Only the Truth can set men free.
“And, behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. I Jesus have sent Mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” Revelation 22:12-16
So, my question is this: what have you done with the life you were provided? What has been accomplished? Have you served only yourself, your ambitions, your desires and needs or have you served greater than yourself? For whom have you sacrificed, if you’ve sacrificed at all? Has your life been a testament to the grace of God or the works of self through your own hands?
I can tell you that, even after accepting Jesus as my Savior, I have struggled to accept Him as my Lord. Forty one years of serving only myself, looking out for number one, even as a youngster, has been engrained into me. God is still working it all out, and the faith He has authored within me is sanding against that grain, smoothing it out as He removes the burrs and the knots. His work is unending within me, and for that I am grateful.
The changes that has been produced have given me the desire to serve others. It is small, yet it grows as time passes, and I know it is all God Who is using me as a vessel to do His good works, when that is what happens. Which brings me to a very obvious truth which must be told.
Jesus said in the New Testament that those who follow the commandments of the Father are His family. Here, He reiterates that following His commandments garners rewards and rights. So, only the family will obtain those rewards and those rights. Everyone else will remain without.
How do we become a part of the family and what are the commandments He mentions?
We are a part of the Body of Christ, His family, once we admit we are sinners, repent from that sin, and accept Jesus as Savior and Truth. Everything we know of Him and everything we know He said is true, and even if our worldly minds have difficulty believing some of it, we must accept it as true. That’s called faith. Once we get this, and believe it, we are saved. Then, the commandments can be followed through the strength of the living God Who dwells inside of us.
Those commandments are not the Old Testament ones. Those have a place in our lives, even though those commandments could only be perfectly fulfilled by One Man, namely Jesus, and in doing so, He set us free from them and brought us along with Him. So, since we belong to Christ, having accepted Him and His life, death, and resurrection as Truth, we then look to His teaching for the commandments we are to follow and how those original ten fit into our lives.
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40
So, love God and love others, and in doing so, fulfill the Law. The Law is the original Ten Commandments. So, that is what we do. We follow these two commandments, which will cause us to actually follow the originals, and we will gain the rewards and rights promised. How simple.
But, loving means we must accept people just as they are, right? Not at all. What do I mean by that?
Well, what did Jesus say? He said that loving God first, and loving others will fulfill the original ten. Let’s look a bit at those and associate them with love, God-like love.
Though shalt not kill.
Jesus said that hating your brother was equivalent to murdering him in your heart. So, we cannot hate one another, or we fail to fulfill this commandment. We must look upon one another with the best in mind. After all, we are all created after the image of our God.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Outside of wedlock, any sex is adultery. Jesus said that even lusting after another is adultery in our hearts. So, again, if we are loving others, we will not lust after them or look at them as objects for sex at all. We should view them as God views them, fragile, broken, and in every day need of a Savior, same as we are. We should want to share Jesus with them, and not our bodies.
Thou shalt not bear false witness.
Lying. We shouldn’t lie. We must tell one another the Truth in all things, and live in that Truth. This means that what God says in His holy Word is to be shared without dilution. That means homosexuality is a sin and it is wrong. Period. People can hate that all they like, but hating the Truth does not make it a lie. I hate the fact that I have to work for a living, but I like to eat. The Bible says that if I want to eat, I will work for it.
Pre-marital sex and even living together is also wrong and sin.
Greedy behavior and self serving sacrifice is wrong.
So much of what we tolerate and accept is wrong and it is our responsibility to point it out. That is how we love one another. We must not hide out of fear any longer. We must be honest and open with others about our God, our belief in Him and what He says, and the fact that we belong to Jesus. We must love the world as God loves the world. We do that by telling them the Truth and by being willing to give up those earthly relationships we hold so dearly. After all, that’s what Jesus ultimately did. He invited all to come to Him through His sacrifice on the Cross. We must point others to the same Christ we were once directed to. It was the Truth that drew us, and it was the Truth that freed us, and only the Truth can do that for anyone.
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17