THE 11th COMMANDMENT 8-14-17
John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
Love———–(1) to have a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
That’s a mouthful ain’t it? To love one another as Christ loves us. How many of us really do that? There are people I have a greater fondness for than others but at the same time, didn’t 1 Timothy 5:21 tell us to do “nothing by partiality.” James chapter 2 teaches us specifically against that kind of behavior. I am not attempting to pass judgment on anyone because I imagine that each of us is about as guilty as the next one. But I do want to look at the encouraging side of this scripture.
The encouraging side is to look at just how much Christ really did, and still does, love us. One of the most basic relationships among people is marriage. Biblical marriage between a man born a man and a woman born a woman. It is a shame that we have gotten so far away from the teachings of God that marriage even has to be defined. Anyway, Ephesians 5:25 says “Husbands love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.” John 15:13 says this, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” This was Christ himself speaking and he went on to say in verse 14 that those that keep his commandments are his friends. Verse 15 tells us that everything God said to him he had made known to his disciples. And in verse 16 he says that he chose us. He chose whosoever will but I know that not all are going to come to him. Not everyone is interested in keeping his commandments or being his friend. In 1 Peter 2:9 the bible says that we are a chosen generation and a royal priesthood. Are you beginning to get the picture? Christ places a high value on you and I. In Revelation 5:5, the lion of the tribe of Judah prevailed and was worthy take the book out of the hand of the strong angel and to loose the 7 seals thereof. In verse 8, he took the book. In verse 9, he “was slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue,and people, and nation; (10) and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” If you want to see what true love is, you need not look any further than the cross of Calvary. In John 15 Jesus said that he would “lay down his life for the sheep.” In John 10:27 he said that “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: (28) And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”
What a gift; eternal life. The very thing that man has sought after to retain our youth and existence and God has given it to us. Death is no longer something that affects us. Oh, we may fill a grave at some point if the rapture doesn’t take us first, but we have done all the dying we will ever have to do. In Genesis 2:7 it says “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” If God made us a living soul and he has given us eternal life, that means we will live as long as he does. John 1:12 says that he gave us power to become the sons of God. Romans 8:14 says that “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Verse 15 says that we have received the Spirit of adoption and verse 16 says that we are the children of God. Verse 17 declares that if we are God’s children, then we are his heirs and therefore joint heirs with Jesus. If that is true, and it is, then everything that the Father owns is mine. The good thing is that instead of having to wait for God to die in order to receive what he has, we get to receive it now. Hiers typically receive the property of the owner upon the owner’s death. Since God is eternal, he has given us access to all he has now. Ephesians 2:4 “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us.” And let’s not forget the most common verse of all: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).” Ephesians 2:8 says that salvation is a gift of God. Isaiah 53:5 says “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Verse 4 said “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.” Verse 6 says that “…the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Verse 12 says that “…he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” That sure sounds like somebody that loves us a whole lot doesn’t it? Just the thought that somebody cares that much for me is hard to comprehend. I mentioned Revelation 5 a minute ago; but what I didn’t mention was that a search had been made in heaven and in the earth and beneath the earth but none was found worthy. No one worthy to be the sacrifice to a holy God and pay the penalty for my sins. No one that is, except for the lion of the tribe of Judah. He didn’t have to give his life as that supreme sacrifice; but he did. He didn’t have to take the beatings; but he did. He didn’t have to take the mocking; but he did. He didn’t have to bear the shame; but he did. He didn’t have to hang on that cross in my place for my sin; but he did.
The 11th commandment, a new commandment, not written in stone by the finger of God but spoken to the ears of all that would keep his commandments. To love one another as he has loved us. It doesn’t seem that hard when you compare it to our sins that put him on that cross to begin with does it? When we stop and realize that those that are vile and demeaning, those that mock even today, those with lifestyles of all kinds that we as God’s children detest, are only following their nature. “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:11).” Those folks are no worse than you and I were or would have been if given the opportunity: BUT GOD! Those folks that you encounter today that seem so pathetic and hopeless; they are. Outside of the love and mercy and grace of God. Just like you and I were. Love one another as he has loved us. He died for us and all he ask is that we live for him. Why? Because he was the light of the world but now we are that light. If we as Christians can’t love sinners; who will? Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!