When Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 6:5, because He is God, He added another facet.  This is the original command,

Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

And listen again to what Jesus said,

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. (Mark 12:30)

We, of course, cannot add to Scripture, because we are not God, and Scripture is God’s language.  But Jesus, as God, had the right to do so, because it is His language.  And He added,

with all your mind

I think about how Jesus revealed to us that a man could commit adultery with a woman by thinking lustfully about her, and a man could commit murder by holding anger against him.

Jesus revealed a dimension of difficulty the Pharisees and other religious leaders had never even considered: that there could be sin of the mind, “thought crimes”, as Christopher Hitchens called them.  It was one of the most offensive things Hitchens seemed to find about the God of the Bible.  He actually had this in common with many of the religious leaders of Jesus’ day.

In the Old Testament, followers of God were called to serve Him with all their hearts, souls, and strength.  In the New Testament, followers of God are commanded to give Him their minds, also–even their most secret thoughts.

But this command didn’t come without a way to follow it.  Through God’s Word and the Spirit of God in their lives, the believer is able to surrender even their most dearly held wickednesses–the hidden paths of the mind and caves of the heart–to the Lord Jesus Christ.

take every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5b, ESV)


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  1. I never thought of that – Jesus adding to scripture. Very insightful! “With all your mind.” That’s definitely something Jesus added, not just to that passage, but to the concept of righteousness.

    “Take every thought captive.” That’s such a powerful, and very essential, message!

    On Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 10:17 PM, gracestories

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