The New Commandment

A new commandment I {Jesus} give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another– John 13:34.  Here in the Gospel of John, Jesus had just given his disciples and Apostles a new commandment. This commandment was so new that they really did not fully comprehend it until after Christ Jesus was resurrected and ascended up into heaven and they began living within their new commandment. The new commandment was to live in love. This love was greater than any love known to man before Christ had shown them. Jesus then explains the benefits of living this new commandment of love. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another– John 13:35. When and where we apply this new commandment, Jesus had said that all men would know whose disciple we would be. Love is one of the greatest things that God in Christ has ever given to humanity. Walking in love not only will identify us as Christ’s disciples, but living today in love is the way that Jesus taught us how to walk with him.” ~LMJ~

The Love of Christ Is (Ephesians 3:18)

“The love of Christ is the love of God in full bloom that Christ utilized in his daily life while he was here blessing people (John 13:34-35, 15:13). This love of Christ does not end at the crucifixion, but currently lives in our hearts just as Christ does. With the love of Christ, we can spiritually perceive the fullness of love, its width, length, depth, and height.

Breadth (width) indicates his love extending worldwide — to all.

Length illustrates his love extending throughout all the ages — without end.

Height shows his love extending up into the heavenlies — beyond the reach of negatives.

Depth communicates his love extending into our very hearts — profound spiritual wisdom regarding how to apply the love of Christ.” ~LMJ~

Peter – Revealing Our Stewardship of Grace

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Apostle Peter, who had walked on water with his Lord and Savior, wrote I and II Peter. Peter was a great man of God, contrary to what some believe and write about. It is true that he emphatically denied that he knew who Jesus was (without being in Peter’s shoes ourselves and facing what he had to face, it would be impossible to imply that anyone could have done any better).

It is true that he continually made mistakes. Peter rebuked Jesus once (at least Peter was man enough to speak his mind), and another time he swore that he would stand with Jesus no matter what the situation or consequence, and then he told Jesus that he was quitting the ministry and going back to his fishing profession.  Peter was an eyewitness of the actual sufferings of Jesus Christ. As we know from the Gospels and the Book of Acts, Peter continued getting back up, leaving us today with his example of a steward of the grace of God.

Peter was one of the greatest believers in the first century. The Word of God is so wonderful to show us the heart and life of Peter who typifies what could be any believer today who continues endeavoring to walk with God. Because we are not perfect, thankfully God only asks us to try and walk in His love, while His grace and love covers for our mistakes.

We will all blow it from time to time, but knowing that we have God’s divine grace in our lives, we may continue rising above those circumstances that caused us to screw up in the first place.

The Epistles of Peter express many wonderful truths; one that we will highlight today is our stewardship of grace given to each believer with the love of God, so that we may continue to rise up and walk with God while helping others along our way.

Peter experienced the grace of God upon his life, and so it is fitting that Peter wrote about God’s grace and our stewardship that came with Jesus Christ because Peter thoroughly understood and was thankful for the grace he enjoyed.

I Peter 4:8-10:
-8: And above all things have fervent charity {intensely given love} among yourselves; for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
-9: Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
-10: As every man {every believer} hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

One of the wonderful things that set the Christian apart is having spiritual love which God has given to us. Spiritual love covers when we sin, for our shortcomings, and when we are weak in our believing, and these combined are the multitude of sins that God’s love covers.

No one is perfect, yet God’s love is; thus the Word of God encourages us to extend love with spiritual intensity to each other, and as Jesus taught, this love proves first to ourselves that we are his disciples, then shows others that we are his disciples (John 13:34-35).

This is why Peter stated “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned {without discrimination} love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently” (I Peter 1:22). Love not only covers a multitude of sins, but also purifies the soul of the lover, causing him to be pure before his Maker!

We have received the gift of God’s love, which was manifested in the life of Christ, and has been given to us in and by grace. God’s love encourages us to minister the same love to each other. This is our stewardship of grace.

“Manifold” means that the grace of God is multifaceted, like the life of Jesus himself, or like the morning sky changing into hundreds of pastel colors ever so slightly with every moment and with every blink of our eyes. God’s divine grace is always forgiving, and is always given to us with love, and this we can minister one to another, proving God’s grace and love to be genuinely true and gentle as God continues holding us in His loving arms.

I Peter 4:11 – If any man speak {about the manifold grace of God}, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth {we can speak authoritatively because God has given to us His grace}: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion {strength} for ever and ever. Amen.

Jesus Christ is who made grace available, “grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). Jesus, being the true subject of Scripture, continues revealing to us how to enjoy and walk within our divine gift from the Father.

When we speak the “oracles of God” i.e., the declaration of God’s grace, then we reciprocate back to our God – glory, and we discover the praise and strength of him who brought to us God’s grace – Jesus Christ.

God has given every believer a great ministry, Our Stewardship of Grace to enjoy and share with one another. What a marvelous standing we have in God’s family, and with him who gave his all for us, Christ the Lord.

Acts – Revealing Our Spiritual Love

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Acts, we have the story from the beginning of the Christian movement with its rise and expansion culminating with the power of holy spirit and spiritual love given for the believers to be genuine witnesses:

Acts 1:8 – But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost {holy spirit, the gift of God} is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Acts opens up with the final gathering of Christ Jesus with his Apostles whom he had chosen. In Acts the believers would receive the spiritual power of holy spirit, and this inspired as well as empowered the new Church of God to begin walking with God in Christ in them.

The believers began experiencing God’s divine love in a much more dynamic way than was ever experienced by the individual believer before that time, for man would now have the love of God laden within their hearts through their receiving of the gift of holy spirit.

The Book of Acts shows a transition between the Gospel age and the new age of God’s grace, and with His grace upon their lives (as well as ours) the believers began enjoying God’s love in them and to one another, and they shared this with the world.

Romans 5:5 – And hope {of the return of Jesus Christ} maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost {holy spirit, the gift of God} which is given to us. {“Ghost” is an inaccurate translation of the Greek word, hagion. Our God is not a ghost, nor does He give His children ghosts, rather He gives holy spirit, and with this gift of holy spirit we have the love of God.}

The love of God that the believers were experiencing and enjoying literally propelled the first century Church into greatness, they were enjoying spiritual freedoms that had never before been given to men and women before the age of God’s grace.

Colossians 1:27 – To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Colossians reveals that we have Christ within; he is the epitome of love and he is our inspiration for living in love.

Even today the love of Jesus Christ within inspires Christians to walk in love, just as he had done in the first century Church as they loved not in word only, but in-deed and in truth (I John 3:18).

In the Book of Acts, the believers did exploits as they walked in love towards one another and presented to the people in the world the love of God.

Even though we cannot literally read the word love in the book of Acts, the powerful love of God in Christ was the motivating factor in their lives. Their love changed the course of human history and is underscored throughout Acts and is demonstrated in the lives of believers as they reached out passionately with love.

We cannot literally read for instance that Stephen in Acts chapter 7 stood up and with “forgiving love” opened up his heart and mouth to speak. Nor can we read about Philip’s “love of deliverance” in Acts chapter 8 when he went to Samaria and changed that city. Nor can we read in Acts 16 about Paul’s and Silas’ “saving love” when they were in jail at Philippi. Nor can we read about Peter on the roof with his “loving entreat” of the Gentiles to bring spiritual wholeness into the household of Cornelius and his friends with the Gospel. Nor can we read about the Apostles display of “magnifying love” on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2. Nor can we read in Acts 16 about Timotheus’ “obedient love” that was well reported by the brethren of Lystra and Iconium. Nor can we read in Acts 21 about Agabus’ “binding love” to rescue Paul. Why? The words “love of God” are not recorded in the Book of Acts, yet love is there, more real than if LOVE was written across the pages in big bold letters because love is the master key they utilized in order to live love as Jesus had instructed them in John 13:34-35.

Acts 19:20 – So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

The Word of God became living and real in the hearts of believers for they were motivated by love, becoming genuine witnesses of the resurrected Christ. Thus the Word of God grew mightily in their lives and prevailed in their culture.

Love was the motivating power and source behind almost every action that the believers undertook in the Book of Acts.

Today as we walk with God believing in the knowledge contained in the Church Epistles, then the same powerful love will still bless and motivate our actions. As God’s love grows within our hearts, love will inspire believers to reach out and offer to others the same spiritual love that has been so graciously given to us in Christ.

Luke who was inspired by God to write the Book of Acts omitted the word love, and instead he was inspired by love to write clearly on the effects that love produces, as is seen throughout Acts.

The inspiration of Jesus Christ and his love that is placed within our very hearts continues revealing Our Spiritual Love because his love still inspires us today to continue walking with him in God’s grace as the believers in Acts had done.

The Love That Travels Through Time

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

** An excerpt:

“. . . In our discussion of time travel we learned the principles of how Jesus lived his life to become such a wonderful miracle worker that inspired and moved him and his disciples so, and that his loving examples can still reach us today to inspire us to enjoy those keys regarding how we can live our lives just as miraculously in today’s world as he did because his love has been passed on down through the ages to reach our hearts.

John 13:34-35:
-34: A new commandment I give unto you {says Jesus}, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
-35: By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

God has made it available for each of us to love equally and proportionately to the same love that Jesus Christ loves us with, and thank God for giving us this wonderful understanding about the genuine spiritual service of love that is so uplifting to all those this spiritual love touches. I John 3:18 encourages, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth,” With this new spiritual love of Christ we have been enabled to love the unlovable with the same intensity that we can love the most deserving and lovable souls.

The love of God that He has placed in our earthen vessels is a divine treasure chest and is stocked complete with pure heavenly love. God’s love applied reaches all the way into the heart of man, beyond the appearance or facade that people portray on the outside, “for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart” (I Samuel 16:7).

The love of God which is Christ’s love is the true spiritual strength of the Christian family, and the spiritual foundation for true believing unity within the church, and the true spiritual uplifting in the individual believer’s heart, and is the believer’s lifeline into the tremendous blessings contained in God’s revealed Word.

Jesus said, A new commandment I give unto you; Jesus gave (I have loved you), so we could know his utmost love for us.

Jesus gave (I have loved you), so we could receive his love.

Jesus gave (I have loved you), so we could then experience his love by loving one another as Jesus loves you!

Jesus demonstrated this new commandment by loving people, including you and me.

When we accept his love and love one another with his love, we will effortlessly begin walking in its true splendor, and we will recognize that there is no law and no commandment that we would break before our heavenly Father which shows the true exquisiteness of his love.

Take for instance the commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.” When love – Jesus’ love is applied – then it becomes totally impossible to break this or any other commandment. When we utilize Jesus’ love, we then will be fulfilling all of the laws and commandments without compulsion. We must humbly allow the abundance of Jesus’ love for us – into our hearts – for then we will have his love that is necessary to appreciate and enjoy his true love.

John 15:9:
As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

When Jesus Christ walked upon this earth – one of the things that attracted people to him and his ministry was – his love that he gave to people individually.

Mark 12:29-30:
-29: And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
-30: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

I Timothy 1:5a:
Now the end of the commandment is charity {love}. . .

When comparing Mark 12:29-30 with I Timothy 1:5, we find the first commandment is love and then the end of the commandment is love. What we have here is a wondrous concept that reveals that the commandments begin and end with love. Thus, Romans 13:10 disclosed that, “Love is the fulfilling of the law.” Love is one of the greatest things that God in His love has ever given to us.

The Bible teaches us that today, nearly two thousand years later we still may benefit with this love Jesus gave in the new commandment.

Ephesians 3:17-19:
-17: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith {believing faith}; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
-18: May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth {or width}, and length, and depth, and height;
-19: And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Verse 17 states that with Christ in our hearts we can be rooted and grounded in love. Christ’s love in us can become an exciting and dynamic foundation for living the Christian, Christ-like lifestyle.

Then, in verse 18, the Word of God shows us the four dimensions of the love of Christ. The love of Christ is the love of God in full bloom that Christ utilized in his daily life while he was here blessing people and is freely given to believers today in this age of grace.

Time passes at the same rate for everyone on earth; some time is wasted and some time is spent wisely, but love, agapē love that was first given to man in the first century by Jesus is the same love of Christ that we have today, and it is time that we accept this heavenly love and become true examples of Christian lovers of God, of others, and of self. The love of Christ is never lost because as we love, love always returns from whence it originated because love is eternal and is an essential part of God, “for God is love” (I John 4:8). This love is the same love Jesus enjoyed in his time on earth and is still present for his love transcends through time and is continuously present to those who use their personal time to love, affording the Christian lover unlimited resources to live miraculously in our time. I John 4:16: reads, “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God and God in him.”

The love of Christ did not end at the crucifixion and does not cease with the conclusion of the Gospels nor did it end with his ascension up to heaven, but currently grows in our hearts as love is eternal, for it is a part of God’s spiritual nature (I John 4:8, and II Peter 1:4).

With the love of Christ we can spiritually perceive the fullness of love, its breath {or width}, length, depth, and height.

The width of the love of Christ outpours ― boundlessly.

The length of the love of Christ extends throughout time ― endlessly.

The height of the love of Christ overflows ― measurelessly.

The depth of the love of Christ founds spiritual wisdom ― fathomlessly.

We have received the love of Christ in order that we may walk with great dignity before our heavenly Father, cuddled in the knowledge that in Christ’s love we have all the fullness of God.

In verse 19, we see that the love of Christ passeth knowledge for his love is beyond, exceeding, and surpassing what human knowledge is able to comprehend by the senses. Love (the love of Christ) does not hurt, stink, or let people down as some of the songs and literature of the day exclaim, for the love of Christ is pure, first and foremost spiritual, and is on a higher plane than five senses love. Christ’s love is the greatest because it brings the Christian believer into all the fullness of God!

To conclude, I repeat the last sentence of the study above: Walking with the love of God in Christ to the best of our ability is doing exactly what Jesus would do because he is all love, and thus when we are walking in love we will be taught ― How to Live Miraculously. . .”

I John 4:7-12:
-7: Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
-8: He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
-9: In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
-10: Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
-11: Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
-12: No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

John 17:24-26:
-24: {Jesus prays} Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world {emphasis supplied}.
-25: O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
-26: And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Ephesians 1:3-4:
-3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
-4: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love {IN LOVE, emphasis supplied}:

* Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
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Used by permission.

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