“And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment” (1 John 3:23 NKJV). “Love one another” is about the only statement some people think is in the Bible! They then object to any other “commandment” as “legalism,” not to be obeyed. John said God gave the “commandment” to “love one another.” Was God commanding “legalism?” Jesus said, “that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do” (John 14:31 NKJV). Was Jesus a “legalist” because He kept God’s “commandment” to “love?” Was Peter a “legalist” when “he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord” (Acts 10:48 NKJV)? Why is keeping the commandments of God “legalism,” but not keeping the command to love?
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.