The One Commandment of Jesus


The Old Testament can be summed up with the Ten Commandment of Moses, and the Commandments can be summed up with two important concepts. The love for God, and the love for your neighbors.

On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets [Matthew 22:40]

However for the disciples of Christ, and the community churches there is another new law. As a result the ten commandment completed by the sets of new commandments by Jesus.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. [John 13:34]

This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. [John 15:12]

If you view it from the Old Testament, the love for God and the love for your neighbors can be separated. However it was merged into one in the New Testament.

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. [Galatians 5:14]

The person who did this, was Jesus. In other words, any love given to your neighbors is love given to Jesus.

And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ [Matthew 25:40]

So this means, Jesus would judge those who proclaim to love God but fail to love their neighbors and brothers. Those who profess to be believers but refuse to love one another. Those people will be judged according Jesus’s laws.  

And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness! [Matthew 7:23]

There was only commandment that Jesus had given to his disciples, and that was to love one another as how He had loved.

Jesus had practiced the greatest form of love of all for His friends. He had sacrificed His life for the life of his friends. By sacrificing Himself, He had become the drink and bread for them.

There is only one thing He asks of those who follow Him. It is to do as He had done and love each other as He. Breaking this commandment would be equivalent to violating the laws of heaven.

This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. [John 15:12]

To love one another to the point of killing your ego and physical life. This kind of love is the actual substance of a community in the Kingdom of God.

This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. [John 15:13]

This was the only commandment that Jesus had given, but those who fail to practice this law and only focus on the religious ceremonial practices are in turn violating His and the heaven’s commandment. There will be judgment for those people.

The sheep and goats will be separated. Soon there will be separation between the sheep that practice true love, and the goats who refuse to love another and only seek their own salvation. And those goats shall be judged.

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.

Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’

And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

[Matthew 1:21-23]

Those who claim that you are able to go to heaven even without the practice of love, is a direct rebellion against Jesus’s teaching.  It will also lead countless astray, and in turn going against the Holy Spirit.

This Gospel was only made for the satisfaction and assurance for the rich. It is an egoistic, self gospel that puts oneself at risk.

It is essential to break free from a religious mindset. Break free from one's own ego and lowering themselves for others. Live by serving each other in a communal life. Those refusing to love another and only preach about the self salvation are cursed by Jesus. For they not only walk on the road to hell but also lead others down the road.

But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.[a]

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.

[Matthew 23:11-15]

Unfortunately the mainstream churches have failed with this issue of property and violence at every turning point in history. There was always a new challenge and attempt for the Kingdom of God, but due to the mainstream churches opposition and denial, the Kingdom of God had become an opposition to them.  


Original Text: http://jungwonyang.com/post/Msg882

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