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Living Up to
Our Identity

Up-Dated - Friday, December 06, 2013

Table of Contents
* Our Identity
* Our Commitment
* There are now 2 obvious questions
* What is Love?
* Who is my Neighbor?

Our Identity
We are changed people
It is something that has happened to us
Not something we have done
We are changed by the Grace of God
* New Person,

2 Cor 5:17 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

* New Birth,

John 3:3 "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

* New Membership
    (into the Family of God)

Joh 1:12-13 "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."

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Our Commitment
As new, changed Christians
We are Commanded to do good works:
  * Not to be Christians
  * But to live as Good Christians

Mt 22:36-40 "Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."

1. Love God with all you have.
2. Love your Neighbor as yourself.

This is the sum total of the 10 Commandments.
This is a complete summation of all the Prophets.

Mark 12:31 said that there are no other Commandments greater than these

Paul wrote it this way:

Romans 13:8 "Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law."

Romans 13:9
"Thou shalt not commit adultery,
Thou shalt not kill,
Thou shalt not steal,
Thou shalt not bear false witness,
Thou shalt not covet;
and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely,
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."

All the Law is fulfilled the same way.

Galatians 5:14 "For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."

Loving your Neighbor as yourself is the Royal Law

James 2:8-10 "If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: but if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all."

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There are now 2 obvious questions:
1. What is Love?
2. Who is my Neighbor?

What is Love?
Love is the highest maturity (perfectness)

Col 3:14 "And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness."

Love is putting others first

"Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."

This is simply providing for basic needs
1. Salvation

We are commanded to take the Gospel to the whole world.

2. Food and Clothes

James 2:15-16 "If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?"

Withholding what is needed ...
* It does not profit them
* It does not profit you
* It does not profit the Lord's work

Luke 3:11 "He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise."

Jesus says ...
* Clothe the one with no clothes
* Feed the one with no food

1 John 3:17 "But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?"

Love cares for the need of the needy.

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Who is my Neighbor?

Luke 10:30-35 "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee."

This passage not only typifies who we can count as neighbor, but that their health is important, too.

Jesus says that we are Changed at Salvation for a purpose.  To Commit our lives to love each other to the extent that we care for the needs of our neighbor.

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