What Jesus Says About the Commandments

Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:19

For many modern preachers, we are under the dispensation of grace and everything related to the Law it has been canceled. When we read what the Lord says in Matthew 5:19 in light of modern education, we may ask the famous question of Quico, the character of Chavo del Ocho, “What did he mean me?” I think the answer is pretty clear Jesus warns the consequences of breaking and teach breaking the commandments. We know that the law does not lead to salvation; but grace does not give us license to break it.

Jesus’ intention was never to abolish the Law but to enforce itself. Since the Law shows sin, in Matthew 5:19, the Lord is calling to be taught it and not broken. No doubt that if someone does not recognize within his or her impotence to save on their own because of sin, this person will never feel the need to be saved.

It cannot be overlooked to show the Law to unbelievers to make them aware of their sinfulness. It does not severely it constrains the work of evangelizing the lost. The American pastor Walter J. Chandry (1930- ) has understood this very well when he says: “The absence of God’s holy law in modern preaching is probably more responsible factor than any other for the evangelistic impotence of our churches and missions.”

If we are called to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth, it is our duty to stand firm and say biblical truths in the same way that Jesus did. Another American pastor, John MacArthur (1939- ) said: “One of the problems of evangelism today is that Christians are not willing to stand firm face to face with the world and tell the truth of Jesus Christ as they are.”

We cannot preach the gospel gilding the pill to listeners. God has not given us permission to accommodate His Holy Word to the fashions of the moment. Scripture has no expiration date and all of it continues to be valid. The true preacher of the Gospel cannot afford to just share what appears to be politically correct. The American preacher Aiden Wilson Tozer (1897-1963) said: “No we are commanded to diplomacy but as prophets, and our message is nothing more than an ultimatum.”

Wickedness has multiplied on earth and that has resulted in sensitivity to sin be anesthetized. The parameters of the world are increasingly alienated from God. The redefinition of the fundamentals has turned bad into good and good into evil. It is time for the church of Christ to awaken from its slumber and is routed along the path traced the Divine Master. Time is running out and we are responsible to snatch souls to hell. God bless you.

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