Sunday 5 June 2022

Love Your God (CW53)

     World War 3 is at Hand

While we wait for the fall and destruction of Iran to start World War 3, let's check our own Christian faith, doctrine and knowledge of Him and His words.

Man was created in God's image
Gen 1:26a   Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;
    God is Spirit. Of all the living things on earth, only man was created with the spirit.
   God is love. Man was also created with the love of God to fellowship and love Him.

Free Will Given to Man
Gen 2:16-17  And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."
    God created men to love Him but gave them the free will to choose. The best test of the genuinity of man's love for Him is our obedience to His commandment.
   So God forbid Adam and Eve to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in order to test their love for Him. They sinned by disobeying His only command.
John 14:15  "If you love Me, keep My commandments."

Love the Lord your God
Deu 6:4-5  "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, and with all your strength."
     His perfect love was shown by His death on the cross for men's sins. Having created this great love in men, He desires every man to love Him with all his heart, with all his soul and with all their strength by willingly and joyfully keeping His commandments.
   This same commandment of loving Him with all their hearts was first given to Adam and his descendants and later to Noah and his descendents and then the Israelites or Jews.
   With the commandments and covenants given to men, God can judge men's love for Him .

Mosaic Law for the Lawless
1 Tim 1:9  knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
   Throughout history men were found to be wicked, covetous, adulterous and lawless, so God gave the Jews the Mosaic Law in great detail for them to follow so that they have no excuse.

On these 2 commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets
Mat 22:37-40  Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."
   All the commandments, teachings and instructions of the Law and Prophets are based on these two commandments.
   Anyone who has kept these two commandments
1. Love God with all your hearts....
2. Love your neighbour as yourself
has fulfilled the Law and the Prophets.
Lev 19:18b  but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

Hypocrisy of Jewish Leaders
Mat 23:23  "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone."
   Unfortunately, the wicked Jews kept only part of the law but neglected or rejected the weightier parts of the law. Please read Mat 23

Worship God in Spirit and Truth
John 4:24  God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
    We must worship God in Spirit (with complete love for Him) and in Truth (complete obedience to His words and commandments). Worships of the wicked and heretics with their distorted and false denominational doctrines of men are not acceptable by Him.
Mat 15:8-9  'These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.' "