Religion vs Relationship | Bruxy Cavey

Religion vs Relationship | Bruxy Cavey


for the entire law, this is a fascinating
verse verse 14 for the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command
literally this one saying or word its logos this one logos this one word from
Jesus is one command from Scripture and it’s actually from Leviticus love your
neighbor as yourself the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command
love your neighbor as yourself this one command the whole thing’s fulfilled in
one command love your neighbor as yourself this other centeredness that we
move into this this relational spirituality that says I want to just as
I care naturally for myself I want to naturally care for you I want to do what
is best for you this fulfills everything that the Mosaic law was trying to do
just keep your eyes fixed on what it means to love others who says you’ve got
it covered it’s only that one thing that you need he really boils down Christian
spirituality and the whole Christian ethic to a very simple premise love
other people as you love yourself that’s it done I don’t know if you notice
something here but the emphasis that Paul makes is even more simple than what
Jesus first makes when he was asked how to sum up the law and the prophets do you
remember remember Jesus was asked by religious leader what’s the greatest
commandment Jesus didn’t answer the same way as Paul he didn’t say well the
greatest commandment is love your neighbor as you love yourself there that
one commandment takes it all what did Jesus say he said the greatest
commandment is when he was asked what is it he said love the Lord your God with
all your heart with all your soul with all your mind this is the first and
greatest commandment and the second is like it the second is love your neighbor
as yourself all the law the prophets hang on these two commands these two
that’s interesting Jesus says start with love for God then
focus on love for others keep those two together by the time Paul’s writing here
he skipped the first one just went to the second one and said that’s the only
one what’s going on here why the contradiction is Paul gone rogue why
does he find the liberty of only partially quoting Jesus Jesus says got
to be the two together and it starts with love for God Paul says just focus
on loving others and you’ll get it all that’s interesting cuz you know Paul’s
not alone here the Apostle Peter says the same thing above all of all the
commands I could give you and all the teaching I could give you love God with
everything no that’s not way says above all love each other deeply the Apostle John
says the same thing John 3:14 we know that we have passed from death to life
because we have a great love for God no we know that we have passed from death
to life because of how much we love each other he says that’s the distinguishing
mark he later goes on to say in 1st John 4 whoever claims to love God but hates
his brother or sister is a liar so don’t even don’t even think about saying I
love God are trying to work on work on your love for one another and we’ll see
how much you love God and notice he doesn’t just say whoever love God but
hates his brother or sister is a little unbalanced it needs to love God a bit
more or love his brother and sister a bit more he says though your love for
God is null and void it doesn’t exist if you’re not loving your brother and
sister properly here’s a liar big fat liar Wow this New Testament emphasis on
loving others as the shape our our spirituality takes is fascinating James
the brother Jesus says if you really keep the royal law found in Scripture
what’s this royal law Jesus said the one commandment is love God with all
your heart soul, mind, and strength the second should be partnered with it James again just goes
for the second keep the royal law found in Scripture what’s that love your
neighbour yourself then you’re doing right how come the entire New Testament
church starts teaching each other just to focus on relational spirituality that
fans out this way it seems as though the New Testament church caught on to a
principle that our our faith our religion if you want to call it a
religion is relationship our spirituality is worked out in the
relationships with others our liturgy is serving one another and this is how God
says thank you for serving me thank you for loving me thank you for worshiping
me the entire New Testament emphasis is love others love others love others and
that’s how your loving God still even though we could say relationship is our
religion which we could say relationship is our religion
what gave the New Testament writers the right what gave them the inspiration to
say such a thing why did they skip the first commandment Jesus gave love God
first well here’s a problem when you tell religious people to just start with
loving God they often don’t get on to the second commandment it’s easy for
people who are religious addicts to just start loving God and stick with loving
God and when they do they’ll love God to the point of showing disdain for other
people that’s how much they love God I love that so much I can judge and
condemn and do everything that’s how that’s how much I love God we know that
the idea of just loving God loving God loving God can lead to things like the
Spanish Inquisition can lead to things like witch burnings can lead to things
like the Crusades because we love God it can lead to things like beheading it can
lead to things like jihadist terrorism it can lead to all kinds of horrific
violent acts why because I love God and the New Testament church said we can’t
let anyone get away with that don’t even think about how much you love God unless
you are expressing it first and foremost through your love of others then
everything else will make sense but you need to start there now it’s a bold move
because it seems like they’re contradicting Jesus ah but wait Jesus
said love God first and love your neighbor as yourself as the right
approach for someone who was not yet a Christian but to his own disciples what
does he say he teaches things like the sheep and the goats the way you are
going to love me will be how you love people around you and then at the Last
Supper in John 13 he turns to his disciples and he says a new command I
give you a new command it’s not new it’s in Leviticus
everybody knows ah but Jesus is now prioritizing something a new command I
give you love one another whoa he skipped the first one now Jesus
has done it he’s the one who started it he didn’t say love God first he just
says here’s a new command here is the going to be the focus of your
spirituality I already know you love God you’re following me you’ve given up
everything to follow me so now that I know you love God
here’s the emphasis of Christian spirituality love one another as I have
loved you so you must love one another by this everyone will know that you are
my disciples if you have love one for another not I love God I love God with
God and I will slay anyone and do anyone judging because I love God so much Jesus
won’t let us get away with that how much we love one another he goes on to say my
command is this love each other as I have loved you greater love has no one
than this to lay one’s life down for God nope the greatest love he says it’s too
easy to say I’ll lay my life down for God well I blow people love well I kill
these other people well I do I can I can well I lead into war while I torture
these people while we burn the bad people out we I can we it’s too easy
he says the greatest love is when you are so committed to loving the people
God loves and when you are committed to that then you can say you love God this
is a kind of radical spirituality that is as I said unprecedented and
unparalleled in any world religion the vertical practices prayer many times a
day fasting keeping certain rules memorizing Scripture attending religious
gatherings going on pilgrimage these religious ways we show God how much we
love them they actually take a secondary place within the spirituality of Jesus
the primary way we work out our spirituality is in loving one another do
that now you need to do those other things to energize your batteries to to
be renewed so that you can go and do the primary thing the primary thing is
consistently from Jesus through all the new testament teaching loving others
loving others loving others that’s our liturgy
that’s our spirituality that’s how we work out our faith that’s our morality
loving our neighbors we love ourselves

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