God has a government, and every government has a constitution or set of laws that governs the whole territory. Without laws, the whole nation will be in chaos. Without laws, a government cannot continue to exist. The laws of the land are built for the benefits of the whole citizens of that nation. It is designed to protect the people, so that if obeyed everyone can secure a peaceful life. Each law if violated has a corresponding penalty. Same thing applies in the government of God. He wrote His laws with His own finger and engraved them in tables of stones so that no man can change them. He designed His laws to adapt mankind for their instructions and government for all. If obeyed, man will live in harmony with God and fellowmen, but if violated, a penalty of death was pronounced, Romans 6:23.
During the ancient days of the Israelites, the death penalty was executed instantly against the transgressor; however, things changed when Jesus came to change the covenant, which He provided mercy unto the sinner, thereby giving them a chance to repent of their transgressions of the law of God. If any failed to repent during the probationary period provided, then all will face the execution of the Lord's justice in the great white throne judgment, when all wickedness in this world will be destroyed in hellfire and brimstone. All will be but ashes in that day, Malachi 4. It is only then will sinners pay the penalty for violating the laws of the government of God.
If we want to be a part of His kingdom, we need to be obedient to the laws that govern His kingdom. All creation with the power of choice is subject to every requirement God has laid down to follow.
The kingdom of God has ten precepts, brief yet comprehensive, authoritative yet with mercy which allows everyone to have a probationary time to perfect obedience to the law of God, which is accomplished through our surrender to the will of God, and thus Christ will give us the power to keep that very law which governs the conduct of the Creator's universe. Whose duty is it to keep the law of God? Is it just for the Jews? No. It is man's duty. Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14 - Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether [it be] good, or whether [it be] evil.
When we look at the two great commandments, which are a summary of the Ten Commandments and break down the 10 precepts, we can see how the first four commandments teach us how to love God first and supremely, and the last six teach us how to love each other. These 10 Commandments are based on the great fundamental principle of true LOVE. Thus saith the Lawgiver. For God is love. 1 John 4:8 - He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
What are the two greatest commandments?
Matthew 22:36-39 - Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
How do we love God and how do we love our neighbor?
Exodus 20 - The ten commandments are divided into two parts:
First Part (1-4) - teaches us how to love God
Second Part (6-10) - teaches us how to love our neighbor
Exodus 20:3 - Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
What are other gods aside from God?
Furthermore, if you cannot choose God because you are afraid of any person, then that person is your god. If you cannot choose God because you owe gratitude to this person, then that means that person is above God and is your god.
Exodus 20:4-5 - Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness [of any thing] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation] of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Any graven image or object like rosary, images, crucifix, relics of dead people, animals, trees, rocks and such things that people venerate, adore, bow down to or worship is an idol and is against the law of God. Any object that you believe to have contained supernatural divine power is considered graven image. If we have any of these in our homes or even in vehicles, we need to get rid of them immediately.
Psalms 115:4-8 - Their idols [are] silver and gold, the work of men's hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; [so is] every one that trusteth in them.
Conclusion: I understand and agree that a child of God will not possess any graven image that is used for worship, adoration or prayer.
Exodus 20:7 - Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Psalms 145:21 - and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.
The name of the Lord is holy for He is holy. Trifling His holy name is sin against Him.
How can one take the name of the Lord in vain?
Conclusion: I understand and agree that a child of God should not carelessly use the Name of the Godhead in any manner. And that if I claim the name Christian, then it is required that I do my part in cooperation with Heavenly agencies to produce fruits of Christ in my everyday life.
Exodus 20:8-11 - Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates: For [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is], and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Which day is the 7th day?
When does Sabbath day start?
1 day = from the setting of the sun till the setting of the sun or from sunset to sunset (one evening and one morning)
When does “even” start?
Genesis 1:5 - And the evening and the morning were the first day.
2. How do we keep the seventh day (Sabbath day) holy?
Isaiah 58:13 - If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, [from] doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking [thine own] words:
a. Who shall not do any work?
b. Are we allowed to buy and sell on the Sabbath? No.
Conclusion: I understand and agree that the Sabbath of the Lord is the 7th day of the week, as known as Saturday in the Gregorian Calendar, and the holy day starts from the setting of the sun in Friday and ends at the setting of the sun in Saturday.
This day is to be solely devoted to worshiping God in both public and private! On this special day, we are to continue to show acts of kindness. We are to take care of souls especially. Reveal the truth through our works, preaching and efforts to reach the lost. We are well able to save lives and even God's creatures on this blessed day. The work that we refrain from doing is secular. We never stop the good work of the Lord.
On this special day, all matters of indifference between brethren or families must be settled before the Sabbath starts, even before the sun goes down during the normal week.
All preparation must be done on Friday which includes preparing the foods and cooking that you want to eat on the Sabbath. Reheating the food that was already prepared does not take work to do, so it is okay.
If we are going to travel on Sabbath, please take note that all rides must be prepared and paid for on preparation day before Sabbath starts. There is to be no buying and selling on this holy day of the Lord. All public rides must be paid for before Sabbath. We are not permitted to buy gasoline for your vehicle when Sabbath starts or anyone else. We are not to be buying load for your mobile phones as well. We are not to be preparing clothes, shoes and such during Sabbath. They should be laid out before Sabbath and prepared.
The only exemption, which God allows is for emergency reasons such us relieving the suffering of the sick or saving lives (people or any of God's creation). All secular matters must be set aside before Sabbath starts.
The Sabbath day is also a good time to reach out the lost and not just confine oneself inside the house. It is important that you spend time in nature as this day is a memory of what God did in the creation week.
Exodus 20:12 - Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Ephesians 6:1 - Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Micah 7:6 - For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man's enemies [are] the men of his own house.
If our parents tell us something outside the will of the Lord, then we are not to obey them but to obey God first above our parents.
Conclusion: I understand and agree that our duty to honor parents is from God and that it should be within the boundary of the will of God. No parents can compel obedience from their children if it is against the will of God. A Christian’s duty is to obey God above all earthly ties.
Exodus 20:13 - Thou shalt not kill.
Aside from physically killing someone without a cause, what is another way that we can commit murder against our neighbor?
Hate: miseo – to detest, to persecute, to love less
Matthew 19:18 - He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder…
1 Peter 4:15 - But let none of you suffer as a murderer…
To kill – With a cause
God is not a murderer. His orders to kill the wicked were justifiable and had a reason. So to murder is to kill without a justifiable reason. Otherwise, God would be breaking His own law.
Conclusion: I understand and agree that God forbids us to kill anyone without a cause whether taking the life of a person or hating them in any way, shape or form. Everyone has the right to protect and defend himself, but to kill someone in revenge is not a Christian’s duty nor to hate them or love them less for what they have done, or for who they are not Christlike either.
Exodus 20:14 - Thou shalt not commit adultery.
1. Adultery – illicit/unlawful/sexual relationship between married man/woman
Biblical Definition of Sex (lay down): Genesis 35:22 - And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine: and Israel heard [it].
Friendship with the world:
Conclusion: I understand and agree that God forbids His people to commit physical and spiritual adultery.
Exodus 20:15 - Thou shalt not steal.
1 Corinthians 6:10 - Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Things that cannot be seen can also be stolen such as affection. A man who secretly wins the affection of a woman he likes and secretly communicates with her without asking the permission or without the knowledge of the parents is one way of stealing affection.
In today's advancing technology, people steal software that is intended to be purchased. They find a way to crack the serial number or copy it from someone and use it as like those who purchased them. This is stealing for the user using free codes who did not pay but took the code for free without the consent of the author.
Also, hacking is another form of stealing. Sensitive information that belongs to others must remain theirs unless shared by the owner. Some common forms are reading other people’s phone or email messages when they do not have the permission to do so. Most common today is stealing credit card information, username and password information.
Another thing that can be stolen is time. A second wasted by doing nothing or by doing something that God has not called you to do is stealing God's time. Working on the Sabbath instead of devoting this time for holy purposes is stealing God's holy Sabbath day. Any dishonesty in one's working hours is also counted as stealing. A Christian will be honest in his working hours should he be required to report to work at a specific time and work for a specific duration in a day.
What most people do not realize also is that God declared that those who do not return His holy portion which is 10 percent of his increase is robbery. And not only this but also the offerings that we have to freely give to Him. If we do not return and give the tithes and offerings, this is what He said.
Malachi 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
Conclusion: I understand and agree that Christians who want to inherit the kingdom of God must practice honesty in his daily life at home, church, work or in the society.
Exodus 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Revelation 21:27 - And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither [whatsoever] worketh abomination, or [maketh] a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
James 5:12 - But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and [your] nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
Ephesians 4:29 - Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
1 Peter 2:12 - Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by [your] good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Conclusion: I understand and agree that those who will enter heaven are only those who have no guile found in their mouth. It means they have cleansed themselves from all forms of lying or misrepresentations.
Exodus 20:17 - Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that [is] thy neighbour's.
Ephesians 5:5 - For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
1 Corinthians 6:10 - Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Timothy 6:7-8 - For we brought nothing into [this] world, [and it is] certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
Hebrews 13:5 - [Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
1 Thessalonians 4:11 - And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
Obedience to these commandments is a manifestation that one has been saved by the grace of God through faith in him. One can claim that he has been saved, but yet if he fails to show fruits of obedience, his faith and profession is dead, James 2:18, 20.
The Ten Commandments of the Lord thy God has a total of 295 words in length; however, the Mother of Harlots aka the Vatican’s ten commandments are a total of only 77 words. This is an open attempt by the seat of Satan through the office of the antichrist Pope to change the Law of God, regardless of the fact that Christ Himself declared in Matthew 5:18 - For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law... The Roman Catholic Church has clearly removed 218 jots and tittles from the Law of God just as Daniel stated the man of sin would do in Daniel 7:25.