The First Chief Part: The Ten Commandments
About the Law in general:
A. The law has been given by God and is confirmed by Christ.
10. John 1:17. The law has been given through Moses; grace and truth has come through Jesus Christ.
11. Matthew 5:17-18. You should not think that I have come to abolish the Law and the Prophets. I have not come to abolish it but to fulfill it. In truth, I tell you, that until heaven and earth disappear not the smallest letter nor the least stroke of a pen will pass away fro the Law until all is accomplished.
B. The sum of the law is love.
12. Matthew 22, 37-40. You shall love the Lord your God from your whole heart, from your whole soul and all your feelings [in English we have "mind", "Gemueth" in German is not so much "mind". What is the Greek? In a way, with your "mind" has never made sense to me. We don't love with our mind. We think with our mind, which leads to emotions... Thoughtfulness is the beginning of acting loving...] This is the most noble and greatest command. However this other one is equal to it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commands hang the entire Law and the Prophets.
13. 1 Tim. 1,5. The command is summed up in this: love from a pure heart with a good conscience and unfeigned faith.
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