Although my title gives a little insight of my ability in the fine art of grammatical usage, the meaning should stand on its own. (I hope). Today I received a call from a brother in Christ that I have never met looking to answer a question about Matthew 22:37. The question revolved around the teaching of Jesus from Deuteronomy 6:5 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
This passage in Matthew parallels Luke 10:27 and Jesus is specifically talking about a part of God’s law that the Jews knew well and repeated twice each day by the faithful. God’s word in Deuteronomy is talking specifically about the essence of the believer’s love for God.
Although one might be able to consider the different “parts” of a person and allocated spiritual meaning behind each one, the text is plainly revealing that all of a believers being, even strength or efforts, are to be encapsulated by a passionate and spontaneous affection for God. In the context of the Gospels, Jesus is making sure that the Jews understand that their hearts toward loving God will also follow with their loving others. You cannot say you love God and hate your brother… (1 John)
The primary question from the call was, “who is Jesus talking about here?” In essence, and plainly, the law speaks of God the Father, for this is the only way the Jews knew God. However, the New Testament brings some real light to how God works and acts in three persons as the trinity. So, to be brief, when believers love God with their entire being, then they are also loving the Son and the Spirit for they are the same God.
In light of New Testament teaching of Jesus, He said He was God and as we see in John’s writing, Jesus will be the focus and object of our adoration and worship as Jesus is the only “One” that can make God known to us. The Eternal God-Man Jesus is the image of the invisible God!
Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.