1 John – Testing to Know – Test 2 Part A

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Test # 2 – Relationship with Sin

1 John 1:8 – 10
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

John is establishing our relationship the Father and the Son in relation to sin in these verses.  Each of these verses begins with a condition we at times will find ourselves in.  If we live in this condition, John supplies the result of the agreement with the condition supplied

Living in Denial

Let’s start off with verse 8.

Condition

If we say we have no sin.  Notice this is denying the existence of sin in the believers life.  His audience must have understood the sin problem prior to their salvation, since to become a believer, sin must be confessed and repented of.  (Somewhat ironic that they were in a better position as lost souls than they are now!)

John is addressing a group of believers, who after coming to know the righteous Savior, considered themselves to be “practically” righteous.  I say practically, since the Word does describe believers as positionally righteous.  This is not John’s point.  John is speaking to believers who, according to verse 9, are capable of sinning, and will need a relief of this burden.

Result

Self DeceptionOne result comes out of being in this condition.  Self deception.  How dangerous this condition is.   How very dangerous.

This condition’s fulfilled results in the believer existing in a state of falsehood.  A self imposed delusion of being incapable of committing sin.  A sinful state in reality!

No-one other than self is to blame for this darkness of existence.   This is not the result of satanic attacks – it is simply the result of loving your life.

When I have considered my own standing before God, and found it “worthy” of acceptance, I always tend toward pride.  But didn’t the Scriptures state that we are to boast in the Lord Jesus only?

Declaring “no sin” in my life produces a proud heart, dangerously close to declaring an independence from God’s provisions, and creating a state of separation from all others.  Who wants to be around Mr Perfection?

Jesus Himself, the only One who could state this claim of “no sin” and defend the truth of it, described Himself as lowly and humble.  A believer, living in this darkness will justify this bogus claim.

Follow Him who is humble.

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1 John – Testing to Know – Test 1 Part B

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In our last post, we considered walking in the light and the natural growth of believers to walk as we look to Him.  In this post, let us consider the blessing accrued as we walk in the light, as He is in the light.

Let’s read our passage again.

1 John 1:6-7
If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

Blessings of Walking in the Light

If we conduct ourselves according to the Light of God that we understand, we experience two blessings according to John.

Blessing One

“The blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin”.

I want to discuss this blessing first, since it is so bedrock to our faith!  John is speaking to believers and reminds us of the action of the blood of Christ with our sin problem.

Prone to wanderAs believers, we have been delivered from the life of sin and self, from our looking away from God.  But we all know that we are prone to wander, prone to want those leeks we left behind in Egypt.  Prone to return to our prior lives.  As we recognize these attitudes and actions in our life,  we are to repent, agree with God about our condition to God (confess) and request forgiveness from Him. (See 1 John 1:9)

In this verse, the verb “cleanses” is in the present tense in the Greek, representing a simple statement of fact viewed as occurring in actual time.  His sacrifice was a once for all act of supreme love for us.  The effects of this sacrifice are far reaching.

As we bang around and fall, learning to walk this life in His light, we must understand that His sacrifice for us is an active love that is always reaching out to us, seeking our good.

We do ourselves much damage when we ignore His loving provision.

Blessing Two

“We have fellowship with one another”  John states that as we practice the truth of God, and of His character, we have fellowship with one another.

Is he saying we have fellowship with God or with other believers walking in the light?  It seems obvious that if we are walking in light (truth), we would be in fellowship with the Source and Being of light.  Otherwise, John may be stating that we experience fellowship with others who are walking in the light.

This was an incredible blessing when I first considered it.  We had recently moved to a new town and hadn’t found a church yet.  It seemed we were all alone, and yet this verse instructed me that as I walk in the light, I did have fellowship with others of like mind.

We have fellowship with others.  A state of being, that as I walk properly, will experience that fellowship (or sharing together) with others.  Of course, being associated with a body of believers makes this much more “efficient” but it doesn’t take away from the fact that fellowship with others is based on “Light Living”.

We all know that some churches have folks that are walking in the dark, and some walking in the light.  This verse (and book) defines the difference between the two.  Notice that it is not based on personal likes or denominational distinctions.

Or that God agrees with us.  What do you mean with that remark Carl?

Let me give you an Old Testament example.

josh_5_14_captain_of_the_hostsPrior to entering Canaan, Joshua met “the captain of the Lord’s army”, and as the military man that he was, Joshua demanded whose side He was on.  The Angel simply stated “I am the Captain….”

He wasn’t on the side of the Israelite’s.  We often get this so mixed up.  He is the Lord.  They were to be on His side!  There is a difference!  Check out The Lord’s Enemy  post for a bit of teaching on this surprisingly forgotten concept for some!

He is the Lord and His people have fellowship with one another as they walk in His light.

John will describe that light throughout the remaining chapters of the book.  I hope you can walk with me through these truths and come out of them with renewed vigor to follow Him in His light.

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1 John – Testing to Know – Test 1 Part A

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John provides our first test immediately after he gives his message, after he gives witness of who he has fellowship with, and reminds us that God is light.

Test # 1 – Walking in Light

1 John 1:6-7
If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

Light and darkness are two environments, two states, two authorities that we may live within.

As John gives us these tests, it is good to remember that his audience was first century, and it was common to speak of daily life as “walking”.

As believers, our lives are to be lived for God, and John (along with all the NT authors) spoke of walking when they refer to our living our lives. To walk is to live.

Walking entails a number of elements that may be instructive for us to consider.

A Focus for Walking

In the first century, walking was the primary way of getting from point A to point B. No one left point A without knowing where point B was. My point, in all these points, is that walking had a destination, or a goal in mind. Our lives also are to have a goal.

I recently began a new series titled “Let Me Tell You a Story”, and published a post speaking of walking with purpose. It may be of interest to you – Let Me Tell You a Story – Plowing.

A Manner of Walking

Prior to becoming a believer at 21, my life was a filled with confusion, and fear. Out of that fear, came an existence of drunkenness and drug abuse. I will forever be thankful for the mercy of the Lord in delivering me from that hell. During those days, I staggered through my existence. Often I would find myself in shameful conditions, or dangerous environments.

A believer is to live upright and circumspectly, understanding truth (light) and conducting themselves accordingly.

Consider yourself a Christian? Where are you at with practicing truth in your life. A little darkness known is darkness still!

Growth in Walking

I’m not sure if I have mentioned before, but I have 6.8 grandchildren, as of this writing. My oldest is 12 and my seventh will be born December 12, 2020.

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Each of these little miracles will walk through life, and have to learn how to balance their body as they exercise their legs and feet to propel their body forward. It is a gargantuan effort for a little eight month old to stand, and even greater for that ten month child, risking the dangers of falling in order to do what daddy does. So far each grandchild has proven to want to walk like daddy. It seems to be “second nature.”

We have a second nature too, and as we love Him and watch His actions in our lives and the lives of others, we also will want to walk like our Father. The issue we need to address is whether we are watching Him or watching something unimportant.

I trust you will seek to watch the One who is worthy of our gaze.

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1 John – Testing to Know – Introduction

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Heard a preacher once say that God tests in order for us to know, whereas we humans teach (supply knowledge) in order to be tested.

Which one of us is backwards???

Tests are supplied for the believer in order to know his status before God. I have come out of a denomination that taught 1 John as describing tests for the purpose of assurance of fellowship. John, I was taught, gave these tests in order for believers to know they were pleasing to God, in fellowship with Him.

It makes a lot of sense.

There are some who would refer to the tests John provides as tests of true or false Christianity. The tests define true Christianity, not whether you are a good or “bad” Christian.

A totally different ballgame here folks.

But what of it?

Is this it a manipulation of the texts in order to enslave believers into a legalism?

Wow Carl – settle down!
Keep a open mind and allow the Word to tell you without jumping to conclusions!

Join me as we go through testings in order to know, in the book of 1 John.

I trust that these tests will challenge you as they have I!


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Commandments for Christians – Romans 10

The-Ten-Commandments-Tablets-Are-Christians-Under-the-LawIn my introduction to this series of blog posts, I drew attention to verses that supported my belief that the ten commandments were no longer applicable to the believer.

Verses like Romans 10:4, that I understood taught the law ended at the cross.

I hope you have noted that during our discussions in this topic, I found that the keeping of the ten commandments is a fruit of living in the Spirit, not a requirement to keep the Spirit.

Massive difference, and one which makes so much sense.  But what about those earlier verses?  I can’t just ignore them, or relegate them to some dustbin of irrelevance.  No no no – that won’t do!

So in this epilogue, I thought I would consider the verses that helped support my erroneous thinking earlier.

So off we go.

Our next set of verses will be found in Romans 10

Romans 10:4

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

The EndThe End.  What does that imply, mean and communicate?

STRONGS NT 5056: τέλος
  1. end

    1. termination, the limit at which a thing ceases to be (always of the end of some act or state, but not of the end of a period of time)

    2. the end

      1. the last in any succession or series

      2. eternal

    3. that by which a thing is finished, its close, issue

    4. the end to which all things relate, the aim, purpose

  2. toll, custom (i.e. indirect tax on goods)

He is the end, termination, the limit, the end to which all things terminate.  He is the termination of the law for righteousness.  Get it?

There is a different, a higher, a greater righteousness that is available for mere humans.  The moral code expressed God’s character primarily in negatives.  “Thou shalt NOT”.  The New Testament supplies the moral code in positive affirmations, such as

Eph 4:28

Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

Prior to Jesus leaving the earth in His ascension, He said all authority was given to Him.

How much authority are you allowing the Old Law to have over your life?


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Commandments for Christians – Romans 8

5The-Ten-Commandments-Tablets-Are-Christians-Under-the-LawIn my introduction to this series of blog posts, I drew attention to verses that supported my belief that the ten commandments were no longer applicable to the believer.

Verses like Romans 10:4, that I understood taught the law ended at the cross.

I hope you have noted that during our discussions in this topic, I found that the keeping of the ten commandments is a fruit of living in the Spirit, not a requirement to keep the Spirit.

Massive difference, and one which makes so much sense.  But what about those earlier verses?  I can’t just ignore them, or relegate them to some dustbin of irrelevance.  No no no – that won’t do!

So in this epilogue, I thought I would consider the verses that helped support my erroneous thinking earlier.

So off we go.

Our next set of verses will be found in the book of Romans

Romans 8:2

For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

This one is the key verse I depended on in justifying my rejection of God’s moral code.  Note that the verse speaks of two laws – I focused only on the second reference.  I was free from the law of sin and death.

But ya gotta consider that vacuums do not exist!  When a vacuum exists (which I just told you don’t), something has to fill the void.  I am free from the law of sin and death, but only because the law of the Spirit of life has overtaken that law.

The Spirit of life (I am assuming this refers to the Holy Spirit) is of the same character as the Messiah, and as the Father.  All three of the Godhead live in harmony, righteously existing together.  It is important to remember that the 10 commandments, or God’s moral code, is an expression of God’s righteous character.

To refer to the law of the Spirit is not speaking of a different moral code.  It is the same code as that revealed at Sinai, but now we have the power to live it, to understand and exercise our decision making process to follow the principles laid out in the code.

Take for example the 4th commandment.  The Sabbath.  How does a Christian obey that commandment under the law of the Spirit of life?

I would suggest it is not simply the restraining of physical labor for one day a week.  That exercise of the nation of Israel was the type.

Story Time

The Sabbath rest of God for the believer is a promise that the writer of Hebrews fears we may miss out on.  I understand this due to my constant fear and worry that I live in (if I allow it!)

I have certain weaknesses (the word is sin Carl) that I tend to languish in.  Oh, I know it is wrong, but sin can be so deceptive.  Recently I was considering Hebrews 4, and realized my fears and worry were unfounded due to the great love Jesus expressed in dying for us.

My fear was put down due to a fresh faith in the Messiah.  (BTW, fear and faith cannot exist at the same time! If you are afraid, you have relinquished faith in some way.)

My worry was put down, since He has provided a rest in Him to experience.  Worry has to do with the future, and the Rest has to do with the present.

Be in the present.  He will meet you there.

 


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Commandments for Christians – Ephesians 2

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In my introduction to this series of blog posts, I drew attention to verses that supported my belief that the ten commandments were no longer applicable to the believer.

Verses like Romans 10:4, that I understood taught the law ended at the cross.

I hope you have noted that during our discussions in this topic, I found that the keeping of the ten commandments is a fruit of living in the Spirit, not a requirement to keep the Spirit.

Massive difference, and one which makes so much sense. But what about those earlier verses? I can’t just ignore them, or relegate them to some dustbin of irrelevance. No no no – that won’t do!

So in this epilogue, I thought I would consider the verses that helped support my erroneous thinking earlier.

So off we go.

Our next verse will be found in the book of Ephesians

Ephesians 2:12-15

remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility

by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace,

Paul comes right out and says it. Jesus abolished the law of commandments. But wait.

Is this the same term Jesus used in Matthew 5:17. Not quite. Matthew 5:17, Jesus says He did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it. Different idea.

One New Man

Here Paul is stating that Jesus death accomplished the reunification of the human race. (Oh how we need this today!) The Ephesian church seemed to have some division in it, and it seemed to be based on religious commands and regulations. (How common!)

And how did Jesus unify the church, but by creating one new man, one new humanity that saw the bigger picture, that saw peace as a greater good than law keeping, which tends to puff us up (at least me.)

Did you know that I fasted and prayed and memorized and preached and gave and tithed and sacrificed and…. Carl that is just silly boasting!!!

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Commandments for Christians – Colossians 2

The-Ten-Commandments-Tablets-Are-Christians-Under-the-LawIn my introduction to this series of blog posts, I drew attention to verses that supported my belief that the ten commandments were no longer applicable to the believer.

Verses like Romans 10:4, that I understood taught the law ended at the cross.

I hope you have noted that during our discussions in this topic, I found that the keeping of the ten commandments is a fruit of living in the Spirit, not a requirement to keep the Spirit.

Massive difference, and one which makes so much sense.  But what about those earlier verses?  I can’t just ignore them, or relegate them to some dustbin of irrelevance.  No no no – that won’t do!

So in this epilogue, I thought I would consider the verses that helped support my erroneous thinking earlier.

So off we go.

Our next set of verses will be found in the book of Colossians.

Colossians 2:14

by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

Colossians 2:20

…why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations

Col 2 9 10Paul is addressing a church that is having some struggles with false teachers, teachers that are trying to “delude them with plausible arguments (v4).  He is seeking to get these believers to keep their eye on Christ.  Christ is the source and end of all of life.  Paul states that “in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” Paul elevates Christ in order to reveal the error of those “plausible arguments”.

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As an aside, when someone tries to convince you of an alternate type of Christianity, one of the best vaccines against error is considering the elevated Christ as the One supplying that teaching.  Does it sound like something the Master taught in the gospels?

For example, if someone tries to get you to honor God by celebrating a “holy” day, consider the Master, when He healed on the Sabbath (John 5:18).  Why did He do that?  Because He is greater than the type, and some people would recognize it.  Other people would kill Him over it!

The Sabbath had a much greater anti-type (P.S. it is the Lord Himself, as with all OT types!).  To “obey’ the Sabbath, in the form of honoring one day a week, is hearkening back to a type. No one should fall back to earthly shadows, when we have reality. This was Paul’s point.

Sabbath RestStrive to enter that rest, (in the Sabbath), in the Lord Jesus and you will have found the reason for the type!

Consider this.

Back to Colossians.

Paul is addressing the intended effect of the cross on the life of the believer.  No longer do we need to fall under the influence of shadow teachers, but to simply hold onto the Head.

Paul’s reference to regulations, as he defines it, refers to worldly items, items that perish, that have no lasting influence over us unless we desire it.

This passage has high Christology that I am not familiar with enough.  I simply need to know Him better, and to avoid the pitfalls of the shadow teachers.  Allowing myself to be influenced by men who are puffed up in their sensuous mind is judgement on my spiritual maturity.

May God have mercy on our souls as we seek to know Jesus and Him only.


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Commandments for Christians – Matthew 5:17

The-Ten-Commandments-Tablets-Are-Christians-Under-the-LawIn my introduction to this series of blog posts, I drew attention to verses that supported my belief that the ten commandments were no longer applicable to the believer.

Verses like Romans 10:4, that I understood taught the law ended at the cross.

I hope you have noted that during our discussions in this topic, I found that the keeping of the ten commandments is a fruit of living in the Spirit, not a requirement to keep the Spirit.

Massive difference, and one which makes so much sense.  But what about those earlier verses?  I can’t just ignore them, or relegate them to some dustbin of irrelevance.  No no no – that won’t do!

So in this epilogue, I thought I would consider the verses that helped support my erroneous thinking earlier.

So off we go.

Matthew 5:17

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

Let’s look at some words – cause as a good friend once told me – Words have meanings!!!

Abolish – καταλύω katalýō, kat-al-oo’-o

to dissolve, disunite

    1. (what has been joined together), to destroy, demolish

    2. metaph. to overthrow i.e. render vain, deprive of success, bring to naught

      1. to subvert, overthrow

        1. of institutions, forms of government, laws, etc., to deprive of force, annul, abrogate, discard

    3. of travellers, to halt on a journey, to put up, lodge (the figurative expression originating in the circumstance that, to put up for the night, the straps and packs of the beasts of burden are unbound and taken off; or, more correctly from the fact that the traveller’s garments, tied up when he is on the journey, are unloosed at it end)

The Lord used καταλύω in the following verse.  This verse the word is translated as “thrown down”

Matthew 24:2

But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”

One more time, an accuser used καταλύω when he described the Lord saying  He would “destroy” the temple of God

Matthew 26:61

and said, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to rebuild it in three days.’”

Interesting that καταλύω, at least within Matthews usage, is linked to the law and the temple.  I don’t want to make much of this, other than for a good Jew, which Matthew was appealing to, these were harsh descriptions.
Tearing down the temple (the stones at least), destroying the temple. and in our original verse, abolishing the Law.
But as Jeremiah was sent to tear down, demolish root out etc, so the Master was sent to tear down and to build up.  This is where understanding the next term becomes helpful.

Fulfill

πληρόω plēróō, play-ro’-o

  1. to make full, to fill up, i.e. to fill to the full

    1. to cause to abound, to furnish or supply liberally

      1. I abound, I am liberally supplied

  2. to render full, i.e. to complete

    1. to fill to the top: so that nothing shall be wanting to full measure, fill to the brim

    2. to consummate: a number

      1. to make complete in every particular, to render perfect

      2. to carry through to the end, to accomplish, carry out, (some undertaking)

    3. to carry into effect, bring to realisation, realise

      1. of matters of duty: to perform, execute

      2. of sayings, promises, prophecies, to bring to pass, ratify, accomplish

      3. to fulfil, i.e. to cause God’s will (as made known in the law) to be obeyed as it should be, and God’s promises (given through the prophets) to receive fulfilment

LawProphetsJesusThis is awesome!  If I’m understanding this correctly, Jesus was not here to destroy the law and the prophets, but to bring them to fruition, to the full effect, to bring about the reason the law was granted.

I focused only on the negative portion of the verse, which is so common when I read a passage.

I think that is not so wise.  Let me explain.

When I seek to perform an action, I may describe preliminary tasks that need to be accomplished in order to complete the original task.  The preliminary tasks are not the focus, simply a step to complete the big picture.

When I built my wife her patio, I had to dig into the ground to set piers.  Telling her I’m building her a patio, did not involve telling her all the steps to perform that work.  Digging down, taking material out of the ground, only set the stage for the building up (of the patio!)

In fulfilling the Law and the Prophets, the moral code wasn’t abolished, ie taken away.  It was fulfilled by one Man. To show us the way to walk. 

He supplied the pattern, the steps to walk in, and on top of that, he provided the Spirit of God, the new man to energize, guide and protect as we too seek to walk in the Spirit.


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Commandments for Christians – No Coveting

The-Ten-Commandments-Tablets-Are-Christians-Under-the-LawAs mentioned in a previous post, I was sent to studying the New Testament by a dear brother years back to understand the believers relationship to the Ten Commandments.

This post will continue with

Commandment #10 – No Coveting

Exodus 20:17

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.

Lets remember the key questions we are looking to resolve as we go through each of the commandments.
  1. QuestionsIs each commandment included in Jesus or the Apostles teaching?
  2. If so, was there anything different about the command as expressed by Jesus or the Apostles?

The NO IDOLS command is included in Jesus and the apostles teaching, but primarily from the positive perspective, from the love angle, not the rule angle.

There is a difference.

Jesus made mention of the last commandment, and in Luke 12 :15, He makes a very startling statement considering the land of plenty and success we live in.

How often have you heard of a friend or colleague “having made it”, of “being successful”, or “living the good life”?

Luke 12:15 – And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

possessionsConsider the phrase “for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions”.  There is nothing worse than laying cheap guilt on believers, so I want to be careful to not condemn believers simply because they have a nice car or house.

This is an internal issue.  A covetous man can very likely be a very poor fella, but always wanting someone else’s “possessions”  A covetous man can very likely be a filthy rich man, never sharing or considering others.

The story of JD Rockerfeller always comes to mind when I think of covetousness.  He was on a television talk show decades ago, and the talking head asked him when he will have enough.  He simply stated “Just one more dollar”.

The covetousness in the old Testament was related to wanting other peoples wives, or calves or bowling balls.  Jesus is re-framing this command to include our own possessions.  That hurt!

The issue is focus, where do I find my life?  Am I wrapped up in the things I own?  Troubling question.

Rom 13:9 – For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Paul gives a summary verse, that covers the commandments for the believer.  This is a very appropriate verse to end this portion of the series.

Love your neighbor as yourself.

Hope you will come back to visit, as we look at some of the verses that I leaned on early in my Christian experience, to justify my ignoring the moral code of God.


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Commandments for Christians – No False Witness

The-Ten-Commandments-Tablets-Are-Christians-Under-the-LawAs mentioned in a previous post, I was sent to studying the New Testament by a dear brother years back to understand the believers relationship to the Ten Commandments.

This post will continue with

Commandment #9 – No False Witness

Exodus 20:16

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Lets remember the key questions we are looking to resolve as we go through each of the commandments.
  1. QuestionsIs each commandment included in Jesus or the Apostles teaching?
  2. If so, was there anything different about the command as expressed by Jesus or the Apostles?

The NO LYING command is included in Jesus and the apostles teaching, but primarily from the positive perspective, from the love angle, not the rule angle.

There is a difference.

We discussed the following verses in our previous post, regarding stealing, and the comments are readily applicable to the commandment of NO LYING.  The commands were given for many reasons, but I feel at this time, Jesus was using them to disclose the depravity, the darkness resident in our hearts.

Mat 15:19 – 20

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.

These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.”

Paul reframes this commandment, again showing that we have the power to obey, we

Colossians 3:8-10
But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices
and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

Do not LieDo not lie to one another.

Why Paul?  What motivating factor are you going to give us that will enable us to be truthful with one another?

At conversion, in repentance and faith, a great transaction happens. The new believer “puts off his old self”.  A new nature is implanted in the believer.  Life is sown in the believers heart and all things become new.  (I wanna discuss 2 Corinthians 5:17 at a later date – Don’t let me forget, eh?)

Notice that it is not simply, or better said, not only that the old self is put off, but that the new self has been put on!  Remember – nature abhors a vacuum, and the same is true in relation to the spiritual life.

putting-on-the-new-manThe new self, whether it is referring to the Spirit of God, or a renewed/resurrected  spirit within the believer is beyond me.  That is for those fellas that get paid to think God’s thoughts.  For me, I’m simply thankful that He has supplied life, encouragement, strength, direction and the ability to tell the truth.

I no longer have to lie.  I have a choice to refuse to lie, to speak the truth to one another.

For those reading, if you see I am blind to a truth in our time together, this passage speaks to all.  If you have the “new man”, continue to grow in the knowledge of the Messiah, and do not lie to one another, but speak the truth. 

Thanks again for coming to visit.  Have a good day, and enjoy being with the “new man.”


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Commandments for Christians – No Stealing

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As mentioned in a previous post, I was sent to studying the New Testament by a dear brother years back to understand the believers relationship to the Ten Commandments.

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Commandment #8 – No Stealing

Exodus 20:8

You shall not steal

Lets remember the key questions we are looking to resolve as we go through each of the commandments.
  1. QuestionsIs each commandment included in Jesus or the Apostles teaching?
  2. If so, was there anything different about the command as expressed by Jesus or the Apostles?

The NO STEALING command is included in Jesus and the apostles teaching, but primarily from the positive perspective, from the love angle, not the rule angle.

There is a difference.

Mat 15:19 – 20

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.

These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.”

Jesus is teaching the populace the upside down nature of His kingdom, or in other words, how backwards we have the truth when it comes to relating to God and His rule in our lives.

This teaching starts off seemingly innocently in my mind. Dietary laws are of little to no influence in the culture I live in, other than for the sake of appearance and health. Religious observance of diet are essentially non-existent.

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What has dietary laws got to do with stealing you may ask? The teaching started out with correcting the teaching of defilement. How and what to eat were massive influences within the Jewish culture, and rules upon rules were established to perform these rites.

But Jesus is defining the source of defilement. It is in me. All the food restrictions in the world won’t change that.

And theft comes out of my heart, my inner person. This defiles me. I defile me.

O wretched man that I am. How could I find any hope other than in the person of Jesus. I need an external Savior, some one other than I.

Rant #1

Note how Jesus deals with the Pharisses offence.

Matthew 15:13 – 14

He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up.
Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”

Blind man

How often do I get upset about those who are obviously teaching error, and the victims they are feeding off of. The mercy and love of God is ever extending to all of us who have that “self” in us, that destructive defiling “self” resident in us. Yet, Jesus seems to dismiss the Pharisees, and their followers as being destined to the pit.

This passage is difficult for me personally. We are all blind to varying degrees, completely blind to the Messiah prior to conversion, and yet mercy was displayed. How can He dismiss these when the gospel reaches out to all?

The only resolve I have, in my current understanding, was that at this specific time and topic, when Peter brought this concern to Jesus, it had become obvious that the die was set, and the Pharisees were doomed, as a religious and political party. It may take 40 years for the nation to fall, but fall it would. The teaching of the Pharisees would evaporate, and those who clung unto their falsehoods would also be finished.

It is interesting that the Lord used the “root up” symbology, which hearkens back to the days of Jeremiah, when he was prophesying of the first destruction of Jerusalem.

Does Paul re-frame this commandment? I think this particular commandment is the one that helped me turn a corner on how the New Testament does not abandon the moral code of the ten commandments, but exalts the law, re-framing the code in the light of the gospel.

Ephesians 4:28

Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

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Paul is most likely addressing a problem within the Ephesian church, that is, a possible thief that has not understood the ramifications of the gospel call on his life. God’s nature has not changed and His people, in reflecting that nature, need / want to conform to that nature.

Some times it is just a matter of teaching, that will provide the information to the believer in order to direct his/her life properly. I like to think this is what is happening in this passage.

Some young believer is still swiping stuff, having had the habit for possibly years, and yet now having acquired the new nature, is informed of the higher life. Provide for others, instead of taking from others.

It is encouraging to see lives changed by the gospel. This is a concrete response to the gospel .

Give don’t take – Its kinda a no brainer, since He gave and gave and gave.

Hey thanks for giving some of your time to consider the Bible with me. I look forward to your comments and will respond to each one as the day affords.

May God bless you and your loved ones.


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Commandments for Christians – No Adultery

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Commandment #7 – No Adultery

Exodus 20:14

You shall not commit adultery.

Lets remember the key questions we are looking to resolve as we go through each of the commandments.
  1. QuestionsIs each commandment included in Jesus or the Apostles teaching?
  2. If so, was there anything different about the command as expressed by Jesus or the Apostles?

The NO ADULTERY command is included in Jesus and the apostles teaching, but primarily from the positive perspective, from the love angle, not the rule angle.

There is a difference.

Jesus reinterprets the commandment for us and again the commandment is extrapolted to the inner life, the life that only God and you know about.

Matthew 5:27 – 30

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’

But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.

And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.

bible-say-about-adulteryJesus is telling me that lustful intent with the eyes is adultery in the heart.  That internal motivation is that which condemns the person.   In some specific way, adultery and lust is different from the other sins detailed in the decalogue.

Consider what the apostle Paul teaches

1Corinthians 6:18

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.

How does this relate to the Lord’s reference about the whole body being thrown into hell?

I have a friend who often states that it doesn’t hurt to look.  And he looks alot, a whole bunch.  I wonder sometimes how he relates to his wife?

1 Corinthians  6:9 – 10

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,

nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Sexually immoral, adulterers, homosexuality.  Paul is emphasizing the sex!

Story Time

I used to work in a office where one of the fellas, a single man, had a serious issue with homosexuals, and in an effort to befriend me, he would sometimes make derogatory statements about gays.  He knew I was a believer, and for some reason thought I would find comfort in his ragging on the gay community.

I had just been considering the verses above, and eventually asked him if he and his girlfriend were living together.  Why yes Carl, of course.

Did you know buddy, that the Bible condemns fornication with the opposite sex prior to marriage?  You are in the same camp as a homosexual is in God’s sight.  Please understand that you need to clean your own room up before you tell someone else how dirty their room is.

Sex sells in this culture.  Don’t sell yourself.

By the way, I am still trying to understand the concept of marriage in the Bible.  If you have any direction in that regard, I would sure appreciate the help.

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Commandments for Christians – No Murder

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Commandment #6 – No Murder

Exodus 20:13

You shall not murder.

Lets remember the key questions we are looking to resolve as we go through each of the commandments.
  1. QuestionsIs each commandment included in Jesus or the Apostles teaching?
  2. If so, was there anything different about the command as expressed by Jesus or the Apostles?

The NO MURDER command is included in Jesus and the apostles teaching, but primarily from the positive perspective, from the love angle, not the rule angle.

There is a difference.

From here on through the remaining ten commandments, the sermon on the mount becomes Jesus’ reinterpretation of the law. He will express the commandment, and then have the audacity to change it. See Matthew 5:22, where Jesus introduces His teaching with “But I say…”

Matthew 5:21 – 22

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’

But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.

Followers of the Messiah have been given the privilege of understanding from the teaching of the Lord while on earth. Without this teaching, I certainly would not have taken the murder command so internal, so “sensitive”, so all-encompassing. Without this teaching, I could honestly say I have met the commandments requirements, and could boast in my accomplishment (or lack of evil, at least).

Murder is associated with anger. Anger is the core problem. If you are an angry person, you are a murderer. Harsh equivalent, but the commandment against murder is extrapolated to it’s logical source and revealed.

Check out the next two verses where Jesus describes a time I was tithing in church, and during the tithing, remembered that someone has been offended by my actions. I didn’t tithe, but went to the person to ask for forgiveness. Don’t tithe if someone is ticked off at you. Clean up your relationships before practicing your religion.

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Relationships over religion.

We must live in peace with all as much as possible.

Note that nowhere the verse mentions the offence as being something I intentionally did to the brother. It seems the Lord is describing a person that is so concerned about loving his brother, that he will assume he is responsible for his brothers perception of sin.

Story Time

A very long time ago, during a small group we were enjoying, a brother with a long white beard (Norman, if your reading this, thank you again for your wisdom) spoke of his estrangement from his daughter. He spoke of the pain, and how the daughter had been convinced of wrongdoing in Norman’s actions to her. He spoke of how his actions were blameless, but that in order to repair the relationship, he humbled himself and asked his daughter for forgiveness.

I was dumbfounded. But you were right in your actions Norman. You needed to stand on your convictions. You need to protect the truth. I yammered on for a few minutes until it occurred to me that relationship trumps religion. Check out the verse above, let it settle in your mind, and then watch the Bible teach it everywhere.

After that talk, I realized I needed to sit down with my children, whom I had tried to “religionize”, and humble my self before them. They were young adults, and I asked for forgiveness for all the real (and perceived) actions that had hurt them. Many things have occurred since then, and the Lord is constantly healing this family. I am so thankful for the relationships I have with my children.

1 John 3:15

Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

John comes right out an says it. I have sometimes wanted to restrict the brother to being a believer, that is that if I hate a christian brother, I have no eternal life in me. But why do I constantly want to compartmentalize this precept.

Don’t hate.

It’s simple. Don’t hate.

It is against our (new) nature as believers in the loving God.


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Commandments for Christians – Honor Your Parents

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Commandment #5 – Honor Your Parents

Exodus 20:12

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

Lets remember the key questions we are looking to resolve as we go through each of the commandments.
  1. QuestionsIs each commandment included in Jesus or the Apostles teaching?
  2. If so, was there anything different about the command as expressed by Jesus or the Apostles?

The HONOR YOUR PARENTS command is included in Jesus and the apostles teaching, but primarily from the positive perspective, from the love angle, not the rule angle.

There is a difference.

Mark 7:9 – 10

And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition!

For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’

Jesus used the 5th commandment to point out how the Pharisees dishonored the Word of God and found ways to gain from the religion they loved.

Traditions can be deadly!

Ephesians 6:1 – 2

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

“Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),

Paul again rephrased the commandment, stating that honoring is synonymous with obeying, and this attitude / action of the child is right, correct, upright and virtuous.

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How often have you seen a young child throwing a fit and the parent seems helpless? Mind you, the scene speaks of the parent, not the child. The child is responding to a lack of boundaries the parent has set.

And the child is dishonoring the parent.

Of course, I feel Paul is speaking of children that are able to understand the word of God, and at that point in their life, they have the ability to honor their parent.

kid in cage

But I am very sad when I see a parent who has lost a child.

All the child needs are boundaries (and some of that good old fashioned love!)

2 Timothy 3:2

For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,

Wow this verse needs little comment. To determine the loss of honor towards God in a society, look for disobedient children.

Have you called your mother and father lately? Give em a call, and do something kind for them.

Honor them.


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Commandments for Christians – No Working on the Sabbath

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Commandment #4 – No Working on the Sabbath

Exodus 20:4

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy

Six days you shall labor, and do all your work,

but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.

For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Lets remember the key questions we are looking to resolve as we go through each of the commandments.
  1. Is each commandment included in Jesus or the Apostles teaching?
  2. If so, was there anything different about the command as expressed by Jesus or the Apostles?

The NO WORKING ON THE SABBATH command is NOT included in Jesus and the apostles teaching.  Nothing to see here folks – Let’s move along.

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Commandments for Christians – No Dishonoring God’s Name

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Commandment #3 – No Dishonoring God’s Name

Exodus 20:7

You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

Lets remember the key questions we are looking to resolve as we go through each of the commandments.
  1. QuestionsIs each commandment included in Jesus or the Apostles teaching?
  2. If so, was there anything different about the command as expressed by Jesus or the Apostles?

The NO DISHONORING GOD’S NAME command is included in Jesus and the apostles teaching, but again, primarily from the positive perspective, from the love angle, not the rule angle.

There is a difference.

Matthew 6:9

Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.

Jesus exalts the name of the Father, speaking of His holiness, and that is, that His name is holy.  Jesus is making a declaration in this prayer.  I can’t see a command.  Jesus loves the Father, intimately knows the Father and the holiness the Father inhabits.

It is interesting that Jesus says to “pray like this”..  Back in verse 7, Jesus is reiterating the relationship aspect of prayer.  Don’t heap up empty phrases…

That is awesome, you know, the phraseology.  How often I have prayed a prayer and walked away feeling like I have done my duty.  Said a lot of words, completing a duty I feel I have, and then walked away, feeling kinda proud of myself, for “my many words.”

walking alone at nightI remember as a young believer, being out late at night, on a lonely street, walking and talking to Him.  For some reason, I decided to forget about all my requests, and just remind Him of His great qualities, His magnificent character, His unbounding love.  You know, I don’t remember how many words, or the time I spent.  I was simply realizing who I was praying to.

And I was content in prayer.

Philippians 2:9 – 10

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth

Therefore symbolAlways ask why the “therefore” is there for. Some action is taken and then the consequence of that action is described.

These verses give the consequence, that is that the name of Jesus be honored and worshiped.  But to have His name honored, surely the verses before describe a harsh command given, a strict law supplied, or a very serious threatening voiced.

No command.  No – He was crucified for our sins, and God the Father raised Him from the dead.  That singular action was performed in order that His name be honored.

James 2:7

Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?

There are some who dishonor the honorable name by which we were called.  The rich.  Notice that the rich James is referring to are the rich that are attending meeting.  What?  And James is ticked off about the distinctions the church elders are making, favoring the rich.

The church elders have it all upside down.

Why are they favoring the rich who do not favor God’s name, and yet do not honor the poor man, who has been called by the honorable name of God?

A good take away from this post for today is to open your eyes to see those who are poor in the family of God and honor them.  Ignore the rich – they got their money…


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Commandments for Christians – No Idols

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As mentioned in our introductory post, I was sent to studying the New Testament by a dear brother years back to understand the believers relationship to the Ten Commandments.

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Commandment #1 – No Idolatry

Exodus 20:2 – 6

I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

You shall have no other gods before me.

You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,

but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Lets remember the key questions we are looking to resolve as we go through each of the commandments.
  1. QuestionsIs each commandment included in Jesus or the Apostles teaching?
  2. If so, was there anything different about the command as expressed by Jesus or the Apostles?

Matthew 22:37

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.

The NO IDOLS command is included in Jesus and the apostles teaching, but primarily from the positive perspective, from the love angle, not the rule angle.

There is a difference.

Please don’t miss the command to love here.  By the way, when was the last time that worked.  To command to love is not to love.  That implies the loss of free will, does it not?  And love requires the exercise of free will.  So is Jesus commanding to love?

Maybe.

Maybe not.

Maybe He stating a fact, that is, after realizing what love God has for you, you shall love Him.  You will naturally respond to love by loving that one who initiated the love.

1Corinthians 6:9 – 10

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,

nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

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Paul supplies a warning in the above verses, and it is interesting that he is speaking of the unrighteous, those folk within the church group who have not conformed to the Spirit of life which is the character of God.

Paul is seeking to communicate that self deception is deadly, (ie the lie that my character does not have to reflect the character of God, for God to accept me)  That non conformity to the character of God is a signal that all is not well.

Don’t hear me say that sinless perfection is required. Our acceptance is in the Beloved, in the Messiah.  Not possible in this life, if I understand 1 John 1:9 correctly.

But our acceptance in the Beloved means we have the Spirit of God, and that the fruit of the Spirit, the love joy peace will be evident in our lives.  It is the desire and growth of the believer into the character of Jesus that is the issue.  For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  The Spirit of God does not lead me into adultery, theft or idolatry.  That, my friends is the flesh!

1 Corinthians 10:14

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.

1 John 5:21

Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

Both John and Paul relate to their audience, their brothers and sisters in the Lord, by framing this command in love.  Being beloved, I am more apt to listen to my brother’s warning.

Telling me to NOT have idols, tends to make me want an idol.

Wow Carl, are you saying the ten commandments were supplied only to stir up sin?  Did God provide the decalogue to create sin in us?

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Lets consider some of what the Bible teaches about the law.

Romans 4:15

For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.

Romans 5:20

Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,

Romans 7:5

For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death.

Let’s get it right.
The law brought wrath, not sin.  The sin was in us all along.  The law revealed it to those who were sensitive to the Spirit of God.
By the way, are you recognizing sin in your walk with Him?  The Christian life is a life of repentance.  And Christians are to flee idolatry.
This may be the western churches greatest challenge, given the tremendous wealth we enjoy.
Please feel free to comment.  I look forward to discussions, in order to learn from you.

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Commandments for Christians – Introduction

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Its been years since a friend and a brother challenged me to find the commandments for Christians. Sure glad he did.

Let me explain.

I was heading down a path that de-emphasized the moral code of the 10 commandments in a believers life.

Just love everyone Carl. That’s your obligation!

So many passages seemed to release me of the obligation to keep the law. (Read these passages quickly to maintain this thought!)

Matthew 5:17

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

Colossians 2:14

by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

Colossians 2:20

…why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations

Ephesians 2:15

by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace,

Romans 8:2

For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

Romans 10:4

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

I hope you barely read those verses so that you can understand the conviction I had regarding the decalogues authority over my life.

No bondage, guilt, condemnation … What bliss!

Don’t get me wrong, there is no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus. I suppose I was extrapolating that thinking into licence.

Anyone out there fall into that pit lately?

My brother wanted better for me and challenged me to study the New Testament, directing me to answer two questions.

  1. Is each commandment included in Jesus or the Apostles teaching?
  2. If so, was there anything different about the command as expressed by Jesus or the Apostles?

I learned a bunch and I’m thankful he challenged me. What follows are short blogs (unless I loose control!) of my findings.

Looking forward to discussing each of the commandments, starting in our next post. I feel I will gain understanding from others as we delve into the next post.

Hope to see you soon.


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