THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 3-3-19



LESSON TITLE: "A NEW COMMANDMENT"



WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES, WE ARE TOLD "FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD." IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST, RAY SULLINS.



HERE WE ARE TOGETHER AGAIN ON A WONDROUS LORD'S DAY MORNING, PRIVILEGED TO SERVE OUR GOD IN SONGS OF PRAISE AND THROUGH THE STUDY OF HIS WORD. WE WELCOME YOU TO THIS TIME OF OFFERING TO GOD. I HOPE EACH OF YOU HAD A GREAT WEEK AND I HOPE YOU ARE READY TODAY TO THINK ON THINGS ABOVE, AND TO GIVE FULL ATTENTION TO OUR CREATOR WHO HAS DONE SO MUCH FOR ALL OF US. IN FACT, THIS MORNING WE WANT TO BEGIN BY TALKING TO OUR GOD IN PRAYER. WON'T YOU BOW WITH ME AT THIS TIME BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD.

PRAYER: OUR WONDEROUS GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE KNOW HOW GREAT YOU ARE AND THAT YOU ARE A WONDROUS GOD, A LOVING GOD, A MIGHTY GOD, AND A GRACIOUS GOD. AND THEREFORE FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR MERCY. AND FATHER, WE ASK THIS DAY THAT YOU WILL HELP US TO LIVE IN SUCH A WAY THAT WE WILL SHINE AS LIGHTS IN THIS WORLD, THAT OTHERS MIGHT KNOW YOU AND OBEY YOUR TRUTH AS WELL. AND FATHER, ALSO WE THANK YOU THAT WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THOSE THINGS THAT YOU HAVE ASKED AS YOU HAVE GIVEN US DIRECTION THROUGH YOUR WORD TO KNOW WHAT TO DO AND TO SAY. AND THEREFORE FATHER, HELP US IN THE END TO RECEIVE NOT ONLY THE BLESSINGS OF THIS LIFE BUT ALSO THE GREAT BLESSINGS OF THE LIFE TO COME ONLY POSSIBLE IN AND THROUGH YOUR SON JESUS CHRIST. AND IT'S IN HIS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

AT THIS TIME WE WANT TO GET STARTED BY SINGING OUR FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING. WON'T YOU ALL JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE LIFT UP OUR VOICES TOGETHER, IN THE HYMN, "HIDE ME, ROCK OF AGES."



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS



WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU STARTED COMPLAINING ABOUT SOMETHING IN YOUR LIFE? WHAT WAS THE REASON THAT YOU GOT DEPRESSED? WAS IT CONCERNING YOUR JOB OR SCHOOL? POSSIBLY IT WAS FROM PROBLEMS IN RELATIONSHIPS, BETWEEN LOVED ONES, FAMILY, OR FRIENDS. OR MAYBE IT WAS DUE TO POOR HEALTH OR PROBLEMS WITH SICKNESS. WHATEVER THE REASON IS, WE ALWAYS SEEM TO GET DOWN ABOUT SOMETHING.

I WANTED TO REMIND YOU OF WHAT THE LORD TOLD PAUL WHEN HE WAS COMPLAINING ABOUT HIS "THORN IN THE FLESH." IN 2 CORINTHIANS 12:9, JESUS SAID, "MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU, FOR MY STRENGTH IS MADE PERFECT IN WEAKNESS." YOU SEE PAUL HAD TO BE REMINDED THAT THINGS DON'T ALWAYS GO OUR WAY OR HOW WE THINK THEY SHOULD. IN FACT, IF YOU LOOK AT A FEW EARLIER VERSES IN THE TEXT, PAUL CLEARLY REALIZES THAT IT IS OUR INFIRMITIES AND PROBLEMS THAT KEEP US FROM BECOMING PUFFED UP OR BOASTFUL IN THE LORD. IN VERSE SEVEN, PAUL SAID, "AND LEST I SHOULD BE EXALTED ABOVE MEASURE BY THE ABUNDANCE OF THE REVELATIONS, A THORN IN THE FLESH WAS GIVEN TO ME, A MESSENGER OF SATAN TO BUFFET ME, LEST I BE EXALTED ABOVE MEASURE."

WHEN WE ARE CHRISTIANS AND LABORERS OF GOD, ONE OF OUR BIGGEST TEMPTATIONS IS TO BECOME ARROGANT, BECAUSE OF THE BLESSINGS AND PROMISES IN JESUS CHRIST. SOMETIMES IT IS THE TRIALS AND PROBLEMS OF LIFE THAT BRING US BACK TO REALITY SO THAT WE CAN REALIZE THAT WITHOUT GOD, WE ARE REALLY NOTHING. FOR THIS REASON PAUL WENT ON TO SAY IN THE LATTER PART OF VERSE NINE, "THEREFORE MOST GLADLY I WILL RATHER BOAST IN MY INFIRMITIES, THAT THE POWER OF CHRIST MAY REST UPON ME."

FURTHERMORE, IN VERSE 10, HE GOES ON TO SAY, "THEREFORE I TAKE PLEASURE IN INFIRMITIES, IN REPROACHES, IN NEEDS, IN PERSECUTIONS, IN DISTRESSES, FOR CHRIST'S SAKE. FOR WHEN I AM WEAK, THEN I AM STRONG." WHERE DOES OUR STRENGTH COME FROM? ARE WE ABLE TO BE LIKE PAUL AND ACCEPT WHERE WE ARE AND WHAT WE HAVE TODAY? LOOK AROUND YOU IN THIS WORLD, EVERYONE SUFFERS DUE TO THE THINGS OF THE FLESH. THUS WE MUST ALWAYS KEEP IN MIND THAT NO MATTER HOW BAD IT SEEMS TO GET WE CAN ALWAYS LOOK NEXT DOOR OR ACROSS THE STREET AND FIND THOSE WHO ARE IN MUCH WORSE SHAPE! INSTEAD OF COMPLAINING, WON'T YOU COUNT YOUR MANY BLESSINGS, AND NAME THEM ONE BY ONE? WE CAN ONLY HAVE THIS ATTITUDE WITH CHRIST!

IN OUR STUDY THIS MORNING WE WILL AGAIN FOCUS ON OUR SERIES ENTITLED, "BEHOLD ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW." OUR SPECIFIC TOPIC TODAY IS, "A NEW COMMANDMENT!" SO PLEASE CONTINUE WITH US AND IN A FEW MINUTES I WILL RETURN WITH THIS STUDY OF THE MORNING. NOW, LET'S JOIN IN OUR SECOND HYMN OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THE SONG, "THE LAST MILE OF THE WAY!"



LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS



WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONTINUING WITH US NOW THIS DAY AS WE GO TO GOD'S WORD AND LOOK AT ANOTHER LESSON IN RELATIONSHIP OF THOSE THINGS THAT MIGHT CHALLENGE US TO REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT GOD HAS TAUGHT US IN HIS WORD AND THOSE THINGS THAT ARE OFTEN REFERRED TO AS NEW IN HIS WORD. ONE SUCH PLACE IS WHEN JESUS HIMSELF WAS SPEAKING IN JOHN CHAPTER 13 AND MAKES THIS STATEMENT IN VERSE 34. HE SAYS, "'A NEW COMMANDMENT I GIVE TO YOU.'" WITHIN THIS CONTEXT, HE IS TALKING ABOUT THE NEED THAT WE HAVE TO NOT ONLY KNOW WHO HE IS BUT TO GLORIFY GOD THROUGH HIM AND ALSO KNOW THAT HE WAS ABOUT TO RETURN TO THE FATHER. THEREFORE, HIS DISCIPLES NEEDED TO BE AWARE THAT HE WOULD NOT LEAVE THEM ALONE. AND IN FACT IN CHAPTER 14 HE GOES ON TO TALK ABOUT THE COMFORTER, THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND THE FACT THAT HE WOULD SEND THAT HELPER THAT HE MIGHT BE ABLE TO REMIND THEM AND HELP THEM IN THEIR WORK TO AGAIN PROCLAIM THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD. BUT IT'S IMMEDIATELY WITHIN THAT CONTEXT THAT HE TALKS OF WHAT IS REFERRED TO AS A NEW COMMANDMENT. AND NOTICE WHAT HE SAYS THAT COMMANDMENT IS. "'THAT YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER; AS I HAVE LOVED YOU, THAT YOU ALSO LOVE ONE ANOTHER.'" IN FACT, THIS IS THEN THE TEXT IN VERSE 35 THAT SAYS THIS IS HOW PEOPLE KNOW THAT YOU ARE MY DISCIPLES, WHEN YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER. NOW CERTAINLY IF YOU WERE TO GO BACK TO THE OLD TESTAMENT YOU WOULD LEARN THAT GOD IS A GOD OF LOVE AND YOU WOULD LEARN THAT GOD SPOKE OF LOVE OF HIS PEOPLE BUT HOW HE ALSO TALKED ABOUT HOW THE PEOPLE SHOULD LOVE HIM UNDER THE OLD LAW. BUT ALSO HOW THEY SHOULD BE BENEVOLENT AND SHOW LOVE TO THEIR BRETHREN. SO IT MIGHT ASK THE QUESTION, HOW WAS THIS COMMANDMENT NEW?

THIS IS WHERE OFTEN SOMETIMES IT IS BENEFICIAL FOR US TO BE ABLE TO GO BACK INTO THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE AND TO MAYBE SEE EXACTLY WHAT THIS WORD "NEW" MEANS. IF I WERE TO THINK WITH YOU ABOUT IN ENGLISH WHAT WE CONSIDER WE WOULD THINK OF SOMETHING THAT WAS NEW IN THE FACT THAT IT MAYBE HAD NOT BEEN USED BEFORE OR SOLD BEFORE OR IN THIS CASE EVEN KNOWN BEFORE. BUT REALLY THE IDEA THAT IS BEING GIVEN HERE WITHIN THIS GREEK WORD IS THE IDEA SOMETHING THAT IS FRESH AND IT IS THE IDEA SPECIFICALLY THAT IS SOMETHING NEW IN QUALITY. MAYBE EVEN AS IF WE HAD NOT HEARD IT BEFORE IN THE WAY THAT WE'RE HEARING IT NOW. NOW I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT AS A PARENT I OFTEN LEARN MANY THINGS CONNECTED TO THAT IDEA. MANY TIMES AS I WAS GROWING UP AS A CHILD OR MAYBE AS A TEENAGER MY PARENTS WOULD TELL ME SOMETHING AND THEY WOULD SAY SOMEDAY YOU'LL UNDERSTAND. SOMEDAY YOU'LL KNOW. AND AS A PARENT MYSELF NOW I LOOK BACK AND I SAY, 'WELL, THEY TOLD ME! THEY WARNED ME!' AND IT'S AS IF THIS IS BRAND NEW. I HAVE HEARD IT BEFORE BUT NOW IT IS AS IF I HAD NEVER HEARD IT BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND IT. I SEE IT IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT. SO WHAT IS IT THAT JESUS IS HERE SAYING? A NEW COMMANDMENT OF LOVE. LOVE BASED ON WHAT? JESUS IS CLARIFING THAT HE IS ABOUT TO DIE. HE IS ABOUT TO GO AND TO RETURN TO THE FATHER. THEREFORE, THEY SHOULD LOVE AS HE LOVED. HOW MUCH DID JESUS LOVE? HE'S ABOUT TO DIE FOR THEM. AND SO WHAT IS HE GOING TO TELL HIS DISCIPLES? THAT THEY SHOULD BE WILLING TO DIE FOR ONE ANOTHER.

NOW, WE SEE THE SAME IDEA LATER IN THE EPISTLE OF JOHN AND IT IS QUITE SIGNIFICANT THAT SOMETIMES THAT AS IN THE GOSPEL HIS EPISTLES ALSO REEMPHASIZE SOME OF THE SAME TRUTHS BUT AT A LATER POINT IN THE CHURCH AS HE IS WRITING TO BELIEVERS OR FOLLOWERS, THOSE WHO HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD. THERE IN THE SAME TEXT IN FIRST JOHN CHAPTER TWO NOTICE WITH ME WHAT HE SAYS BEGINNING THERE AROUND VERSE THREE. HE ALSO TALKS ABOUT THE COMMANDMENT OF GOD AND HE SAYS THAT WE ARE KNOWN TO BE THOSE WHO KNOW GOD WHEN WE NOT ONLY KNOW BUT WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS.THE BIBLE SAYS, "NOW BY THIS WE KNOW HIM, IF WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. HE WHO SAYS 'I KNOW HIM,' AND DOES NOT KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS, IS A LIAR, AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN HIM." YOU SEE, IT IS QUITE SIMPLE. IF YOU DO THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, SOMEONE SEES GOD IN YOU AND THEY SEE YOUR COMMITMENT TO GOD AND YOUR LOVE FOR GOD, THEREFORE, YOU ARE OBEDIENT TO HIS COMMANDS AND YOU'RE PROVING IT IN ACTION. BUT IF YOU SAY, 'I LOVE GOD' BUT YET THEN YOU DON'T KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS, HOW IS THAT LOVE IF YOU DISOBEY OR REJECT THE WILL OF THE ONE THAT YOU CLAIM THAT YOU LOVE? HE GOES ON IN VERSE FIVE TO SAY, "WHOEVER KEEPS HIS WORD, TRULY LOVES GOD." THE ONE WHO OBEYS THE COMMANDMENT TRULY LOVES GOD AND IS PERFECT IN THE SIGHT OF GOD. BY THIS WE KNOW THAT WE ARE IN HIM AND HE WILL ABIDE IN US AND ARE ALSO ABLE TO WALK JUST AS HE, JESUS, WALKED.

BUT NOW WHAT I WANT YOU TO NOTICE WITH ME IS VERSES SEVEN AND EIGHT BECAUSE NOW HE IS GOING TO RETURN TO THIS IDEA OF ALL THINGS BEING NEW. AND HE IS GOING TO SAY THERE'S AN OLD COMMANDMENT AND THERE'S A NEW COMMANDMENT. SO LET'S LOOK AT THE CONTRAST HERE A LITTLE BIT. IN VERSE SEVEN HE SAYS, "BRETHREN, I WRITE NO NEW COMMANDMENT TO YOU, BUT AN OLD COMMANDMENT WHICH YOU HAVE HAD FROM THE BEGINNING." SO HE SAYS THERE'S A COMMANDMENT THAT YOU HAVE KNOWN FROM THE BEGINNING AND WHAT IS THE COMMANDMENT HE IS TALKING ABOUT? OBEDIENCE. OBEDIENCE TO WHAT? THE COMMANDS OF GOD. IT WAS TRUE UNDER THE OLD LAW. IT WAS TRUE BEFORE THE OLD LAW EVEN BY THE PATRIARCHS. THEY WERE TOLD THE COMMANDMENT OF GOD IS THIS - GOD SAYS AND GOD SAYS THOU SHALT AND THOU SHALL NOT AND YOU OBEY IT. AND IF YOU OBEY IT THAN THAT PROVES THAT YOU LOVE GOD BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN OBEDIENT TO THOSE COMMANDMENTS. WE KNOW THE OLD COMMANDMENT. WE KNOW THE OLD WORDS WHICH HAVE BEEN FROM THERE VERSE SEVEN SAYS THE VERY BEGINNING. BUT NOW NOTICE WITH ME WHAT VERSE EIGHT SAYS, "AGAIN, A NEW COMMANDMENT I WRITE TO YOU, WHICH THING IS TRUE IN HIM AND IN YOU, BECAUSE THE DARKNESS IS PASSING AWAY, AND THE TRUE LIGHT IS ALREADY SHINING." AS IT BEGINS TO TALK ABOUT WHAT IS TO THE OLD AND THE NEW, SIN AND RIGHTEOUSNESS. WHAT IS HE SAYING HERE AGAIN? THIS IS A NEW COMMAND AND NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD? CERTAINLY NOT. HE SAYING THIS IS A NEW, A FRESH NEW LOOK AT THE COMMAND, WHAT IS THAT COMMAND? NOW GO WITH ME IF YOU WILL TO VERSE NINE AND 10. HE SAYS, "HE WHO SAYS HE IS IN THE LIGHT, AND HATES HIS BROTHER, IS IN DARKNESS UNTIL NOW. HE WHO LOVES HIS BROTHER ABIDE IN THE LIGHT, AND THERE IS NO CAUSE FOR STUMBLING IN HIM." WHAT IS HE TALKING ABOUT? LOVING OTHERS, LOVING YOUR BRETHREN. NOT BEING IN SIN BUT BEING IN LOVE AS GOD HAS LOVED. WHO DID GOD LOVE? EVERYONE. EVEN UNDER THE OLD LAW, WHO DID GOD LOVE? HIS ENEMIES. ARE WE NOT TO LOVE OUR ENEMIES? CERTAINLY.

THE BOOK OF MATTHEW CHAPTER FOUR INDICATES THAT TRUTH TO US. AND GIVES US THAT PERSPECTIVE RATHER IN THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT CHAPTER FIVE AND VERSE 44 BUT AS WE LOOK AT THE CONCEPT HE IS CLEARLY SAYING THAT THIS IS THE COMMANDMENT OF LOVING ONE ANOTHER BUT IN A FRESH NEW WAY. NOW, HOW IS A FRESH AND NEW? IF YOU WERE TO BACK UP IN THE CONTEXT WHAT IS HE TALKING ABOUT IN CHAPTER ONE? WELL, WE KNOW GOD IS LIGHT AND WE HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD IN THE LIGHT AND THEREFORE IF WE DO WHAT HE IS ASKING AND THE TRUTH IS IN US AND THAT WE'RE OBEDIENT TO HIM AND WE'RE FOLLOWING HIS COMMANDS AND THEREFORE WE'RE OBEDIENT TO THE COMMANDMENT OF GOD. BUT WHAT IS THE NEW CONCEPT? WELL, IF YOU COMPARE IT IN CONTRAST TO THE OLD LAW AND NOW THE NEW LAW, AND IF YOU CONTRAST IT TO THE IDEA THAT JESUS NOW HAS DIED AND HE SHED HIS BLOOD WHEREAS BEFORE HE WAS ONLY PROPHESYING ABOUT THOSE THINGS TO COME AND THAT THE CHURCH NOW AT THIS POINT WAS IN EXISTENCE AND IT WAS NOT IN EXISTENCE IN JOHN CHAPTER 13 WHEN WE READ THE VERSE THERE, NOW NOTICE WHAT HE IS SAYING. HE'S NOW REFERRING TO THE LOVE OF GOD SPECIFICALLY IN WHAT WAY? BACK UP TO VERSE ONE OF CHAPTER TWO. HE SAYS, "MY LITTLE CHILDREN, THESE THINGS I WRITE TO YOU, SO THAT YOU MAY NOT SIN." IT IS STILL ABOUT SIN AND DARKNESS AND KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD AND OBEYING GOD. BUT THEN HE SAYS, "AND IF ANYONE SINS, WE HAVE AN ADVOCATE WITH THE FATHER, JESUS CHRIST THE RIGHTEOUS." SO WHAT IS THAT KEY OF LOVE? WHAT IS THAT FOUNDATION? WHAT IS THAT PREMISE? JESUS DIED AS WHAT? AS THE SACRIFICE. THE RIGHTEOUS JESUS, GOD IN THE FLESH, SON OF GOD CAME TO THE EARTH, SUFFERED, AND DIED FOR WHAT? YOUR SIN AND MY SIN! THAT'S WHY HE SAYS WE SHOULD NOT BE ENGAGED IN THE DARKNESS. THOSE WHO OBEY THE COMMANDS OF GOD WANT NO PART OF THE DARKNESS BECAUSE WE KNOW THE LOVE, THE COMMANDMENT OF LOVE THAT HAS BEEN SHOWN TO US AND THEREFORE, WHAT SHOULD WE DO TO RESPOND? HAVE LOVE AS WELL, NOT ONLY FOR GOD BUT WHAT HE IS SAYING OVERALL IN THE FIRST CHAPTER AS WELL AS IN A CHAPTER TWO. IT IS THE LOVE OF BRETHREN. THE LOVE OF ONE ANOTHER.

BUT HE DOESN'T STOP THERE. HE ACTUALLY SPEAKS MORE ABOUT THAT RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST AND HOW IT IS DEMONSTRATED IN VERSE TWO OF FIRST JOHN CHAPTER TWO WHEN HE SAYS, "AND HE HIMSELF IS A PROPITIATION FOR OUR SINS, AND NOT FOR OURS ONLY BUT ALSO FOR THE WHOLE WORLD." WHAT IS THE CONCEPT OF A PROPITIATION? HE WAS THE SACRIFICE. HE WAS THE REDEMPTIVE PRICE PAID. WHEN HE SHED HIS BLOOD IT WAS THE ONLY THING VIABLE ENOUGH, POWERFUL ENOUGH OF ANY AGE OR ANY TIME TO ACTUALLY COVER OR FORGIVE THE SINS OF MAN FROM EVERY AGE BEFORE AND AFTER. JESUS IS THE GREAT PROPITIATION OF LOVE. REMEMBER BACK IN THE BOOK OF JOHN AGAIN? THE QUESTION IS ASKED BY JESUS, WHAT GREATER LOVE HAS A MAN THEN TO DO WHAT? LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR A FRIEND. SEE, JESUS LAID DOWN HIS LIFE, SHED HIS BLOOD THAT HE MIGHT BE A PROPITIATION FOR YOU AND I AS THOSE OBEDIENT CHILDREN WHO DO THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD BUT WHAT DOES VERSE 2 ALSO SAY? THE WHOLE WORLD! EVEN THOSE WHO REJECT HIM, EVEN THOSE WHO WILL REJECT HIM, EVEN THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW HIM OR LOVE HIM OR EVEN THOSE WHO WILL NOT OBEY HIS COMMANDMENTS. AND SO WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THE COMMANDMENT OF LOVE, OH, HOW BEAUTIFUL TO SEE THE LOVE OF GOD OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS. BUT HOW EVEN MORE PRECIOUS TO SEE THE LOVE OF GOD IN THE FACT THAT HE SENT HIS SON THAT JESUS LIVED AND DIED AND WAS BURIED AND RESURRECTED AND HE BECAME A PROPITIATION. THAT REDEMPTIVE PRICE FOR OUR SINS THAT WE MIGHT HAVE WHAT? THAT WE MIGHT NOT ONLY HAVE THE RESULTS OF THE LOVE OF GOD BUT HOPEFULLY THAT WE MIGHT ALSO RESPOND TO THE LOVE OF GOD BY DOING WHAT? BY LOVING OURSELVES. AND SO WHEN WE READ THAT VERSE AGAIN, VERSE EIGHT, A NEW COMMANDMENT I WRITE YOU. HE IS SAYING A FRESH AND EXCITING NEW IN QUALITY COMMANDMENT BECAUSE NOW I'M ASKING YOU TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER BASED ON WHAT YOU SEE JESUS DID FOR YOU. HE DIED AND SHED HIS BLOOD FOR YOUR SINS THAT YOU MIGHT COME OUT OF WHAT? DARKNESS AND ULTIMATELY, IN CHAPTERS 1 AND 2, THAT YOU MIGHT BE IN THE LIGHT.

NOW, BRETHREN IF WE WANT THEN TO BE RIGHT WITH GOD WE MUST OBEY THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD. IN FACT, JOHN CHAPTER 14 VERSE 15 SAYS, "'IF YOU LOVE ME, KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS.'" IF YOU LOVE HIM, YOU'RE HIS FRIENDS. AND THAT'S HOW WE PROVE THAT LOVE AS CHAPTER 15 SAYS THERE IN JOHN.

FINALLY THERE IN REVELATION CHAPTER 22, THE BOOK IS SUMMARIZING AND CONCLUDING ALL THINGS. DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT WAS SAID THERE WITHIN THAT TEXT? HE SAYS IN VERSE 14, "BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO DO HIS COMMANDMENTS." WHO DO THE COMMANDMENTS THAT THEY MAY HAVE WHAT? "THE RIGHT TO THE TREE OF LIFE." IF WE WANT SALVATION, WE MUST NOT ONLY KNOW GOD BUT WE MUST FOLLOW THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD. AND WE MUST FOLLOW THEM IN A NEW AND A FRESH AND EXCITING WAY KNOWING ALL THAT GOD HAS DONE, ALL THAT JESUS HAS ACCOMPLISHED FOR YOUR SAKE AND FOR MY SAKE, THAT WE MIGHT NOT ONLY STAND JUSTIFIED TODAY BUT THAT THROUGH THE GRACE, LOVE, AND MERCY OF GOD THAT WE MIGHT STAND JUSTIFIED ETERNALLY. AND THEREFORE, WE KNOW JESUS HIMSELF, JOHN 14, HAS GONE TO PREPARE WHAT? A MANSION FOR YOU AND ME. THEREFORE, THE MOTIVATION!

ARE YOU KEEPING THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD? ARE YOU GOING TO FOLLLOW THEM IN A FRESH NEW WAY THAT YOU MIGHT PROVE TO HIM YOUR LOVE AND HELP THE WORLD TO KNOW HIM UNTO SALVATION AS WELL.



CLOSING COMMENTS



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