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Upward Love and Lateral Love

A lawyer once asked Jesus a question, “‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’  And He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the great and foremost commandment.  The second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.’” (Mt 22:36-40) Jesus fulfilled these two commandments perfectly at the cross.  Jesus said to His disciples, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” (Jn 14:15)  How can we sinful men keep His commandments?  Evangelism, evangelism is were both upward love (love of God) and lateral love (love of neighbor) meet at the heart.  Upward love expressed in evangelism is worshiping God through faith in Jesus Christ for what He alone has done.  Lateral love expressed in evangelism is your concern for the eternal souls of your neighbor.  Now draw a mental picture of upward love and lateral love.

The Book

What is the Book? The book is an eye witness testimony about Jesus written by the disciple whom Jesus loved.  Church tradition names the apostle John as the author.  There are many arguments for this, but I think the most compelling is found within the text of the book itself.  Let us look at it through deductive logic.  The authorship is obviously an eye witness to the events written, and declares himself to be an eye witness (21:24), therefore, the author must be a disciple.  The author never refers to himself by name, but only as “The disciple whom Jesus loved” (13:23, 19:26, 20:2, 21:7, and 21:20).  The author is precise in naming the other disciples, but John who is mentioned throughout the synoptic Gospels is never named here, therefore, the author must be the apostle John. What is the Theme? The theme is that Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee is the Christ (the promised Messiah of Israel), the Son of God (God incarnate), and everyone who believes in Him has eterna

Reading the Bible Daily and Resolutions

Reading the Bible Daily and  Resolutions I’ve never been one to make New Year resolutions, but others do.  A popular New Year resolution among believers is to take up a daily reading plan of the Bible.  To the glory of God I have done just that for many years so I thought I would share some of the things that I do to continue reading my Bible daily. 1. Dependency:  In order to maintain a daily Bible reading plan you must first have dependency on God.  I do not read my Bible daily to meet some goal or quota.  I read my Bible daily because I have too.  Ray Comfort said, “No Bible no breakfast, no read no feed.” (Comfort, 2015).  Reading my Bible every morning is equivalent to eating in that I am not going to go a day without eating, therefore,  I am not going to go a day without reading my Bible. 2. Consistency:  Since I picked up the Bible, I have always read my Bible and prayed first thing every morning.  Have a plan; no matter what time I have to leave the house in the