Think keeping the commandments is not important?
Many Christian’s teach a different gospel, one that condones or allows “complacency” in our failures of keeping the commandments. Don’t believe that “LIE” or “half truth”, because the “lie” could cause you to “deny” the power of God. Why then in the New Testament (the “New Covenant”) is this mentioned with boldness and urgency, over 14 times? We all know we cannot keep the commandments perfectly. So, we should “give up”? By no means! The sting of the old covenant law, and our failures to keep it, has been removed. Now we have the “New covenant”, but we are expected to NEVER give up the “good fight”.
When we fail, we have a Propitiator, a Savior and Redeemer, who is Jesus, the Christ, sent from God our Father! So, how can we fight this impossible fight? We can through the Good News of the Gospel! It is a fight of the things of the spirit, so, we need armor that is of God’s Spirit. These pieces of armor are “gifts” from God. How bad do you want the breastplate of righteousness? How bad do you want to be freed from the “practice of sin” or being a “slave to sin?” If we “practice” sin, how can we say we have the “Light” in us when we “walk” in darkness? So, practice the righteousness of Christ and you are righteous in Christ!
Read Ephesians 6:10-20, Paul puts the armor of God in “picture form”. It is so important to understand that the commandments in the Old Testament and New are a based on LOVE! Not the “love” man knows, but God’s love. God’s love is far different and hard for us to grasp. We need to ask God for help in ALL things we cannot understand, grasp or do on our own. God is glorified by our asking! We can only do it by His strength and power! That’s why He gets ALL the glory! Thanks be to God for this grace!
Matthew 5:19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 19:17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only One who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”
John 14:15&21 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments…. 21. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” (And DO you have the commandments? Yes you DO!)
John 15:10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love.
1 Corinthians 7:19 For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God.
1 John 2:3-4 And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,
1 John 3:22&24 and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him…. 24. Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.
1 John 5:2-3 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. ( this is so true when, in asking Him, God has “set you free” from the vices of this world…that is, the “ practice” of sinning.)
2 John 1:6 And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.
Revelation 12:17 Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.
Revelation 14:12 Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.
So, in summary, what are the “commandments” again?
Mathew 22: 36-40 “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 first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Jesus sheds God’s perfect “Light” on the Ten Commandments here in Mathew Chapters 5-7 and all the gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John.
How can we do this without God’s help?
Mark 10:27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”
So, ask Him with your whole, repented heart… How can we serve two masters?