Just a Reminder

John 14:15 (ESV) “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

John 14:21 (ESV) “Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

John 15:10 (ESV) “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.”

1 John 5:2-3 (ESV) “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.”

2 John 1:6 (ESV) “And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.”

2 thoughts on “Just a Reminder

  1. Shalom brother! I once wrote all these verses down similarly to this, for the same purposes of this, but still it left the inevitable, “Well, what are these commandments?”

    I recently spoke to my girlfriends father about the Torah and my understanding of it in light of the new covenant. He professed several times that “all that is commanded by Jesus is to love God will all your heart, mind, soul and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself.” -A common, understandable response, BUT…

    What would be the best, accurate way to connect these statements of Yeshua referring to [his] commandments to the commandments of Torah?

  2. My first question to him would be, “How does one love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind? Did God leave us hanging out there in the wind with our wet finger in the air trying to figure out how to put specifics to what it means to love God, and to love our neighbor? Or did He give us specifics?”

    I like to point out the verse immediately after Jesus says, “and love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:40) which says, “On these two commandments depend (or hang) all the Law and the Prophets”

    In other words, the two great commandments are summaries of all the rest of the commandments of God.

    Finally, what do you think Jesus’ audience would have understood the “commandments” he mentioned to be? Were there any other commandments besides those in Torah? Were the commandments found in the “Old Testament” majorly on the mind of Jesus’ audience?

    There is one more thing, and that is the common misunderstanding of what Yeshua was doing in the Sermon on the Mount. Many Christians believe he was giving new commandments, but nothing could actually be further from the truth.

    Perhaps my next blog post ought to be about properly understanding the Sermon on the Mount.–>

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