Sin is Lawlessness.

Y’shua tells the young rich man, “But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
18He said to Him, “Which ones?” Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ 
19‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”  
(Matthew 19:17-19)

And in Matthew 5:19 He says, “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.”

This tells me that Christ was surely a teacher of the Law, what we know as the Commandments of God. and while He kept the commandments, and taught them, we need to know that they are an integral part of the gospel.

For what good is it to call people to the cross, and have them repent of their sin, and not give them a way to know what sin is?

In John 14:15-17 He tells us that not only is this the way He wants to be loved, but that keeping the commandments is tied to receiving the Holy Spirit.

He says, 15“If you love Me, keep My commandments. 
16And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—
17the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

And then He says, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (John 14:21)

As if we didn’t hear Him the first time! when Christ repeats himself, like this it is because He wants to be sure we understand His point.

But here, he goes even further and a third time He addresses how important it is that we know this one thing.

He says, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 
24He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.
(John 14:23, 24)

Our love for Him is vital to our salvation, and so is our obedience. God know the difference between who is just trying to avoid Hell, and who actually loves Him.

And the Apostle John tells us the same thing but in a more direct way.

He says, 3Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 
4He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 
5But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 
6He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
(1st John 2:3-6)

This is what it means to follow Christ, and to know the love of YHVH God. and then the Apostle John ties lawlessness to sin, in the next chapter.

Saying, 4Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. 
5And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. 
6Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.
(1st John 3:4-6)

We have to have a way to recognize sin, and respond properly. And YHVH God gave us the tools we need, to not only walk in love, and righteousness. But also a way to bring our brethren closer to the cross that we cling to.

Psalms 19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;     

The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;

12“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 
13and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good?
(Deuteronomy 10:12, 13)

So perhaps we should have begun here, but so that we can see that the truth can be followed from cover to cover in the Bible, I bring forth this scripture so that we can see that not only does God call us to love and obey Him, but He points out that it’s for our own good that the Commandments are given.

They are there to keep us from leaving His side, and being deceived into going over to the Lawless one, the Anti-Christ.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Sin is Lawlessness.

Y’shua tells the young rich man, “But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
18He said to Him, “Which ones?” Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ 
19‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”  
(Matthew 19:17-19)

And in Matthew 5:19 He says, “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.”

This tells me that Christ was surely a teacher of the Law, what we know as the Commandments of God. and while He kept the commandments, and taught them, we need to know that they are an integral part of the gospel.

For what good is it to call people to the cross, and have them repent of their sin, and not give them a way to know what sin is?

In John 14:15-17 He tells us that not only is this the way He wants to be loved, but that keeping the commandments is tied to receiving the Holy Spirit.

He says, 15“If you love Me, keep My commandments. 
16And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—
17the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

And then He says, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (John 14:21)

As if we didn’t hear Him the first time! when Christ repeats himself, like this it is because He wants to be sure we understand His point.

But here, he goes even further and a third time He addresses how important it is that we know this one thing.

He says, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 
24He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.
(John 14:23, 24)

Our love for Him is vital to our salvation, and so is our obedience. God know the difference between who is just trying to avoid Hell, and who actually loves Him.

And the Apostle John tells us the same thing but in a more direct way.

He says, 3Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 
4He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 
5But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 
6He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
(1st John 2:3-6)

This is what it means to follow Christ, and to know the love of YHVH God. and then the Apostle John ties lawlessness to sin, in the next chapter.

Saying, 4Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. 
5And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. 
6Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.
(1st John 3:4-6)

We have to have a way to recognize sin, and respond properly. And YHVH God gave us the tools we need, to not only walk in love, and righteousness. But also a way to bring our brethren closer to the cross that we cling to.

Psalms 19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;     

The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;

12“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 
13and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good?
(Deuteronomy 10:12, 13)

So perhaps we should have begun here, but so that we can see that the truth can be followed from cover to cover in the Bible, I bring forth this scripture so that we can see that not only does God call us to love and obey Him, but He points out that it’s for our own good that the Commandments are given.

They are there to keep us from leaving His side, and being deceived into going over to the Lawless one, the Anti-Christ.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

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