‘Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven . . . ‘  (Matthew 5:19)

Jesus predicted that someday a Christian (or Christians) would break, and teach others to break, one of the commandments.  God gave us ten commandments.  Take away one, and you have nine left.  This is exactly what is being promoted by some:  that we now have only nine commandments to follow.  Though they are undoubtedly men of keen intellect, who are skilled at debate, they are doing exactly what Jesus foresaw and warned us not to do.

Sometimes the logic of God defies the logic of men.

‘For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.’  (Isaiah 55:9)

 

‘But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;’  (1 Corinthians 1:27)

 

For whatever reason, God chose not to spell out in His Word that we are still expected to keep the Sabbath.  We can involve ourselves in lengthy debates, based on the logic and reasoning of men, but regardless of who is determined the winner of the debate, such intellectual exercises can never trump the revelation of the Holy Spirit, through the Word of God.

‘But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.’  (John 14:26)

 

‘But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you . . . ‘  (1 John 2:27)

 

There is only one Holy Spirit, which leads us into truth.  If Christians are diametrically opposed on an issue, it is an indication either that someone neglected to pray for wisdom and discernment, or that they are basing their understanding only in part on what is revealed to them by the Lord, through His Word.

This is a time of learning, of training, and of sharpening our swords.  If you have been promoting something based on your own logic and understanding, or based on the teaching of other men, rather than what God’s Spirit has revealed to you through His Word, then it’s time to repent.

Matthew 5:19 clarifies that it is indeed and ‘in house’ matter.  Whoever has been breaking a commandment and teaching others to do so, has not lost their salvation.  But it’s still serious.

‘My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.’  (James 3:1)

 

‘Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven . . . ‘  (Matthew 5:19)

 

This is an opportunity to learn to be led by the Spirit, and to put our trust in God 100%–not in our own logic, not in our own understanding, not in the opinions of wise men.  We are EACH to read the Word and pray that God would give us understanding.  We are EACH accountable to be obedient to what God reveals to us.  His grace will cover the rest.

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