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Christ and the 5th Commandment

Christ and the 5th Commandment

 

Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.  KJV

 

The moral law of God that we see in the Ten Commandments is a perfect standard for righteousness.  Jesus is the eternal Son of God and God the Son.  He is always and absolutely in compliance with the divine standard in God’s moral law.  He certainly honored His heavenly Father when He was Immanuel, God incarnate.  At the same time, scripture shows His devotion to His earthly mother the Virgin Mary and His adopted human father Joseph.  There will never be found an incident in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ where He was guilty of transgressing any segment of the Ten Commandments.  We want to consider Christ and the 5th Commandment today.

 

I.          CHRIST DEMANDED OBEDIENCE TO IT.

1.  Jesus preached the spirit of the moral law of God over and above man’s traditions to the contrary.  Matt. 15:1-9.  19:16-23.

2.  Jesus always put heavenly things first but was always subject to His parents.   Lk. 2:42-52.

II.         CHRIST DECLARED CONDEMNATION FOR TRANSGRESSING IT.

1.  Jesus clearly distinguished between a right and wrong attitude toward parents. He did that in the parable of the lost son.  One son was a hypocrite and the other experienced genuine repentance and forgiveness.  Lk. 15:11-32.

2.  The New Testament also teaches a blessing in obedience to this commandment.  This is unique.  Eph. 6:1-3.  Col. 3:20 and 23-25.

III.       CHRIST DELIVERED HIS PEOPLE FROM ITS CONDEMNATION. 

1.  We know that the law reveals to us our sins and transgressions but Christ delivered us from the penalty of the law.  Rom. 7:5-6.

2.  We cannot do right in the flesh but only in the Spirit.  Rom. 8:6-21.

3.  We that have received Christ as our Saviour have true salvation and deliverance.  Col.1:10-14.

 

Conclusion:  Jesus has kept the law in every aspect of it for us and in Him we have a perfect salvation.  None of us have lived a life free of sin.  To break one aspect of God’s moral standard is to fall short of His glory as a whole.  Transgression of God’s law is not only an outward act of disobedience, it is an inward problem of a wrong attitude and can even be a refusal to do that which ought to be done.  Sins of commission are not the only thing that condemns you.  Your sins of omission are just as damning.  Rom. 10:9-11. When you do not confess Christ with your mouth, it is not likely that you have truly received Him in your heart.  Come now and take sides with God by His amazing sovereign grace.  If you are trusting Christ as your only hope of salvation let it be known, bless the Lord, and submit yourself to His authority in His local New Testament church and follow Him in baptism and serve Him His way according to the New Testament pattern.  AMEN.

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Christ and the 4th Commandment

Christ and the 4th Commandment

 

Exod 20:8-11.    Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.  (KJV)

 

Let us consider today “Christ and the 4th Commandment”.  In introduction, Christ was not a Sabbath breaker and He didn’t do away with the Sabbath either.  He is Lord of the Sabbath as we shall see and we would do well to hear Him and follow Him regarding this subject and to avoid the extremes that some go to in both directions on this subject.  On the one end of the chart is the antinomian that completely abandons any form of order and abusively uses Christian Liberty as a license for sinful self indulgences.  On the other end of the chart is the legalist that casts to a Christ-less eternity anyone that conforms not to his Judaic Adventist viewpoints.  So, look with me at three points regarding Christ and the 4th Commandment.

I.          CHRIST DEMANDED OBEDIENCE TO IT.

1.  Jesus taught that we are to obey the heart and Spirit of the Law. Matt. 12:1-15.

2.  Jesus taught that there are sacred works, merciful works and needful works that might be done on the Lord’s Sabbath with no fear of condemnation.  Rom. 2:8-9. 7:6. 2Cor.3:6.

3.  Jesus didn’t respect man made rules for religion. Matt. 15:1-3, 7-9.

4.  Jesus worshiped regularly and routinely. Lk. 4:14-32.

5.  Jesus didn’t destroy the law; He fulfilled it.  Matt. 5:17-20.

II.         CHRIST DECLARED CONDEMNATION FOR TRANSGRESSING IT.

1.  Jesus preached a spiritual heartfelt faith and condemned the works-centered man made rules and regulations of religion.  Matt. 23:23-33.

2.  Jesus set Israel aside for the time of the Gentiles and the Church Age.  He did indeed minister to Israel during His earthly ministry but after Calvary He never met with His people according to the Jewish ceremonial ways on the Jewish Sabbath but only on the first day of the week in New Testament Church capacity.

3.  Matt. 12:14-18, 15:22-28, 21:42-45, 23:37-39.  Jn. 1:14-17, Acts 13:45-48, Rom. 1:16.

III.       CHRIST DELIVERED HIS PEOPLE FROM ITS CONDEMNATION.

1.  Christ brings deliverance from man’s religious rules about what days we must observe or what food or drink we may take.  We are to walk by faith in HIM.  Eph. 2:8.

2.  Col. 2:6-8, 13-17, 20-22.  Gal. 5:1, 13-16.  It’s the spirit not the letter that’s important.

3.  Jesus took the Jewish Sabbath with Him to the grave after Calvary and brought the Christian Sabbath with Him out of the grave on the first resurrection Lord’s Day.  The same Greek word, sabbaton, is used in the Bible for both the Jewish Sabbath of the pre- Calvary era and the Christian Sabbath of the post-Calvary era.  Matt. 28:1. Literally: In the end of sabbaton (the Jewish Sabbath) as it began to dawn toward first sabbaton (the Christian Sabbath) came Mary…  This is the “rest” of Heb. 4:9.

CONCLUSION: 

The Gospel of Jesus Christ changes everything.  ALL of the Old Testament things that pointed to the coming redeemer were all fulfilled in HIM.  The Moral Law of God shall NEVER go away.  We are all duty bound to live according to the moral standard of God laid down for us in His Holy Law but unfortunately we have failed miserably in meeting this divine standard.  Christ kept it perfectly.  Only in HIM can we stand before God just as if we had never sinned.  He died to save us from our sins and took all the pre-Calvary things to the grave.  He is raised now and we can live in Him by grace through faith.  AMEN.

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Christ and the 3rd Commandment

Christ and the 3rd Commandment

 

Exod 20:7  Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.  (KJV)

 

Cussing and swearing is common place in our day and time.  Most of the language out on the street of everyday life seems to waft up from the gutter.  The way the unsaved world uses holy things and the name of God is a shame and a disgrace.  Most modern day conversations on the street are an abomination to God.  Jesus would have NEVER been guilty of talking like folks talk today.  Think for a few moments today about the 3rd Commandment and its relationship to Christ.  We will consider three things.

 

I.          CHIRST DEMANDED OBEDIENCE TO IT.

1.  Matt. 6:9. We are instructed to use the name of God reverently especially in prayer.

2.  Matt. 21:9.  Hosanna is an exclamation of adoration that literally means “Oh Save!” The name of the Lord is synonymous with the authority of God.  Folks in the New Testament recognized Christ as the Messiah by saying that He came in the NAME of the Lord. Matt. 23:37-39.  Christ Himself recognized the NAME of the Lord is a Holy thing and that it is connected to the Authority of God and His second coming.  He only used the Name of the Lord with due reverence and respect.  Jn. 12:27-33. The Bible teaches a Holy reverence for the NAME of God.  We even need to be careful about how we use slang words for the Holy NAME of God.

3.  Jesus did His mighty works in the NAME of the Father.  Jn. 5:43, 10:24-28.

4.  Let us renew our attitudes about the use of the NAME of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Remember, the use of His NAME is a reference many times to His authority and at times it may simply refer to doing something for the sake of Christ and His glory.  Mark 9:36-41.  Any believer may do service for the sake of Christ but it was His New Testament Church that was authorized to do the church work of the great commission in His NAME.    Matt. 28:18-20.

 

II.         CHRIST DECLARED CONDEMNATION FOR TRANSGRESSING IT.

1.  Misuse and abuse of the NAME of God is an identifying mark of the end times.  Matt. 24:3-5.  False cults, churches and religions usurp the authority of God by the misuse of His NAME.  It is sad that not only do the unsaved nonreligious folks blaspheme the NAME of God but even those outwardly religious folks do the same.

2.  Unsaved religionists will perish using the name of God in vain.  Matt. 7:19-23.

3.  Unbelievers are blatant blasphemers. Rom. 2:24-25.  Rev.16:9-11.

4.  The only unforgivable sin has to do with blasphemy.  Matt.12:31-37.

5.  The tongue is a thing that must be controlled.  James 1:26, 3:5-8, 1Pet.3:10.

6.  It is not with the tongue only that sinners blaspheme the name of God.  1Tim.6:1, Eph. 5:20-22, 25, 6:1, 4-5, 9.

 

III.       CHRIST DELIVERED HIS PEOPLE FROM ITS CONDEMNATION. 

1.  1Pet.1:18-2:2.  True salvation gives us a new heart, a new mind, a new conversation and way of life.  Gal.3:13-16,  Rev.5:9-10.

 

CONCLUSION:  Rom.6:23.  All have sinned but God gave His Son to redeem us from our sins.  Repent and believe the gospel now.  Trust Christ and come for scriptural baptism now and serve Him in His local New Testament church.

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