Only 2 Commandments – BT5
Christ’s only 2 commandments in the New Covenant to the unsaved and saved
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If you do an exhaustive study of the use of the Greek noun entole or verb entellomai for “an official, universally-binding, decree or commandment issued by a king,” you’ll find that Jesus only gave ONE such commandment for the New Covenant to unsaved people in order for them to made/declared righteous and thus be saved to have for zoe genuine-life – see also Logos Word of God – BT15: “This is the ergon work/doing of God that you have trusting-relying-faith in Him (Christ) whom He (God, the Father) has sent” (a), because “God who so unconditionally-loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever would routinely have trusting-relying-faith in Him should not perish but have eternal, zoe genuine-life” (b). This alone is how an unbeliever can “paralambano agressively-take-close-beside the Christ Jesus the Lord” (c) by “lambano agressively-taking the gospel logos message upon akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know it” (d) through “trusting-relying-faith in your heart and public confession with your mouth” (e), that is to “confess Jesus” (f), that is to “confess Jesus is the Christ, the Anointed One” (g), that “Jesus is the Son of God” (h) and that “Jesus is Lord or Supreme Master” (i), thus “repenting (j) and/coupled being water-baptized in the name/authority of Jesus Christ FOR the forgiveness of sins and moreover to lambano agressively-taking the promised grace-gift of the Holy Spirit (k). <Notes> a) John 6:29, b) John 3:16, c) Colossians 2:6, d) Matthew 13:20, e) Romans 10:9-10, f) 1 John 4:3, g) John 9:23, h) 1 John 4:15, i) Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 12:3, j) see Surrender-Control, k) Acts 2:38.
And to the now saved Christians (a) NOW under this completely-different-in-kind, superior kainos New Covenant, Jesus only gave 1 entole commandment – see also Logos Word of God – BT16, that He says is “My commandment” (a) and “a completely-different-in-kind, superior kainos NEW commandment” (b): “to unconditionally-love one another as I have unconditionally-loved you – by this all men shall know that you are My disciples” (c). <Notes> a) John 15:12; 1 John 2:8; 2 John 1:5, b) John 13:34, c) John 13:34, 15:12, 17; Romans 12:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 John 4:11-12; 2 John 1:5.
The Apostle John, who rarely left the side of Jesus, integrated both into ONE commandment in 1 John 3:23, “This is His (God, the Father’s) commandment: that we definitively/wholly have trusting-relying-faith in the name/authority of His Son Jesus Christ and/coupled ongoingly unconditionally-love one another, just as He (Christ is the last referent) has given us [singular] entole commandment.” Unlike the old covenant that came with 613 commandments, the completely-different-in-kind, superior New Covenant really only has 1 compound entole commandment – talk about simplicity of focus!
The “gospel logos message of The Truth” or “logos Word/Message of God” or “Testimony of God” is that both parts must be ginosko experientially-known in fellowship WITH God to prove that the Holy Spirit of God’s unconditional-love and zoe genuine-life is indeed dwelling within the “born-again, regenerated” person to begin an ongoing process of transformation called “sanctification” (b). These 2-in-1 commandments are the ONLY ones – see Logos Word of God – BT14, that Jesus refers to in the Great Commission in Matthew 28:20 “teaching the disciples to tereo carefully-watch/guard-to-maintain/keep pas all (c) that I have entellomai commanded you.” Throughout the NT these entole 2 commandments withing Christ’s gospel logos message of God are what we are to “tereo carefully-watch/guard-to-maintain/keep” – and certainly not 1 of the 613 entole commandments! <Notes> a) “voluntary slaves, followers, or disciples belonging to Christ, the King”, b) separation or holiness for God, c) pas normally refers to “every of a kind/class/category/portion of” – here those entellomai commanded – and not “the whole/entirety of” that Jesus spoke.
The only “ergon work or obedience” that “counts for anything” to God is the “obedience of faith” (a) – “working through unconditional-love” (b). Only then can we confidently say we “experientially, relationally ginosko know God” (c) when we “walk in His light” (d) by “walking in the same way as Jesus walked” (e), and the contest is “in unconditional-love.” Trusting-relying-faith alone in the Father without the Son is useless, just as trusting-relying-faith in the Son alone without His unconditional-love dwelling within you is as “dead/lifeless as a corpse” (f). Neither one can save or practically benefit you or anybody else (g)? See also Only 2 Commandments – BT1. <Notes> a) Romans 1:5, 16:26, b) Galatians 5:6, c) 1 John 4:6-8; Titus 1:6, d) John 8:12, 11:9-10; Ephesians 5:8; 1 John 1:7, e) 1 John 2:6, f) James 2:17, 26, g) James 2:14-15.
However, to say we “unconditionally-love because He first unconditionally-loved us” (a) is just our reciprocal religious duty or obligation (b) is missing a vital causal reality – the Holy Spirit of God, who by nature is unconditional-love (c) who dwells within a real Christian (d) makes this all possible, inwardly motivating and powerfully-enabling the genuine Christian to do so (e)! NOW it’s not us working FOR God like the old covenant but “it is God who routinely energeo effectually-works IN you, both to ongoingly desire/will and/coupled to ongoingly energeo effectually-work/do for His good pleasure” (f), for “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for agathos good (g) ergon works/doings, which God prepared-beforehand/pre-ordained, that we should walk in them” (h). That’s why with no more Zechariah 4:6 “might or power” left in ourselves after our total surrender to boast in, Paul can say “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord” (i). <Notes> a) 1 John 4:10, 19, b) 1 John 3:16, 4:11, c) Galatians 5:22, d) 2 Timothy 1:14, e) Acts 1:8, 8:19; Romans 15:13, 19; 1 Thessalonians 1:5; 1 Corinthians 2:4; Ephesians 3:16; 2 Timothy 1:7 – Spirit-Power page, f) Philippians 2:13, g) agathos: inherent or intrinsic goodness, a unique quality or condition, excellent or distinguished in quality, respect, uprightness, honor, useful, beneficial, salutary, suitable, pleasant, kind, benevolent, agreeable, joyful, h) Ephesians 2:10, i) 2 Corinthians 10:17.
That’s why the NT’s commandments “are absolutely not burdensome” (a) like the 613 OT ones were, and why Christ’s “yoke (b) is chrestos easy (c) and His burden/load elaphros easy-to-carry (d)” (e). God is living on the inside of us by His Holy Spirit to help us carry the load – that’s why He is called the Parakletos (f). If we meno remain “connected to the Vine of Christ” (g) so that His “holy and righteous” (h) life can flow through us to “bear much fruit for God” (i) for certainly our experience is that “without Him we can do nothing” (j). A Christian’s focus in life need no longer be on “WHAT to do to be ‘more’ right with God” but on the “WHO” of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to “experientially, relationally ginosko know” (j) more and more each day! It’s no longer about “getting it all right” but about really getting to know “the One who is always right!” This is what it means to “be free in Christ” (k). <Notes> a) 1 John 5:3, b) bond or tie to us of learning, c) chrestos: comfortable, useful, beneficial, d) elaphros: easy to carry or move with, e) Matthew 11:30, f) ‘Close-beside’ caller, summoner, or inviter; helper, succorer, or assistant; encouraging teacher, counselor, comforter, or consoler; defense-attorney, judicial-advocate, or court-intercessor, g) John 15:4-5, h) Acts 3:14, 4:27, 7:52, 22:14; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 2:1, i) John 15:5, 16; Colossians 1:6, 10; 1 John 2:27-28, 3:17, 4:13, j) John 15:5, j) John 14:17, 17:3; Philippians 3:10; 1 John 2:3, 13, 14, 5:20, k) Romans 8:2; Galatians 2:4.
Our trusting-relying-faith in Christ has already secured the victory, having been made/declared righteous with assurance that the Righteous One and His Parakletos Advocate Holy Spirit intercedes daily for us in the court of our Father God. Christians are now “free” from the horrible burden of always trying and often failing, then always running and hiding from God, and thus always wondering if they should fear Judgment Day – yes “free,” but not by going back to living in sin, but by being madly in unconditional-love with God in gratitude and letting Him live in us righteously by His Holy Spirit more and more each day! The Holy Spirit is who makes it possible to confidently proseuchomai conversationally-pray “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven!” That’s why Jesus tells Christians “to routinely aiteo petition-with-confidence (a) for the agathos good (b) grace-gift of the Holy Spirit.” It’s the only way the kingdom of God can “come” into your life! <Notes> a) aiteo “to ask or petition from a subordinate position, to willfully crave, call or cry out for, require or demand, or beg for, b) agathos: inherent or intrinsic goodness, a unique quality or condition, excellent or distinguished in quality, respect, uprightness, honor, useful, beneficial, salutary, suitable, pleasant, kind, benevolent, agreeable, joyful.
Contrary to what so many people have been taught, the 2 greatest commandments of the old covenant (OT) to “love God with all your heart, mind, and soul, and love your neighbor as yourself” that 613 OT Law commandments and the Prophets depend on (a), are in no way, shape, or form the entole commandments of God for the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant, because by definition it is chadash, kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior” – see Logos Word of God – BT13. <Notes> a) Matthew 22:40.
Jesus never taught the OT commandments to His disciples but in fact, explained to the Jews the inadequacy of them, as with “loving your neighbor as yourself” since “neighbor” was defined as “those of like status,” giving Jews the “out” to “hate the Roman Gentiles, their enemies.” Whereas, Christ’s commandment to “unconditionally-loving one another as I have” is clearly without boundaries – this is the NT gospel logos message of The Truth of God, the “Law of Christ” (a) or “Perfect Law of Liberty” (b), where “mercy triumphs over judgment” (c). <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 9:21; Galatians 6:2, b) James 1:25, c) James 2:13.
When the other NT teachers refer to “love your neighbor as yourself” in Romans 13:9, Galatians 5:14, and James 2:8 it’s always to stubborn Jewish-Christians to point out that their unloving behavior not only is in disobedience to Christ’s gospel logos message but also violates the fundamentals of their own Law they so cherish, the “yoke of slavery” (a) the “teachers of the Law” (b) want them to “turn back again to the asthenes weak-worthless-beggarly-poor and/coupled ptochos destitute stoicheion elementary or rudimentary ‘abc’ fundamental principles of this world (and ALL its religions), whose slaves you want to be once more” (c). However, Christians who are “not under Law but under unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace” (d) for “He ongoingly anaireo takes/lifts-up/away-to-abolish/abrogate the first [covenant] in order to histemi establish (e) the second [covenant]” (f), because the first was “memphomai faulted-blameworthy-rejectable-condemnable” (g) and “thus palaioo made old-obsolete” (h) (i). The New Covenant, which is “superior” by definition of chadash and kainos, which is “a kreitton better (j) covenant” (k) in every way, also “carries absolutely nothing from the old into it” by definition – it’s “completely unique, unprecedented, and one-of-a-kind.” <Notes> a) Galatians 5:1, b) Luke 5:17; 1 Timothy 1:7, c) Galatians 4:9, d) Romans 6:14-15, e) set into place, made to stand up, balanced into place – this is another term used for those “placed” into leadership – see Coaches & Facilitators, f) Hebrews 10:9, g) Hebrews 8:7, h) palaioo: not just old, dated, or ancient in time, but also worn out by use, or worse for wear, obsolete, i) Hebrews 8:13, j) more useful, serviceable, helpful, better, k) Hebrews 7:22.
As Christian musicians, if we are going to base our lives on doctrines of the NT, shouldn’t we be building them from the truth of the original Greek and not on poor English translations? Religious people have confused and deceived so many Christians in believing that the old covenant Law is still active for Christians and that the 10 commandments or at least the 2 greatest ones of “loving God and loving your neighbor as yourself” should be strictly obeyed. But the NT doesn’t teach this, but actually the opposite – the Law failed miserably due to the weakness of man’s flesh and was replaced with a completely-different-in-kind New Covenant with 2 completely New commandments – trusting-relying-faith in the Son and/coupled unconditionally-loving one another as Christ did, the first to the unsaved to be saved, and the second to the saved to live sanctified and holy lives pleasing to the Father. There is only one work, one form of obedience, to be saved – faith in the Son. There is only one labor or service for the saved to show they are Christ’s disciple and that is unconditionally-loving others as Christ walked and lived. And this is now possible because of our surrender to routinely asking for the beneficial grace-gift of the Holy Spirit to empower us to desire and work God’s pleasure so His kingdom can come and His will can be done in our lives as it is in heaven. Our faith working through love is all that counts for anything. Our horizontal loving-service to others is only possible as we meno remain-connected through the patient-endurance of faith to the Vine of Christ. Our life of righteousness is only possible if we remain IN Christ’s righteousness by the Spirit of holiness. Close examination show that Jesus, Paul, and James never taught the OT commandments but actually used them to prove much more important NT truths.
Thank You Lord for “ongoingly anaireo takes/lifts-up/away-to-abolish/abrogate the first [covenant] in order to histemi establish the second [covenant]” because the first was “memphomai faulted-blameworthy-rejectable-condemnable” and “thus palaioo made old-obsolete.” You literally nailed it to Your cross so we could forever be free from its power to inflame sin, condemnation, and death. Now we can serve you, but no longer by gramma writings or graphe scripture but by the Holy Spirit “One Teacher” and “Power of God” to work in us Your will and good pleasure. By the same enabling-power living within us, we will patiently-endure in our trusting-relying-faith and ongoingly serve others with unconditional-love just the way You did. Thank You again for keeping it so simple that little children and the least among us will get this first before the so-called ‘wise and understanding ones.”