Thursday, September 18, 2008

The New Commandment of Christ: Love One Another As I Have Loved You

(by David Mathis)


Christians are people under authority—the authority of Jesus. Jesus is more than Lord, but he is never less.

And Jesus commands his people to love each other—a command which he says is "new." But what's new about this command to love? Hasn't God always commanded his people to love each other?

What's new in Jesus' command is that Jesus himself is now the pattern and the power of our love for each other. Jesus perfectly demonstrated how we are to love others, and by being connected to him, we are enabled to love others.

But not only is Jesus our pattern and power. He's also our propitiation, our wrath-bearer. Jesus' greatest show of love is that he laid down his life for his people and covered all their failures to love perfectly like he does.

By John Piper. © Desiring God. Website: desiringGod.org.

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