We had a missionary from Rock of Ages preach Sunday morning. He made the above statement and I thought it was the best representation of the 1st Commandment I have heard.
My husband preached that night on "The Love of God".
He mentioned that "quicken" in verse one means "made alive".
In vs. 4 is two of his favorite words, "But God,..." this follows Paul reminding us of what we were and were we came from.
I thought the two messages ties in well together. Romans 13:8-10 "Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." Without the love of God we only love ourselves.
I regret not taking better notes although I was drawn into the preaching and thinking about the love of God in my life and how I show it (or the lack thereof) to others. Both messages are something that has been on my heart. People need love, but we are to selfish to give it.