Monday, November 13, 2006

Law and Gospel

Who can say that they have kept the Ten Commandments perfectly? Jesus of Nazareth and no one else.

And it doesn't matter which ones you do keep--if you break one, you are a criminal, just like in our system of Justice: You don't have to break all the Laws to be a law-breaker--you only have to break one. And God's Standard is higher than man's. David said, "Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom." (Psalm 51:6)

Therefore, as Proverbs 24:9 says, "The thought of foolishness is sin," something Jesus acknowledged when He said that unjustifiable anger deserves the same punishment as murder and that merely looking at someone with a lustful heart is all the same to God as adultery (Matthew 5:21-30).

Which of God's Laws have you broken?

The First Commandment That means that God, not man, should decide for you in all things (Proverbs 29:25). Is this true for your life? Do you really love the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength?

The Second Commandment Do you serve a god that likes you and you like him? Does he love the people you love and hate the people you hate? Then your god doesn't exist. There is One God, the thrice Holy One of Israel. And He promises fiery indignation to all who invent their own gods.

The Third Commandment This means more than using God's name irreverently or as a curse word. It also means pretending to be His when you are not. It also means bringing reproach upon His name while you wear it because of your sin (e.g., King David, when he sinned against God with Bathsheba and murder her husband, 2 Samuel 11:1-12:14).

The Fourth Commandment The very God who daily gives you breath only asks for one day out of seven--and you are loathe to desist from your pursuits to give it to Him? What is more valuable than God? "What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?" a Very Wise Man once asked.

The Fifth Commandment Have you always honored your parents the way God would want you to honor them? Why not? (Whoever says that he has is deceiving only himself--you broke this Commandment when you were two.) Don't you want long life in the Land?

The Sixth Commandment Knowing that God desires truth in the inward parts, and that the very thought of foolishness is sin in His eyes, who dares to claim that Jesus was exaggerating the Law when He said that unjustifiable anger deserves the same punishment as murder (thereby making them equal crimes in the sight of God Almighty)? And who can say that every time that he was angry it was justified? Who hasn't had to retract some angry thing they said once they discovered the truth? Moreover, the Bible says that hatred is murder (1 John 3:15), pointing to the fact that Cain murdered Abel, simply because he hated him (Genesis 4:1-15).

The Seventh Commandment God made one woman for Adam. Not two. Not a woman and another man. Not even one other man. Just a woman. And God made woman just for one man. Not two men. Not a man and another woman. Not even merely another woman. Just a man. And Leviticus 18-19 is full of other instructions and concludes that the death penalty shall apply to all who reject God's rules on His gift of sex. Furthermore, Jesus said that merely looking with a lustful eye is the same to God as adultery. Remember, even the very thought of foolishness is sin in God's eyes (Proverbs 24:9).

The Eight Commandment Have you taken or used even one thing that didn't belong to you and to which you had no right as recognized by God? A celery stick. a piece of cheese, a penny, a paper clip? Remember, God is thrice Holy: He sees all sin the same way. Whether you think it is little or not.

The Ninth Commandment Have you ever told a lie? How many lies must you tell to be considered a liar? Ten, then the bell rings, "We've got a new liar over here!!"? No matter the color, if I told you a lie, what would you call me? What does God consider you to be? Furthermore, the Bible says that a lying tongue shows hatred to those it afflicts (Proverbs 26:28). Now you're in BIG trouble.

The Nail in the Coffin Also known as the Tenth Commandment. Covetousness is the universal flagrant sin of all mankind. And it's quite amazing the things we covet. But we all covet something. And God says that covetousness is a sin. The Thrice Holy One of Israel will give you what you need. Don't be greedy for more--but we are.

So, having broken all these Commandments, just how good a person are you really? You need only break one Law to be guilty, and I guarantee that anyone reading this has broken all ten. What are you going to do about this? If God gives you Justice--Thrice Holy Justice--come Judgment Day, where will you spend eternity? Be honest with yourself. You deserve to go to Hell.

That is not God's will for you. That is why He sent Jesus to die for your sins. If you repent of your sins, Jesus will apply His righteousness to your account, and God will dismiss your case because your sins have been paid for. By the Blood of the Son of God, the Messiah to the Jews, and the Light to the Gentiles. This was God's promise to Abraham when He said, "In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed" (Genesis 22:18). Read Isaiah 52:13-53:12 and see if this is not true.

12 comments:

Melinda and Matthew Talley said...

I'm glad you're reading my blog mr. black. RE: your comments on AIDS and Death: Reality check. You might sound philosophical and all, but you also sound incredibly arrogant (not to mention ignorant and cold-hearted). I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and believe that's just my perception of your thankless comments and not who you truly are.

JOSHUA S BLACK said...

Here's a summary of what I said:

No matter who you are, or what you do, you will die. And when you die, you will face God on Judgment Day. How will you fare?

And I linked the Good Person Test, which you can find on my sidebar.

I'm not being arrogant--I deserve to go to Hell as much as you do. I know how not to go to hell, and I care about people enough to share it with them, too. I'm not selfish enough to keep it to myself while everyone perishes. Not that is arrogant.

B SPARATCUS said...

wow... matt and melinda are angry... i wanted to have a look at your blog and thank you for your comments on mine... i have posted more... i am interested in your particular opinion... let me know what you think...

B SPARATCUS said...

oh... and i took the good person test... i failed miserably... funny how that works... i also had a look at your post "blind sided" i think it was... suffice to say, it is an issue i understand all to well my friend...

Anonymous said...

HEY MR. BLACK...
KEEP YOUR RELIGIOUS "NOSE" IN YOUR OWN GENRE OF BELIEFS AND BLOGS. YOUR "SNIFFER" CAN JUDGE ALL YOU WANT BY WHOEVER's "WORD" YOU WANT TO BELIEVE, BUT WHEN YOUR LIFE IS OVER, YOU WILL REALIZE THAT YOU WASTED A LOT OF TIME BEING A FRICKIN' PRICK! LIVE YOUR OWN LIFE AND WASTE YOUR OWN TIME AND SHUT YOUR SELF-PROCLAIMED "BIG MOUTH"! DON'T PUBLISH THIS COMMENT BECAUSE IT WILL MAKE YOU AND YOUR CRONIES UNCOMFORTABLE! YOU REALY SUCK AND ARE GOING TO THE SAME PLACE AS ME! DEAL WITH IT!
-CONFED LINC

Anonymous said...

LAW AND GOSPEL?? WHAT A JOKE! WHAT DO YOU DO FOR YOUR BELIEFS? HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO STICK UP FOR YOUR JESUS??
THERE ARE RELIGIOUS PEOPLE IN THE WORLD THAT DO A LOT MORE FOR THEIR GOD THAN YOU! SO I AM SUPPOSED TO BELIEVE THAT "YOUR GOD" IS MORE REAL THAN ANY OTHERS? C'MON.. YOU ARE WASTING YOUR OWN TIME! TAKE YOUR LAW AND GOSPEL SERMON TO THE MIRROR... BECAUSE YOU ARE SAD AND PATHETIC!
-CONFED

Yankee Doodle said...

You watch the Way of Masters, don't you? So am I.

Anonymous said...

Hi - I'm glad you had a chance to read my blog.

I'd like to thank you for your words - it's something I have been thinking about, but its easier to say things then to do them.

On another note, I don't think its fair of you to judge others without being knowledgable on the entire story. Furthermore, I do believe the Bible indicates that only GOD himself is able to judge the sinners.

So although I apprecaite your "words of wisdom" I think it's best that you keep the judgement part of your words out of your comments. I think you can impact people without judging. It's not your job - you are not GOD. You will not be at the gates denying me entry.

JOSHUA S BLACK said...

No, but, like any Lawgiver, God laid down the rules and set up the punishment. He gave the rules to us in advance. Just like in Missouri, we have a $10,000 penalty for hitting a highway worker. We know what the penalty is for breaking the Law. All I am doing is informing the people of the Law and the penalty. Which is already plainly stated in the Bible. I'm not judging anyone.

Louis said...

Nice blog, i know that we are all going to hell because the 144000 seats in heaven have been filled by those who came before us. When you spend too much time reading the spiritual guide for those living in arabia 2000 years ago, you reach one of 2 conclusions.

1) that it's papers are best used to start fires

2) that the easiest way to control people is to inject them with guilt and fear

I see that you've reached the second conclusion and are spreading the good word the good'ol fashion way.

JOSHUA S BLACK said...

144,000? Um, the Bible does not say that the seats in heaven are limited.

Arabia? Um, Israel is not Arabia. Jesus was a Jew. Ask any Muslim.

Guilt and Fear? Why would anybody be guilty? Maybe because they have done something wrong? Why would they fear? Maybe because they know something of JUSTICE, which demands that all sin should be punished? Or should people just be allowed to randomly sin against YOU?

Control people? How about beg people to love their neighbors as they love themselves? Is it really evil to point out that hatred is wrong, that lust is wrong, that lying is wrong, that stealing is wrong? Is it controlling people to say that they should not do these things? I don't see how you got that. But, oh well.

Film Talks said...

Well you don't have to worry about him judging you. its god you have to worry about.