“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:34-35 (KJV)
One of the most comment of mistakes taken by most Christian denominations is the thinking Jesus gave commandments which superseded the Ten Commandments of God, given to man from the beginning which were written upon their hearts, and at the fall of man later to be written on tables of stone, delivered to God’s people at Mount Sinai. Notice I said, “God’s people” and not “Jews”. It just so happened at that time, “God’s people” were Jews, and it didn’t change the fact the Commandments were given to them because all of the other people had given up on God and were following pagan practices. So, if the same thing was done today, would it make it Adventist Commandments or Church of Christ Commandments or Baptist Commandments? So, it is ridiculous to think these Commandments were given only to the Jews, but for all mankind. The difference between the two covenants is the first was written on the hearts of man, and the second was written in Stone. Isn’t it interesting, the so-called “second covenant” is really the going back to when God created man in Eden and these Commandments are going to go back as at the first, written upon the heart? Don’t get this confused. It’s the “key” to understanding “covenants”.
But let’s talk about what Jesus meant when He said, “A new commandment I give unto you…” Was it already foreign for man to love one another? Absolutely not. However, had man already demonstrated this love to each other? Again, the answer is, “Absolutely not”. Sure, we all say we “love” one another and in some sense, we do, but the love Jesus was talking about what a love which only He could do as an example to give man and up until that point, never seen, never demonstrated and would be shortly after He said these words.
He died for you and me while in our sins to reconcile us to God. THIS IS THE LOVE NEVER SHOWN BEFORE, and Christ words, “A new commandment I give unto you…” takes on a new and exciting meaning. We are to love one another as God has shown His love to us, even to the point of death, and even if the person is abhorrent to us because of their sin. No wonder it has to be called a “new commandment”, but in actuality, it was not new because had “true” love been done “after” the Fall, there would have not been a need to show it. Man truly had love, proper love, between man and his wife, BEFORE the Fall, and between man and God. We needed to know—again, what this love really was about and Christ demonstrated for us.
So, in essence, these words of Christ did not erase, supersede what God had already given to man, “before” the Fall, but was demonstrated for man “after” the Fall, to bring us into a right relationship with God. To even conceive of Christ changing, overruling, or bringing something new which was not according to the Father who changes not, is well, ludicrous. Read the full context of what Christ meant by simply reading the verse before and you will see He’s talking about what He was getting ready to do on Calvary’s cross, and this was not something sporadically done.
My friends, Christ didn’t change anything the Father had already given because it was He Himself, along with the Father, whose finger wrote on those Tables, and upon Adam and Eve’s heart at Creation. Nothing’s change, but only demonstrated.
February 15, 2016