In this Lord's Word Bible study, we will look at the two great commandments as well as, what is considered the Golden Rule.
Jesus Christ was asked a question by a very clever lawyer to see if he could tempt Jesus, to tell him which of the commandments was the greatest, and Jesus explained which were the great commandments.
All text taken from the King James Bible
Let us begin this Bible study with a prayer, O God, thy heavenly Father, grant me the wisdom and knowledge, so that I may be able to understand this document, in Jesus name. Amen.
Matt.22:36-40 - Master, which is the great commandment in the law? (37) Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (38) This is the first and great commandment. (39) The second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (40) On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
The first 4, of the ten commandments, are covered under the 1st great commandment. The last 6, of the ten commandments, are covered under the 2nd great commandment. Therefore, Jesus completely covered all ten commandments using only two, called great commandments, and silenced the lawyer.
Considered To Be The Golden Rule
Matt.7:12 - Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Paraphrased - Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. In otherwords, for example, do not say, or, do something to somebody else, if you would not like the same thing done to you. This would be the same as the second great commandment - to love thy neighbour as thyself.
See Revelations 14:12 inParable of Brethren With Jesus Christ
These two commandments are found in the New Testament. In the Old Testament they are very similar and go as follows:
Deut.6:5-8 - And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. (6) And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: (7) And thou shalt teach (engrave) them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (8) And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. See - Sign, Mark and Seal of God,Sign, Mark and Seal of God
This document is meant to help you understand your Bible more easily, however, it may not give you all the answers, you will need to study your Bible as well as read other documents, but let no one deceive you, prove all things; hold fast that which is good, because, ultimately, you, are responsible for your own salvation.
Let us end this Bible study with a prayer - O God thy heavenly Father, please help me to be a better person each day, to follow the commandments and the fruits of the Spirit, help me to strive each day to be more in thy presence, in Jesus name I ask. Amen.