“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 (KJV)
I have a friend who constantly uses the inference we’re to follow “Christ’s” commandments which are not associated with the Ten Commandments of God. In fact, he believes and teaches, we are no longer under God’s Commandments but of “Christ’s”. Now, looking at the above verse and not fully understanding what it says and not having the influence of the Holy Spirit, I certainly could come away with the understanding he has, but thankfully, I know better!
Jesus HAD to keep the Commandments of God, as a human, in order to impute to us our having kept them, in Him, in order to be saved. The truth of the matter is: NO ONE can enter into heaven not having kept the Ten Commandments. NOT A SINGLE PERSON!
The other truth is this: Any commandment which may have issued from Christ was based upon the Ten Commandments of His Father. It did not do away with the Ten Commandments but strengthen them. It did not do away with the Ten Commandments but guided us gently back to them. In fact, if we all followed and kept the Ten Commandments there wouldn’t have been a need for any other commandment to be given! Even the sacrificial laws, the dietary laws, the civil laws which were given at Mt. Sinai, all pointed to and reflected the Ten Commandments given first and foremost. Let it be understood the Ten Commandments are merely like an index of a book. If you are wanting to research a particular subject, within that book, you look at the index. An index is more conclusive than a “table of content”. While a “table of content” helps you to know what should be the “content” of your heart, it is the “index” which goes even deeper to find that part which is not easily discovered in the contents! Does this make sense? The point being, ANY COMMANDMENT given by CHRIST only leads back to the Ten Commandments of God, not away.
Christ knew this and qualified this belief when He simply stated, in order to “abide” in His Father’s love, and His, you have to be willing to keep God’s Commandments, just as He was willing to do so. There is no other way, my friends, in order to be saved.
This same apostle wrote later, after the resurrection and ascension of Christ, “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” 1 John 5:3 (KJV) Let’s be more specific, is he, John, talking about the commandments of Christ or of God? The noun in this verse is God, therefore it is God’s “Commandments” which are being spoken about, not any commandment which may have been attributed to Christ. This man was an Apostle, and this is what he taught. Should we not follow in the same manner, in keeping the Commandments of God since they are not grievous nor meant to cause us any harm? Can anyone show me in Scripture where God’s Commandments are anything other than love? For it is certain, it is ONLY IN LOVE can one do this and want to do this willingly and as the same Apostle wrote later still, if you claim to love God but don’t keep His Commandments, well, you’re just a liar, like your father, the devil, and there is no truth in you, too!
“The child who loves his parents will show that love by willing obedience; but the selfish, ungrateful child seeks to do as little as possible for his parents, while he at the same time desires to enjoy all the privileges granted to the obedient and faithful. The same difference is seen among those who profess to be children of God. Many who know that they are the objects of His love and care, and who desire to receive His blessing, take no delight in doing His will. They regard God’s claims upon them as an unpleasant restraint, His commandments as a grievous yoke. But he who is truly seeking for holiness of heart and life delights in the law of God, and mourns only that he falls so far short of meeting its requirements.”
**Nothing short of this obedience will meet the requirements of God’s Word.**
December 24, 2014