What is the Greatest Commandment?

This sermonThe Messiah was Born in a Manger. Read more ... » is based on Matthew 22Why the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... »:34-40 by Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloThe Legend of Arevalo. Read more ... », Jr. delivered at Puno United MethodistWesley Divinity School is Remembered. Read more ... » ChurchProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... », Quezon City, PhilippinesProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » on October 24, 1999.

In JesusThe Persecution of the King of the Jews. Read more ... »timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... », he encountered a lot of oppositions and enemiesJesus Prays for Glory and His Disciples’ Protection. Read more ... ». One time when he was teaching the GospelYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » a group of lawCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » experts, the PhariseesLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... », approached him and asked a difficult questionLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... ». “What commandmentThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » in the law is greatest?” Jesus easily answered them since his answerLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... » is his lifeThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... »; it is his missionThe Physician Doesn’t Want Her Daughter be Entertained, but Look What She Does to Get What She Wants. Read more ... » to the worldJesus is Missing!. Read more ... ». He responded,the_greatest_commandment

“You shall lovePeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » the LordIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » your GodIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » with all your heartThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... », and with all your soul, and with your entire mindI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... ».” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” On these two commandmentsHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » hang all the law and the prophetsThis Man Trusts His Workers But Look What They Do to His Son and Messengers. His Envoys Do Not Return so He Comes Back with Vengeance!. Read more ... ».”

In this text, two kinds of law are indicated, the Law towards God and the Law towards manYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... ».

I. LAW TOWARDS GOD. In the answer of Jesus to the group of law experts, he just parroted the commandments in the Old TestamentThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... ». The first phrase is found in the Deuteronomy 6:5; and the second phrase can be found in Leviticus 19:18, and in based on the conclusion of Jesus on these two commandments hangs the Law (Torah) and the prophets (Book of Prophets such as IsaiahIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... », Jeremiah, Malachi, etc.).

Deuteronomy 6:5 was a part of Shema, the basic and essential creed of Judaism, and this text was the first text which every Jewish“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » child commits to memory. For the Old Testament, Love is the total commitment of life to God. When we say we love God613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » and we do not obey Him and does not do His will for us is a bogus spiritualityThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... ».

II. LOVE TOWARDS MAN. The second commandment that Jesus told is found in Leviticus 19:18. Here, love for God must issue in love for humans. It is to be noted in which order the commandments comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... »; it is love of God first, and love of man second. In the chronology, we can deduce a theological point that we cannot love fellow human beings without God initiating His love to us. We can exercise love only when we experience, and feel the love of God how could we share love to others? Perhaps, we can only share hateWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » and grudges, since they are rich in us!

Why we should lochrist_resurrectedve our fellowmen? Because man is a creationCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » of God and he is in the image of God (Imago DeiCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... ») [Genesis 1:26-27]. Man is not a conglomeration of manifold chemical elements or just part of brute creation. Man is in image of God. How could you hate a person when you think of him as a creation of God and he is in God’s image!

Let me explain further the meaning of Imago DeiCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... ». The generation X might try to argue: If man is in the image of God, and Max Alvarado is a man, ergo, God is look-like Max Alvarado! Nope, that’s not the right argumentation for the concept of Imago Dei. Let me start like this, God is a person, and man is a person, thus, man is in the image of God in terms of person. And what is person? Let me explain “person” by giving you the elements of person: mind (cognitive), emotion (affective) and will (evaluative). Man has these three elements of person and God has also these three elements, thus, we are in Imago Dei.

Jesus encouraged us to use these elements to love God. We should love him with all our mind, heart and soul. And we can only love God if we are going to love our fellow human beings. We should love God via people in need. Let us now think who among our friends, enemies, comrades and officemates need our attention and help, and let us try to love God through helping those people. (www.sergioarevalo.net)

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