Question of the day / February 24, 2019

I have a few questions for you and I hope that you will answer with your honest opinion.

Are laws and commands the same?

If you disobey a command does that mean you have broken a law?

If you have broken a law have you broken a command?

 

Really makes you think doesn’t it?  Jesus fulfilled the law when He was crucified. I have been told it no longer exists because of this. So then why are the Commandments important? Jesus did say if you love Me, you will keep my commands.  I have been thinking about this a lot lately and would really like to hear from others. So this post is not for me to share my opinions or point of view, but to see and listen to what others have to share.
So I hope that you will take the time and share your insights with the rest of us.
I am truly looking forward to what you have to say. So please leave your answers in the comments.

12 thoughts on “Question of the day / February 24, 2019

  1. Those are all great questions, Julie! So I think, “laws, commands, commandments, decrees, and statutes,” are all pretty much the same thing. It is the love of Jesus that empowers us to come to love and follow His commandments. When Jesus says, “if you love me, you will keep my commands,” I think He is saying it will come natural to you, you will begin to love what I love. He says something similar to Peter when he says, “Peter do you love me? Then feed my sheep.” We don’t feed His sheep to prove we love Him, He loves us first, and it makes us want or desire to do what He asks. So following His commands is a reflection of the love we have received from Him.

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  2. As I understand it the ceremonial( laws) were done away with—all those sacrifices they did in the old testament. The ten commandments still stand. They were never done away with….right down to Revelations 12:17 Revelations 14:12 Revelations 22:14 they are still speaking of keeping God’s commandments. All those sacrificial laws were done away with. The commandments tells me how to show my love for Jesus. There are also many references in John when He is lovingly telling the disciples what to do, and all through it the commandments are referenced.

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      1. Thanks Julie. I think a lot of people do think the commandments were done away with, but that would mean we wouldn’t have our neighbor, we could commit adultery and so on. People will say well since Jesus came if we follow Him– that is fine. Of course that is true, but the commandment gives us the guideline as to how to show our love for Jesus. We don’t keep our focus on the commandments that would be legalistic. Once we know them, we live them out in our lives. They should be a part of who we are. We allow them to bring us into a closer relationship with Jesus.

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      2. You are right there are many that are saying that because Jesus was crucified the commandments are done away with, but Jesus said if you love Him you will keep His commands. The inspiration for this post is because of a personal experience when I was told by another that what I had to say was old testament and that it was done away with. But Jesus is the Word so how can He be done away with? Now the laws of sacrifice were fulfilled with His sacrifice but His commands to me still apply. Repentance means to acknowledge your sin and turn from me and to our Savior Jesus. Thank you so much for your response, it is nice to know I am not alone in my thoughts. I was going to do a lesson but these questions seemed to be the direction I was supposed to take. I will probably still do a lesson later, but for now it is good to hear from others.

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      3. You are very welcome. But even here and now in this world we are living in, whether we realize it or not, we are till somewhat following those commandments–we still try to get a long with our next door neighbors. We know we should respect our parents. We know it’s wrong to cheat on our spouses etc. and some of the commandments that were changed was done by man. We have made a mess of things. May the Lord return soon and straighten everything out, so that we may once again live in harmony.

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  3. Hi Julie. Some very good questions you have here. But I couldn’t answer without going into quite a bit of detail. So I will point you in the right direction within the scriptures themselves. I think you will find the answers to your questions in the first, second, and third chapters of the book of Romans. The Apostle Paul, the writer of the book of Romans, goes into greater detail as you read further into the chapters following those first three. By doing your own research reading I think you will remember it better also. This is one way the Lord prepares those He chooses to teach His word. Blessings as you search!

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    1. Thank you G.W. I appreciate the scriptures you have shared and they are included in my own studies on the subject. This post was not for me to share what I have learned but to see what others see and what they have been taught. I am learning not to debate but to listen, which for me is a difficult task with all of the knowledge God’s Word has given to me. I had a recent encounter with someone who had told me that their professor at a Christian college had told them that anything from the old testament was to be used anymore since it was done away with. I am thankful that I was taught to search the scriptures for myself so that I would not be lead away from His truth, to listen but back up what is being taught with scripture. Thank you so much for sharing your insight and Romans is a great book.

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  4. Hi Julie. Amen, the OT is not obsolete. Jesus fulfilled it, so we are set free to live by the Spirit now under grace, but we should still honor our father and mother, etc. Through Christ we are not under law, so the difference is we are not working for our salvation. We obey God due to the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit inside us. I like how Paul explains it in Romans and Galatians. Jesus rescued us from the bondage of the written code, so we could live for righteousness by the power of the Holy Spirit! I quote the OT quite a bit, especially Isaiah, which is all about Jesus. God bless!

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