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Why We Believe We Should Honor All God-Ordained Authority

Why We Believe We Should Honor All God-Ordained Authority

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Published by: Grace Church Modesto on Dec 20, 2013
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“Why We Believe We Should Honor All God-Ordained Authority” (Exodus 20:12) I. Introduction. A. Orientation. Before we started our mini-Reformation series On Luther and the reasons why he was compelled To speak out against the church’s teaching of his day, We were looking at why we believe In the continuance of the Ten Commandments. Let me just note briefly That there are churches that don’t believe this – Those that believe that obedience is optional for the believer, And who believe that even those who do obey Don’t have to obey the Ten Commandments. Again this has to do primarily with Dispensationalism – Though not all Dispensationalists believe this, The majority of them seem to – That teaches the Old Covenant Scriptures and requirements Were just for the nation of Israel, While the church need only obey the New Testament at best, Or just the letters written to Gentiles churches at worst. This latter view greatly limits What we as believers need to observe.
 
2 But it just isn’t true. The Scriptures are for God’s people of all ages – For His church that has existed from the time of Adam Through the present day. That means that everything the Lord gives us in His Word Is still valid for today, Except for the parts that He has clearly done away with – Such as, the ceremonial law – Because it pointed to Jesus Christ, And was fulfilled by Him – And the civil law – Because it was specifically for the nation of Israel In the circumstances they were in, Though the principles of righteousness and justice That are contained in them, still apply. Since this is the case, We shouldn’t be surprised to find such things in the NT As 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” Paul was referring to the OT Scripture here Since he notes that these are the Scriptures Timothy had been acquainted with from his childhood
 
3 Because of his upbringing By his Jewish mother and grandmother. Paul is saying the OT is inspired, profitable and useful, So that we, NT believers, may be trained in righteousness And equipped for every good work. We also shouldn’t be surprised To see Paul enjoining the observance of the Ten Commandments As we saw in our meditation this morning, “Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled
the
law. For this, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET,’ and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of
the
law” (Rom. 13:8-10). The Ten Commandments have always been His standard, And continue to be so today. We don’t keep them to be saved, But having been saved, The Lord would have us to keep them That we might love Him and our neighbor. B. Preview. With that in mind, Let’s continue looking at how He tells us to do this.

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