THE CONCLUSION II
The wisest man in the Old Testament said the conclusion of the whole matter is “…Fear God, and keep his commandments…” Ecclesiastes 12:13.
The wisest man that ever walked the planet earth both in the Old and New Testament summarized the commandments of God as;
“…Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and the great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” – Matthew 22:37-40.
The whole duty of man is wrapped up in one word – love. If we truly love God; our love for God will overflow to our neighbor. As a result, no commandment would be broken. Rather than worrying about many things we should not do; I mean rather than concentrating on the “don’ts”, we should concentrate on all we can do to show our love for God. This will naturally flow to others and we will be up-to-date with keeping all the commandments of God. The Bible says:
“For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” – Galatians 5:14
The conclusion of the whole matter in this dispensation is to pass the test of love. There are many things to do to show our love for God. Jesus Christ said that the proof of our love for Him is to have His commandments and keep them. The Bible says:
“If ye love me, keep my commandments. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” John 14:15, 21.
This implies that anyone that is well acquainted with the commandments of God and keeps them is the one that loves God. This is not just about having a vague idea about the commandments of God but we must be aware, familiar and become friendly with the laws of God.
The Bible says that we can only have peace if we acquaint ourselves with God. Job 22:21. We must befriend (or make friend) with the word of God to be able to acquaint ourselves with God. This is the way to “have” the commandments of God as prescribed by the scriptures. The Psalmist said that he so loved the law of God that it was his meditation all the day. Psalm 119:97. Job said he esteemed the word of God more than his necessary food. Job 23:12.
If the conclusion of the whole matter is “love” (which begins with love for God), we must love His word for us to love Him. God and His word are one. You cannot claim to love God and not love His word. You are never tired of hearing the word being preached; you want to see the word being shared everywhere, you want to subscribe fully to anything that has to do with the wellbeing of the word. You are not just struggling to obey instructions from the word; you take delight in obeying them with all seriousness, consistency and tenacity.
Scriptures for meditation: Psalm 119:97-100
Jesus is Lord!