- Religion and Philosophy
The Forgotten Commandment
A Commandment that seems forgotten.
Over the past few months I have focused my Bible studies on the subject of Commandments. But not on the Commandments that we often hear about in the Old Testament, but Commandments that are found in the New Testament. What I find to be most interesting is the more recent the commandment is writen in the bible the less anyone seems to pay any attention to it. And although I have read this peticular Commandment in the bible a number of times, it never really sunk in until I began to really study more on this subject of Commandments.
What Is really surprising is the lack of teaching on this peticular Commandment. And what is most striking about this commandment, I'm about to quote, is that it is directly related to our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the center of this commandment, and yet no one that I'm aware of has never mentioned or taught on this commandment. And still, it is the center piece of our faith in God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
So, it should not surprise us to learn that we are COMMANDED (commandment) to "BELIEVE" in the name of God's Son, Jesus Christ. For those of you who may doubt this as being a commandment " to believe in the name of Jesus Christ" I would like to direct your attention to the following in 1John 3:23 (NKJV) which states: 23 And this is His Commandment: that we should believe on His name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.
We are commanded to believe on the name of God's Son Jesus Christ. But do we all following the words of this commandment. The simple answer is; No.
Now, in support of the verse I just quoted above I now draw your attention to the following words spoken by Jesus in John 14:21 (NKJV) which states: 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him".
Now, we come to a very important question. Is it a sin if we don't believe in the name of God's Son Jesus Christ? The most simple and direct answer to this question is; YES.
Is there any place in the bible that clearly states it is a sin if one does not believe in Jesus Christ? The answer to this question is also; YES. And the verse that clearly spells it out has been read many times by many people but has been over looked or misunderstood. The following verses clearly explains. Jesus is speaking to his disciple in these verses in John 16: 8-10 (NKJV) which states: 8 "And when He has come, He will convict the world of "SIN", and of righteousness, and of judgement; 9 "OF SIN; BECAUSE THEY DO NOT BELIVE IN ME", and of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more, and of judgement, because the ruler of this world is judged."
There is no way to misunderstand these verses I have just quoted. If we do not believe in Jesus Christ we are in sin, plain and simple. No if, ands, or but.
So, now I ask the question, why is it that we never hear about this from those who call themselves clergy? Shouldn't this commandment be one of those near the top of the list of commandments. I would think it sould be, and yet, it seems to be a forgotten commandment. How can we be disciple of Christ and not know this commandment? Of all the commandment listed throughout the bible this is the first one I've seen that directly states that we are to believe in the name of Jesus Christ.
What is also interesting to note regarding the commandment revealed in 1John 3:23 is that it is within a few verse which mentions the spirit of the Anti-christ. In 1 John 4: 3 (NKJV) it states: 3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have hear was coming, and is now already in the world.
When we read this verse it is revealing the spirit of the antichrist which is already in the world.
In his writing 1John, the Apostle John is explaining in this book that believing in Christ is a commandment. And he also explains in this same book what defines an antichrist if you read 1John 2:18, and 1John 2: 22 and 1John 4:3. Clearly we are to believe in the name of Jesus Christ if we are true believers and disciples of Christ.
This leaves me to wonder how many times have we missed important points God has revealed to us in His word? How many times we read something in God's word and it's meaning and context flew over our heads? How many times we have studied verses to gain knowledge and yet missed important facts? I can't not answer my own questions here, but one thing I am sure. Since I started studying carefully the commandments I feel a step closer to understanding more of the nature of God's Kingdom and why Jesus Christ is sitting at the right hand of the Father. There may be more commandments that have been over looked in the New Testament that are important as I try to gain more understanding of God's Kingdom and it my plan to find them.
If we are commanded to love by Jesus Christ, then it shouldn't be surprising that we are also given a commandment to believe in Him.