The entirety of Christianity can be summed up in one word – “Love”. It is about a God who loved the world so much, that He offered His Only begotten Son (John 3:!6), who was Love personified Himself, to be a sacrifice, so that a world that was made to love Him, will repent and return to Him, and love Him because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). In fact, the very first time, the word “love” is used in the King James Version of the Bible is symbolic of the offering of Jesus, God’s only son, whom he loved as we see in Genesis 22:2 when God tells Abraham, “Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, who thou lovest, …; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
The speaker before the assembly (Ekklesia) says that the whole duty of man; the conclusion of the matter is this – Fear God and keep His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Jesus said, if you love me, keep my commandments (John 14:15). In other words, Jesus was saying, the conclusion of the matter; the whole duty of man is this – Fear God and Love Him, since keeping His commandments is an expression of our love for Him. As Christians, we must Fear God and Love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:30), for He who loves, knows God, who is Love (1 John 4:7-8), and this is our whole duty.
Point(s) to ponder:
- How are we doing in our duty to God? Are we loving Him by keeping His commandments?
1 John 4:7-8 (KJV)
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.