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What Is the Greatest Commandment?

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September 16, 2020
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  • male: How can I be sureof my salvation?
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  • male: How can I overcometemptation?
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  • male: How can I get victoryover worry?
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  • female: How can I findforgiveness?
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  • female: Is there only one wayto God?
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  • female: Why do Christianshave so many problems?
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  • female: Why don't my prayersget answered?
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  • male: Is there a sin Godcannot forgive?
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  • female: What is faith?
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  • female: What isthe greatest commandment?
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  • David Jeremiah: What isthe greatest commandment?
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  • Hello, I'm David Jeremiah,joining you for the last message
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  • in our ten-part series called"Ten Questions Christians
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  • Are Asking."
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  • Out of all the questions wehave answered in this series,
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  • today's question is the only onetaken word for word
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  • from the Scripture.
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  • A Jewish scribe actually askedJesus today's question, which is
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  • also the title of my message,
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  • "What Is theGreatest Commandment?"
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  • Because Jesusanswered the scribe in detail,
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  • we will have no troubleanswering today's question.
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  • But Jesus's answerwas in two parts,
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  • an answer and a sequel.
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  • And along the way,we will clarify a saying
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  • that has become a popular partof modern culture.
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  • Most importantly,we will grapple
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  • with the profound implicationsof the commandment Jesus said
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  • is greatest of all.
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  • To learn moreabout this question,
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  • David: I remember readinga story about a guy who
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  • was getting ready to goout of town for the weekend
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  • to a formal event.
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  • And as the week went along, hegot toward the end of the week
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  • and realized that hehadn't gotten his formalwear
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  • dry-cleaned, and it wasin a mess, and the cleaners
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  • where he normally wentcouldn't handle it.
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  • But he had rememberedacross town, there was
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  • a cleaning establishmentthat had "One Hour Cleaner"
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  • on the front of it.
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  • So he got in his car,took his clothes
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  • to this establishment,and he filled out
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  • the claim ticket.
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  • And he said, "I'll be backin a couple of hours to get
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  • my clothes."
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  • And the guy says, "No, no,"he said, "we can't have these
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  • for you till Thursday."
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  • He says, "Well, it sayson this establishment,
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  • 'One Hour Cleaner.'"
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  • "Oh," he said, "that'sjust the name of our business.
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  • We can't do that."
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  • And I thought to myself,isn't that the way it is
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  • for a lot of Christians?
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  • We have the word "Christian"plastered over us,
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  • but it doesn't really meananything.
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  • That's just the name we callourselves, and we
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  • are not expressing thatin what we do.
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  • Well, today in this questionand answer thing with Jesus
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  • and a scribe, he's going to helpus understand what it means
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  • to really be who we claim to be.
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  • What does it mean to truly bea Christian?
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  • How does that work out?
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  • What does it look like?
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  • How do I know if I've really gotthis disease or not?
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  • The passage beginsin the 28th verse
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  • with what we might callthe search
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  • for the first commandment.
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  • Listen to these words,"Then one of the scribes came,
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  • and having heard them reasoningtogether," that is Jesus
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  • and the otherswho were questioning him,
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  • "and perceiving that Jesushad answered them well,
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  • asked Jesus this question,'Which is the first commandment
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  • of all?'"
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  • Jewish tradition dividedthe commandments of God's law
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  • into positive commandmentsand negative commandments.
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  • According to tradition,there are 613 commandments
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  • in the Old Testament.
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  • You said, "Dr. Jeremiah,I'm depressed.
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  • I thought there were only ten,and I'm not doing all that hot
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  • with the first ten."
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  • Well, there's 613 of 'em,y'all, 613 commandments
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  • in the Old Testament.
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  • And if you break them down,they are like this:
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  • 248 of these commandmentstell us something we should do,
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  • and 365 tell us somethingwe shouldn't do.
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  • These are notjust the ten main commandments,
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  • these areall the sub-sub-commandments
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  • that you can get if you readevery word of the Old Testament.
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  • And this scribe came to Jesusthat day, and he said, "Master,
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  • which of all of thoseis the most important?"
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  • It's like you're walkinginto a room and here are
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  • all 613 commandmentslaid out on a table,
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  • and the scribe says,"Jesus, we want you to go
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  • and pick one of them up and say,'This one is
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  • the most important.'"
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  • Which is the first?
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  • Now, most of uswouldn't have been surprised
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  • at all if Jesus had answeredhim by giving him
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  • what is the firstof the Ten Commandments,
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  • and you know what that one isin Exodus 20, "I am the Lord
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  • your God, who brought youout of the land of Egypt,
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  • out of the house of bondage.
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  • You shall have no other godsbefore me."
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  • That's the first commandmentof the Ten Commandments.
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  • We might have thought Jesuswould have answered him
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  • with that, but he did not.
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  • Jesus answersin verses 29 and 30,
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  • "The firstof all the commandments is:
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  • 'Hear, O Israel,the Lord our God,
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  • the Lord is one.
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  • And you shall love the Lordyour God with all your heart,
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  • with all your soul,with all your mind,
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  • and with all your strength.'
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  • This is the first commandment."
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  • So, the scribe said to Jesus,"What is
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  • the most important commandmentof all the commandments?"
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  • And Jesus said, "Here it is,'You shall love the Lord
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  • your God with all your heart,soul, strength, and mind.'"
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  • What does he meanwhen he says this?
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  • He says the most important thingyou can do to be who you claim
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  • to be is to love the Lord God,let's break it down,
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  • first of allwith all of your heart.
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  • The heart, accordingto the New Testament concept,
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  • is the center of your emotion,the center of your feeling,
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  • the center of your desires.
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  • It's where you make your plansand where you talk
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  • with yourself.
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  • Your heart is the emotional partof your being.
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  • So when you say to somebody,"I love you with all my heart,"
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  • well, you don't sayto your wife, "Honey,
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  • you know that pumping stationI got in my chest?
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  • I love you with that."
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  • No, no, no, you love your wife,you love your husband, you love
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  • them with all of your heart,all of your emotion,
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  • all of your desire,all of your feeling.
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  • God Almighty doesn't wantour passive love.
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  • He wants our passionate love.
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  • So he says if you want to knowthe real commandment, here it
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  • is, love the Lord your Godwith all your passion,
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  • with all your heart.
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  • And I don't know about you,when I read that, I think,
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  • whoa, man, I'm not sureI'm doing that.
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  • I know I should, and perhapsthere are some times when I do,
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  • but I wonder, how do Imeasure up loving God like that?
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  • And then it says,and not only should you love him
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  • with all your heart,you should love him
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  • with all of your soul.
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  • And the soul in this context iskind of like the volitional part
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  • of you, the will, or the desire,the thing that you
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  • turn the switch on with.
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  • You love Almighty Godwith your soul, and that's
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  • how you move forward.
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  • You make decisionswith your soul.
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  • It is the way youget something started.
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  • It's how youturn on the ignition.
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  • It's where you love Godwith all your energy.
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  • Love God with all your heart,your emotion.
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  • Love God with all your energyand will, your soul.
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  • And the third one is love Godwith all your mind.
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  • Now, how many of you knowthat if you're going to be
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  • a Christian, you have to haveyour mind because that's
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  • the only way you can understandthe gospel?
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  • If you're a Christian today,you're a Christian first of all
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  • because the gospel camethrough your mind gate
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  • into your system.
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  • God has given us minds,and those minds are his, and he
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  • wants us to equip them, and usethem, and then give them back
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  • to him in some way that wecan serve him.
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  • Love God with all of your mind.
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  • C.S. Lewis once wrote,"God is no fonder
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  • of intellectual slackersthan he is of other slackers."
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  • In other words, don't be lazyintellectually any more than you
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  • should be lazy any other way.
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  • He said, "If you're thinkingof becoming a Christian,
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  • I warn you that youare embarking on something
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  • which is going to takethe whole of you,
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  • brains and all."
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  • And I just want to give thanksto the Lord today for the men
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  • and women who have encouraged mebecause of their intellectual
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  • strength and their giftedness.
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  • And some of you are among those,many of you, because you want
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  • to learn the Word of God.
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  • You want to equip your mindwith truth that can be used
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  • by the Word of God,by the Spirit of God to make
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  • a difference in the livesof people.
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  • Love God with all your heart,with all your soul, love God
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  • with all your mind,and then the last one is love
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  • God with all your strength.
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  • And strength isyour physical capacity,
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  • your physical prowess.
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  • However you use your bodyto love God,
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  • however you use the strengththat he's given you to work
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  • with others, and we'll give yousome ideas about that as we
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  • go along today.
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  • So, let's just stop for a momentand think about the search
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  • for the number one commandment,and the statement
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  • about the commandment.
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  • And here's the statement,"Love the Lord God
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  • with all your heart,and with all your soul,
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  • and with all your mind,and with all your strength."
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  • Now, notice the sequelto the first commandment.
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  • Mark verse 31, chapter 12,"And the second," Jesus said,
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  • "is like it, 'You shall loveyour neighbor as yourself.'
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  • There is no other commandmentgreater than these."
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  • Now, isn't it interestingthat the scribe asked Jesus
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  • one question, and he gave himtwo answers?
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  • And once again, hehas the right to do that.
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  • I just can't imaginebeing involved
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  • in an intellectual dialoguewith Jesus.
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  • You ask him one question,and he gives you two answers.
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  • You get more than youbargained for.
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  • Jesus says, "Here'sthe first commandment,
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  • love the Lord your Godwith all your heart, soul,
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  • strength, and mind.
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  • And the second is like it,love your neighbor as yourself."
  • 00:11:31.507 --> 00:11:37.012
  • Now, you knowwhat that's become, don't you?
  • 00:11:37.046 --> 00:11:38.748
  • That's now calledthe golden rule.
  • 00:11:38.781 --> 00:11:42.451
  • The golden rule is dounto others as you
  • 00:11:42.485 --> 00:11:44.320
  • would have them do unto you.
  • 00:11:44.353 --> 00:11:47.056
  • Now, the golden rulehas been maligned,
  • 00:11:47.089 --> 00:11:50.126
  • and misunderstood,and misapplied,
  • 00:11:50.159 --> 00:11:51.694
  • and misused for many years,and for many reasons.
  • 00:11:51.727 --> 00:11:54.663
  • And so, I want to takejust a few moments and tell you
  • 00:11:54.697 --> 00:11:56.599
  • what the golden rule is notbefore I tell you what it is.
  • 00:11:56.632 --> 00:12:00.336
  • I know that's not good grammar,but it is good theology.
  • 00:12:00.369 --> 00:12:04.874
  • Notice, first of all,this command,
  • 00:12:04.907 --> 00:12:07.209
  • this golden rule commandis not conclusive.
  • 00:12:07.243 --> 00:12:10.513
  • The golden rule has a downsidewhen it's taken out of context.
  • 00:12:10.546 --> 00:12:14.617
  • If applied out of context,it can backfire and cause
  • 00:12:14.650 --> 00:12:18.220
  • personality conflicts.
  • 00:12:18.254 --> 00:12:19.455
  • You say, "How can that happen?"
  • 00:12:19.488 --> 00:12:21.123
  • Well, apart from loving Godfirst and loving others as you
  • 00:12:21.157 --> 00:12:24.126
  • love yourself, if you usethe golden rule as your dictum
  • 00:12:24.160 --> 00:12:28.430
  • of life, youare really going to treat people
  • 00:12:28.464 --> 00:12:31.433
  • the way you like to be treated,which means you will deal
  • 00:12:31.467 --> 00:12:33.969
  • with othersfrom your own perspective,
  • 00:12:34.003 --> 00:12:35.905
  • and it implies that we'reall alike, and what I want
  • 00:12:35.938 --> 00:12:38.574
  • and need is exactly whatyou want and need.
  • 00:12:38.607 --> 00:12:41.944
  • But, of course,we're not all alike.
  • 00:12:41.977 --> 00:12:43.245
  • And treating others the way wecan means turning off those
  • 00:12:43.279 --> 00:12:46.215
  • who have different needsand desires and hopes.
  • 00:12:46.248 --> 00:12:48.517
  • Instead, let me suggestto you that you take it
  • 00:12:48.551 --> 00:12:51.020
  • one step further.
  • 00:12:51.053 --> 00:12:53.122
  • I remembera couple of years ago,
  • 00:12:53.155 --> 00:12:54.423
  • a business book came out called"The Platinum Rule."
  • 00:12:54.456 --> 00:12:57.459
  • What is the platinum rule?
  • 00:12:57.493 --> 00:12:58.761
  • It's kind of interestingthe way they put it.
  • 00:12:58.794 --> 00:13:00.763
  • I'm not saying you replacethe golden rule
  • 00:13:00.796 --> 00:13:02.798
  • with the platinum rule,but here's the platinum rule.
  • 00:13:02.832 --> 00:13:05.501
  • The golden rule says dounto others as you
  • 00:13:05.534 --> 00:13:07.136
  • would like them to do unto you.
  • 00:13:07.169 --> 00:13:08.637
  • The platinum rule says dounto others not as you want them
  • 00:13:08.671 --> 00:13:11.874
  • to do to you, but do untoothers as they would like
  • 00:13:11.907 --> 00:13:14.977
  • to have done to them.
  • 00:13:15.010 --> 00:13:16.245
  • In other words, don't measureyour relationships by what you
  • 00:13:16.278 --> 00:13:18.747
  • want in the person who you love,but get to work and find out
  • 00:13:18.781 --> 00:13:22.585
  • what's going on in the heartof the person you love, and then
  • 00:13:22.618 --> 00:13:25.387
  • try to help meet their needs.
  • 00:13:25.421 --> 00:13:27.156
  • That's what they callthe platinum rule, but it's not
  • 00:13:27.189 --> 00:13:29.058
  • really any different.
  • 00:13:29.091 --> 00:13:30.192
  • It's just the golden rulein the context in which it
  • 00:13:30.226 --> 00:13:32.628
  • was presented.
  • 00:13:32.661 --> 00:13:34.964
  • And so, the golden rule,first of all, is not conclusive.
  • 00:13:34.997 --> 00:13:38.734
  • You can't just take it and say,"Oh, I live by the golden rule."
  • 00:13:38.767 --> 00:13:42.037
  • If you do thatout of the context
  • 00:13:42.071 --> 00:13:43.472
  • of the New Testament,you're going to make
  • 00:13:43.505 --> 00:13:44.907
  • a lot of mistakesand probably a few enemies.
  • 00:13:44.940 --> 00:13:48.310
  • Not only is it not conclusive,it's not comprehensive.
  • 00:13:48.344 --> 00:13:51.947
  • Let me just give youthe bottom line on it not being
  • 00:13:51.981 --> 00:13:54.350
  • comprehensive.
  • 00:13:54.383 --> 00:13:55.584
  • Listen carefully, you can't getto heaven on the golden rule,
  • 00:13:55.618 --> 00:13:59.855
  • can't get there.
  • 00:13:59.889 --> 00:14:01.991
  • You stand before the Lordsomeday, and he says,
  • 00:14:02.024 --> 00:14:03.459
  • "Why should I let youinto my heaven?"
  • 00:14:03.492 --> 00:14:04.627
  • You say,"Well, I kept the golden rule."
  • 00:14:04.660 --> 00:14:07.129
  • Not.
  • 00:14:07.162 --> 00:14:10.032
  • "Depart from me,I never knew you."
  • 00:14:10.065 --> 00:14:13.802
  • So, well, you say,"If the golden rule's
  • 00:14:13.836 --> 00:14:14.970
  • not conclusive and it'snot comprehensive,
  • 00:14:15.004 --> 00:14:17.139
  • then what's the use of it?"
  • 00:14:17.172 --> 00:14:19.341
  • Well, the purpose of this,and the second part
  • 00:14:19.375 --> 00:14:23.178
  • of Jesus's answerto the question,
  • 00:14:23.212 --> 00:14:24.880
  • "What is the great commandment?"
  • 00:14:24.914 --> 00:14:26.048
  • is to understand that it'simportant that we, who tend
  • 00:14:26.081 --> 00:14:29.685
  • to keep all of this stuffin our own sphere
  • 00:14:29.718 --> 00:14:33.222
  • and our eyes on ourself,if we're to really understand
  • 00:14:33.255 --> 00:14:36.325
  • what it means to love God,we have to get our eyes
  • 00:14:36.358 --> 00:14:39.094
  • off of ourselves, and getour eyes on to other people.
  • 00:14:39.128 --> 00:14:42.197
  • And thisis very conclusively proven
  • 00:14:42.231 --> 00:14:44.600
  • at the end of this message,but listen to me.
  • 00:14:44.633 --> 00:14:47.303
  • If you go through the Bible,you will begin to discover
  • 00:14:47.336 --> 00:14:49.672
  • over and over againthat this principle jumps
  • 00:14:49.705 --> 00:14:52.141
  • to the top in many passages.
  • 00:14:52.174 --> 00:14:54.510
  • I could put ten of themon the screen,
  • 00:14:54.543 --> 00:14:56.378
  • and just go through themone after the other, but let me
  • 00:14:56.412 --> 00:14:58.180
  • just give you three placeswhere this is presented.
  • 00:14:58.213 --> 00:15:03.085
  • Philippians 2:4:"Let each of you look
  • 00:15:03.118 --> 00:15:06.055
  • not only for his own interests,but also for the interests
  • 00:15:06.088 --> 00:15:10.359
  • of others."
  • 00:15:10.392 --> 00:15:12.895
  • Romans 15:2: "Let each of usplease his neighbor
  • 00:15:12.928 --> 00:15:16.598
  • for his good,leading to edification."
  • 00:15:16.632 --> 00:15:21.103
  • And 1 Corinthians 10:24:"Let no one seek his own,
  • 00:15:21.136 --> 00:15:26.475
  • but each onethe other's well-being."
  • 00:15:26.508 --> 00:15:30.112
  • Someone has said thatif we love our neighbors
  • 00:15:30.145 --> 00:15:33.215
  • as we love ourselves,when our neighbor loses his job,
  • 00:15:33.248 --> 00:15:40.255
  • we feel his loss almost likewe have lost our job.
  • 00:15:40.289 --> 00:15:45.361
  • When our neighbor loseshis spouse or her spouse,
  • 00:15:45.394 --> 00:15:48.630
  • we feellike it's almost happened to us.
  • 00:15:48.664 --> 00:15:52.468
  • If we love our neighbors as welove ourselves, we get past
  • 00:15:52.501 --> 00:15:58.207
  • the barriers that separate us,and into the heart
  • 00:15:58.240 --> 00:16:01.010
  • of the one we love,and we discover
  • 00:16:01.043 --> 00:16:03.412
  • what their need really is,and we identify with it
  • 00:16:03.445 --> 00:16:06.148
  • as if it were our own need.
  • 00:16:06.181 --> 00:16:10.085
  • In the culture in which Jesuswalked on this earth
  • 00:16:10.119 --> 00:16:14.123
  • and in which the Biblewas written, there were
  • 00:16:14.156 --> 00:16:16.058
  • a number of words for love.
  • 00:16:16.091 --> 00:16:18.527
  • One of the most well-known isthe word "eros," from which we
  • 00:16:18.560 --> 00:16:21.930
  • get our word "erotic."
  • 00:16:21.964 --> 00:16:23.799
  • It is the word for sexual loveor sensual love.
  • 00:16:23.832 --> 00:16:28.337
  • And then there was another wordcalled stauros, however you want
  • 00:16:28.370 --> 00:16:31.573
  • to pronounce it, and that wasa word that was for friendships,
  • 00:16:31.607 --> 00:16:35.677
  • the kind of relationships youhave sometimes
  • 00:16:35.711 --> 00:16:37.913
  • with your Christian friends,your friendships.
  • 00:16:37.946 --> 00:16:40.516
  • So, there was erotic love,and there was friendship love.
  • 00:16:40.549 --> 00:16:42.818
  • But when Jesus cameon the scene, a new word
  • 00:16:42.851 --> 00:16:46.088
  • was born, and that word isthe word "agape," almost unknown
  • 00:16:46.121 --> 00:16:50.726
  • before the presence of Jesus.
  • 00:16:50.759 --> 00:16:52.694
  • And that's because the word"agape" is a God word.
  • 00:16:52.728 --> 00:16:55.697
  • It's the word that describesGod's love for us.
  • 00:16:55.731 --> 00:16:58.067
  • And the best definitionof agape love is this,
  • 00:16:58.100 --> 00:17:00.269
  • doing something for otherswithout any expectation
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  • of anything in return.
  • 00:17:04.807 --> 00:17:06.809
  • That's how God loved us.
  • 00:17:06.842 --> 00:17:08.444
  • You know why he has to love usthat way?
  • 00:17:08.477 --> 00:17:10.279
  • I'm going to tell you right now,because we got nothing
  • 00:17:10.312 --> 00:17:12.014
  • to give him.
  • 00:17:12.047 --> 00:17:13.449
  • If he didn't love uswith agape love,
  • 00:17:13.482 --> 00:17:14.983
  • he couldn't love us.
  • 00:17:15.017 --> 00:17:16.185
  • If his love was like the lovewe see in our world today,
  • 00:17:16.218 --> 00:17:18.520
  • we would never be loved.
  • 00:17:18.554 --> 00:17:19.955
  • But God loved us totally becauseit was in his heart to love us,
  • 00:17:19.988 --> 00:17:24.326
  • without any expectation that wecould do anything to repay him.
  • 00:17:24.359 --> 00:17:27.729
  • And the Bible says that'sthe kind of love we're
  • 00:17:27.763 --> 00:17:30.332
  • to express when we loveour neighbors.
  • 00:17:30.365 --> 00:17:35.437
  • Love your neighbors,and don't be waiting around
  • 00:17:35.471 --> 00:17:38.307
  • at the mailbox to see if theysent you a thank you note.
  • 00:17:38.340 --> 00:17:42.778
  • Or don't get all anxiety riddenbecause you did this for them,
  • 00:17:42.811 --> 00:17:46.448
  • and it's been 3 weeks, and youain't heard one thing back
  • 00:17:46.482 --> 00:17:48.851
  • from these sorry peoplethat you love.
  • 00:17:48.884 --> 00:17:54.756
  • When you love peoplewith agape love, you love them
  • 00:17:54.790 --> 00:17:59.928
  • because it's the nature of Godin you to help you do it.
  • 00:17:59.962 --> 00:18:04.032
  • And you don't waitfor any response.
  • 00:18:04.066 --> 00:18:07.903
  • Now, notice as we come throughto the end of this text, there
  • 00:18:07.936 --> 00:18:12.541
  • is a superiorityof the first commandment
  • 00:18:12.574 --> 00:18:16.578
  • in verse 13.
  • 00:18:16.612 --> 00:18:18.113
  • Jesus explains in his answerthat I've been explaining to you
  • 00:18:18.147 --> 00:18:21.283
  • today, and he gives themthe answer that we have studied.
  • 00:18:21.316 --> 00:18:23.585
  • And now, notice what happens.
  • 00:18:23.619 --> 00:18:25.087
  • "So the scribe said to him,'Well said, teacher.
  • 00:18:25.120 --> 00:18:29.791
  • You have spoken the truth,for there is one God,
  • 00:18:29.825 --> 00:18:32.361
  • and there is no other but he.
  • 00:18:32.394 --> 00:18:33.996
  • And to love himwith all the heart,
  • 00:18:34.029 --> 00:18:36.431
  • and with all the understanding,with all the soul,
  • 00:18:36.465 --> 00:18:38.367
  • and with all the strength,and to love one's neighbor
  • 00:18:38.400 --> 00:18:40.702
  • as oneself, is more than allthe whole burnt offerings
  • 00:18:40.736 --> 00:18:44.606
  • and sacrifices.'"
  • 00:18:44.640 --> 00:18:46.942
  • Now, that isa profound statement.
  • 00:18:46.975 --> 00:18:50.145
  • Here is a man who livesin the professional,
  • 00:18:50.179 --> 00:18:52.714
  • outward world of Judaism,acknowledging
  • 00:18:52.748 --> 00:18:55.350
  • that all of the stuffthat he does
  • 00:18:55.384 --> 00:18:57.186
  • to make himself feel betteras a Jew is in second place
  • 00:18:57.219 --> 00:19:01.723
  • to loving Godwith all of his heart,
  • 00:19:01.757 --> 00:19:03.692
  • and loving his neighboras himself.
  • 00:19:03.725 --> 00:19:06.695
  • Wow.
  • 00:19:06.728 --> 00:19:08.630
  • It's the last thing youwould expect of him to say.
  • 00:19:08.664 --> 00:19:13.268
  • And the downgradingof the sacrificial system
  • 00:19:13.302 --> 00:19:15.304
  • is all the more forcefulbecause it is pronounced
  • 00:19:15.337 --> 00:19:18.207
  • by a theologianof the religious establishment
  • 00:19:18.240 --> 00:19:20.876
  • in the templewhere the sacrifices
  • 00:19:20.909 --> 00:19:23.412
  • were being offered.
  • 00:19:23.445 --> 00:19:27.282
  • So, how's Jesus goingto respond to that?
  • 00:19:27.316 --> 00:19:30.118
  • That brings us to thelast verse in the text,
  • 00:19:30.152 --> 00:19:32.888
  • or the last section of it.
  • 00:19:32.921 --> 00:19:35.424
  • "Now when Jesus saw heanswered wisely,
  • 00:19:35.457 --> 00:19:38.393
  • he said to him," listen to this,"You are not far
  • 00:19:38.427 --> 00:19:42.798
  • from the kingdom of God."
  • 00:19:42.831 --> 00:19:47.035
  • He said, "You are not farfrom the kingdom of God.
  • 00:19:47.069 --> 00:19:50.572
  • What you have understood todayabout the importance of loving
  • 00:19:50.606 --> 00:19:53.709
  • God and loving your neighbor,you're moving closer
  • 00:19:53.742 --> 00:19:57.045
  • to the kingdom of God.
  • 00:19:57.079 --> 00:19:58.046
  • You're not far."
  • 00:19:58.080 --> 00:20:00.649
  • And the Bible says, and thenJesus didn't answer
  • 00:20:00.682 --> 00:20:02.884
  • any more questions,end of the period
  • 00:20:02.918 --> 00:20:04.720
  • of interrogation.
  • 00:20:04.753 --> 00:20:07.022
  • I mean, I thought about this.
  • 00:20:07.055 --> 00:20:08.490
  • Suppose you're standingbefore God, and he says,
  • 00:20:08.523 --> 00:20:10.292
  • "Why should I let youinto my heaven?"
  • 00:20:10.325 --> 00:20:11.827
  • and you say, "Well, Lord,I don't think I'm far.
  • 00:20:11.860 --> 00:20:15.097
  • I think I'm close."
  • 00:20:15.130 --> 00:20:16.265
  • How many of you know,you don't want to be close
  • 00:20:16.298 --> 00:20:17.466
  • when you get to heaven,you want to be
  • 00:20:17.499 --> 00:20:18.700
  • all the way there?
  • 00:20:18.734 --> 00:20:20.235
  • Close.
  • 00:20:20.269 --> 00:20:21.837
  • You want to be all the way.
  • 00:20:21.870 --> 00:20:24.239
  • You need to embracewhat you've heard,
  • 00:20:24.273 --> 00:20:27.009
  • accept the one about whom wespeak, accept Jesus Christ
  • 00:20:27.042 --> 00:20:30.946
  • as your Savior.
  • 00:20:30.979 --> 00:20:32.247
  • Don't be close; be all the way.
  • 00:20:32.281 --> 00:20:38.120
  • Now, as we kind of lookback over our shoulders
  • 00:20:38.153 --> 00:20:41.523
  • at this interchange Jesus hadwith this man, I want to remind
  • 00:20:41.556 --> 00:20:45.727
  • you of how this allfits together.
  • 00:20:45.761 --> 00:20:48.563
  • Remember, Jesus was askedone question, and he gave
  • 00:20:48.597 --> 00:20:52.301
  • two answers.
  • 00:20:52.334 --> 00:20:53.969
  • What is the first commandment?
  • 00:20:54.002 --> 00:20:55.070
  • Jesus gave him,"Love the Lord God
  • 00:20:55.103 --> 00:20:57.005
  • with all your heart, soul, mind,and strength,
  • 00:20:57.039 --> 00:20:58.340
  • love your neighbor as yourself."
  • 00:20:58.373 --> 00:20:59.341
  • That's not one answer,that's two.
  • 00:20:59.374 --> 00:21:00.776
  • One question, two answers.
  • 00:21:00.809 --> 00:21:03.111
  • But now, in his answer,he's going to wed
  • 00:21:03.145 --> 00:21:05.814
  • these two things together,so really it is one answer.
  • 00:21:05.847 --> 00:21:09.818
  • How do you love God?
  • 00:21:09.851 --> 00:21:12.654
  • You love God by lovingyour neighbor.
  • 00:21:12.688 --> 00:21:16.558
  • Love is nota warm, fuzzy feeling
  • 00:21:16.591 --> 00:21:18.827
  • around your heart.
  • 00:21:18.860 --> 00:21:20.762
  • Love is an action word.
  • 00:21:20.796 --> 00:21:23.398
  • When you love, you do something.
  • 00:21:23.432 --> 00:21:26.601
  • When you love somebody,you do something.
  • 00:21:26.635 --> 00:21:30.038
  • Here is an ironclad illustrationof that from an interchange
  • 00:21:30.072 --> 00:21:33.542
  • Jesus previewsin his Olivet discourse.
  • 00:21:33.575 --> 00:21:39.047
  • Let me just read it to you.
  • 00:21:39.081 --> 00:21:40.148
  • If you want to follow,it'll be on the screen.
  • 00:21:40.182 --> 00:21:43.218
  • "Then the king will say to thoseon his right hand, 'Come,
  • 00:21:43.251 --> 00:21:45.654
  • you blessed of my Father,inherit the kingdom prepared
  • 00:21:45.687 --> 00:21:48.290
  • for you from the foundationof the world, for I was hungry
  • 00:21:48.323 --> 00:21:52.794
  • and you gave me food;I was thirsty and you gave me
  • 00:21:52.828 --> 00:21:58.767
  • drink; I was a strangerand you took me in; I was naked
  • 00:21:58.800 --> 00:22:04.573
  • and you clothed me; I was sickand you visited me; I was
  • 00:22:04.606 --> 00:22:10.245
  • in prison and you cameto me.'
  • 00:22:10.278 --> 00:22:14.249
  • And the righteouswill answer him, saying,
  • 00:22:14.282 --> 00:22:17.085
  • 'Lord, when did we see youhungry and feed you,
  • 00:22:17.119 --> 00:22:21.256
  • or thirsty and give you drink?
  • 00:22:21.289 --> 00:22:23.058
  • And when did we see youa stranger and take you in,
  • 00:22:23.091 --> 00:22:25.827
  • or naked and clothe you?
  • 00:22:25.861 --> 00:22:27.062
  • Or when did we see you sick,or in prison, and come to you?'
  • 00:22:27.095 --> 00:22:29.965
  • And the king will answerand say to them, 'Assuredly,
  • 00:22:29.998 --> 00:22:32.868
  • I say to you,inasmuch as you did it
  • 00:22:32.901 --> 00:22:36.071
  • to one of the leastof these my brethren,
  • 00:22:36.104 --> 00:22:38.740
  • you did it to me.'"
  • 00:22:38.774 --> 00:22:43.712
  • Jesus said, "If you want to loveme, you need to love others
  • 00:22:43.745 --> 00:22:47.983
  • because, by loving others,you love me."
  • 00:22:48.016 --> 00:22:51.553
  • And I went backthrough this list,
  • 00:22:51.586 --> 00:22:52.954
  • and it's pretty profound,isn't it?
  • 00:22:52.988 --> 00:22:54.556
  • What is on this list?
  • 00:22:54.589 --> 00:22:57.058
  • Giving somebody who's hungrysomething to eat.
  • 00:22:57.092 --> 00:22:59.161
  • Giving somebody who's thirstysomething to drink.
  • 00:22:59.194 --> 00:23:01.830
  • Putting some clothes on somebodywho doesn't have any.
  • 00:23:01.863 --> 00:23:05.233
  • Helping somebody who is sick,visiting somebody
  • 00:23:05.267 --> 00:23:09.337
  • in the hospital, or workingwith somebody who's
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  • in prison.
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  • Quite a list, isn't it?
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  • That's what the Scripture says.
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  • You love God by loving others.
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  • You serve God by serving others.
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  • And that kind of takes thisout of the, quote unquote,
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  • spiritual realm,and puts it down
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  • in the practical realmwhere it belongs.
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  • So much of our doctrinenever gets
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  • outside of our house.
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  • So much of our belief never getspast the door.
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  • But the Bible says, you wantto know what it's like
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  • to really liveaccording to the sign that's
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  • on the front of you?
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  • You want to live up to what itmeans to be a Christian?
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  • Here it is, so simpleand yet so profound:
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  • love the Lord Godwith all your heart, soul,
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  • mind and strength.
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  • What does that mean?
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  • That means when I'm lovingmy neighbor, I'm to love them
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  • with all my heart, soul, mind,and strength.
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  • And then, as I love my neighbor,I'm loving God.
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  • And I'm fulfillingthe number one priority
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  • that God has for us.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • David: Accountants usethe term "bottom line"
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  • to referto the most important number
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  • on a company's balance sheet.
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  • Likewise, we could saythat the bottom line
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  • of Christianity is loving Godwith heart, soul, mind,
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  • and strength.
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  • If we love God that way,everything else falls
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  • into place.
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  • So how do we love God?
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  • We start by acceptinghis offer of forgiveness
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  • and salvation through faithin Jesus Christ.
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