“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.” Matt 5:17-19 (KJV)
“This is the judgment pronounced in the kingdom of heaven. Some have thought that the commandment breaker will be there, but will occupy the lowest place. This is a mistake. Sinners will never enter the abode of bliss. The commandment breaker, and all who unite with him in teaching that it makes no difference whether men break or observe the divine law, will by the universe of heaven be called least among the human agencies. For not only have they been disloyal themselves, but they have taught others to break the law of God. Christ pronounces judgment upon those who claim to have a knowledge of the law, but who, by precept and example, lead souls into confusion and darkness” – (The Review and Herald, November 15, 1898).
“The place was a mountain in Galilee. As in other things, so in this, our Lord Jesus was but ill accommodated; he had no convenient place to preach in, any more than to lay his head on. While the scribes and Pharisees had Moses’ chair to sit in, with all possible ease, honour, and state, and there corrupted the law; our Lord Jesus, the great Teacher of truth, is driven out to the desert, and finds no better a pulpit than a mountain can afford; and not one of the holy mountains neither, not one of the mountains of Zion, but a common mountain; by which Christ would intimate that there is no such distinguishing holiness of places now, under the gospel, as there was under the law; but that it is the will of God that men should pray and preach everywhere, anywhere, provided it be decent and convenient. Christ preached this sermon, which was an exposition of the law, upon a mountain, because upon a mountain the law was given; and this was also a solemn promulgation of the Christian law.” (Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Matthew 5.)
I found it interesting Mr. Henry believed and espoused in keeping the Commandments of God; however, the time in which he lived and wrote, (18 October 1662 – 22 June 1714) during the Reformation and because of the influences of the Roman Catholic Church, at that time, was not himself a Sabbath-keeper, in observance of the Fourth Commandment, “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” He kept the first day of the week, Sunday. However, this cannot be held against him because they didn’t know. God was then bringing His people out from this awful period of man’s “religious” history as described in Revelation 11 when the Bible’s light was hidden like under a bushel. This is why the Medieval Ages is also called the “Dark Ages”.
However, what is the excuse today?
THIS explains why God’s last day message, found in Revelation 14:9-12:
And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Notice the beginning of this message was given in Revelation 12:17:
“And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Rev 12:17 (KJV)
Notice, the beginning of Christ’s Church after the period of 1,260 years (time, times and half of times (360 + 720 + 180 = 1,260) which began in 538 AD and ended 1798, would be stated “keeping the Commandments of God” and the last message of this church in Rev. 14, “keep the Commandments of God.” Notice, it is NOT the commandments of Jesus which supersede because it cannot possibly be. For even this same commentator so states,
“But observe the difference: when the law was given, the Lord came down upon the mountain; now the Lord went up: then, he spoke in thunder and lightning; now, in a still small voice.”
Is speaking of One and the same, Christ, who is God. How could Christ’s commandments supersede God’s Commandments when they’re one in the same? It was Christ who delivered them on Mt. Sinai. It was Christ who came to be among us to point us, to direct us to the Father whose government and character is defined by these very same Commandments.
So, it is very clear. If you call yourself a “Christian” and yet not keep God’s Ten Commandments, you are a “law-breaker”, in other words, being “lawless” and you will NOT be entering into the Kingdom of God. This is the Gospel which needs to go out into all the world.
February 4, 2015