Daily Lift – February 03, 2017

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At First Corinthians chapter six, Paul began at verses nine and ten to identify sins which would prevent a person from inheriting the kingdom of God. The list included fornicators, idolators, adulterers, the effeminate, the abusers of themselves with mankind, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners. In the Revelation, chapter twenty-one at verse eight records a similar list of offenses. There, we read that the fearful, unbelieving, abominable, murderers,
whore-mongers, sorcerers, idolators, and all liars will have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. Interestingly, there is not a sin on these lists which was not also considered offensive to God under the Law of Moses. What God considered offensive to Him He identified in the Law, and what remained offensive to Him under the Law of Christ, he caused to be written again. However, one thing He ordained in the Law that He did not in the Christian dispensation was remembrance of the sabbath day to keep it holy. Appointed to be kept by early Israel, the law given to Christians never bound such an observation. Very apparently, the scriptures set a precedent for themselves in that what they said to Israel under the Mosaical dispensation, they do not necessarily say to Christians under the Last Will and Testament of Jesus Christ. Only if the New Testament contains an ordinance to Christians is there an ordinance indeed unto the church. With this is mind, many in this modern and denominational age have supposed David’s early use of instruments of music is fit example of what we should practice in Christian worship. It should be noted, however, that the New Testament authorizes nothing of this sort for Jesus’ church. As a matter of fact, much of the book of Galatians is spent with warnings from Paul the apostle that shadows of the Law should never be confused with the law of Christ, or one would fall from grace in doing so. Second Timothy chapter three tells us at verse seventeen that the scriptures tell us all we need to know. Let us trust them to that extent. Their silence in this matter is not to be construed as the consent of God.

 

Written By: David Hayes Prophater
Recorded By: David Hayes Prophater

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