Friends, Enemies, and Spiritual Adultery

Spiritual Adultery Edited

Adulteresses! Don’t you know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? So whoever wants to be the world’s friend becomes God’s enemy.—James 4:4

I recently saw a picture that made me heart sick. It was the same picture as above only on the back of the black t-shirt were the words “The Law” and under the bench was the scripture address Romans 7:1-6. The implication of that picture is that the people who want to follow God’s Law are committing spiritual adultery. My first thought was, “Wow! How blasphemous!” How can the desire to walk as our Savior walked and follow the teachings, instructions, and commands of the Most High God be spiritual adultery? So, I did what I always do when something strikes me as off…I went to the Word (and I had a little fun with some photo editing).

First of all, Yeshua the Messiah is God’s Word from the beginning. (John 1:1) He is the Lawgiver. In Isaiah 33:22 it says, “The Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our King. He will save us. In James 4:12, it tells us, “There is one lawgiver and judge who is able to save and to destroy. He gave the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai. He taught and kept the law when He walked on the earth.

Throughout God’s Word, we see the consistent theme of natural and spiritual. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:45-47, “So it is written: The first man Adam became a living being; the last Adam (Yeshua) became a life-giving Spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth and made of dust; the second man is from heaven.” Before Yeshua, obedience was about being obedient to the letter of the law (natural). After Yeshua, it became about being obedient from the heart (spiritual). That is what the prophecy from Ezekiel 36: 26-27 is about, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will place My Spirit within you and cause you to follow My statutes and carefully observe My ordinances.” (emphasis mine) This is what the prophecy from Jeremiah 31:31-34 is about, “Look, the days are coming”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. This one will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant they broke even though I had married them”—the Lord’s declaration.“Instead, this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days”—the Lord’s declaration. “I will put My teaching within them and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be My people.No longer will one teach his neighbor or his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least to the greatest of them”—this is the Lord’s declaration. “For I will forgive their wrongdoing and never again remember their sin.” (emphasis mine). Romans 7:6 says, “But now we have been released from the law, since we have died to what held us, so that we may serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old letter of the law.” If we are true believers, we have His Spirit to write His law on our hearts…we have the privilege of obeying from the heart, not from the letter.

Yeshua’s teachings magnified the law. Isaiah 42:21 says, “The Lord was pleased, because of His righteousness, to magnify His instruction and make it glorious.” Yeshua revealed the full meaning of the Laws of God…that is why he rebuked the Pharisees…they kept the letter of the Law, but their hearts were not right. Reread the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5. Now, it’s not only about actually physically murdering someone, now if you hate someone, you have committed murder in your heart. Now it’s not only about committing the physical act of adultery, if you lust, you’ve committed adultery in your heart. By bringing fuller meaning to God’s Law, Yeshua did not nullify the need to obey the letter of the law. That would be ridiculous. It’s okay to actually murder someone as long as you don’t hate in your heart? But now, it has become a heart issue…because where do these physical acts begin?

The apostle John had a lot to say about true faith.

“This is how we are sure that we have come to know Him: by keeping His commands. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” yet doesn’t keep His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly in him the love of God is perfected. This is how we know we are in Him: The one who says he remains in Him should walk just as He walked.”—1 John 2:3-6

 “Dear friends, if our conscience doesn’t condemn us, we have confidence before God and can receive whatever we ask from Him because we keep His commands and do what is pleasing in His sight. Now this is His command: that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another as He commanded us. The one who keeps His commands remains in Him, and He in him. And the way we know that He remains in us is from the Spirit He has given us.”—1 John 3:21-24 

 “This is how we know that we love God’s children when we love God and obey His commands. For this is what love for God is: to keep His commands. Now His commands are not a burden.—1 John 5:2-3

Yeshua could not have been more clear when He said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commands.”—John 14:15 And…”The one who has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me. And the one who loves Me will be loved by My Father. I will also love him and will reveal Myself to him.”—John 14:21 And…“If you keep My commands you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commands and remain in His love.”—John 15:10.

Are you following your own deceitful heart (Jeremiah 17:9) and the traditions of men (Mark 7:8)? Do you believe the lie that Yeshua nailed God’s Law to the cross? Do you really believe it is possible to commit spiritual adultery by obeying God? I would be more concerned with those that have one foot in the world and one foot with God…that my friends is spiritual adultery (James 4:4). Repent and turn from the lies. “But if it doesn’t please you to worship Yahweh, choose for yourselves today the one you will worship.”—Joshua 24:15

Invited and Chosen

Preparing for a Banquet

Preparing for a Banquet (Photo credit: Rennett Stowe)

“Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent out his slaves to summon those invited to the banquet, but they didn’t want to come. Again, he sent out other slaves, and said, ‘Tell those who are invited: Look, I’ve prepared my dinner; my oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’ But they paid no attention and went away, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the other seized his slaves, treated them outrageously and killed them. The king was enraged, so he sent out his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned down their city. Then he told his slaves, ‘The banquet is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Therefore go to where the roads exit the city and invite everyone you find to the banquet.’ So those slaves went out on the roads and gathered everyone they found, both evil and good. The wedding banquet was filled with guests. But when the king came in to view the guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed for a wedding. So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless. Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him up hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are invited, but few are chosen.”—Matthew 22: 1-14

“For many are invited, but few are chosen.” That verse has been coming to me a lot lately, since I wrote my previous post, Chosen. So I looked up the verse to see the context. The parable that precedes this verse really made me stop and think. The King (Yahweh) tells His slaves (believers) to tell the invited guests the feast was ready. The invited guests mistreated His slaves and ignored the invitation. The King sent his slaves out to invite everyone they could find for the wedding feast of His Son (Yeshua). And they did…both evil and good. (That’s our call to share the gospel with everyone…whether they listen or not.)

So, the guests arrived and the King came into the banquet and noticed a man that was not dressed in the proper attire. When He questioned the man, the man was “speechless”…without excuse. I wonder why the man came without the proper clothing. He knew he was going to a wedding…if he didn’t have the proper attire, I think he would have told that to the king…he didn’t have an excuse. Maybe he just thought he could go to the King on his own terms, and not the terms the King had set forth.

The invitation goes out to everyone (many are invited), after all, it is not the King’s will that any should perish, but all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). But not everyone answers the call…and sometimes those that do accept the call aren’t willing to meet the King on His terms (few are chosen).

When the king threw the man into the outer darkness, it made me think of Yeshua’s words in Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?’ Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers.’

Are we willing answer the call and meet the King on His terms? Do we know Him? Does He know us?

Unless

 

There’s a list in His word

That says away we’ll be sent

Far, far to the depths

Unless we choose to repent.

 

As believers, we’ve chosen

This path and this door.

But what about those

Who don’t know Him deep down in their core?

 

We should be like Ezekiel,

A watchman at the gate…

Warning, warning

Before it’s too late.

 

It is our duty

With care and with thought

To tell them sin’s wrong

Whether they listen or not.

 

But do so with love

With compassion and care.

Show them The Christ

So they will not despair.

 

Say, “Crucify your flesh

With its passions and desires

Set your sights upon

His ways that are so much higher”

 

Do we love our neighbor enough,

That we are willing to say,

“Turn, turn from your sin

Please follow The Way.”

 

Unless we are willing

To speak up and warn

Their blood is on our hands

So weep for them, and mourn.

Stop! Look around you! There are people perishing every minute of every day. We need to have Yahweh’s heart. It is not His will that any should perish…but they are—people we meet and walk by every day. We need to have His eyes, His heart–We should be in anguish that there are people dying and going to Hell and we are so busy arguing unprofitably with one another, we don’t tell them. (Scriptures from 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Ezekiel 3, Galatians 5:24)

The Greatest Commandment

When the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they came together. And one of them, an expert in the law, asked a question to test Him: Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “Love Yahweh your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”—Matthew 22:34-40

I wonder why when the Pharisees were trying to test Yeshua, (because they were trying to prove He taught against Torah) and they asked Him which command in the law is the greatest He quoted from Torah…Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18. And then I wonder why Yeshua would say that, if He came to abolish the Law…hmmm…using the Law to abolish the Law…is that even possible? And then, “All the Law and Prophets depend on these two commands.” So if we obey the Law…we fulfill these commandments and vice versa…if we obey these two commands…we fulfill the Law. Interesting…

Just some wonderings to think on…