Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The First Commandment: Grace

"And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another." (2 John 5)

When John writes to "the lady", we can believe that John is writing to the Church, the Bride of Christ.

"25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. " (Ephesians 5: 25-27)

The greatest commandment, which has been from the beginning is "Love on another."

Reading 1 John 4: 19, we learn that this love comes from God, who is love, and thus we love others, including God, because He first loved us.

What a great commandment, indeed!

This fifth verse speaks of God's magnificent and magnified grace, for the gift of God, His Son, brings to us all great things with Him (Romans 8: 32)

In his first epistle, John writes:

"For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." (1 John 5: 3)

For today, I submit that not only does God love us, but He loves through us (1 John 4: 9), as it is the love of God to keep His commandment, or rather the love of God (not "for God") equates with our keeping His commandments.

It's all about God's love for us, not our love or Him.

This is grace in action, and this grace is enacted through us because of Jesus, grace personified (John 1: 17)

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