Dear Saints, Good morning.
Matthew 22:36-38 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, 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 great commandment.
According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, “all” is used to refer to the whole quantity or extent of a particular group or thing. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance defines “all” as “whole” or “complete” in extent, amount, time or degree.
Here are a few of its usages in the Church Epistles:
Romans 1: 8 Paul is thankful to God that the believing of the saints in Rome is spoken of (made public) throughout the whole (all) the world. There is a bragging right!
1Corinthians 5:6Paul is warning the saints at Corinth that wrong relationships have a negative influence on the fellowship much like leaven leavens the whole (all) lump of bread. Wrong relationships have a far-reaching effect. Galatians 5:3Paul is informing the saints at Galatia that if they are justified by the law, gauging their relationship with God according to their works or performance, then they are debtors (under obligation) to do the whole (all) law. This does not sound like living in the grace of God. 1Thessalonians 4:9, 10Paul commends the saints at Thessaloniki for the display of their love of God in all Macedonia. He also encourages them to increase (super-abound) in that love above their current extent. It must be available to love more and more each day.
In Galatians 5:6 and 7 we see an interesting definition of faith (believing). Believing is simply obeying the truth of God’s Word. Our believing has its most profound effect when it is tempered with the love of God. (see 1 Corinthians 13).
Loving God with the whole heart, the complete heart, all your heart is the first commandment (in rank and principal); it is the exceedingly great commandment in measure and stature. It also comes with a promise in Isaiah 1:19 that reads that those who are willing and obedient (not rebellious to the Word of God) shall eat the good of the land. God provides His best for those who love Him with a complete heart.
Nuthin’ to it, but to do it!
Love and bless,