2015-05-31 - The Sixth Commandment
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 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 hell of fire.” (Matthew 5:21-22 ESV).
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.” 1
As you can see, for us as believers, there is, then, a way we are to keep this commandment. Ask, "what is the opposite of taking a life?" Maybe it isn’t enough not to take a life, but we should also protect life, do what we can to improve life. Isn’t that what John is saying here? What are some ways this can be done?
John also points to Christ as our example. Instead of taking the lives of men, He offered up His own life to save them. And so we are called to offer ourselves up for those around us. We are called to be servants to mankind. Our task is to model Christ to others, so that through the work of the Spirit, they will also desire to follow after Christ.
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