Source: The Israel of God
And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. (John 5:37)
It is the Father that no man has seen at anytime. Let’s let Paul show us that the God that sat in the mountain and was seen by the seventy-four elders of Israel was in fact Jesus the Christ.
Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. (I Corinthians 10:1-4)
The God that was seen by the seventy-four elders was Christ. Now that we know that the Lord Jesus Himself has given the Laws to Moses in the Old Testament; what makes people think when He came in the flesh He would change His mind. Remember! Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (Hebrews 13:8) He is an unchangeable GOD, and He is very predictable. And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? (Daniel 4:35) Now let us go into the book of Matthew chapter 19, to see how plain, and clear the Lord tells this man how he can obtain eternal life.
And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. (Matthew 19:16-17)
Pay close attention to what the man asked the Lord, “what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” The Lord’s respond was, “if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” Take a look at the next two verses.
He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (Matthew 19:18-19)
Did the Lord make up new laws? Did he say don’t worry about the commandment just believe on me? No! He said keep the Commandments. If we believe in the Lord or have faith in Him, we know that if we do not keep His commandments we will be thrown into the fire at the great white throne judgment. Let’s take at look at something else the Lord said and no one is paying any attention to it. Take heed to what the Lord says;
Then one of them, who was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. (Matthew 22:35-38)
Take note brothers and sister, if we love the Lord with all our mind and body, what would we have accomplished? If we do this, we have just fulfilled the first four commandments. Take a look.
1. Thou shalt have none other gods before me. (Deuteronomy 5:7)
2. Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: (Deuteronomy 5:8)
3. Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. (Deuteronomy 5:9-11)
4. Keep the Sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee. Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou. And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the Sabbath day. (Deuteronomy 5:12-15)
If we say we love the Lord, shouldn’t we do what he say? Yes! But, the people that call themselves servants of God break all four of the above commandments. How? By putting other gods before Him. What other gods? The god of Sunday that hangs on a cross. The cross is a Roman death symbol and was the instrument used for execution under Roman law. There is nothing holy about the cross. Jesus is very much alive sitting at the right hand of the Father in the third heaven. The people err greatly by reverencing this death symbol. Some of them bow before this cross even kissing the feet of the image that hangs on it. But, they say they love the Lord. The Lord’s Sabbath day is the seventh day of the week. But, these people say, “Every day is the Lord’s Sabbath day.” If that were true no work could be done any day of the week. The scripture clearly states that it is a day of rest and no work is to be done. This day is very important. It is so important that the Lord has placed it among His Royal Laws. Let’s return to the Book of Matthew and pick up where we left off.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (Matthew 22:39)
Remember, Paul quoted the above verse in Romans chapter 13 verses 8. If we love our neighbors as we love ourselves we have just fulfilled the last six commandments. We will honor our parents, we will not murder our neighbors, we will not committing adultery with their spouse, we will not stealing from them, we will not bear false witness against them, or covet their property. By doing this what have we done? Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (Romans 13:10) Are we only to obey the Ten Commandments? Let’s see what the Lord says next.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:40)
All is absolutely correct? If we were to take a look at all the laws, we would see each law would come under one of the Ten Commandments. For example, thou shall not commit adultery. If we do not commit adultery we will not commit any of the sins listed below.
Cursed be he that lieth with his father’s wife; because he uncovereth his father’s skirt. And all the people shall say, Amen. (Deuteronomy 27:20) Cursed be he that lieth with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen. (Deuteronomy 27:22)
Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. (Leviticus 18:22)
By lying only with our husbands or wives, we will not commit any of the above sins. The Lord did say hang all the law and the Prophets on these two commandments correct? That would mean the dietary law outlined in Leviticus chapter 11, and also the Lord’s High and Holy Sabbath’s outlined in Leviticus chapter 23 must be kept. Now let’s go to the book of I John and see what he has to say about people that say, “I know the Lord,” but they do not keep the commandments.
He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (I John 2:4)
That’s very clear don’t you think? Let’s recap what we have learned before we continue. At the beginning of this lesson we found out that there are two sets of laws, the Commandments and the Sacrificial Law. We have seen that faith alone will not get us eternal life, because faith establishes the law (commandments). We now know the Biblical definition of sin, which is breaking of the Lord’s laws not mans. We have also seen that the Lord was our sacrifice once and for all, and His death took away the sacrificial law only, and not the commandments. We have also seen that the Love of God is keeping the commandments and by keeping them we will do no ill will to our neighbors and by observing them we will obtain eternal life. And last but not lease, those who say, “I know the Lord,” and keep not His commandments is a liar and the truth is not in them. We have seen Paul has, in no shape or fashion killed the Lord’s commandments, but in fact teaches us to keep them. Now that we have establish that the sacrificial law only was nailed to the cross, and not the commandments let’s continue. Let’s go back into Paul’s writings and take a look at another place these false prophets try to do away with the Lord’s commandment. Let’s go into Romans chapter 3.
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. (Romans 3:20)
Once again, we have both laws within this verse. Notice the first part of the verse, “by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight.” What law is this? It is the sacrificial law. Why? Remember in Hebrews the 10th chapter verse 4 it states, “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” So, by the deeds of the sacrificial law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight. Now, look at the second part of the verse, “for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” What law is this? The commandments. Why? Sin is the transgression of the law, and if there is no law how would any of us have knowledge of sin. Let’s take a look at the next verse.
But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; (Romans 3:21)
Notice what Paul says, “The righteousness of God without the law is manifested.” What law is this? It is the sacrificial law. Why? And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; (Colossians 2:13-14). We must understand this one thing brothers and sisters, the Bible never contradicts itself. The false prophets are the ones that contradict the Book. Paul and all the rest of the Prophets and Apostles are on the same page and are teaching us to keep the law. If we are not familiar with the entire bible, we will make the same mistake as these false preachers that think there was only one law given to Moses. Look at the last part of the verse, “being witnessed by the law and the prophets.” If we read the law and the prophets, once we get to the New Testament we know that Jesus was manifested to take away a law that was contrary to us, that could never take away sin. He became our final sacrifice nailing the blood ordinances to His cross. Let’s go into Romans chapter 7 and look at a verse these so call preachers skip over every time.
Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. (Romans 7:12)
Why are the laws holy and the commandments holy, just and good?
For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. (Romans 2:13)
Notice those that are doers of the law will be justified in the sight of God and not the hearers. In the beginning of this lesson I mentioned, what will happen to us if we continue to sin and who would die for us. Of course, Christ has died for only those of us that love Him (remember love is the keeping of the commandment). Once we clean our acts up, start walking in His word, and are baptized in His name, are the past, present and future sins forgiven? Let’s take a look at what Paul has to say about this, he will tell us exactly what sins are forgiven. Take a look.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; (Romans 3:23-25)
Christ redeemed us or freed us from the curse of the sacrificial law that could never take away sin. What sins are forgiven and whose righteousness is declared? To declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that is past. It is His righteousness not ours. Once we come under the cover of Jesus, our PAST SINS are forgiven only. So, what happens if we sin after our past sin are forgiven? Take heed to the warning our beloved brother Paul is giving us in the Book of Hebrews.
For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. (Hebrews 10:26-27)
Note what Paul says, “If we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.” Remember in Leviticus how the scripture mentions sinning in ignorance, but when the sin came to the person’s knowledge they offered up a clean animal without blemish. Now that the Seed has come there is no more sacrifice for sin. Once we are under the blood of Christ, we are not to sin willfully. Why?
The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father; neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. (Ezekiel 18:20)
The soul that sins it shall die! What death is Ezekiel talking about? The second death, which is the lake of fire! So, if we continue to sin willfully what should we expect—A certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. Paul is giving us a clear warning when he states, “we are no long under the law (sacrificial law) we are under grace.” Meaning no more animals will die for us, we will die for our own sins! But, what will happen to those of us that turn to righteousness?
If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live. (Ezekiel 33:15-16)
Brothers and sisters as long as there’s breath within us, we still have a chance. There is only one unforgivable sin and that is blaspheming the Holy Ghost, which teaching the word of God wrong and knowing it. His laws are still in tact. Don’t let any preacher take eternal life from you, READ THE BIBLE FOR YOURSELF. Those that teach against the Law will have their place in the lake of fire where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.( Ephesians 5:5-7) Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Why? And I say unto you my friends, be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. (Luke 12:4-5)
May the Lord bless them that fear Him and keep His commandments! In Jesus name, Amen.