John 3:20 -
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
In the Old Testament we read many Commandments were given to the people but in the New Testament Jesus sums up all in 2 Commandments. Did Jesus change the Commandments?
In the Old Testament we see the people were void of the Spirit of God and the Spirit of God was only on a select few and that too many times not always but only during a mission. It was only after Jesus made peace between God and man by His sacrifice that the Holy Spirit was promised to all those who believe in Jesus Christ.
Since sin in basic did not change, the Commandments of God too did not change; it was only that in the Old Testament they were not understood. The people void of understanding followed them in the flesh and not in the spirit. Jesus kept every Commandment of the Old Testament but yet was accused of breaking them by the Pharisees (Jewish church leaders).
Sin is defined by disobedience to God so it was the Law that gave birth to sin. Had God not commanded Adam and Eve not to eat of tree of Good and Bad they would not have sinned. Before sin came into existence was evil, it was the Commandment of God that exposed evil in the form of sin. Before sin, evil was difficult to understand by a person not knowing God well. So to understand sin well we need to know evil and to understand evil well we need to know God Who is light.
Although Satan(s) and his angels did evil yet it is not written that they sinned. They did not have a Commandment since they knew God well and knew what was good in the eyes of God, the nature of God. Doing anything that is against the nature of God is evil. Therefore Jesus simplified this to ordinary man without Spirit of God into 2 Commandments wherein both talk about the most manifested nature of God for those who do not know God and that is love (charity).
To know God one should firstly know love (charity) for without love (charity) one cannot know God. But everything about God does not stop at love (charity) for God has 11 more properties (fruit) about Him which are enclosed within love (charity). It was this love (charity) manifested in the sacrifice of His begotten Son Jesus Christ that we receive the Spirit of Truth neither for a moment, nor for a few people alone, but for all those who are touched by this love (charity). It is only by the Spirit of Truth that we come to know God better; we also come to know what is not good according to God and therefore by our knowing more Light the definition of evil keeps changing for us.
Thus as we come closer to God and know more and more of God - the Light - Spirit of God (Law giver) within us exposes more of the evil that already exist. People who are afraid to face the truth of bringing change into their lives land up running away from knowing God Who is Light.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, although man walked in the Garden of Eden along with the Angels yet man did not know You well because man was made lower than the Angels. You tested man by putting the tree of Good and Bad and Satan made sure man failed this test thus bringing sin into man and evil into the hearts of man. Evil and sin covered and took man even more further from You. Your out stretched hand of love (charity) which was manifested through Jesus Christ brings us closer to You, to know You better. Lord, give us courage to hold on to your Light so as we come to know You better, to let the darkness within us to be exposed and be removed by your Light. You gave us authority over fallen spirits and over weaknesses, help us to understand and believe in this authority...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
11 But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.
12 Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts.
12 For as many as have sinned [erred] without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
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