2 John 1:6 “This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.”
The way of the Master has never changed because Jesus never changes. The fixed line of Holiness that God demands, is one the world hates.
The world wants to make their own rules, live by their own standard of holiness, and proclaim what is good in their own eyes. Jesus makes it very clear that nobody is good, that this world was made by God’s standard and it is His standard of the Moral law by which we are all held.
The way of Jesus is not something that can be comprehensively studied in a short dissertation. The disciples themselves recognized that all Jesus taught and did was far more than than any book could contain.
What we need to know, we have in God’s Word.
The way God’s Word is expressed in our lives is as complex as God is vast.
John 21:25 “Now there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if every one should be written, I suppose not even the world itself to have space for the books to be written.”
Jesus exemplified many things, but one of them was the way He shared the gospel.
If we take a short look at how Jesus shared the gospel, we gain insight into how we can follow in His footsteps.
Luke 18:18-23 “Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ” And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.” So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich.
The ruler who approached Jesus asked what he must do to inherit eternal life. The question itself was a contradiction and the short answer Jesus could have gave him would have been to answer, “nothing, there is nothing you can do to inherit eternal life”.
Jesus first questions him as to why he called Him good. The term itself is reserved only for God, since God is the only one who has a nature that is truly good. Mankind’s corruption has led him into all forms of sin and therefore his nature has been corrupted from the onset. Jesus’ question was an attempt to ascertain by what means the man was approaching Him, as the Messiah or as a rabbi or teacher.
Jesus follows the question with an exclamation by which we can measure ourselves, to see if we have attained eternal life. The Moral Law, or Ten Commandments, is God’s standard of righteousness. Live them perfectly and you qualify on account of the law for entry into God’s presence. Break one part of the Moral Law and you discredit yourself as a law breaker.
Jesus asked the ruler if he kept all of the commandments. He exclaimed with an air of excitement that he had, then Jesus digs a little further into what he lacked in righteousness…..his love of money.
Money had become idolatrous in the man’s life and the condemnation of his materialism over God was one he quickly realized.
What did Jesus do to help the man realize his error?
Jesus pointed him to the law.
The process of evangelism isn’t to share with people how much God loves them, or share all the joy that accompanies a walk with God, or to promise them God’s blessing if they follow Jesus. Each of these are accompanied with the Spirit of God but if they are the reason for coming, they come under the wrong pretense.
These methods of evangelism have led many people into a false understanding of what God’s love really looks like.
1 John 4:9 “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”
God’s love is expressed through the cross of Christ Jesus.
If you want to Know the love of God, not just experience it through others or taste of it by hanging out with christians, but Know it for yourself, you have to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
Sin separates us from God’s love. We have made ourselves enemies before the throne of God’s judgement and the only way for that to be rectified is to accept the grace that Jesus purchased with His blood.
Ephesians 2:13 “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”
This is why Jesus used the law in evangelism….because without the knowledge of sin, people do not realize they need grace.
Luke 10: 25-29 “And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ” And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus showed through the parable of the Good Samaritan how love expressed cannot have limitations. The pure and undefiled love of God can only be expressed through the indwelling Spirit of God in a believers life.
The Moral law of evangelism is the measure of perfection that makes us realize we can never meet God’s expectations on our own.
The way of the Master was the way of the disciples and believers for thousands of years. If we walk faithfully in the steps of Jesus, we express truth the way Jesus expressed it in love.
Keep to Jesus’ patterns of engaging the world and you will see the fruit you always hoped for.