Description: Join us as we complete our book study in the Gospel of Mark 12:28-44.
Purpose: Survey Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry to his nation of Israel as a fulfillment of their promises, covenants and prophecies (Rom15:8; Jn4:22; Lu24:47) to bless the world. Contrast Christ’s earthly ministry to the ministry he gave to the apostle Paul preaching salvation sent to all men through Israel’s fall (Rom11:11; 15:16; Ac28:28).
Worksheet: If you’re thinking about your own study with friends or family, consider using the following: Mark 12:1-44
Loving God, Loving Jesus, and the Love of God Considered
When asking simple questions, such as:
“How do you know you’re saved?”
“Why should God let you into heaven?”
“How do you get to heaven?”
“What makes you acceptable to God?”
…there can be any number of answers — all of which might skirt around or miss the clarity of the gospel of the grace of God (Ac20:24), the gospel of Christ (Rom1:16), the preaching of the cross (1Cor1:18; 2:2), in this dispensation of God’s grace (Eph3:1-4) gospel (1Cor9:17; Rom16:25; Eph6:19).
“Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began…” ~ Romans 16:25
In this lesson, we address the topics of “loving God” as the first and greatest commandment of the law of Moses (Mk12), “loving Jesus” as a requirement for the remnant of Israel (his own friends) to abide in his love (Jn15), and “the love of God” commended toward a world of sinners (his enemies) through the death of Christ (Rom5).
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” ~ John 15:13
“…But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” ~ Romans 5:8
*Think critically here:
If your response to any of the aforementioned questions about why God should save you is because you “love God” or “love Jesus” (keeping the 1st commandment), you will miss the necessity of the death of Christ for you…the commendation of the greatest love – death for enemies.
In other words, if righteousness and acceptance of God comes by you keeping the 1st commandment (Deu6:5), then righteousness comes by the law, and, if that is true, then Christ is dead in vain (Gal2:21).
“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” ~ Galatians 2:21
Resolve today to put your trust in God’s love commended toward you through the cross of Christ Jesus (Rom3:21-26), be saved by his grace (Eph2:4-9), then allow that same love and grace to constrain (2Cor5:14) and teach (Ti2:11-12) you how to love and serve God in Christ by his Spirit (Eph2:10; Rom5:1-5; Ti3:3-8).
“For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” ~ Galatians 2:19-21