By Carron Lake @ www.thelightoftheword.org

“If ye love me, keep my commandments”
(John 14:15).

As The Covenant Word of GOD spoke and wrote The Ten Commandments on stone, to show the everlasting nature of GOD’S Love for man, Christ--The Son of GOD sat upon a mountain with the multitudes of people, who followed Him from Galilee, Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judaea, and from beyond Jordan, and He expounded to them the blessings of GOD, to fill the needs of all, who had ears to hear.

Who were among these people that followed Jesus? Were they only Jews in that time of Roman rule? Those, who came with the Jews from Galilee, and especially Decapolis, which was a group of ten cities in which the Gentiles were in the majority, and where Jesus ministered; they followed Him, and with them, there were those, who came also from Jerusalem, Judaea, and from beyond Jordan. It was not to the Jews only that Jesus came into the world. For it is written that, “…God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved” (John 3:16-20). Notice that whosoever believes in The Son of GOD, Whom The Father has sent, he will not perish, but have everlasting life. As The Son of GOD came into all the regions around Jerusalem, He as The Light of the world drew the people unto Him from all around.

He said unto them, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:17-20).

Notice that Jesus did not address only the Jews, who followed Him to the mountain. To all the people that followed Him from the surrounded towns, Jesus said to them, to think not that He came to destroy The Law, or the prophets. Yet, this is what people are thinking today. He did not speak only to the Jews about breaking one of the least commandments. No. Rather than addressing only the Jews, Jesus said, “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

Do we believe on Him, Who is our Light, to do and teach the least commandments He has given? Or do we abolish them to love our darkness rather than The Light? In honor to his father, Solomon was led to write to his son and say, “My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, [and] tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and [when] thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment [is] a lamp; and the law [is] light; and reproofs of instruction [are] the way of life: To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman” (Proverbs 6:20-24). For he had many wives that led him to depart from The Will of The LORD and HIS Covenant Word.

The Law that Jesus was speaking of was not the six hundred plus laws that the Jews were trying to live by, which were burdensome to them. For He was speaking of the Ten least Commandments that The Father gave unto Him, to give unto the children of Israel through Moses, and to the world through them, who were to be a nation of priest. But they rebelled in doing GOD’S Will. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:35). He made it clear that “…it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail” (Luke 16:17). And this was not speaking of the handwriting in ordinances, which were abolished on His cross. For He said, “…except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:20).

What then is The Righteousness that we are to have that exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees? The Word of GOD Testified through David and said, “Blessed [is] that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart. I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest. I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation” (Psalms 40:4, 8-10).

The Word of GOD Testified through David and spoke of His delight to do GOD’S Will. Notice that the doing of The Righteousness of GOD’S Will is not void of doing something. Many talk, as if the doing of GOD’S Righteousness is void of bearing the fruit of Righteousness. It is doing something because of GOD’S Covenant Word being within the heart. What did The Word of GOD delight to do, because of GOD’S Law being written within His heart? The Word said, “I have preached Righteousness in the great congregation.” He said He did not refrain His lips. He did not hide, or concealed GOD’S Righteousness within His heart. He declared HIS Faithfulness and HIS Salvation. He did not conceal HIS Loving-kindness and HIS Truth from the great congregation. His doing of Righteousness was to preach The Righteousness of GOD in the great congregation, and not refraining His lips from declaring GOD’S Righteousness to them. The fulfilling of GOD’S Will is the work of declaring HIS Faithfulness and HIS Salvation, and not concealing HIS Loving-kindness and HIS Truth from the great congregation. If we are not doing this same work, then we are not bearing His Fruit of Righteousness in us.

For Jesus said in His prayer to The Father, saying, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” “I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.” “For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received [them], and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.” “I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them” (John 17:4, 6, 8-10). If men are not receiving GOD’S Word, then what are they believing of GOD’S Covenant Word, Whom HE has sent?

Notice that the fulfilling of GOD’S Law is the giving of the glory to GOD by HIS Covenant Word of Life in us. This is the work that needs to be competed in us. As the children of GOD by redemption through Christ, Who loved us so much that He sacrifice His Life for us; we are to manifest GOD’S NAME by reflecting HIS Character, which can only be accomplished by The Spirit of HIS Son abiding in us. For it is in His heart, by His Spirit that GOD’S Law is manifested in and through us to do GOD’S Will. By keeping HIS Covenant Word, Whom HE has sent to us, and believing on HIM, WHO sent Him, we shall also glorify Him, Who abides in us to do GOD’S Will.

Speaking to the multitudes that were before Him, Jesus said, “Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6). Notice that those, who were among the multitude hungering and thirsting after righteousness, they had been seeking The Righteousness of GOD, and Jesus declared to the great congregation that they shall be filled. He was saying to them that their search was ended, because He is The Answer to their searching.

Paul said it this way, “Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ [is] the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth” (Romans 10:1-4).

Was Paul preaching against The Ten Commandments by saying that Christ has abolished, or done away The Law? No, he was not; for he said over and over, “God forbid”. Paul was saying that Christ is what The Law of GOD is pointing us to for Righteousness. When we have found Christ, we have come to the end of our search, to be filled by Christ The Law of Righteousness, which many have hungered and thirsted for. He is The Corner Stone of our Righteousness, which the scribes and Pharisees were rejecting.

Paul said, “…Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down [from above]:) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:6-10).

Notice that The Covenant Word of GOD is manifested in those, who believe and trust in Him. He is not just near them, but also in them, to bear the fruit of His Righteousness through them, to give GOD glory. By His Spirit dwelling in David, he testified with his mouth and said, “Thy righteousness [is] an everlasting righteousness, and thy law [is] the truth” (Psalms 119:142).

Paul said, “[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace. Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you” (Romans 8:1-11).

Notice that Paul said that The Law of The Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made him free from the law of sin and death. Yet, many are saying that Christ has abolished GOD’S Law. Notice carefully that God sent HIS OWN Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, to be our Example. And for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh. Why did Paul say that Christ, Who is our Example condemn sin in the flesh? Did Paul say that Christ condemn sin in the flesh that the righteousness of the law might be abolished? No. He said, “That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit”. And if Christ Spirit abides in us, His Spirit has been sent in us to do the same work of condemning sin in the flesh. To delight to do GOD’S Will. To preached of Christ Righteousness in the great congregation. To refrained not our lips from declaring GOD’S Covenant Word of Truth. To hide not GOD’S Word of Righteousness, but to let Him shine from within our hearts, to declare GOD’S Faithfulness and HIS Salvation, by not concealing HIS Loving-kindness and HIS Word of Truth from the great congregation. This is the work that GOD has sent The Spirit of HIS Son to fulfill in and through us to His glory.

It is written of Jesus that, “when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, [which 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. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:34-40).

Notice that Jesus was not saying that He had abolished eight of The Commandments and kept only two Commandments. No, if one were to believe this thought, then one would need to believe that Jesus had passed away more that just one jot or one tittle from The Law, which He said, He did not come to destroy. He was saying that all Ten Commandments, which are written on two tables of Stone are divided and based upon our Love for GOD and our Love for our neighbor. All The Commands that hang upon the first Table of Stone deals with our love towards GOD. And all of The Commands that hang upon the second Table of Stone deals with our love towards our neighbor. But the central focus of both Tables is based on our love for GOD and our love for our fellowmen.

To His disciples, who received and believed on Jesus, to be giving unto Him from out of the world by The Father, Jesus said unto them, “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 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 15:8-10). “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). How do we show our love to GOD, WHO gave to us HIS Only begotten Son? And how do we show our love to HIS Son, Who gave Himself to save us from sin and death? Do we keep His Commandments to show our love for Him, Who is our Elder Brother, as He honors His Father by keeping The Same Commandments from The Father to Him? Or do we abolish them to reject GOD’S Mercy and HIS Grace in giving us The Covenant Word of HIS Son?

If we were to take the question that Jesus presented to His disciples to show their love for Him, Who is The Light of our Righteousness, and place the question before each Command, how would this question change your view of The Commandments?

The First Table of Love to GOD

1. For He, The LORD my God, has brought me out of the land of darkness, out of the house of bondage into The Marvelous Light HIS Son. If I love HIM, I will have no other gods before HIM.

2. If I love HIM, I will not make unto me any graven images, 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: If I love Him, I will not bow down myself to them, nor serve them: for HE The LORD my God is a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate HIM; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love HIM, and keep HIS Commandments.

3. If I love HIM I will not take the name of The LORD my God in vain; for The LORD will not hold me guiltless for taking His name in vain.

4. If I love HIM, I will remember The Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days will I labor, and do all my work: but the seventh day is The Sabbath of The LORD my God: in it I will not do any work, myself, nor my son, nor my daughter, my manservant, nor my maidservant, nor my cattle, nor my stranger that is within my gates: for in six days The LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day: wherefore The LORD blessed The Sabbath day, and hollowed it.

The Second Table of Love to My Elder Brother, or by Neighbor

5. If I love Him, I will honor my father and mother: that my days may be long upon the land, which The LORD my God shall give me.

6. If I love Him, I will not kill my neighbor, whom He sacrificed His Life to save.

7. If I love Him, I will not commit adultery against my neighbor.

8. If I love Him, I shall not steal from my neighbor.

9. If I love Him I shall not bear false witness against my neighbor.

10. If I love Him, I shall not covet my neighbor's house, I shall not covet my neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor any thing that is my neighbor's.

Which one of The Ten Commandments can we abolish, and still say that we love GOD and, or our fellowmen? As our Example, how did Jesus show His Love to GOD and His Love to His to fellowmen?

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