What Laws do we Need to Keep?

May 11th, 2016     

Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
– Matthew 5:17-19 (NKJV)

There are two types of Law in the Old Testament:

1) God’s Laws, e.g. the Ten Commandments.
2) Moses’ laws, e.g. Deuteronomy, etc.

But which ones (if any) do we keep?

From the law of Moses:

And it shall be, when he is guilty in any of these matters, that he shall confess that he has sinned in that thing; and he shall bring his trespass offering to the Lord for his sin which he has committed, a female from the flock, a lamb or a kid of the goats as a sin offering. So the priest shall make atonement for him concerning his sin.
– Leviticus 5:5-6 (NKJV)

Surely we’re not still sacrificing lambs, or kids. That was all done away with when Jesus’ was crucified (once for all). We’re under a new covenant.

By calling this covenant “new”, he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.
– Hebrews 8:13 (NIV)

So we definitely don’t need to keep the Old Testament laws of Moses.

How about God’s Laws?

Jesus says this about it:

If you love Me, keep My commandments.
– John 14:15 (NKJV)

Can it really be that simple? Yes my friend, God’s Laws were never meant to be burdensome.

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
– 1 John 5:3 (NKJV)

God’s Laws are a reflection of God’s Character. It’s how we know Him.

He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
– 1 John 2:4 (NKJV)

Aren’t we under grace you might say?!? Well, yes we are, but should we then keep on sinning?

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
– Romans 6:1-2 (NKJV)

Remember that sin is a transgression of God’s Laws. We need God’s Laws to know what commandment we broke, and need to ask forgiveness for (and repent of course).

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
– 1 John 3:4 (KJV)

Would you like some more proof that we need to keep the Commandments?

Check out the most prophetic book in the Bible, the book of Revelation, and see that God’s Commandments are mentioned there at least three times.

And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
– Revelation 12:17 (NKJV)

Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.
– Revelation 14:12 (NKJV)

Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.
– Revelation 22:14 (NKJV)

It’s quite clear really. We should definitely keep the Commandments.

Even Jesus confirmed the Ten Commandments:

But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

– Matthew 22:34-40 (NKJV)

Note that the first four commandments are of the type “Love God”, and the remaining six commandments are of the type “Love thy neighbor”.

If the Commandments are a reflection of God’s character, then surely God is Love.

Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
– Romans 13:10 (NKJV)

I think most people can agree with the above so far, e.g. “thou shalt not kill”, etc.

On close examination of the Ten Commandments, there is also the issue of Sabbath.

Isn’t that just some weird Jewish thing?!?

As it turns out, no, far from it. God hallowed that day, and made it a special day of coming together.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
– James 4:8 (NKJV)

Should we really keep the Sabbath?

For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.
– James 2:10 (NKJV)

So yes, we should!! 🙂

The Sabbath is also known as a sign.

Moreover I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them.
– Ezekiel 20:12 (NKJV)

It is a sign of the relationship we have with our Creator. When we keep the Sabbath, God will bless us.

God doesn’t change, and His Laws are therefore eternal.

For I am the Lord, I do not change.
– Malachi 3:6 (NKJV)

God’s Laws were in place for Adam and Eve (verbal), Moses (written down on stone tablets), and you and me (written in our hearts and minds).

God’s Laws are eternal, and so are the Sabbaths.

Note in the verse below that Sabbaths will still be kept on the new heaven and the new earth.

“For as the new heavens and the new earth
Which I will make shall remain before Me,” says the Lord,
“So shall your descendants and your name remain.
And it shall come to pass
That from one New Moon to another,
And from one Sabbath to another,
All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the Lord.

– Isaiah 66:22-23 (NKJV)

Aren’t the laws written in our hearts and minds though?

“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
– Hebrews 10:16-17 (NKJV)

That’s correct, but at no point were God’s Laws ever cancelled. Sin is against God’s Laws, so you’ve got to know them, so you can repent.

Through the law we become conscious of our sin.
– Romans 3:20 (NIV)

I believe that even for Sabbath, the Holy Spirit would have tried to show this to you, but probably gave up at some point. Pray to God, and ask for clarity. He’ll give it to you.

God loves those who keep His commandments, and that’s all we’re being asked.

Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 (NKJV)

The Sabbath commandment is also known as the “Seal of God”, and satan’s modified commandment (Saturday to Sunday) is known as the “Mark of the Beast”.

Do you see now how important God’s Commandments are?

The only way satan can get people to worship him, is by first destroying the relationship you have with God. The Holy Day (satan’s Sabbath counterfeit) is designed to block you from having a loving relationship with God.

By not keeping Sabbath on Saturday, you are not keeping God’s Commandments.

You might say: “It’s just a day”. But remember that Sabbath is a sign between you and the Creator. In other words: it matters to God!!

And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.
– Romans 13:11 (NKJV)

Even though we don’t have to keep Moses’ laws (all 613 of them), there’s nothing wrong with studying them, and maybe learn a thing or two. 😉

But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets“.
– Matthew 22:34-40 (NKJV)

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