all of your heart, soul, and mind? Do you want others to love you with God's wisdom, God's true judgment, God's mercy, peace, grace and forgiveness? Do you want God to bless you or others to bless you? This is the two commandments explained, but many today do not love people has God loved them. We want the credit of our own love, our own giving, our own being the one blessing people. We want to be the giver and give the gifts, when all along we would have nothing to give if it wasn't for Him blessing us in the first place. How many people today are truly loving people with a full heart from God for that person, and for his purpose of making himself known?
The golden rule was not made for a natural man it was made to live through the Spirit of God not through the spirit of natural man. Many natural men and women today are living the golden rule through their own natural soul, mind and heart. People feel good helping people, and many people are being exalted today for their goodness and love for mankind in them making a difference in the world. That is why no one is changing within, many people are getting physical help, food, clothes, and love from human kind. Not many are receiving the love of God, the forgiveness of God, the wisdom of God, and the fear of God. All these gifts of himself can change a man or woman into true devotion for God as our Father so anyone we are giving anything to they will be drawn to him. If we do not like glorifying him here today and praising his Holy Name. We surely will not like living in Heaven that is all we will do. Many people are getting exalted today while they drive in the drivers seat through life, and he takes a back seat, and many times he is left out of the car all together.
In Mathew 22 we are going to investigate another conversation Matthew records through the Spirit of God. Jesus then tells the Pharisees after he had silenced the Sadducees. The Pharisees were the head religious Jewish Hebrews in that age, living through the Old Testament, and the law. The Sadducees were a party of people that could trace their linage of noble birth all the way to chief ministers of the Temple from the reign of Solomon. They were an exclusive group with social position, and very wealthy. People I am sure held them in great honor, as you can see many people today hold these type of people in great honor. These two groups tested Jesus constantly through out his three year ministry to see if they could catch him in a lie so they could discredit him by what he said or did. Acting like they were curious and not trying to trick him they ask him many questions. We know Jesus knew their hearts at all times, but they did not know he did. You can only know he knows all of you by you knowing him by faith you receive from the cross. They were trying to catch him to prove he was a fraud and committing blasphemy against God. When truly they were the ones blaspheming God all along. They called him Teacher to his face, but in their hearts, and out of sight they where trying their best to kill him and get rid of him. They wanted him discredited, and out of the synagogue. Jesus had a new way of thinking through faith and not by works and that was making them look bad. They ask him plainly (to trick him), "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"
Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
This is what Jesus said in Matthew 7:12, at least the last part. So the first part (Matthew 7:11)before it, must mean the first commandment but said in a different way. First you have to be a reborn child of God and him your Father through the First Son before you can love God with all your heart, mind and soul, and also to be able to love others you also must love them as yourself. Again, who are you? You must love them as Jesus loved you, as if Jesus is loving them, and through them they may then love you same. This is why Jesus tells us he sums up all the prophets, judges, all the kings, teachers, Lords, and masters that have come before him. He tells us he is greater than Solomon, David, Isaiah, and Moses.
Jesus tells us we are to love others has he has loved us, that means in truth, in grace, and through God's wisdom and he gets all the glory and praise not ourselves. Jesus did all things to bring glory to his Father. (John 14:13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, (in Christ) so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.)
John 15:11 I have told you (his disciples) this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
We lay down our lives for Jesus as he laid down his life for us, and all people will be drawn to him, not us, and he will change them through his grace, peace and joy, and he will get the glory so will the Father be glorified and praised. My question is how can we claim to love him with all our mind, with all our heart, and with all our soul and never give him glory for our giving, our words, our wisdom, and helping others. We don't praise his name, we do not honor him above man? How is that possible? It isn't, that is why he is not mentioned or glorified because some do not truly love him with all their heart, soul, and mind, they are loving themselves and others before him. Today we all need to check and watch ourselves, who are we praising while we are giving, who are you glorifying by the way we walk and talk through life? Who do we praise for our many blessings, our wisdom, our words to help others. Who are they coming from? If you have received all things in this life from him, not you, but Christ will be glorified faithfully!!