35 One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing 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 foremost commandment.
39 “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’
40 “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
The transition from individual experience to collective experience is summed up in the above verses. We enter initially into a relationship with God according to “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the individual experience. Most of Christianity still lives in this realm. It is about what we receive and give on an individual level. But Jesus said there is a second commandment like the first. “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” This is a higher realm of fulfillment. This level, while not neglecting the first commandment, embraces a collective experience with all of the body of Christ. This level is fulfilled on a spirit level.
When Jesus said to love your neighbor as yourself, we must interpret “yourself” not as a reference to the Adamic self-life, but the individual relationship we enter into with the Lord. In this higher realm of the collective experience we are aware of our brother/sister with the same intensity we are aware of the Lord. Our love for our neighbor coincides with our love for the Lord. We cannot behold the Lord without beholding our neighbor. It is a collective consciousness.
It’s very significant that Jesus said the second commandment is like the first. On THESE TWO depend the whole Law and the Prophets. The completion of the Father bringing forth sons is wrapped up in this second commandment. Remember, the second commandment is not less than the first commandment, but an extension of it.
Much teaching is floating around Christianity concerning the term sonship. In some circles it is called Kingdom Teaching. To whatever degree the emphasis is given upon individually becoming something in God, it is false. It is not many individuals who are to be manifested as sons, but rather many sons coming forth in THE SON. The one Son is the Lord Jesus Christ. The body of Christ collectively enters into a sonship relationship through Christ with the Father.
It’s interesting that what is happening in the world mirrors what is happening in the spirit realm. The rise of socialism and political correctness in Western Culture is no accident. These mindsets express a contempt for individualism and place an emphasis on the society as a whole. On a human level these mindsets cannot succeed. They are the devil’s counterfeit. But in the realm that matters, the realm of spirit, individuality is passing away and the great oneness of the body of Christ is being revealed. Jesus said that he who seeks to save his (soul) life shall lose it, but he who loses his (soul) life for the sake of the kingdom, shall find it. We must not think for a second that we are to lose our lives and become nebulous nothings. It is in losing the individual experience in God that we find our greatest joy. It is discovering the joy of a shared revelation of the Lord.