We are at the end of the Kingdom of God Teaching Series and I am grateful for everyone who have journeyed this far with me — thank you, thank you, thank you. If there is anyone who is just coming aboard, all of the previous teachings are available on our welcome page. Feel free to go back and reread them, at your own pace.
In Mark 12:28-34, we read that a Torah-Teacher approached Yeshua and ask Him this question,
Of all the commandments, which is the most important?
The most important commandment is this: ‘… The LORD our God is one and only LORD. And you must love YHVH your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind (understanding), and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘ Love your neighbour as yourself’. No other commandment is greater than these.
Why would He say that there is no other command greater than those? Because love covers a multitude of sins. If we love others then we would not hurt them. In turn, we would not lie, cheat, steal, murder, gossip, covet, envy, slander, etc.
What does love here means?
Love – agapáō; contracted agapṓ, fut. agapḗsō.
To esteem, love, indicating a direction of the will and finding one’s joy in something or someone. It also includes the idea of duty, respect, veneration, meaning to love and serve with fidelity. (CSWB)
After Yeshua’s answer the religious teacher replied,
Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth by saying that there is only one God and no other. And I know it is important to love him with all my heart and all my understanding and all my strength, and to love my neighbours as myself. This is more important than to offer all of the burnt offerings and sacrifices required in the law.
Yeshua, realizing and recognizing the man’s understanding, said to him,
You are not far from the Kingdom of God.
Love is extremely vital in the Kingdom of God. It is of utmost importance! If we desire to be a part of the Kingdom of God, WE MUST HAVE LOVE!!!
Apostle Paul wrote to the Church in Galatia,
For, brothers, you were called to be free. Only do not let that freedom become an excuse for allowing your old nature to have its way. Instead, serve one another in love. For the whole of the Torah is summed up in this one sentence: “Love your neighbor as yourself. Galatians 5:13-14 CJB
John 13:35 states that people know and will identify that we are Yeshua’s disciples when we have and outwardly express love to one another. Apostle Paul urged us to owe no man anything, but love (cf. Romans 13:8). He went on further to say that love works no ill to his neighbour (cf. Romans 13:10). Many problems we have today we would not have if we have genuine love for each other.
Within the Kingdom of God, we are required to love each other in the same way that Christ loves us. Because we are one with the LORD, love should automatically become who we are and not just something we try to do. The expression and essence of love in and through us is a direct reflection of our knowledge of and unity with YHVH.
We can see this in the writing of Apostle John. He wrote in 1 John 4:7-8, 12,
Beloved friends, let us love one another; because love is from God; and everyone who loves has God as his Father and knows God. Those who do not love, do not know God; because God is love. … if we love one another, God remains united with us, and our love for him has been brought to its goal in us.
Later on in the said chapter 4, we see that if we say we love God and we choose not to love each other then Apostle John calls us liars. And liars have no part in the Kingdom of God.
Love is so important that in Romans 5:5, Apostle Paul declares that
… the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
The LORD by His Spirit has filled our hearts with His love. He has provided us with the capacity and ability to fulfill this requirement. The onus is on us now to live it. Why live it? Because love, like repentance, transformation, daily renewal and faith/trust, is a way of life.
Without love we cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; and thus the LORD makes love available to us through Ruach HaKodesh – a spirit of power, and of love, and a sound mind (cf. 2 Timothy 1:7).
Next Thursday, we will briefly conclude this teaching series and provide a summary of what we have discussed. Also there will be specific prayer points available for wherever you may be in the process of becoming a Kingdom citizen.
Thank you for joining us as we learn together and grow together.