Calling on the name of Christ is not fire insurance.

Mark 12:29 “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one
30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. 
31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Yahshua Christ boiled the Ten Commandments down to two basic things. “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.” (Vs 30)

The first 4 of the Ten Commandments is with regard to Loving YHWH God. And this takes precedence of all other Commandments. So, let’s look at what is required to Love God appropriately. The Commandments say, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 
5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 
6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 
9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 
10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 
11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”

First of all the two Commandments do not replace the Ten Commandments, but they explain God’s thought behind them. He is telling us that He has redeemed us and therefore He requires our fear / respect, and our faith. If someone saves our life when we are facing death, that person deserve to not be forgotten. We are no longer our own, but owe our lives to Him. So, he tells us, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” He saved us from a living death!

And still by His Son he saves us from even a worse kind of bondage, being bound by sin and death!

“You shall have no other gods before Me.”
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 
5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 
6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.” (Vs 3-6)

Why on earth would we do such a thing, worship things rather than our creator? Consider for a moment that we worship God in ways that are borrowed from other cultures, and traditions that are not in our scriptures. Isn’t that Idolatry? Christmas, and Easter? How is that loving God? These are man made traditions, that came straight out of Pagan idol worship.

But if We love YHWH God with all of our heart would we do these things? Of course not! We would live to please Him and Keep His ordinances. That is, if we truly believed in YHWH God.

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.” (Vs 7)

So many have said that this is about using God’s Name to curse something or someone. But I believe that using His name to sanctify something that is evil and not of God, is the misuse of His name referred to here. Like applying His name to any Pagan practice. Like the practice of keeping Christ Mass, or Pagan fertility rites like Easter (Ishtar, Pagan goddess of fertility.) instead of Passover. But applying His Holy Name to Sun Day, the Pagan day of worship, while we ignore God’s Sabbath, (The 7th Day) is blasphemy.

Then the 4th Commandment, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 
9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 
10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 
11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” (Vs 8-11)

We need to take a hard look at ourselves, to see if we really love God. And perhaps all of this drives the point home, with what Yahshua said, when He said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15)

And the Apostle John, “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 
He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 
But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 
He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. (1st John 2:3-6)

I submit that most of modern Christianity does not love God, or his Son, but they are just using Him for fire insurance.

This tactic will not save you, because our judge knows exactly what we’re doing, and unfortunately, He does know what’s in our heart.

Did He not say, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 
Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 
And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7:21-23)

Who exactly do we think He’s talking about?

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

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