What Are the Rules - Part 2
                                             Living For Him!

In our first lesson we learned that we could not fulfill the requirements of the Law before or after salvation on our own.  It was Jesus who fulfilled the requirements of the Law on our behalf.  Our salvation is based on Christ alone, we can do nothing to earn it and we can not do anything to lose it.
We also learned that this is not a blank check to go out and sin.  Christ died for us, so we are to no longer live for ourselves but for him who died for us. 

To live for Christ could mean a lot of things; what does it mean to you?
Jesus said if you love me, keep my commandments (John 14:14). 
What are these commandments?

Matthew 22:35-40
[35] And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. [36] “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” [37] And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. [38] This is the great and first commandment. [39] And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. [40] On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

1.Are either of these commandments that Jesus gave mentioned in the 10 Commandments that God gave to Moses?

2.Where did they come from? 
(They are all the laws together.)

3.Did Jesus fulfill these two requirements?
(In the garden and at the cross.)

4.We learned in the last lesson that we could not fulfill the requirements of the Law on our own.

5.Does Jesus expect us to live by these two commandments?  How?

John 14:15-21
[15] “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. [16] And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, [17] even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.  [18] “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. [19] Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. [20] In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. [21] Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

1.Did Jesus know that we could not obey him on our own?

2.What did he say he was going to give us?

3.Who is this helper?

4.Where is he?

5.What will we know?

6.If God lives and abides in us is there any reason we cannot do all he requires of us?  Why?

John 14:12-14
[12] “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. [13] Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. [14] If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

1.Jesus said that we would do the works that he did and not only that but even greater.

2.What were some of the works Jesus did?

3.Is that possible?  How?

4.Does this mean that whatever we say God is obligated to do if we attach his name to it?

5.Why will Jesus do these things through us?

6.How do we know when to do these works or what to ask for?

John 15:7-15
[7] If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. [8] By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. [9] As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. [10] If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. [11] These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. [12] “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. [13] Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. [14] You are my friends if you do what I command you. [15] No longer do I call you servants,
for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

1.What do we need to do to know what Jesus wants us to do and say?

2.Why does Jesus want us to know about the importance of abiding in him?

3.What does Jesus make known to us?  Why?

4.If we abide in God and he abides in us will we know what works to do and what things to ask?

5.Why does Jesus want us to do works and ask him to do things for others?

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

1.God wants us to love him, he has made this possible by sending the Holy Spirit to live with and inside of us who abide in him.  God also wants to reach out to everyone with love.  He does this through us, and equips us with all that we need to accomplish this task, so that we will glorify the Father through the Son
2.As believers we now have two commandments: to love God and to love one another.

3.How does knowing this affect the way we live?

4.Are you taking time to listen to the words God has to give you each day?

5.Are you abiding fully in him and doing the work that he has for you?

6.Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you and to love others through you?

7.Has God spoken to you today about your relationship with him or with someone else?

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