2015-04-19 - The Sixth Commandment
What Does This Commandment 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 those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council, and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the fire of Hell.” (Matthew 5:21-22).
Jesus sets standards that are far and above 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.” 1
As you can see we all can be guilty of violation of this commandment as Christ defined it John deals with the same point as we have already seen in 1 John 3:15-17:
“Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. "
By the way, we must remember that 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?"
Study to be continued.
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