Keep My Commandments

19 Feb

February 19, 2015

Leviticus Chapter 22

31 Therefore shall ye keep my commandments, and do them: I am
the LORD.

Deuteronomy Chapter 5

10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and
keep my commandments.

John Chapter 14

15 ¶ If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Yesterday i wrote down about how some people don’t choose God. Some people don’t choose Jesus. They choose self instead. They choose to carry out their own will instead and do what ever they want. These are people who choose sin over good. Some people scoff and say they don’t believe in God, or they don’t believe in Jesus, or they don’t believe God’s Word is True. Unfortunately, if they do not believe, they will perish. “We don’t believe in that” they might say. But because they don’t believe, they will die.

John Chapter 3

14 ¶ And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so
must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
eternal life.
16 ¶ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world;
but that the world through him might be saved.
18 ¶ He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth
not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name
of the only begotten Son of God.

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world,
and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were
evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to
the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be
made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Some men loved darkness rather than light. Some men “chose” darkness over light. For people who love darkness, there is a special place made just for them. A dark place that is full of utter darkness, for Eternity.

Matthew Chapter 8

11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west,
and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the
kingdom of heaven.
12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer
darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

How terrible! Spending Eternity in utter darkness, in torment, suffering, alone and no one around to hear you. For ever and ever.

Jude Chapter 1

13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame;
wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for
ever.

These shameful, unholy workers of iniquity.

Matthew Chapter 25

30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there
shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Yes, for people who love darkness, they will spend Eternity in darkness. Because that is what they chose. They had a choice between the Light and the darkness, and they chose darkness. And that is what they get.

Now many times i have stressed the importance of not just hearing what God tells us, but “doing” what He tells us. This is very important.

James Chapter 1

22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your
own selves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a
man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway
forgetteth what manner of man he was.
25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth
therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this
man shall be blessed in his deed.

Romans Chapter 2

12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without
law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the
law;
13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers
of the law shall be justified.

We must do what God commands us, otherwise, we are not “doers” of the Word, but hearers only. We must do what God tells us. What are we supposed to do? Follow the commandments, of course. Do them. Don’t just preach them, but actually do them. Because people who don’t “practice what they preach” are hypocrites, not Christians. Sometimes we may be required to “do” something, and it may be that the thing we are required to to do is to “stop doing something”. We may need to do something which is to “stop sinning”. Whatever God asks of us, we need to do. Otherwise we are not faithful and loyal servants. Rather, we would be unprofitable servants, of no use to our Master. God created us and told us to go “good”. If we go around doing evil instead, then we will be burned with the rest of the worthless scraps.

Matthew Chapter 7

21 ¶ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the
kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is
in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not
prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in
thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from
me, ye that work iniquity.

Here we have it again – these workers of iniquity. These are sinners. These are people who did NOT follow God’s commandments to stop sinning, because they are “workers of iniquity”. They did not follow God’s commandments, otherwise they would not be “doers of iniquity”.

24 ¶ Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth
them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a
rock:

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord. That means “many” will be turned away! Many “Christians”! A lot of people! Most! Many who think they are going to make it into Heaven are NOT! Why?

Matthew Chapter 22

AND Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and
said,
2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a
marriage for his son,
3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the
wedding: and they would not come.
4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are
bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings
are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm,
another to his merchandise:

The King invited His guests and “they would not come”. Verse 5 Jesus tells us “they made light of it”. The people did not take their Wedding Invitation seriously, and since they did not care very much about the King, they just made light of it and decided they had better things to do.

6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully,
and slew them.
7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth
his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which
were bidden were not worthy.

Now the King invited His guests, but “they were not worthy”. Why were they not worthy? Probably because they were “unprofitable servants”. They were not doers of His Commandments. They took His invitation lightly and were not worthy to be His guests. They did not take His Invitation seriously. They were not worthy to attend His Wedding. They were not worthy because they refused His Invitation.

The people who don’t do what they are commanded are “unprofitable servants”. They refuse to do what they are commanded. God gave us His commandments, that we might “do” them , and live. Now are the commandments God gave us something that we can choose to do if we want to or not? I don’t think so, otherwise they would not be called “commandments”.

Luke Chapter 17

5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye
might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root,
and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will
say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit
down to meat?
8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may
sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and
afterward thou shalt eat and drink?

9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were
commanded him? I trow not.
10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which
are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have
done that which was our duty to do.

Commandments are things that we are commanded to do. Things we are required to do. These are the basic requirements we must meet. Otherwise we are unprofitable. We don’t get rewarded for “doing what we are told”.

For example, let’s say a person gets hired on as a servant somewhere. The boss gives him a list of job duties to do every day. If the new servant goes through the list and picks and chooses which duties he wants to do, and which duties he refuses to do, that servant is unprofitable. That servant won’t even do what he is told to do, not even the basic requirements. Even though he may follow some of his duties, he may still leave half or more of his obligations unfulfilled, simply because he “doesn’t want to do his duties”. He refuses to follow his commandments.

Now do you think the boss of that servant is going to keep him around? Of course not. He won’t even do what he is told. He is worthless. Get rid of him, because he only does what he wants to do, he disregards the rules and regulations, and he uses his boss’s resources to make his ownself a profit instead. They are going to get rid of that servant, because he is worthless. Unprofitable. He won’t do what he is told to do, and he won’t stop doing what he is told to stop doing. Worthless. Unprofitable.

That is a similar way with God’s servants. It will do no good to tell God that you “read” all the commandments. You must also “do” all the commandments. Because we must be doers of the Word, and not hearers only. What good does it do to read the Employee Manual, and not do what it says? None. You’re just wasting your time reading the manual, if you are not going to do what it says.

Like i said before, not everyone appreciates having Scripture explained to them, and having it spelled out to them. Many because they choose darkness. Many because they choose self over God. People want to have their ears tickled, and if you tell them things they don’t like to hear, they get angry and they don’t want to believe, and they don’t even want to know! Many of God’s servants have been persecuted because of preaching God’s Word, and teaching about the Kingdom of Heaven. John the Baptist was murdered because of his teaching God’s Word. Jesus was killed. Several of the disciples were killed. No, not everyone appreciates having God’s Word explained to them, and some are so full of evil and hatred and darkness they will even kill God’s servants. Why? Because they love darkness rather than Light. But rest assured, everyone will receive their just rewards.

Jude Chapter 1

JUDE, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that
are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and
called:
2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the
common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and
exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was
once delivered unto the saints.
4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of
old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of
our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our
Lord Jesus Christ.
5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this,
how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt,
afterward destroyed them that believed not.
6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own
habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto
the judgment of the great day.
7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like
manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after
strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of
eternal fire.
8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise
dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he
disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a
railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but
what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they
corrupt themselves.
11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran
greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the
gainsaying of Core.
12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with
you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water,
carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit,
twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame;
wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for
ever.
14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these,
saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are
ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have
ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly
sinners have spoken against him.
16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts;
and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s
persons in admiration because of advantage.
17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before
of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time,
who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the
Spirit.
20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith,
praying in the Holy Ghost,
21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our
Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating
even the garment spotted by the flesh.
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present
you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty,
dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

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