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1.   I will have no other gods.

2.   I will not make or bow down to any image.

3.   I will not dishonor you and your name.

4.   I will remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.

5.   I will honor my father and mother.

6.   I will not murder.

7.   I will not commit adultery.

8.   I will not steal.

9.   I will not lie.

10. I will not covet what belongs to my neighbor.

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To Imitate Christ

by Bill Wong

 

 

 

 

The Bible calls a person who follows the word of God and the Lord Jesus Christ a Christian:

 

Acts 11:

26   And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.     (AKJV)

 

Acts 26:

27   King Agrippa, believe you the prophets? I know that you believe.

28   Then Agrippa said to Paul, Almost you persuade me to be a Christian.   (AKJV)

 

1 Peter 4:

  16   Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.   (AKJV)

 

 

 

To be called a Christian is another way to say that we are members of the body of Christ:

 

1 Corinthians 12:

  27   Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.   (NKJV)

 

Galatians 3:

  27   For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.     (NKJV)

 

 

The division into numerous Christian denominations and the subsequent naming of a Christian by a denomination is not a work of God, but a work of man. We are baptized into Christ, not an organization.  We are identified by abiding in the Lord Himself and not abiding in men and their traditions.  The church of God is comprised of all members in the body of Christ. 

 

 

 

There is only one true faith that the Lord Jesus gave to his apostles which we are to follow.

And it was given only once:

 

Jude 1:

3     Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation,

     I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed

    down to the saints.  (NASB)

 

 

At the core of this faith is to worship God in spirit and truth:

 

John 4:

23   But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:

     for the Father seeks such to worship him.

24   God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.   (AKJV)

 

 

 

The true faith that Christianity is can be found in the name itself.  We are called Christians, because we are to be followers of Christ who are to be like Him as the Bible commands us to do:

 

1 Corinthians 2:

  16   For "who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ.   (NKJV)

 

1 Corinthians 11:

  1    Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.   (NKJV)

 

1 John 2:

5     but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:

6     the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.   (NASB)

 

 

 

The Bible also commands us to imitate our Heavenly Father:

 

Ephesians 5:

  1     Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;    

  2      and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. 

      (NASB)

 

1 Peter 1:

14   As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,

15   but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;

16   because it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy."   (NASB)

 

 

 

We are to love God with every iota of our being (the prime example of what imitating Christ looks like since the Lord Jesus loved His father in this manner):

 

Mark 12:

28   Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together,

      perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, "Which is the first commandment of all?"

29   Jesus answered him, "The first of all the commandments is: 'Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one.

30   And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.'

     This is the first commandment.

31   And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."

32   So the scribe said to Him, "Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but He.

33   And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength,

     and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices."

34   Now when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, He said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God."

     But after that no one dared question Him.     (NKJV)

 

 

 

The Bible tells us that worshipping God in spirit and truth, loving God with all our being (and also our neighbors as ourselves) and imitating Christ, therefore, is to obey the commandments of God.

 

The reference to loving God with all our being and our neighbor as we do ourselves is a summation of the 10 Commandments and it is meant for all peoples, whether they are Jew or Gentile.


These are the 10 Commandments of God:

 

Exodus 20:

3    "You shall have no other gods before me.

4    "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, 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.

5    You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,

6    but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

7    "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

8    "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

9    Six days you shall labor, and do all your work,

10  but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.

11  For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12  "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

13  "You shall not murder.

14  "You shall not commit adultery.

15  "You shall not steal.

16  "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

17  "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's."    (ESV)



 

The apostle Paul confirms this in his epistle to the Romans and Galatians where he clearly equates loving our neighbors as ourselves with those 10 Commandments which are directed to our behavior with our fellow man:

 

Romans 13:

8     Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.

9     For this, "You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,"

     and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

10   Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.     (NASB)

 

Galatians 5:

6     For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.

13   For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh,

     but through love serve one another.

14   For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (NASB)

 

 

 

The Bible therefore makes it evident that if those parts of the 10 Commandments which direct our behavior towards people (commandments 5-10) fulfills the Biblical statement “You shall love your neighbor as yourself”, then the first 4 of the 10 Commandments which direct our behavior towards God fulfills the greatest commandment to “love the LORD our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength”.

 


The 10 Commandments is the Law of Love.


 

This is why the Bible says the one who loved us so much to die for us, the Lord Jesus, was without sin and did not break this Law of Love; He instead lived it and was obedient even to death with this love:

 

John 15:

13   Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.

14   You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.    (NKJV)

 

 

The 10 Commandments teach us how we are to love God and our fellow man. It teaches us how to be holy and to stop sinning against God, because God defines sin as the breaking of His Law:

 

1 John 3:

  4   Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.   (AKJV)

 

 

 

We must know and observe the Law so we can repent of our sins. We cannot have true repentance of our sins without the Law.   This is because it is the Law that tells us what sin is and therefore what we must do to not sin and be holy.  

 

This is why the Bible says the Lord Jesus did not do away with – did not destroy/abolish, the commandments of God by walking perfectly in them.  Instead, the Bible says that the Lord Jesus magnified the meaning, importance and application of the 10 Commandments.  Indeed, Jesus even says that heaven and earth will pass away first before the Law can:

 

Matthew 5:

17   "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.

18   "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,

      not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

19   "Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same,

      shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them,

      he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

20   "For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees,

      you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

21   "You have heard that the ancients were told, 'You shall not commit murder' and

      'Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.'

22   "But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother,

      'You good-for-nothing,' shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, 'You fool,'

      shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.

23   "Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,

24   leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.

25   "Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way,

      so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.

26   "Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last cent.

27   "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery';

28   but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.   

     (NASB)

 


 

Where once people may have thought only actual physical murder breaks the law of God, now the Lord Jesus says breaking the 6th commandment to not murder includes even having angry and hateful thoughts toward someone.  Likewise, breaking the 7th commandment to not commit adultery is not only the physical act itself, but even having a passing lustful thought.

 

What the Lord Jesus came to do was to expand upon the Law and teach us the fullest and true meaning of the Law – its spiritual intent. Everything that the Lord Jesus came to teach: the Kingdom of God, repentance, forgiveness of sins, etc. were all given to Israel first and then all his teachings were to go forth to all the nations from Jerusalem by His disciples (Luke 24:46-47).


How can people say that Christ put an end to the Law (which is to abolish it) by “completing” or “fulfilling” it, when Jesus clearly said He did not come to do that? 

 

As the Lord Jesus directly told us, He came to teach more fully the Law of God and not to do away with it.  The Greek word ‘pleroo’ (Strong’s 4137) is what is translated as ‘fulfill’ in Matthew 5:17, but it means to do something ‘fully’ or bring out to maximum extent – to fill to the full.   It is the same word used for Paul ‘fully’ preaching the gospel:

 

Romans 15:

19   in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.    (NKJV)

 

 

Jesus came to fully show and teach us the Law of God, the Law of His father.  We cannot deny that this was exactly what He said He would do, and actually did, in Matthew 5.  He did not come to destroy His father’s Law, but in revealing more fully His father’s Law, He also more fully reveals His father to us – which is what He came to do:


John 1:

18   No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.    (NKJV)


 

In other words Jesus came not only to show us more fully the laws of His father and what it really means, but He came to tell us to obey the Law and how to do so.  And the words of Jesus, the Word of God are spirit and life --- so why are we not obeying:

 

John 6:

63   It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.    (NKJV)

 


And again, the word ‘pleroo’ in Matthew 5:17 and Romans 15:19 is the exact same word used in John 15:11 where it is translated as ‘full’:

 

John 15:

11   "These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.    (NASB)


 

If we believe the Law is no more and completed in Matthew 5:17, than we must be honest with ourselves and say this must mean that the Lord Jesus did away with the apostles’ joy.  However, are we really expected to believe He put an end to our joy?  No, Jesus did not end the joy of His disciples, but He made it full – filled to the utmost, to the brim and overflowing.   As we can see, the Scriptures tell us the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ did not end the Law, but instead He made it greater – revealing its full meaning and power, just as He came to make our joy full, greater and magnified.



Jesus was fulfilling prophecy when He came to magnify the Law of God.  Matthew and Isaiah tell us it is Messiah who is both the reason and source for the magnification of the Law:

 

Isaiah 42:

19   Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent?  who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD's servant?

20   Seeing many things, but you observe not; opening the ears, but he hears not.

21   The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honorable.    (AKJV)

 


Truly, the Lord Jesus does not only say that He did not abolish the Law, but He says it is in lovingly obeying God’s Law that we obtain eternal life:

 

Matthew 19:

16   And someone came to Him and said, "Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?"

17   And He said to him, "Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good;

         but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments."

18   Then he said to Him, "Which ones?" And Jesus said, "You shall not commit murder; You shall not commit adultery;                 You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness;

19   Honor your father and mother; and You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

20   The young man said to Him, "All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?"

21   Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."    (NKJV)

 

 

The Bible makes it very clear that the Lord Jesus taught observance of the Law and the Law was to go forth from Israel. This should not be surprising, because the Law going forth from Israel occurred at His first coming when He came as the suffering servant to die for the atonement of our sins, and when He returns in great glory as the conquering king, the Law will again be made to go forth from Israel:

 

Isaiah 2:

2     Now it will come about that In the last days The mountain of the house of the LORD Will be established as the chief of the

     mountains, And will be raised above the hills; And all the nations will stream to it.

3     And many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob;

     That He may teach us concerning His ways And that we may walk in His paths."

     For the law will go forth from Zion And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.   (NASB)

 

 


At His first coming almost 2000 years ago, Jesus upheld the Law of God and at His second coming, He will still uphold the Law of God.  For the past 2000 years the Law of God was not abolished, but is still very much alive and even more binding to the Christian believer, because Christ Himself – whom we are named after, magnified the Law. 

 

This exaltation of the Law by the Lord Jesus applies also to the 7th day Sabbath commandment (the 4th Commandment) which is the only one of the 10 Commandments that deals with time.  The 7th day Sabbath is the only day of the week made holy/sanctified by God.  Above all others, this commandment causes many to stumble, because a great amount of deception and misunderstanding has clouded the Sabbath truth.  This deception causes many to think Sunday, the 1st day of the week is the holy day for Christians and also causes them to spend the Sabbath doing their own pleasure when it is really holy time with God. 

 

The 4th commandment of the Sabbath was not abolished by God or Christ by supposedly changing it to or replacing it with another day (such as Sunday or as some teach, a day of our choice), but the Sabbath is likewise magnified just as the 6th and 7th commandments were (hate=murder; lust=adultery). 


How did the Lord Jesus exalt the 7th day Sabbath? 

 

He did so by calling Himself the Lord of the Sabbath:

 

Mark 2:

27   And He said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.

28   Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath."    (NKJV)

 

 


This is not a title Christians should casually dismiss.  The reason why is because the Bible tells us that the Father created all things through His son:

 

Ephesians 3:

9    and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ;    (NKJV)

 

Colossians 1:

16   For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.    (NKJV)

 

 


Therefore, this very much means the Lord Jesus was Creator – not just of the 6 days of creation, but also the creation and sanctification of the 7th day of creation which is the 7th day Sabbath that completes the week.  Jesus created everything that first week – the Creation week, which includes the 7th day Sabbath and this 7th day Sabbath continues unbroken until now.  Remember, He said that the Law of God would endure longer than heaven and earth.

 

Jesus is saying He created the Sabbath and not only is He the one who sanctified it and is Lord of the Sabbath, but He gave it to mankind.  Mankind means all peoples, not just Jews.  Jesus as Creator and Lord of the Sabbath gave this 7th day holy time to all mankind.

 

The Bible tells us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8) which makes total sense and lines up exactly with His own stated truth that the Law of God remains unbroken and is more powerful and enduring than heaven and earth itself.  In no uncertain terms, the Bible tells us that both Christ the chief cornerstone and the Law which is greater than heaven and earth are foundations built on solid, unchanging/immovable rock.

 


To further emphasize the truth that the Sabbath is for all mankind (both Jews and Gentiles) and have never been made obsolete, but is still applicable to everyone today – is the Bible truth that the salvation plan of God consists of 7,000 years based on a 7-day week that ends with the 7th day Sabbath, where 1 day = 1,000 years.  The future 1,000-year or millennial/millennium Kingdom of God is the 7th day (7th millennia or the 7th set of 1,000 years), which comes after 6 days (6,000 years) have passed and is when Christ returns to reign for 1,000 years:

 

Revelation 20:

4    And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

5    But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

6    Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.     (NKJV)    

 

 

The entire 1,000-year Kingdom is representative of the 7th day Sabbath where the Creator and Lord of the Sabbath will reign – and remember, the Law shall go forth from Jerusalem as Micah repeats what Isaiah said:

 

Micah 2:

2    Many nations will come and say, "Come and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD And to the house of the God of Jacob, That He may teach us about His ways And that we may walk in His paths." For from Zion will go forth the law, Even the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.     (NASB)

 

 

Again, what Christ said at His first coming stands for all believers whether Jew or Gentile for all time: 

 

Luke 16:

17   But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void.    (ESV)

 

 

The Law which includes the 7th day Sabbath is not void or obsolete, but being like Christ who is the Creator and Lord of the Sabbath which He gave to all mankind, means when we obey the command to walk as He did (the best we can, empowered with the holy spirit of God), this includes walking in loving obedience to the Law of His father.  He walked perfectly in the Law of our father, and the Bible still tells us to imitate the example of Christ.  Since His first coming till now till the future, this applies to all believers, no matter who you are; it is not “just for Jews”.



The Lord Jesus magnified the Law by telling everyone that the Law of God is above all, spiritual and holy; He shows us what the spiritual Law of God really is:

 

Romans 7:

  12   So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.   (NASB)

 

Romans 7:

  14   For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin.     (NASB) 

 

 

 

In the Book of Revelation, which is the Revelation of Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:1), we are told that the saints of God are those who have faith in Christ and keep the commandments of God:

 

Revelation 12:

  17   So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children,

      who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.   (NASB)

 

Revelation 14:

  12   Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.   (NASB)

 

 

How can people distort the statement of the Lord Jesus that He did not come to destroy the 10 Commandments into a supposed New Testament tenet of faith that the Law has been done away with?

 

 

Indeed, the Lord Jesus does not only say that He did not abolish the Law, but He says it is by lovingly obeying God’s Law that we obtain eternal life:

 

Matthew 19:

  16   And someone came to Him and said, "Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?"

  17   And He said to him, "Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good;

       but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments."

  18   Then he said to Him, "Which ones?" And Jesus said, "You shall not commit murder; You shall not commit adultery;

        You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness;

  19   Honor your father and mother; and You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

  20   The young man *said to Him, "All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?"

  21   Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor,

       and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."          (NKJV)

 

 

The Lord Jesus tells us the 10 Commandments are even more binding to those who have faith in Him and let us not forget He tells us this in the very same Sermon on the Mount where He teaches us the Lord’s prayer which all Christians accept as valid for all believers! It applied then, does now and will apply in the future and always.

 

This shows that Christianity today is being selective in what it wants to believe is God’s truth.  

 

 

 

 

Making His ways known to men

 

 

Just as the Bible shows us that the Lord Jesus did not come to destroy the Law, but to show us the true and full spiritual aspect of it, the Bible shows us elsewhere that it is impossible for Christians to say that to be like Christ means to disregard the Law of God.

 

Christians know that our sins are forgiven and removed as far as the east is from the west:

 

Psalm 103:

  12   As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.     (AKJV)  

 

 

Believers cite this verse over and over again. They apply this liberally to the saving work and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. But do they know what else is in Psalm 103?

 

 

This is the very same psalm where God says He has made known His ways to Moses:

 

Psalm 103:

  7   He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the children of Israel.     (AKJV)

 

 

Everyone knows that with a mighty hand God freed Israel from bondage and once freed, God gave us the 10 Commandments. No one can argue the fact that to make “known His ways to Moses” must include the 10 Commandments as part of making His ways known. Indeed, the 10 Commandments can be considered the summation of “His ways”.  

 

So the Christian must wrestle with this fact:

 

If God made His ways known to Moses and the 10 Commandments are a reflection of God’s ways, then why would a Christian not want to know God’s ways and do them?

 

 

The Bible reveals God’s ways were made known to Moses at the same time the Bible tells us our sins will be removed from us as far as the east is from the west. This is testimony to the Bible truth that the 10 Commandments and God’s grace through faith in His son Jesus Christ do not conflict with one another, but truly becoming like Christ means we must become holy and the Law of God tells us what sin is – what we must repent of.

 

But the teaching of modern Christianity today regarding the Law is totally wrong and abandons knowledge of the Law. It abandons knowing God’s ways which very much includes His Law.

 

Without the 10 Commandments, we cannot say we know God’s ways. And without knowing God’s ways, we cannot say we are of Christ and like Christ.

 

Because the Bible tells us that the Lord Jesus is the very image of His father:

 

Hebrews 1:

3    And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,    (NASB)

 

 

So to imitate Christ as we are commanded to do means we must know God’s ways just as the Lord Jesus knows His father’s ways, because He is the express representation of God’s character.  Therefore to know and be like Christ means the same thing as knowing the ways of His father which were shown to Moses.  In other words, God’s ways in the Old Testament are Christ’s ways, because He is the Son of God and perfect image of God, and we are commanded to imitate Him.


Let us also always bear this in mind:  God knows us, everything about us.  But He wants us to know Him. 

 

How do we get to know Him?  We get to know Him by observing His ways that He made known to us through Moses.  And the ways of God, His father, is the same as the ways of Christ – this is why the Lord Jesus does not do away with the commandments of His father, but rather magnifies them as we read about earlier in Matthew 5.



The ways of God which He made known to Moses are in His righteous law.  And this law was to be honored and observed not just in Israel, but Israel was to be a model nation to be imitated by all other nations who have the wisdom and understanding to see that the hand of the one and only true God created this righteous law for all mankind to walk in:  

  

Deuteronomy 4:

5    "See, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should do thus in the land where you are entering to possess it.

6    "So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'

7    "For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the LORD our God whenever we call on Him?

8    "Or what great nation is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today?    (NASB)

 

 

Israel was to be a holy kingdom of priests – and this is what all nations are to be also:

 

Exodus 19:

6    And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel."    (NKJV)

 

1 Peter 2:

1    Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking,

2    as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,

3    if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

4    Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious,

5    you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

6    Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, " Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame."

7    Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, " The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,"

8    and " A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense." They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.

9    But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

10   who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.    (NKJV)

 



To be a holy kingdom of priests based on the ways of God given to Moses is for every nation, tribe, tongue, and people on the face of the earth; this was true thousands of years ago, true now and also true in the future.  Christ and the Law do not change.



This is evidence that Christianity today has fallen far away from the faith once handed down to the saints (Jude 1:3).  Again, Christians are shown to be selective and fail to realize the importance of the Law of God.  How can we accept one part of Psalm 103 as “Christian” (verse 12, where God casts our sins as far as the east is from the west) and the other part as “the Law” or “Jewish” (verse 7, where God made His ways known to Moses/Israel) and throw the Law out?  This cannot be.

 

To imitate Christ as we are commanded to do, means we must also be obedient to God’s Law as the Lord Jesus Himself perfectly did. Just as the Lord Jesus is the image of His father, we are to imitate Him and conform to His image:

 

Romans 8:

  29   For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son,

       so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;   (NASB)

 

 

Psalm 103 shows us that the Law of God and faith and grace work together. The ways of God shown to Moses includes both God’s Law and His grace that forgives us of our sins.   To know and be like Christ means we must know the ways of God. Christians cannot deny the Bible truth that since the Lord Jesus is the very image of God, then the ways of His father are also the ways of His son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – and these ways were shown to Moses. So we must know God’s ways to be like Christ --- we must know and observe God's ways, which includes God's Law, to be like Christ.

 

 

 

 

Once saved, we are like Christ and we obey like He does

 

The honest believer cannot say that in the Lord Jesus’ great love for His father, He did not walk according to the commandments of God. In truth, we all know that the Lord Jesus did follow the 10 Commandments and He followed them perfectly.

 

But yet the Bible commands us to imitate the Lord Jesus. 

 

Therefore, a Christian also cannot deny that to imitate the Lord Jesus includes we must also be obedient to His father’s – our father’s, Law. 

 

The plain words of Scripture reveal that the teaching of modern Christianity which says the Law of God has been done away with at the cross is not Biblical.

 

The perfection of the Lord Jesus which has paid the penalty for our sins is not an excuse for us to go on sinning. Again, the Bible defines sin as the transgression of God’s Law:

 

1 John 3:

  4   Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.   (AKJV)

 

 

So how can a Christian who is someone who imitates Christ, not obey the Law of God?   To not obey the Law of God is to break it and continue in sin.

 

And what does the Bible say after telling us sin is transgressing the Law of God?  In the very next few verses, God tells us:

 

1 John 3:

5     And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

6     Whoever stays in him sins not: whoever sins has not seen him, neither known him.

7    Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous   (AJKV)

 

 

In other words, just as there is no sin in Him, we also should not sin (transgress God’s law) if we say we stay/abide in Him.  To make sure we get the point, God tells us that we must be righteous just as Jesus is righteous – and we know what that means:  we must not sin and transgress God’s law.

 

Have we ever fully considered what it means that the Lord Jesus’ perfect sinless life is directly related to His perfect obedience to the commandments of God; and therefore God’s commandment for us to be loving and holy children means that we must likewise obey the Law of God to also be without sin? Of course, this very fact is supported by the Bible’s commandment to imitate the Lord Jesus which all true believers are supposed to do.  

 

Therefore, the excuses of “Christ did it all for us” and “Christ was perfect and I am not” to disregard the Law of God make no sense. If we are children of God, then there is no excuse to be disobedient. Indeed, God knows we need help and that is why He empowers us with His spirit as the apostle Paul states:

 

Romans 8:

7     Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

8     So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

9     But you 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.  

13   For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live.

14   For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.     (AKJV)

 

 

Please note that verse 7 above says the carnal/fleshly mind is not subject to the law of God, but yet verse 9

says if the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ dwells within us, then this will make us spiritual and therefore

subject to the Law of God. 

 

In other words, this is what God in the Bible is telling us about His law – what is fleshly is not subject to His

law, but what is spiritual (which is what believers are supposed to be) will be subject to His law.  The equation

looks like this:

 

Fleshly mind   =   is NOT subject to the Law of God

 

Spiritual mind   =   is subject to the Law of God

 

The reason why the spiritual mind is subject to the Law of God is because surely the spirit of God and Christ

dwelling within us is subject to abides by the Law of God.  This plainly and simply means we are to be loving

obedient to God’s law.   This is what having the mind of Christ and putting on Christ means, so we will obey

God’s law and not sin (transgression ofthe law):

 

Romans 13:

14   But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.   (NKJV)

 

 

And when does the spirit of God and Christ come to dwell within us?  It is in the New Testament that this happens!  God’s spirit comes upon us and writes His laws into our hearts and minds, which means it becomes a part of us and stays with us forever:

 

Hebrews 8:

8    For finding fault with them, He says, "Behold, days are coming, says the Lord, When I will effect a new covenant With the house of Israel and with the house of Judah;

9    Not like the covenant which I made with their fathers On the day when I took them by the hand To lead them out of the land of Egypt; For they did not continue in My covenant, And I did not care for them, says the Lord.

10  "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel After those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their minds, And I will write them on their hearts. And I will be their God, And they shall be My people.

11  "And they shall not teach everyone his fellow citizen, And everyone his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' For all will know Me, From the least to the greatest of them.

12  "For I will be merciful to their iniquities, And I will remember their sins no more."     (NASB; from Jeremiah 31:31-34)

 

 

But God also knows that even with His spirit within us, we are still just men and women, and are not perfect. This is why He has also given His son Jesus not just as the sacrifice to pay the penalty of our sins, but also as the High Priest who mediates for us between us and His father.  We must also walk as the Lord Jesus walked:

 

Hebrews 2:

  17     Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things,

          so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God,

          to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

  18     For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.

 

1 John 2:

1     My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins,

     we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;

2     and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.

3     By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.

4     The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;

5     but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:

6     the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.   (NASB)

 

 

The only-begotten Son of God loves His father with all His being and He is perfectly obedient to His father’s Law. The Law of God is the summation of the very will of God. God wants us to model ourselves after His son Jesus as the Bible clearly shows. He will even help us and knows we are not perfect, but yet still expects this of His children --- so there is no excuse to ignore and not walk according to the laws of God.

 

The Bible says be perfect like God is perfect:

 

Matthew 5:

  48   "Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.   (NASB)

 

 

It is God’s holy spirit that dwells within us which changes us so that we can be like Christ and walk in obedience to His father’s commandments as He did.  

 

God wants us to be holy and He changes us to be holy. To be holy as the Lord Jesus is holy, is to be obedient like Him. But we become obedient only after we are saved by faith and His grace. This is because without holiness we cannot approach God:

 

Hebrews 12:

  14   Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:   (AKJV)

 

 

We do not obey to be saved, but once we are saved, we do obey, because God gives us His spirit to empower us and mold us into the image of His son. That is how we can imitate Christ and we cannot deny that He obeyed the 10 Commandments; we cannot use His perfection as an excuse to go on sinning which is the transgression of God’s Law.

 

 

And the apostle John writes the commandments of God are not a burden:

 

1 John 5:

  1     Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him.

  2     By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments.

  3     For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.    (NASB)

 

 

 

The Bible defines a Christian as not just one who believes in Christ, but one who walks as the Lord Jesus Christ did. This is why we bear His name – Christian.

 

The Bible says to be one in the body of Christ and to be called of Christ is to be one Israel.  The Lord Jesus is the perfect Israelite. The true believer, the Christian who truly imitates his Lord and Savior, the son of God and Messiah, is an Israelite, as well – and is lovingly obedient to the will of God. 

 

It is all about character. If we are to imitate Christ, then we must also have His character. To have His character means we are also to be obedient to God’s Law just as He is.

 

 

So the questions we must ask ourselves are these:

 

Are we truly Christians if we are not like Christ and do not imitate Him as God commands us to do, which includes being obedient children to the Law of God just as He was, so that we do not sin?

 

Are we truly repenting of our sins (not sinning and being holy) if we disregard the Bible truth that the Bible defines sin as the transgression of God’s Law?

 

 

Are we truly one of the Lord’s and deserve to name the name of Christ if we do not stop sinning?

 

2 Timothy 2:

  19   Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: "The Lord knows those who are His," and,

     "Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity."   (AKJV)

 

 

Are we truly Christians if we do not do the will of our Heavenly Father, while the Lord Jesus always does the will of our Heavenly Father:

 

Matthew 7:

21   "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.

22   Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name,

     and done many wonders in Your name?'

23   And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'    (NKJV)

 

 

Righteousness and holiness is not only believing what God says, but also doing what He tells us to do.

 

 

 

Think….

 

 

The Bible says the heart is deceitful above all things and God searches the hearts and tests the minds:

 

Jeremiah 17:

  9     "The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?

  10   "I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give to each man according to his ways,

       According to the results of his deeds.   (NASB)

 

 

And again, we must not be just hearers of the word, but doers of the word:

 

James 1:

22   But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

23   For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;

24   for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.

25  But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work,

       this one will be blessed in what he does.    (NKJV)

 

 

 

And we must never forget this: 

 

God has decided for Himself that He wants to live with people forever. 

 

So we should seriously consider that we must be the type of person God would want to live with forever.  Indeed, God tells us the type of person He wants to live with forever: He gives us His son Jesus as the model/example we are to copy --- we must be like Christ in all respects, and this includes the fact that Jesus obeyed His father's Law perfectly.

 

Please do not deceive ourselves.

 

 

The Bible says what it means and means what it says:

 

To be like Christ means we must know God's ways which is to walk as the Lord Jesus did according to the Law of His father.  The Bible tells us the Law and His commandments are not obsolete and we should obey them --- to walk in them, because sin is the transgression of God's law. 



Many Christians cite the verse: “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4, NKJV), but let us seriously consider what this means.  Who is in us?  It is the spirit of God and Christ that is in us, dwelling within the temple of our bodies.  Surely He who is in us is holy and obedient to the laws of God – and therefore we are to be loving obedient as well.  We imitate Him who is within us.  The spirit of the enemy, on the other hand, is the one who is in the world and within the sons of disobedience:

 

Ephesians 2:

1    And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,

2    in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.    (NASB)

 

 

We were once sinners who transgressed the laws of God (the Bible’s definition of sin), but now we are NOT to walk like the enemy, because the spirit of the enemy should no longer be within us and we are no longer sons of disobedience.  Remember, as Romans 8 stated: if we are carnal/fleshly we cannot please God and are not subject to the Law of God, but we must have the spirit of God and Christ within us (and thereby are subject to the Law of God); if we do not, then we do not belong to Christ.  We must stop being disobedient to the laws of God (sinning) and being led by the spirit of the enemy, to imitate the enemy as sons of disobedience; but we must be led by the spirit of God which dwells within us and be obedient, and truly be sons of God:

 

Romans 8:

14   For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.     

(AKJV)


 

Since God searches our hearts and tests our minds and He dwells in us, and writes His laws upon our hearts and minds, then we must honestly ask ourselves these questions:

 

Will God find His laws in your heart and mind? 

 

Will He find you walking in loving obedience and not sinning which is transgressing His law?  

 

 

As the Lord Jesus said, those who are His do not just hear the word of God, but they also do it (the 10 Commandments are known as "the Decalogue" --- "the 10 Words"):

 

Luke 8:

  19   And His mother and brothers came to Him, and they were unable to get to Him because of the crowd.

  20   And it was reported to Him, "Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, wishing to see You."

  21   But He answered and said to them, "My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it."     (NASB)

 

 

So therefore, again, let us not deceive ourselves and be reminded of God's other definition of sin:

 

James 4:

17  Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.    (NKJV)

 

 

 

 

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