Sunday, February 23, 2020

Brunner: the law is one

Sunday, February 23, 2020
    Feast of Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, Martyr, c.155
    And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
    —Mark 12:29-31 (KJV)
    So long as we stand “under the Law,” we cannot perceive this hidden unity of all the commandments. It is part of legalism that the will of God must appear to it as a multiplicity of commandments. In actual fact, it is one and indivisible; God wants nothing else except love because He Himself is love.
    ... Emil Brunner (1889-1966), The Letter to the Romans, Philadelphia: Westminister Press, 1959, p. 111-112 (see the book)
    See also Mark 12:29-31; Deut. 6:4; 10:12; 30:6; Hos. 6:6, Luke 10:26-27
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, implant love for You in my heart.
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