Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
How do we live by the word of God? Wednesday February 26th, 2003
For man to live, it takes a few things, all of which God has supplied. We need air, God gives it to us and the governments haven't even figured a way to tax it, YET. We need water, and God has given that to us as well, and if we drill our own well, we can get it without to much government interference.
We need gravity, light, darkness and things to eat, and like air and water, God has supplied those things to us a as well.
But, you know those things are all things of the flesh, and we do need them, there is no way around that. Why try living without air for a week or, without water for thirty days, and you will soon come to realize that these things God has supplied, and in most cases the governments have taxed or taken control of, we absolutely do need.
But, there is something else we need, something even more important to our survival than food, shelter, air, water, and gravity. And that thing is God's Word.
And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where He was tempted for forty days by the devil.
And during those days Jesus did eat nothing: and when they were ended, He hungered. And the devil said unto Him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus answered the devil, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. (Luke 4:1-4)
So, God, the One who created everything, tells us that man does not live by food alone, but needs every word that God spoke and speaks to live. He even implies that the word of God is more important than bread.
But, just what is the word of God? Some tell us that the Old Testament is null and void since the Lord came, others tell us that we should not eat pork because it is written in the Old Testament that we should eat no unclean things. And some go so far as to insist that Christians worship on Saturdays. For Saturday is the Sabbath according to the Old Testament. So, how is one to know what to do and what to avoid.
Look here in the Old Testament:
And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth.
Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat. Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.
These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat. And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you: They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination. (Leviticus 7:1-11)
What no lobster, clams or rabbits? But remember, those words in purple are words spoken directly by God the Father, so, we don't want to ignore them, but, most of us do eat pork, most of us do eat lobsters, clams, shrimp and rabbit.
So, what are we to do? How are we to live by the word of God? Well first we must read the word of God.
In the book of Acts, we see the prohibition of these foods negated:
Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, and saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: on which were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
But Peter said, "Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean."
And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. (Acts 10:9-15)
"Ok" you say, "so God has shown us by His word that we can eat pork, lobsters, shrimp, rabbits and all kinds of creepy crawly things, but, how do we know what to obey in the Old Testament and what not to?"
Our Lord, God Himself has explained that to us, He did it while He was still walking the face of the earth in the earthly manly body of the Lord Jesus, the Christ:
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets:
I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-20)
Notice this part again: Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. Came to fulfill what? Jesus came to fulfill all of the prophecies and requirements that dealt with the first coming of the Messiah. He fulfilled everything having to do with sacrifices, He fulfilled every prophecy and requirements of the Messiahs being on earth from virgin birth to crucifixion and being buried in a borrowed tomb and His resurrection.
And as for those who say that you can ignore the Old Testament teachings on morality, on homosexuality, on capital punishment, well look again: For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. A jot is what we would call a comma or period or hyphen, a tittle is a letter, like a or b or c etc. Everything written in the Old Testament that has to do with anything other than the first coming of the Messiah or anything else that was not specifically changed or eliminated in the New Testament, is still in full effect till all that is prophesied is fulfilled. .
So, how do we live by the word of God? Well, the first thing one must do is study the Word of God and His word.
You guys in the war on terrorism have plenty of time on your hands now, and you will for a few more days it seems. Good time to drown yourself in God's word, getting to know His Word. If you take it upon yourself to study till you understand fully the difference between the Word of God and the word of God, you'll have made a good start.
The Lord be with you all and may He give you strength and understanding for what you are about to do. May He give you the ability, determination, and courage to free those enslaved by the muslims who hate Christ and His word. May He use you to free the Holy Lands so that God's Holy and Sacred Word can be preached again. Guys, pray for yourselves, pray for your families and pray for your Chain of Command. And be honorable. Be ye a credit to both the Lord our God, Christ Jesus and the US Military.
God blessed America when she feared Him, now it appears, she may face His wrath.
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