๐Ÿ‘‘ The Commandments Of The Lord

โ€œIf any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledgeย that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lordโ€ย (1 Cor.ย 14:37).

Many Christians have a fuzzy idea that when Christ ascended up from theย Mount of Olives to heaven, He stopped speaking. But nothing could be furtherย from the truth! Paul says that the things he wrote to the Corinthians, and to theย Body of Christ as a whole, were the โ€œcommandments of the Lordโ€! Similarly,ย in his epistle to the Thessalonians, Paul says, โ€œFor ye know what commandmentsย we gave you by the Lord Jesusโ€ (1 Thes. 4:2).

After Christ ascended to heaven, Israel continued in her rebellion againstย God by rejecting the Holy Spiritโ€™s ministry through the twelve. Thus, Israelย was temporarily set aside by God (Acts 7). God then raised up a new apostle,ย and gave Him a message which had never before been revealed (Acts 9; Gal.ย 1:11,12). Christ spoke again!

From heaven the glorified Christ gave to the Apostle Paul a new revelationย concerning His heavenly ministry to the Church, the Body of Christ. To Paul,ย the apostle of the Gentiles (Rom.ย 11:13), was given the commandments ofย Christ for the Body of Christ today. In Paulโ€™s epistles, we have the will of Godย for our Christian lives during the dispensation of the grace of God. In Paulโ€™sย letters, we find the doctrines of grace that the Church is built upon and is toย live by and share with the world.

Notice that Paulโ€™s words, as revealed to Him by Christ, are spoken of asย โ€œcommandments.โ€ This is not a take-it-or-leave-it word. When a commandmentย is given by God, He expects us to obey and conform our wills to His will. Inย past dispensations, other commands were given which were valid at the timeย given, but are not for today, and are not for our obedience.

Take food for example (a topic close to my heart). The Bible commandsย man to eat only vegetables and fruit, then it allows for eating meat with fruitย and veggies, then it commands only certain foods to be eaten, then it commandsย that all food can be eaten. It is impossible to obey all of these differentย commands at the same time.

There are many other issues in Scripture like this, so itโ€™s imperative to determineย which commands God would have us obey today. The answer is that Paulโ€™s lettersย are the commandments of the Lord which are valid for today under grace. Andย Paul says we can eat all things (1 Tim. 4:3-5). Itโ€™s great to live under grace! source

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