[CF Devotionals] 2010-07-25 - The Six Commandment

The Ten Commandments ~ Part 36
Sixth Commandment, Part 4

What Does this Command Really Require of Us?

Let’s take a look at what Christ says about this commandment. In Matthew 5:21-22, Jesus said:

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”

Jesus sets standards that are far and about those required by the commandment.

To be angry with a brother is to be a murderer. It’s no wonder, as Dr. McGee puts it: “You cannot break the Law and get by with it. My friend, both you and I need a Savior who has perfectly kept the Law and can impute to us His own righteousness.” As you can see, we all can be guilty of violation of this commandment, as Christ calls for obedience.

John deals with the same question in 1 John 3:15-17:

“Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him. This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need, but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?”

By the way we must remember the believer has a new nature and it is the old nature that is the murderer, not the new. This also means a murderer can be saved, if he accepts Christ's payment for his sin. Continuing on in 1 John …

“We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world’s goods and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?”

As you can see, for us as believers, there is then a way that we are to keep this commandment.

To be continued.

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