Date: November 4, 2018
Speaker: John Fonville
Category: The Great Commandment
Scripture: Matthew 22:37–22:40
Tags: grace, obedience, merit, law, righteousness, imputation, Mercy, Satisfaction, Gratitude, Cross, Love, gospel of matthew, forgiveness, debt, The Great Commandment, Apostles' Creed, reward, active obedience, passive obedience, vengeance, debtors, entitlement, Come Thou Fount
In Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus teaches that the whole duty of man can be summed up in one word: love. God’s law (i.e., the Great Commandment) calls us to love God and our neighbor with our entire being. Jesus says there is no other commandment greater than these, and on these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.
Yet, too often, believers think and speak as if they are still debtors to God. Consequently, many are poor lovers of God and their neighbor because they cannot truly love God or their neighbor if they are under the continual suspicion that they are debtors to Him. The reality is, debtors make poor lovers.
So then, how do we do actually come to love God and our neighbor?