The question has come up: Why is Ephraim ascribed ten thousands and Manasseh only thousands when America has a much larger population than the British peoples?
The answer is a translation issue
In Deuteronomy 33:17 thousands and ten thousands are mistranslation
The term “ten thousands” for Ephraim, more properly means a myriad or large number.
The translators from 1611 simply made an error. Deu 33:17 properly reads.
Deuteronomy 33:17 His [Joseph’s; BOTH Ephraim and Manasseh] glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns [large and powerful]: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands [properly multitudes] of Ephraim, and they are the thousands [properly innumerable multitudes] of Manasseh.
UCG Doctrinal Change Progress Report
The UCG Doctrinal Change is now almost complete and few realize what has happened right under their noses while they were sleeping with eyes shut.
For years now brethren in UCG have spent their money to send youth to the UCG ABC school to learn about the Bible and potentially become leaders in that organization.
In reality Gary Antion was teaching them a very key and very subtle point which is : “We do not keep the commandments because we have to; We keep the commandments because We want to”.
After being filled with this concept, students returned to their congregations where they were received as especially knowledgeable pillars in the congregations, being looked up to with respect by many other youth and even older persons.
In this way the concept that: “We do not keep the commandments because we have to; We keep the commandments because We want to,” filtered through many congregations and very many UCG brethren were affected either consciously or subconsciously with this idea.
Let us examine this concept carefully before swallowing it whole.
“We do not keep the commandments because we have to; We keep the commandments because We want to”.
Now of course we want to obey God, so this part of the statement is just fine and good.
Then the thought is subtly slipped in that we do not really have to, it is up to us. This statement says that we want to obey God which is right and good, but then says that obeying God is our choice.
What does that accomplish? It exalts the will of men ABOVE the Word of God! It makes man the decider and removes the sovereignty of Almighty God as the decider of what is right and what is wrong! It insists that men can decide right and wrong for themselves and that men can decide to do what they want and are under no salvational obligation to obey God!
The underlying foundational false doctrine behind this very subtle false teaching, is that Grace trumps the law and that all you need is an emotional kind of love; while living by every Word of God is OUR choice since our sins have already been paid for in advance.
Most of UCG has already been subverted into this gross evangelical [Tkach] error.
While the brethren have been in denial and fast asleep, they have had the hoodwinks pulled over their eyes and been largely deceived.
In the near future the leadership will make the appropriate changes to the official list of Fundamental Beliefs, but the change has already taken place in most of the congregations; and a change of the list only caps the deal.
Then when it is official some may even wake up to what has happened!
The biblical doctrine of Law and Grace is very simple; if we sincerely repent of all past breaking of the Word of God and STOP breaking God’s Word, fully committing to go forward to live by EVERY WORD of GOD and sin no more; then the grace [pardon, forgiveness] of God will be granted through the application of the sacrifice of Christ and we will be reconciled to God the Father.
The grace or free pardon through the application of Christ’s sacrifice, reconciles us to God the Father, and living by every Word of God in future, KEEPS us reconciled to God the Father. It is that simple.
The UCG changes during the past five years include:
1. The changing of “Grace” from merciful forgiveness for sincerely repented past sins and a commitment to go forward and sin no more, into a license for a lack of zeal to live by every Word of God in future [as Jude warned against]; because God is love and will overlook our sins.
2. The change from a powerful Jesus, zealous for God the Father’s Word; into a weak tolerant of sin, false Jesus;
3. The change from the law defining love, into an adversarial relationship between the law and love, with an emotional good feeling replacing any zeal to live by every Word of God;
4. Giving up all organizational guidelines on Sabbath observance to permit the local ministers and brethren to decide for themselves on what they will permit on the Sabbath;
These are some of the major changes of teachings in the past five years in UCG, while they lied and lied that no changes were taking place just as they did in the Tkach WCG.
Faith Must be Married to the Works of Faith
James 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body, what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, You hast faith, and I have works. Show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble [Yet the demons will not obey God’s Word, therefore their belief brings them nothing but the sure knowledge of their coming judgment]. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified [by his deeds] by works when he [obeyed God] had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought [worked with] with his works and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise also was not Rehab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead.
Faith without works cannot stand on its own. If we have faith, if we believe God, we will do what God says which is our works.
We cannot do what God says if we do not believe [have faith] Him! These things are inseparable. Faith is inseparable from the works of faith. If you have faith and no works, our faith is meaningless, it is a waste of time. Believing without acting on that belief is a waste of time; it won’t get you anywhere.
The false evangelical view is that; yes we are to keep the Ten Commandments [the other commandments are Old Covenant], but God is love and will overlook our transgressions and wink at them in future as long as we also tolerate sin in the name of love, because Christ has died to cover them. In other words they make the sacrifice of Christ a license to continue in sin; thereby making a mockery of Christ. This is actually hate and not love at all, since by not rebuking sin, the brethren are allowed to go to their destruction without a warning. It is the same foolishness as: supposedly out of love, not rebuking our children for running into traffic.
Understanding Law and Grace
WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN?
A Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ. These followers were first called Christians at Antioch Acts 11:26.
In order to follow Christ:
A) A Christian DOES WHAT Christ TEACHES, and
B) A Christian FOLLOWS Christ’s EXAMPLE.
WHAT DID CHRIST COMMAND?
If you will enter into life, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS (Mat 19:17) If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love (Joh 15:10). For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments (1 Joh 5:3). Which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ (Rev 12:17).
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus (Rev 14:12). Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life (Rev 22:14).
We are told to pray to our Heavenly Father, “thy will be done” (Mat 6:10). Will you express this sentiment and then refuse to do His will yourself, by defying His commandments?
I have kept my Fathers commandments (Joh 15:10). Since sin is the transgression of the law 1 Joh3:4 and Christ had no sin (Heb 4:15) He kept the commandments of His Father.
How can we as weak mortals keep all of God’s law? Our Lord said that He would send us a comforter (Joh 14:16, 14:26). The spirit of power, and of love and of a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7). The Holy Spirit of God and of Christ (Ph’p 1:19-20 and 1 Cor 2:10).
In this way, Christ can dwell within you. Hereby know ye the spirit of God, Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God (1 Joh 4:2).
Now Jesus Christ is consistent. He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8). Therefore He will be doing the same things today that He did in the past, He will be keeping His Fathers commandments! It is the spirit of Christ in you, that empowers you, to keep the Fathers commandments!
1. Believes God,
2. Repents, turning away from the past breaking of God’s commandments,
3. Commits himself to keep all God’s commandments and to live by every Word of God in future at baptism,
4. Has the atoning sacrifice of Christ applied to himself thus having all sins forgiven,
5. Is then reconciled to God, gaining access to Him, with the right to call Him Father (Rom 8:14-16 and Gal 4:6).
6. A Christian must then continue to keep all of God’s commandments and work to internalize the very nature of God the Father and the Son into himself; becoming LIKE Christ and God the Father in every way.
Ultimately, being a Christian is about committing oneself to live by EVERY WORD of GOD.
Matthew 4:4 But he [Christ] answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
True Christianity is about taking personal responsibility for our own conduct, before God. We are each responsible for everything that we do and we will each be personally judged by every Word of God.
Revelation 20:13 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
How do we become a Christian?
The carnal, [worldly, physical] mind is enmity against God, for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be (Rom 8:7). The human mind simply cannot even begin to understand the things of God.
The process of becoming a Christian can only begin with a miracle from God. He must open our limited human minds to begin to understand His ways. He must begin to REVEAL those things to us that we could never understand on our own. It is the Father who begins to lead us and calls us toward Jesus Christ through the agency of His Spirit, (Joh 6:44).
Next we must be exposed to the Words of God. This comes through the study of the holy scriptures and is often assisted by the preaching of the servants of God (Mat 28:19-20).
In this confusing world, how are we to know who are the true servants of the Living God?
The answer to this question is given to us in Mat 7, Deu 13 and Deu 18:20-22. While this speaks of prophets it is equally applicable to anyone who claims to be a man of God.
The things they say MUST be true, and they MUST teach all men to live by every Word of God. In other words EVERYTHING that they say MUST be consistent with every Word spoken by God (Mat 4:4).
Third; The disciple of Christ must be responsive to God. He must be a doer of God’s Word (James 1:22-25), he must act on what he learns. He must FOLLOW where God’s Spirit leads (Joh 14:26). and we know the Spirit of God because it will lead us to live by every Word of God. Any spirit which leads men to act contrary to any part of God’s Word is NOT God’s Spirit, because God is NOT divided against himself.
We learn when we do. It is the experience of the doing, which helps us to understand what God is revealing to us. When we respond with obedience to God, by doing those things that are being revealed to us, then He will reveal more.
Things are revealed one step at a time and more is given, only as we respond and act on what we have already been given.
This process of learning is also a process of REPENTANCE, of continually turning away from sin as it is revealed, which is the transgression of God’s law (1 Joh 3:4).
We must STOP rebelling against God by defying His commandments and we must START to seek and do His will. This means that a radical CHANGE TAKES PLACE IN OUR LIVES. We become converted from doing things our own way, into doing things God’s way.
Once we have reached the point where we are ready to make a commitment, it would be wise to count the cost.
The Kingdom of God is taken by violence Mat 11:12. It is through much tribulation that we may enter the Kingdom of God Acts 14:22. In this world you shall have much tribulation Joh 16:33.
Be comforted for Christ has overcome the world, nevertheless be prepared to be rejected by those you love, to be denied the best things this world has to offer and to suffer the ridicule, hate and contempt of society.
This world loves its own, if you are not of this society it will NOT love you, Joh 15:19.
If you embrace this way, be prepared and expect many trials with eventual persecution and martyrdom (Mat 10:21-36, Joh 12:25). This is a LIFELONG COMMITMENT with an expectation of much trial. It is NOT to be entered lightly.
Once a decision has been made to commit oneself to this way, the next step is baptism. The word baptize means, to immerse. This immersion is symbolic of a death and burial of the old sinful self and the resurrection to a new life in Christ.
To simply sprinkle a few drops of water on someone does NOT reflect this concept. Baptism also symbolizes the washing away of sin through the application of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God (1 Cor 5:7, Joh 1:29).
Finally, baptism represents the making of an agreement, the taking on of a commitment to accept the application of that sacrifice and to go and sin no more Joh 5:14, remembering that sin is the transgression of the law 1 Joh 3:4.
This is a marriage espousal agreement between us and Jesus Christ, committing us to keep all the commandments of, do the will of and live by every Word of God.
Such an agreement must be made by mature and informed persons, who know what they are doing and know what they are getting into.
Marriage is NOT for children. To sprinkle a child and pronounce him baptized is an act of forcing an uninformed, innocent and helpless person into a situation over which he has no choice.
Children are unable to make such commitments. To make a baptismal commitment, one must be mature, informed and able to act out of free will.
When we choose to make this commitment we should be baptized (immersed in water) into God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Mat 28:19).
Since this is done at the direct command of Jesus Christ, it is done in His name, that is, by His authority.
When this commitment has been made, we may then ask that the Holy Spirit of God be given to us.
This is the gift of God and Christ and enables us to keep our commitments to Him.
In the book of Acts we find that the Holy Spirit of God was given through the request of the saints of God in praying for the newly baptized (Acts 8:14-17). In other places the Holy Spirit was given by God without this service by the saints, however it has always been the custom in the Ekklesia to follow the example of the apostles in this matter whenever possible.
It should be understood that only those who have made their baptismal commitment may observe the Christian Passover by taking the symbols of UNLEAVENED BREAD and WINE in Memory of Jesus Christ, our Passover sacrificed for us (1 Cor 5:7).
This service is always to be observed at the beginning of the fourteenth day of the first month of the Biblical Calendar.
In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord’s PASSOVER (Lev 23:5 also Num 28:16).
As only those who are physically circumcised and commit to keep all the commandments of God were allowed to take part in the Passover of the Mosaic Covenant, only those who have been circumcised in their hearts through the commitment of baptism may partake of the Christian Passover (Deu 10:16, Rom 2:29).
Also let it be understood that all baptized persons are obligated to partake of the Lord’s Passover, following the example of our Lord Jesus Christ (Mat 26, Mark 14, Luk 22, Joh 12-17 and 1 Cor 11:19-34).
This completes the beginning of the process of conversion toward God. From here we must go forward in learning and growing and overcoming until the day our physical lives end. We must continually work to purge out the leaven of sin and to take into ourselves the Bread of Life of the very nature of Jesus Christ an the Father (1 Cor 5:6-8).
LAW AND GRACE
According to Strong’s Concordance Greek Dictionary; GRACE #5485 means a benefit, favour or gift.
Grace simply means, that Christ has paid the penalty for our past sins, on our behalf, through the gift of His sacrifice.
Since the penalty for our past sins has been paid as a free gift, we are no longer required to pay that penalty for ourselves.
There is one small requirement: WE MUST REPENT and STOP doing those tings that required such a tremendous sacrifice (Acts 2:38), before that gift will be given.
To REPENT means to CHANGE, to be sorry enough to STOP sinning!
What is sin? Sin is the transgression of the law, 1 Joh 3:4.
To stop sinning, we must STOP TRANSGRESSING THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD!!
Grace or a pardon, covers sins sincerely REPENTED of!
It does not justify continuing in sin Rom 6:1-2 and Romans 6:15-16. Also read the entire book of James, as well as 1, 2 and 3 John. We MUST stop sinning and become like Christ, who had no sin.
If you are pardoned by a judge for some crime, does that then give you the right to go out and repeat the crime at will? Of course not! Why try to use such ridiculous reasoning to try and avoid doing God’s will?
God’s will is; that we keep His commandments. The commandments of God are an expression of what God wants us to do. The commandments are an expression of His will. They are His instructions, concerning what He expects of us, and how He wants us to behave.
How is it, that some people dare to pray to the Father, Your will be done; and then REFUSE TO DO HIS WILL THEMSELVES? To do this is to MOCK GOD!
It is written that, sin is the transgression of the law 1 Joh 3:4. If we break God’s law, if we transgress His commandments, we have sinned. Now Paul tells us that if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains NO MORE SACRIFICE FOR SINS, Heb 10:26-31.
There is NO GRACE, NO FORGIVENESS, NO SACRIFICE WITHOUT Sincere REPENTANCE!
REPENTANCE means to be SORRY enough to CHANGE YOUR BEHAVIOUR.
When you correct your child and he is sorry and resolves not to repeat his error, do you not forgive him?
If that child repeats his folly again and again, and says sorry without any intention of stopping his bad behavior, he is just mouthing words and is not really sorry. In fact, he is a liar for claiming to be sorry when he is not.
That kind of behaviour reflects a complete lack of respect for the parent, and his judgment.
WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF GOD, He will not respect such behaviour any more than we would.
God will NOT BE MOCKED!
Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Why;? Because He loves us. He is love, His Word is love and His commandments are love. He loves all of us. His commandments reveal how to love Him and one another. They reveal how to avoid harming ourselves or one another. For the Law is Just and Holy and Good Romans 7:12.
Yes, we are saved by grace which is the free gift that has been given by Jesus Christ, who gave Himself in our place, making possible the forgiveness of God.
No, we are not saved by works, since no works can make right those things that we have done wrong.
Grace is the forgiveness of those things that we have done wrong in the past, the forgiveness of our past sins. Such grace, such forgiveness, is made possible because Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sins in our place.
Nevertheless we make a MOCKERY of GRACE if we continue to do those things that required such a terrible bloody sacrifice.
Indeed, if we use the forgiveness of God as an excuse to continue in sin, we make a MOCKERY of the sacrifice of JESUS CHRIST! Who gave His life for us, so that we could be freed from the bondage of sin and the penalty of death. (Rom 6:1-2 and Rom 6:15-16).
Jesus Christ was nailed to the stake, He was made sin for us (2 Cor 5:21), paying the penalty that WE owed for our wickedness.
The list of the commandments that we had broken, our indictment, was nailed to the stake with Him, blotting out the list of our past crimes against God, our sins (Col 2:14).
His sinless life and his death, paid for every sin on that list. If we then continue to break those laws, we make a mockery of what he did for us.
WE MUST STOP DOING THOSE THINGS THAT REQUIRED SUCH A TERRIBLE SACRIFICE.
If we do not STOP sinning, there is no longer a sacrifice remaining for us (Heb 10:26); and we are doomed to pay the penalty of death that we have so richly earned.
What then was done away, by the sacrifice? Why those PAST sins that we have REPENTED of and resolved with the help of God, never to repeat.
The Old Covenant was ended by the death of one of the parties to that Covenant, Jesus Christ; who was the God of the Old Covenant before He became flesh (John 1).
At the death of the Lamb of God the Levitical Priesthood ended and at the resurrection of Christ was replaced by the Eternal Priesthood of the Melchisedek order, the whole book of Hebrews.
The WILL OF GOD REMAINS. GOD DOES NOT CHANGE (Mal 3:6). Therefore His will, His desire for us, His Commandments DO NOT CHANGE!
The idea, that because a penalty has been paid for past lawbreaking, it somehow justifies continuing to break the Word of God, is simply a rather pathetic attempt at self-justification.
There is NO REMOVAL OF SIN EXCEPT BY DEATH Heb 9:22, for the wages of sin is death Romans 6:23.
Either we STOP our commandment breaking, which is sin; and accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ to ATONE for our past sins and then STOP sinning, or we must die for our own sins.
The penalty MUST BE PAID and we MUST STOP doing those things that require such a penalty in future! Those who do not stop will be destroyed, Rev 20:15; for ONLY those who keep ALL THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD shall be given access to ETERNAL LIFE (Rev 22:14).
“Cheap grace is the theology that expects the benefits of grace without the sacrifice of obedience.” [Dietrich Bonhoeffer]
TRUE CHRISTIAN LOVE
What is TRUE CHRISTIAN LOVE?
When we truly love someone; we seek to please them, to make them happy, to do them good. If we loved Jesus Christ; we would be trying to please Him, we would be doing what He said.
What did Jesus Christ command us to do?
He told us to pray to the Father in Heaven in Christ’s name, and to ask that the Father’s will be done (Mat 6:10).
Who’s will? God the Father’s will.
If we are trying to please Christ we would be obeying Christ, and therefore we would be doing the Father’s will (Mat 4:4).
In doing this, your light will so shine that men will glorify who? Jesus Christ?
Yes; but also your Father in Heaven, Mat 5:10. How are we to let our light shine? By doing the will of the Father and His Son, through living by EVERY WORD of God the Father with enthusiastic zeal!
How do we know what the will of God our Father is?
We need to study His Word, for in His Word, He has revealed His will.
What is His will?
Why; it is His will that we listen to Him, that we DO what He says to us; and through doing his will we become like him, internalizing his very nature.
And how did Jesus Christ say we ought to love Him? He said; If you love me KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS, (Joh 14:15, Joh 14:21).
It is NOT enough to sing; Oh how I love Jesus, or to repeatedly exclaim how much we love Him. We must keep His sayings! (Joh 14:21-23).
No matter how much we claim to love Him, or to have God’s love, we are deceiving ourselves if we are not willing to do what he said.
John writes that; By this, we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS.
For this is the love of God, that we KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS, and His commandments are not grievous, John 5:2-3.
Whose commandments is John referring to? Why God the Father’s commandments, the whole Word of God the Father in Heaven.
In 2 Joh:6; John also writes “this is love, that we walk after His commandments”.
To please God and His Christ we must keep all of their commandments.
For Jesus said that “I and my Father are one” (Joh 10:30, Joh 14:7-11).
Again: It is written “And hereby do we know that we know Him. If we keep His commandments.
He that saith, I know Him and keepeth not His commandments, is a LIAR and THE TRUTH IS NOT IN HIM. But whoso KEEPETH HIS WORD, in him truly is the LOVE OF GOD PERFECTED: hereby know we that we are in Him. He that saith that he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked”, 1 John 2:3-6.
Jesus said “I have kept my Father’s commandments” John 15:10. If we are to walk even as he walked, we must also keep God the Father’s commandments!
When we turn away from sin, which is the transgression of the law, (1 Joh 3:4), we have the sacrifice of Jesus Christ applied to us, atoning for our past sins. This allows us to be espoused as part of the collective bride of Christ and to be adopted as in -aw children of God the Father (Rom 8:14-16).
Did Jesus not COMMAND us to honour our Father? (Mat 19:17-19). Those who say that we should only obey Christ now and need not obey the Father’s Word, condemn themselves for Christ COMMANDED us to honour God our Father, and our Father is the ETERNAL GOD OF HEAVEN AND EARTH; the Head of Jesus Christ (1 Cor 11:3)!
Again Jesus said that “MY FATHER IS GREATER THAN I” John 14:28 Boldly declaring that He could do NOTHING without the Father (Joh 5:19 and Joh 5:30).
Jesus said “if you had known me, ye should have known my Father also” Joh 8:19.
Therefore; if you love Christ, you would love the Father, for Christ loved His Father and commanded that we Honour and Do the Will of the Father.
If we do not love the Father, we do NOT love Christ. If we do not keep the Father’s law, we do NOT obey Christ either, for Jesus Christ commanded us to keep the Father’s law and to do the Father’s will.
Jesus Christ said that the GREATEST commandment is to: “love the Lord thy God (the Father) with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” Mat 22:37. That we, must love to keep God the Father’s commandments 2 Joh 6.
The second great commandment is to “love thy neighbour as thyself” Mat 22:39-40. How do we do this? We do not steal from him. We do not lie to him. We do not take his wife. We honour our physical parents. We do not covet his property. We FORGIVE him when he trespasses against us. All these things are a part of the Father’s GREAT LAW which is HOLY JUST AND GOOD (Rom 7:12).
THE LAW AND THE MOSAIC COVENANT
The Mosaic Covenant was a marriage covenant. Like any marriage, it ended with the death of one of the parties. In this case with the death of the husband, Jesus Christ.
Wasn’t the law, just a part of the Mosaic Covenant and did it not end with the end of that Covenant?
Paul writes that sin is not imputed when there is no law (Rom 5:13). Yet God imputed sin to Abimelek when he thought to take Abraham’s wife (Gen 20:1-9). Joseph spoke of sin to his master’s wife Gen 39:9. Sin was imputed to Sodom (Gen 13:13).
For what reason were Adam and Eve put out of the garden for eating the forbidden fruit, if that was not sin? The lesson of the forbidden fruit is clear; deciding right and wrong for ourselves and not living by every Word of God is transgression of God’s Word and is sin.
Why was the world destroyed by water in the days of Noah, if not for the wickedness of sin? Therefore the law existed in those days and existed since the very creation!
Sin is the transgression of the law 1 Joh 3:4. Where there is no law to transgress, there can be no sin. What is the law and the commandments, but the whole Word and Will of God; for God is our Father and we are to honour our Father in heaven foremost above all and are to live by his every Word.
Clearly the law existed and was in effect throughout history, from the very creation. For Adam and Eve were rejected for their sin; and Cain and Abel knew of the Sacrificial Law and of the Law of Clean and Unclean, necessary for sacrifices (Gen 4:7).
The Sabbath Law was made at creation (Gen 2:2-3).
The Law of the Clean and Unclean was stated by God to Noah (Gen 7:2).
The Law concerning Adultery was clearly known as shown above. God destroyed most of mankind in Noah’s day and then later destroyed Sodom because of their transgressions.
Was not Cain judged for breaking the Law that said THOU SHALT NOT SHED INNOCENT BLOOD? All this demonstrating that the Law of God was known since the day of creation.
THE LAW IS AN EXPRESSION OF GOD’S WILL AND HAS BEEN IN EXISTENCE SINCE CREATION.
The Word of God did not end with the Mosaic Covenant, because it was never exclusive to the Mosaic Covenant. the Mosaic Covenant was extended to Israel so that they could be an example of godliness to ALL nations; and the Mosaic Covenant was an allegory of the Nerw Covenant
The WILL OF GOD is defined by His law! The law of God existed from the beginning and remains in existence today.
SIN IS THE TRANSGRESSION OF THE LAW 1 Joh 3:4.
Sin has existed in MAN since Eve disobeyed her Creator Father and took of the forbidden fruit.
Therefore the commandment to honour father and mother must have been in effect at that time, or no sin could have been imputed to her (Rom 5:13).
In conclusion we may say that we honour our Heavenly Father and His Christ by obeying them and through living by every Word of God.
This is how we can please them, this is how we can show our love for them.
The LAW was given for our GOOD. To show us how to get along with God and one another. To protect the innocent and to guarantee the right of all peoples to peace and security.
There is NOTHING in the law that is harmful to any innocent person.
The law prevents us from hurting one another and points us toward respecting the greater wisdom of God our Father. The law prevents anarchy, confusion and violent chaos. It is a defender of the weak and the innocent and a destroyer of those who would destroy others.
The Sacrificial Law provides a legal framework for an ATONEMENT for SIN. It provides the means by which the Creator gave Himself as the Passover Lamb of God, in ultimate love, for His creation and save them from the consequences of their rebellion and sin.
No wonder; Paul writes that the LAW IS HOLY AND JUST AND GOOD!
The law and Word of God is the MOST WONDERFUL GIFT that mankind could be given, as wonderful as life itself.
For it shows the way to LIFE and the PEACE AND HARMONY that all men seek.
People cannot find peace in this world, because they reject the only WAY TO PEACE!
May God’s will be done, may everything that breathes live by EVERY WORD of GOD!!
God’s commandments are the ONLY way to peace, for GOD IS LOVE (1 Joh 4:7-8), therefore His Law could be nothing else, but for our GOOD!
The God of Heaven truly knows how to give GOOD GIFTS (Mat 7:9-11) for He IS A LOVING FATHER INDEED!