“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.” (John 15:10)
“...Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” (John 5:14)
“...Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” (John 8:11)
In each of these quotes, the Savior was telling us how to live our lives for Him. In two, He clearly invites us to keep the commandments. In the other two, we are commanded to “sin no more”. What is sin? Sin is disobedience. What must we obey? The commandments.
We have explored the greatest commandment, the second greatest commandment, and the Ten Commandments. Did you know there are more? Much as the ten commandments teach us how to keep the greatest commandments, there are statutes which elaborate on the Ten Commandments and some are simply miscellaneous laws regarding civil matters.
Some may scoff at this, saying the Law was “nailed to the cross”. This is true, but only a type of the Law was fulfilled, which is the ceremonial law. When the New Testament scriptures were translated from Greek to English, clarification of some words was lost. In the old Testament, there were two sets of Law. One set, moral laws, were placed within the ark of the covenant. Another set, the ceremonial laws, were placed beside it (Exodus 40:20, Deuteronomy 31:26).
Another argument for disobedience is that the Law was given to the Israelites only. Those who are called out by the Savior are descendants of the lost tribes (Matthew 10:6, 15:24)! If you have sincerely heard His beckoning, then you ARE a descendant of Israel and should yield to the Law (Matthew 5:17).
Additionally, without the moral law, there is no definition of sin. This means we are in a state of lawlessness. Therefore, all things would be lawful, including murder, rape, and theft. It is not for us to choose which laws we will obey, and which ones we will refuse. All of the moral law covers us, not just parts and pieces as we elect.
There is a small, growing movement in the Wapello County and Jefferson County area to remove pagan traditions from Christianity. To find a meeting, text or leave a message at 641-451-1111. Peace in the Savior.