Loving God with all your heart (how does it look). — To begin with we associate this verse from the new testament, this is wrong, for it is taken (First) from the old testament, which declares this is when God first spoke it thru Moses. Deuteronomy 6:4-6 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is (one) Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with (ALL) thine heart, and with (ALL) thy soul, and with (ALL) thy might. And these words, which i command thee this day, (Shall) be in your heart; (future) KJV. So in Moses, or under the law of Condemnation, man had already failed in their father Adam, Romans 5:12. So this understanding from mankind, under the new covenant of grace is not the first image we have of this concept of loving God.So instead of ability, we see that the commandment to love God was first given to them by the inability/curse of the law in fact they could not obey his Commands, nor indeed desired to. Because the carnal mind (man’s mind under law) is enmity (Gods enemy and hostile toward him) against God, for it is NOT SUBJECT to the law of GOD, neither indeed can be Romans 8:7-8. Genesis 6:5…. Every imagination of the heart was ONLY EVIL CONTINUALLY! So then they that are in the flesh (a state of thinking that they can obey God’s commands whether they are in old testament or new testament) CANNOT PLEASE GOD Romans 8:7-8 KJV. …….Sons/children of god, who were born (regenerated), NOT of blood (the pride of Race), nor of the will of the flesh (the inability of mankind’s nature or will to obey the law, No flesh will be justified before God by the works of the law Romans 3:20, Galatians 2:16, 3:11) nor of the will of man (Not by man’s will/effort/choice or decision.), BUT OF GOD. John 1:12b-13. You did not choose Me, But i chose you…. John 15:16.
God commanded Israel to love God with all, all and all, their heart, soul, and might, speaks of the Irresistible work of the Holy Spirit who WOULD (Future) indwell them at Pentecost and beyond, in contrast to mankind’s inability to love God, thus making it not only possible, where before it was only a pipe dream under the curse of God’s law, But what is impossible with man is ONLY possible with GOD. And a new heart i will give you, (Not mended but ended. Not a changed heart, but one completely outside of us, the mind and heart and soul of Christ himself), and a NEW SPIRIT i will PUT WITHIN YOU (Shall be in you) Deuteronomy 6:6, now is a reality since Pentecost.). AND I WILL TAKE AWAY YOUR STONY HEART OUT OF YOUR FLESH (A reference to the 2 tablets of stone, i.e. the covenant curse of God’s law, that was against us, Colossians 2:14, until Christ fulfilled all of it, and put it away from us/taking away our stony heart, thus becoming to us the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes, Romans 10:4). AND I WILL GIVE YOU A HEART OF FLESH, Ezekial 36:26. In other words he By his Finished Work on the Cross as our Substitute removed the curse of the law by fulfilling it and thus moving it out of our way, and brought the promise of the New Kingdom by his faithfulness and his grace to us, from above. He did not remove our outward crooked ways, but removed the one obstacle that hindered him from having a relationship with us, his own law, which he fulfilled on the cross, both the blessing of a perfect life, and the removal of God’s curse in our stead. AS Christ replaced the oldness of the letter with his own SELF toward us, he is said to be the new heart under grace, in contrast to the law that brought forth spiritual death between Him and Us.
… having forgiven us all our sins, by canceling the record of debt (law, debtors) that stood against us with its legal (law-commands) demands. This he set aside, (as he perfectly fulfilled it for us)(He set aside the old man (Adam) and his covenant) as the person and work of CHRIST the last Adam 1 Corinthians 15:45 on the cross had prevailed over the work of the first Adam), nailing it (the curse of the law that Adam brought to all of his posterity/race) to the cross. Colossians 2:14 So Christ’s as our perfect sacrifice, being nailed on the tree for his own, removed the curse for good. But as he was made THE CURSE, anyone hanging on a tree is made a curse. Galatians 3:13, The blessing of HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS was made ours (by double imputation). Thus as Christ was taking our Sin on his body on the tree, God the father was imputing to him our Sin, and thus he took the curse away, as soon as Jesus took all the wrath under his own law that the father had toward his own. God imputed our sins to him and then imputed his righteousness to us, this is the true gospel. For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin (sin offering), so that we would be made righteous/right with God through Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21 New Living Translation. 2 Corinthians 5:19 says, To wit (to God’s wisdom or insight), that GOD WAS IN CHRIST, reconciling the world (not only Jews but now Gentiles) UNTO HIMSELF, not imputing their trespasses unto them (but to his Son, Example laying hands on the animals in the old testament and transferring guilt to them, i.e. a picture of our substitute) (look above), and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation (the Gospel of good news which reconciles).KJV Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered (by the work and blood of Christ on the cross alone) Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD IMPUTE NOT INIQUITY (works/worker Matthew 7:23 of iniquity, mans attempt to try and obey god, yet with disobedience), and in whose spirit is no deceit. Psalm 32:1-2 KJV (in whose spirit their is now no deceit, for God has taught him/her that the will of mans flesh John 1:13, in which they trusted to be sufficient, now to be filthy rags and dung, to now trust by the NEW SPIRIT who will be in you Deuteronomy 6:6, now to only trust in the sufficiency of Christ sacrifice. Thus he has no deceit anymore, he calls his own works no good, and in me their is no good. Romans 7:18, This is God’s doing and it is marvelous in our sight. Psalm 118:22-23 We do not stumble over the stumbling stone, which is Christ himself, because of our perceived goodness and self righteousness. So the conclusion of this matter of loving God, is only effected when He himself removed the law (the 2 Stones, that showed us to have only STONY HEARTS under his holy commands) that was against us, when God the father judged Christ as us, and removed his wrath away from him. I will heal their backslidings (how) I will love them FREELY, For my ANGER HAS turned away FROM HIM/JESUS Hosea 14:4 KJV. After he payed the penalty for our Sin in full, thus removing his wrath away from us, since His Work of Atoning was Substitutionary in Nature and made us in union with the thrice holy god. (Deuteronomy 6:4 The Lord is One (Trinity is one in unity with his people now.) So the regenerated soul that has been given the free gift of the Holy Spirit, (He shall be in you) who reveals the One True God, to his own, it is THEM and THEM alone (it is the 3 all all all’s in Deuteronomy 6:4, of the promise rather than the work of man, that causes/makes Psalm 23:2 man to Love God by the New Creation 2 Corinthians 5:17). Romans 5:5 And hope makes not ashamed, (law) because the Love of GOD is (continually) shed abroad in our hearts, by the Holy Spirit, which is given to us. This is never accomplished with a mixture of God’s finished work and he enabling us to maintain his work for him, but rather HE alone continually maintaining his finished work done on the cross (Titus 3:8 Maintain good works…) in our hearts as he irresistibly as God, keeps on revealing to us, just that, that our works are dung and his finished works are completely sufficient for all things. He thus gets all the glory in this way alone. Said any other way, it is god who gets lip service from man and Man who really gets the glory. You will hate the one God, by nature and love your self, or by irresistible grace constantly FROM THE THRONE TO HIS OWN, hate your works which killed him and love his works in your place. This is God’s work alone, without man helping or hindering it, for Salvation is of the LORD, Jonah 2:9. So we see, once again, that it is not about our obedience, for this can not but be considered disobedience of Adam (trying and failing even under grace), but the Obedience (OF ONE, CHRIST ROMANS 5:19) of our Substitute that makes all the difference, for how could God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit get all the glory any other way, unless he do the whole of the matter. Amen P.S. Then said she, SIT STILL (do nothing, Psalm 46:10 …BE still..), my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall, for the Man (son of man Boaz a picture of Christ) will not be in rest UNTIL HE HAVE FINISHED the thing this day. Ruth 3:18 (reference Isaiah 62:7, John 19:30 It is finished, Atonement) Amen and Amen.