If Christ would have his people love him at all times; If he give no allowance for men to be liars; If he will inhabit in his people, and they in him, at all times, if he will have men taught; If some men’s sins shall be taken off of them, and their state better at last than at first, at all times; If there be some that shall be blessed at all times; Then the Commandments of Christ must be kept at all times: But the former is true, by all those Propositions and Scriptures: Therefore the latter.
Consider, If there were a time wherein men were freed from keeping the Commandments of Christ, then there would be a time wherein they need not believe, nor love the Saints, nor repent, nor children honor their Parents, nor men be tied to dwell with their wives; for all these are Commandments, 1 John 3:23; Acts 17:30; Matt. 15:4; 1 Cor. 7:10. But there is no time wherein men are freed from these things; therefore no time wherein they are freed from keeping Christ’s Commandments.
For love commanded [in 1 John 3:23]; does he mean love only in word, or in deed? Does it not take in the whole Law of God, and every Precept under this one term? Did not the great Commandment, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, etc. take in the particular Precepts, the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Commandments of the first Table. And did not the second Commandment, Love thy neighbor, etc., take in the fifth, Honor thy father and mother, and the sixth, Thou shalt not kill, etc. For love will not dishonor them that are to be honored; Love will not kill, nor abuse their bodies, nor rob them of their estates, nor slander them, nor desire their enjoyments from them. Did Christ mean to cut off the particular Precepts, when he said these were the Commandments? And all the Law is fulfilled in one word, Love; did he mean in speaking the word, and talking of it, as many of these men do, are doing it? Sure it takes in love, with all the appurtenances; It takes in as well relieving of a brother’s wants, as to give him fine words, and a humble carriage, and to tell him I love him; for what does it profit else?—Daniel King, 1656.