After His resurrection, but before His ascension into Heaven, Jesus “through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:2-3 NKJV). What “commandments?” 1) “And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment” (Mark 12:30 NKJV); 2) “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:34 NKJV). 3) ” He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:15-16 NKJV). Which of these can anyone say is “nonessential?”
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.