|1 John 2:5-6 |
5 But whoever keeps his word [obeys the Lord's commands spoken to him], truly the love of God is perfected in him;1 by this we know that we are in him. [Anyone who claims to be in Christ when they are not crucified is taking His name in vain; or doing anything while stating you do it in His name or in the name of Jesus is also taking His name in vain.]
6 He who says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way that He walked. [We must be righteous as He is righteous, 1 John 3:7. We must be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect, Mat 5:48. We must be merciful as He is merciful, Luke 6:36. We must become pure as He is pure. 1 John 3:2-3. But as he who has called you is holy, so you be holy in all manner of conduct, 1 Pet 1:15. So that we walk as he walked, 1 John 2:6, and as he is, so are we in this present world. 1 John 4:17. There is no flexibility and no equivocation in any of these stated requirements.]
1 whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. Notice! Whoever keeps his word, (is obedient to commands, practices his teachings), the love of God is perfected in him. In this verse His word is not the Bible. The previous two verses reference keeping His commands, and this verse is a continuation of the same. The Greek for word in this (click to see) verse is logon which means: 1) of speech; 1a) a word, uttered by a living voice, embodies a conception or idea; 1b) what someone has said.
Persistent exposing yourself to hearing His commands with obedience to the commands you hear spoken to you, results in the love of God being perfected in you, which means you are then able to love your neighbor as yourself and able to obey the first and greatest commandment: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might." Mat 22:37. Paul tells us that anything we covet, (or desire), is idolatry; and no man can love God with all his heart until God rids his heart of all that he desires and values in the world. Whatever we desire, we worship. From the Word of the Lord within: "You must learn to hate everything you worship."
In Steven Crisp's wonderful sermon, The First and Greatest Commandment, he tells us that this commandment is written in the tablets of a man's heart.