A new Commandment I give to you.
Before we get into the New Commandments in the New Covenant, I want to first talk about the establishment of the 10 Commandments of the Old Covenant. As we all know God gave the 10 Commandments to the Nation of Israel on Mount Siani in the land of Horeb. Moses was given 10 Commandments by God for people of Israel to follow which is found in Exodus 20 1-17. Then in Exodus 24:7-8 (Nkjv) it states: 7 Then Moses took the Book of the Covenant and read in the hearing of the people. And said," All that the Lord has said we will do, and be obedient". 8 And Moses took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, "This is the blood of the Covenant which the Lord has made with you according to all these words".
Here we see that a blood sacrifice had been made and Moses had taken the blood and sprinkled it on the people of Israel. This act solidified the Covenant between the people and God.
What is hardly ever mentioned is there is a second part to the Old Covenant Commandments. There is a second Old Covenant with Laws that is never mention and most people are not aware. So, I with explain where this second Old Covenant is found.
If you research the word "Deuteronomy" you will discover that it means Second Law. You will note that in the Book of Deuteronomy 5:6-21 it repeats the same 10 Commandments found in Exodus 20. But, what is not repeated are more Commandments that are not found in the first 10 Commandments. For example (and very important) in Deuteronomy 6:5 (NKJV) which states: 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
Note: Jesus states this same commandment in Matthew 22:37-38 (NKJV) where He states :37 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. (Notice here that this commandment is not part of the initial 10 Commandments. And yet it the greatest of all of them.)
This commandment was one of many that followed after verse 5 that was never mention in in the First Covenant God had given to Moses. You may ask, Where is the Second Covenant coming from?. So, I will now show you.
In Deuteronomy 29:1 (NKJV) which states: 1 These are the words of the covenant which the Lord commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, BESIDES the covenant which He made with them in Horeb.
This is proof of a Second Old Covenant that God a made with Israel in the Old Testament.
New Commandment given by Jesus for the New Covenant.
Many within the Christian faith follow the 10 Commandment of the Old Covenant (or at least try to). But seem to be not aware of one of the new commandment given by Jesus. This new Commandment given by Jesus is found in John 13:34-35 (NKJV) which states: 37 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another as I have love you, that you also love one another. 38 By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
Now, how do we know this is a New Commandment for the New Covenant. Because Jesus gave this Commandment in the evening at the last supper just before dýing on the cross the next day. The same evening before his death during the last supper Jesus said in Matthew 26:28 (NKJV): 28 For this is my blood of the New Covenant which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Then, on the following day Jesus soldifies the New Covenant with his sacrifice (like a Lamb) for us on the cross. What we have here is a blood covenant. Which binds us to His Commandment to love one another as He had loved us.
How important was Jesus death in the cross?
We would not have new commandments without His sacrifice. And to make this point very clear we need to read Hebrews16: 16-18 which states: 16 For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament is in force only after men are dead, since it has no power while the testator lives. 18 Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood.
Jesus new commandment to love one another as He had loved has great meaning. What He is saying is that we are to love each other with the SAME love He had for us."As I have loved you". Does anyone love one another as MUCH as Jesus loved us. Jesus said in John 15:10 If you keep my commandments you will abide in my love, just as I have My Father's commandments and abide in His love.
This is what Jesus has Commanded of us.
For further evidence of the New Commandment in the New Covenant we read in 1 John 3:23-24 And this is His commandment; that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love another, as He gave us commandments. 24 Now he who keeps His commandments abide in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abidesin us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
Here is something that is very noteworthy, here we have two commandment. First we are commanded to believe in the name of Jesus Christ. And second to love one another as Jesus loved us. The first is important also. To BELIEVE on the name of Jesus Christ. Is it a sin not to believe in Jesus. The answer is YES. Read with me in Matthew where Jesus is speaking of the Holy Spirit which states in Matthew 16:8-9 (NKJV): 8 "And when He comes He will convict the world of sin and of righteousness, and of judgement; 9 of sin, because they do not believe in me;"
So, now I've mentioned at least two New Commandment of the New Covenant, but there are much much more.
So let's not forget.
We must not forget that our Lord Jesus Christ is a King, with full authority in heaven and on earth which has been given to Him by the Father in heaven. Christ has full authority as King, then and now, to give commands and commandments. We are citizens of His heavenly Kingdom. We, in the Christian faith, are under His rule and commands. His commandments show us just how important He is and not only as King but as our saviour too. We cannot succeed with following His laws with out His help, but left on our own we will surely fail. As King, Jesus has given many commands to follow which I will end this with Jesus words in Matthew 28:19-20 (NKJV) which states:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things I have COMMANDED you, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age". Amen.
Blessing to all.
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