The Proper Balance
We are told not to believe every spirit but to try the spirits. Try, in Strong’s concordance of the Greek language: #1381, dokimazo, is to test. To test something is to allow it to be judged. The act of judging requires a rule to be used. We must have a standard to use as a comparison or rule of judgment. The only biblical standard given to us is love, but in today’s society this word Love includes (not covers) all sin. It is therefore necessary to establish a biblical concept of the true expression of unadulterated spiritual love before we can attempt to use our version of it as a standard.
Judging Love’s Attributes
“First Things First”
How can we know experimentally that the emotion that swells our chest and brings tears to our eyes is that attribute which supplies a standard of judgment? We must test it according to the written word. “If you love me keep my commandments,” John 14:15.
“By this we know that we love the children of Yahweh, when we love Yahweh and keep his commandments, For this is the love of Yahweh, that we keep his commandments: and (contrary to public opinion) his commandments are not grievous,” 1 John 5:2-3.
If we have received the heavenly sent love, it will direct us toward obedience to the Father and his commandments. The Bible establishes this truth, and most of us agree it is essential to “keep Yahweh’s commandments.”
If the Ten Commandments are not the commandments our Lord referred to, and I am told they are not, I would say there is no substance to the New Testament Commandments. He tells us that love fulfills the law. But if there is nothing that indicates the rules, or standards, that are set and referred to as laws, we are left to our own discretion to decide what they are.
Paul said he would not have known what lust was if the commandment had not said, “Thou shall not covet.” If all rules that are contrary to our nature have been wiped out, leaving no instructions, it leaves it up to each individual to decide what keeping Yahweh’s commandments entail. This puts humankind in the authoritative position to decide for themselves what the true manifestation of love toward Yahweh and man requires.
We are told that the man who is trying to do everything right is keeping the commandments of Yahweh. Did you know that Hitler was killing millions of helpless people under the conviction that he was in Yahweh’s will and doing him a service?
The world today has a greater concept of the power that is available to the human mind. Many of our sincere ministers boldly claim the power of Yahweh while they leave their followers without a standard, or law, to use as the bases to judge themselves and to obtain that power.
Our first new birth responsibility must be in obedience to our Father. We must learn obedience to his laws, or commandments. His laws are the principles on which he is establishing a new government; they are very important whether our little brain is computing that information back to us or not.
It surprises me to hear ministers say that the Ten Commandments were offensive and useless to Christians: therefore, Christ nailed them to the cross and took them out of the way. Some good folk will subconsciously respond, they (the Ten Commandments) have been over-ruled by the law of the freedom of our own responses and superlative knowledge of love. I hear this theory expressed in many different terminologies. It is one of the most used of the non-biblical religious expressions.
Which of the Ten Commandments needs to be gotten out of the way? Could it be the first one? “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” It surely is not the second: “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image…Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them.” How could any Christian say it offended them to have to honor their mother and father? What parent would not covet the honor of their children? It would surely not offend us to be restrained from killing, committing adultery, stealing, or lying about our neighbor. Who can sanction a covetous spirit? What can be found offensive in the above commandments?
Nothing, the average Christian will confess.
The Ten Commandments were written on tables of stone, and kept in the Holiest of Holy. Deuteronomy tells us that nothing else was written on the tables except the Ten Commandments. Counting the words in the King James Version, there are 339 words in the commandments. That is an average of thirty-four words for each commandment. But ninety-four of those words deal with keeping the one commandment that the Western Christian usually finds offensive: remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
The scriptures tell us the commandments are spiritual, good, just, and holy. Paul explains that exposure to the commandments puts us on a guilt trip by opening our eyes to recognize sin as sin. Law awakens us to the presence of sin in our members, and sends us scampering for cover (see Rom. 7:12).
Some Christians think, erroneously, that the law (commandments) was nailed to the cross. But the offense was nailed to the cross, and the law was reserved so it could be written in the hearts after the heart had been changed from stone to a pliable substance. Yahweh has instructed the Spirit to write the commandments in our hearts when, and if, we accept them. But if we are hostile toward them and under the impression that they are against our religion, they are not written in our hearts. The religious standard we have chosen to judge by is one of our own invention.
As full grown mature sons, our senses will become exercised to judge the world (Heb. 5:14). But if we have not found the foundation principles to use as an authoritative guideline, we are not likely to be full grown sons. If we expect to reach full maturity through the crucifixion of our carnal intellect, we should not consider doing it through blind speculations of what the commandments might entail, nor should we credit ourselves with an inborn knowledge that supersedes the Written Word.
Here are some Christian expressions (some implied) used as their opinions of the more perfect way to cope with difficult relationships:
“Speak your mind,” he might say, “that is the true Christ-like method.”
“Oh no,” says another, “turn the other cheek and pray until the Holy Spirit brings conviction.”
“Let them move in with you and practice adultery under your nose, your good clean Spirit-led life will convict them.”
“Put your foot down. Tell them how it is. Take a stand”.
“Be careful not to be too verbal in dealing with rebellious young folks you will drive them away.”
“Speak out, tell people what is right. If they leave, they’ll come back.”
“You must remind people of what the Bible says. If the shoe fits let them wear it.”
“Don’t be preachy, they know right from wrong, just live the life before them and you will eventually win them.”
On and on they go, the blind leading the blind. Methods of psychology are not a rare commodity in the religious world. Many ministers are highly trained psychologist, while Spirit-led sons of Yahweh are rare, yet every church should be full of them. The Spirit’s reaction is always spontaneous in his instructions.
Christ said, “He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”
Judas said unto him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?”
Yasha answered, “If a man loves me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loves me not keeps not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me,” John 14:21-24.
Romans 8:14 tells us that “as many as are led by the Spirit of Yahweh, they are the sons of Yahweh.”
The conveyed idea now is either or. Many are saying, “Why hassle over outlawed commandments? God had rather we beam in on being good rather than have us worry over ordinances, laws, and doctrines.” The obvious implication here is, if you baptize in the Name, practice the ministry and spiritual gifts, teach the Commandments, wear modest apparel, fast, praise, or practice any of the other so called “trivial” suggestions” found in the written Word, they are implying it would eliminate your ability to function as a true and loving child of the Father.
We must stay on the right track by accepting and practicing all the laws and ordinances, which they imply as being petty side attractions, or we will miss the opportunity to serve the true God when we set up our own version of religious activities that are only compatible with the “in” group!
There has never been a time since the creation was finished that the Ten Commandments were invalid. The first law that came into existence was the Sabbath law. It is obvious that murder was wrong early on. Cain was accountable for the sins of his heart: murder, jealousy, envy, and deceit (Gen. 4).
In order to create a lawless atmosphere, the devil would try to convince us that Yahweh’s commandments include the Old Testament ceremonial laws, but, did you know that there is no such thing as sin now, if the Ten Commandments are not to be considered valid in the Church age?
The word “the” before a noun sets it apart as a specific thing. “The” before the word “Commandments” sets them apart as the original Commandments.
“And you being dead in trespasses and the sins, in which you walked then, according to the age of this world. According to the authority of the ruler of the air, the spirit now working (energizing) in the sons of disobedience. Among whom also we all conducted ourselves then in the lust of our flesh. We were doing those things willed of the flesh and the understanding, and were by nature the children of wrath, as is also everyone else. “But Yahweh, being rich in mercy because of his much love, which he loved us, even us being dead in trespasses, made us alive with Christ; by grace you are being saved; and raised with, and seated with Christ Yasha, that he might show in ages coming on the surpassing riches the grace of Him in kindness toward us in Christ Yasha, For by grace you are saved, through faith, and this not of you, of Yahweh the gift; not of works, lest anyone should boast, for of him we are created in Christ Yasha in doing good works, unto which before prepared Yahweh that in them we should walk. “Therefore, remember that you then, the Gentiles, in flesh, those being called uncircumcision by those being called circumcision in flesh made by hands. That you were at that time without Christ, that having been alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers of the covenants (plural) of promise, not having hope, and godless in the world, but now in Christ Yasha you, those being afar off, near became by the blood of Christ. For he is the peace of us, the making both (the circumcised and uncircumcised) one and the middle wall of partition having broken, the enmity in the flesh of him the law the commandments in decrees having abolished, that he creates the two (Israelites and the Gentiles) he creates in himself into one new man, and making peace, might reconcile to Yahweh both (Gentiles and Israelites) in one body through the cross, slaying the enmity in himself, and coming preached peace to you, those being afar off (Gentiles), and to the ones near (Israelites). “For through him we have access both (Israelites and Gentiles) by one Spirit unto the Father. Then therefore no more are you strangers and sojourners, but fellow-citizens of the saints and household of Yahweh, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Yasha himself being the cornerstone, in whom all the building fitted together grows into a temple holy in Lord. In whom also you are being built together into a dwelling place of Yahweh through the Spirit.
“For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Yasha Christ on behalf of you, the gentles, if you heard of the stewardship of the grace of Yahweh given to me for you (Gentiles), that by way of Revelation was made known to me the mystery. as I briefly wrote before as to which reading you are able to realize my understanding of the mystery of Christ, which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as now it was revealed to the holy apostles and prophets of him through the Spirit, the Gentiles to be joint-heirs and a joint-body and joint-sharers of the promise of him in Christ, through the gospel, of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of Yahweh, given to me according to the working of the power of him. To me, the least of all the saints, was given this grace to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring all to light,” Ephesians 2:1-22 and 3:1-9.