Mark 12:28-31 — The greatest commandment(s)
- There were 2 great commandments. Both were impossible, then Jesus raised the standard
The law of Christ: John 13:34-35 a new commandment I give to you…
The best of the old commandments left a standard of love based on human ability, and measured by human standards. The New Commandment raises the bar to the level of Christ Himself.
What would you do if there was no chance you’d ever be found out, punished, face a consequence of any kind – not even from God? – that is what dwelled in our hearts before grace came.
The cross represents the ultimate injustice. The only one who never deserved punishment was made the scapegoat for the sins of a self-righteous mob whose only interest was self-righteousness.
Ex 34:6-7 What we’ve been forgiven of
- Sin: Missing the mark/ falling short of righteousness
- Transgression: intentional violations of God’s laws and ways
- Iniquity: Twisted, willful, prideful, premeditated rebellion
in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace
- This is US … our ministry is to display His grace for all the world to see!
Forgiveness is extending ALL the benefits of Calvary which we enjoy in Christ, to those who have sinned against us
- “Where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more.” If this is true FOR us, is it true through us?
Forgiveness is extending mercy, even when it is undeserved. Displaying His Grace means we not only forgive, but help (i.e. bless) those who sin against us, showing kindness which ultimately may lead to their repentance.
Blessing = adding to someone’s life
Matt 7:1-2 … by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.
unforgiveness is a signal that we have begun to take the cross for granted
Yes…it requires supernatural ability to do this!
Receive the Holy Spirit…