The First and Greatest In Christ

 

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul with all your understanding and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. Mark 12:30.

 

But of Him you are in Christ Jesus who became for us wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption. 1 Corinthians 1:30.

 

Redemption is necessary for the Lord to be your strength. To love the Lord with your all is to receive from Him and to give only what has been given. The fullness of this redemption comes in the day of the Lord.

And when these things begin to come to pass then look up and lift up your heads for your redemption draws near. Luke 21:28.

For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together up to the present time. And not only this but also we ourselves having the first fruits of the Spirit groan within ourselves waiting eagerly for the adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. Romans chapter 8, verses 19, 22 and 23.

In whom we have redemption through His blood for the remission of sin according to the riches of His grace. You are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise which is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:14.

John (the Baptist) answered and said, “No one can possess anything except it is given to them from heaven. He that comes from above is above all, he that is of the earth is earthly and speaks of earthly things. He that comes from heaven is above all. He that receives His testimony has set to his seal that God is true. John 3:27-36.

To love the Lord with all your heart requires the wisdom that comes from above. When the Lord told Solomon to request whatsoever he desired, he asked for a hearing heart to have the wisdom to rule God’s people. The wisdom of God overcomes all opposition to the Truth.

For I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist. Luke 21:15.

And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke. Acts 6:10.

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory. We speak not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches.  1 Corinthians 2:6 & 7.

The wisdom that is from above is first pure then peaceable, gentle and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruit without partiality and without hypocrisy.      James 3:17.

The love the Lord with all your soul requires the righteousness of God in Christ. Only those who hunger and thirst after righteousness can attain the blessedness of a satisfied soul. The Greek word translated soul is also translated life forty times. The righteousness of God requires that we love the Lord with all our life. Again, this culminates in the day of the Lord.

He that finds his life (soul) shall lose it and he that loses his life (soul) for my sake shall find it. Mt 10:39.

Therefore I say unto you: take no thought for your soul, what you will eat, or for your body, what you will wear. The soul is more than food and the body more than clothing. Therefore seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:25-34.

For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17.

For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. Galatians 5:5.

And fear not them which kill the body but are not able to kill the soul, but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28.

For what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:26.

In your patience possess your souls. Luke 21:19.

To love the Lord with all your understanding requires sanctification from all worldly influences. This first requires some clarification for the Greek word dianoia translated as understanding in Mark 12:30. This word denotes “the means to attaining understanding” or to rightly comprehend a truth. Paul refers to “the eyes of your understanding” in Ephesians 1:18, and then refers to those who are alienated from the life of God as having their way of comprehension darkened resulting in “blindness of their hearts”. Ephesians 4:18.

Jesus said: “If the light that is in you be darkness, how great is that darkness! Mt. 6:23.

This follows from Jesus warning his disciples to avoid the leaven of the Pharisees which is hypocrisy. Luke 12:1. The teachings of the Pharisees was the very thing that Paul had to renounce from his education to walk in the Spirit. Jesus prayed in this regard for all who would follow Him.

Sanctify them through Thy Truth; Thy Word is Truth. John 17:17.

Be careful not to allow anyone to captivate you through an empty deception according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world rather than according to Christ. Colossians 2:8.

To open their eyes and to turn them from darkness to light and from the authority of Satan unto God that they may receive remission of sin and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Me. Acts 26:18.

And let this be a prayer for you today:

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly and your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Th. 5:23.

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