What do we need to do to be saved? I was asked this by someone of accusing my church of having rules to follow to be saved, he was under the impression that we just need to love Jesus and that’s it. So I had to explain that if you love someone you will do as they ask, so I wrote this:
Jesus said in John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
What commandments do you think he’s talking about????
Jesus said that the greatest commandment is “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself” but he didn’t say “only commandments”, just greatest, and God told us how to do these:
How do you show your love for God?
1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2. You shall not make idols.
3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
How do you show your love for others and yourself?
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. Do not murder.
7. Do not commit adultery.
8. Do not steal.
9. Do not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10. Do not covet.
To finish, many say we are not under law..
Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18 “For truly I say to you, UNTIL HEAVEN AND EARTH PASS AWAY, NOT THE SMALLEST LETTER OR STROKE SHALL PASS FROM THE LAW until all is accomplished. 19 “Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
The confusion is the difference between ceremonial laws and God’s commandments. The ceremonial laws were written by Moses, and temporary, the 10 commandments were written by God’s own finger and permanent.