The Commandments 2

Perpetuity of God’s Law

Isa. 8:20 - "To the law and to the testimony, if they speak not according to this word, it is becasue there is no light in them."Not according to the Church, the preacher, tradition, or any such thing. If this is to be our guide, then we're as the blind leading the blind. Only according to the Word and the testimony of His prophets. This is our only guide.2 Cor. 7:19 - "Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God."The idea is, what matters is the keeping of the commandments of God. God does not evaluate a man's religion by his compliance with ritual observances, but by his relationship to the principles of the divine Law (see Eccl. 12:13); John 14:15, 21, 23; 15:10; 1 John 2:4-6). A man can keep the commandments whether or not he is circumcised.Romans 7:11, 12 - "For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. Wherefore, the law is holy and the commandment holy and just and good."Satan is the master deceiver, who will take occasion of God's commandments, to lead us to question God, as he did in the Garden of Eden. He suggests that we would attain to a more exalted sphere and be as gods. And when his evil purpose had been accomplished, he used the same commandment as a means of condemnation. the commandments are faultless. The commandment is designed to bring man nothing but life and blessing, both now and throughout eternity (see on vs. 10). If obeyed, it will bring righteousness and happiness everywhere.

James 2:10-12 - "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, hi si guilty of all, for He that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou are become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty."God's law is not a list of isolated precepts; they stand as a whole. It is a perfect harmonious transcript of the divine will. Break one, and you've broken them all. All the precepts are manifestations of love at work, either to God or to our fellow man. To select that part of the law that is convenient and to ignore the claims of the rest, even if in only one detail, reveals a desire to do our own will and not God's. The unity of love is broken and the basic sin of selfish willfulness appears. A chain is snapped by the failure of its weakest link. The breaking of one commandment spoils the completeness and harmony of the whole law for the transgressor. And His law is a law of liberty, because it liberates us from the chains of sin.