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Then and Now

Context is important, but so is the big picture. The Holy Bible KJV was written by God and his servants both for you and to you.

There are those that take a chainsaw or wrecking ball to their Bible, picking and choosing what they like. They say the Ten Commandments were for the Jews. Exodus and Deuteronomy were written to them. New Testament commandments don’t apply because letters like Corinthians were written only to the church at Corinth and it only applied then.

If it was good to follow then. It’s probably good to follow now. Rightly dividing the word of God does not mean removing entire books and laws just because you don’t like them. It means correctly identifying God’s commands, teaching them to others, and doing them yourself.

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Context is Key II

I have heard it said that the Ten Commandments were Mosaic law (given to Moses in the Old Testament) and we no longer need to follow them since we are now under the New Testament.

I have heard it said we don’t need to follow the laws and precepts of Corinthians because Paul wrote them only to the Church of Corinth.

I have heard people claim promises throughout the Old Testament which were specific only to Israel at a specific time.

Context does matter. Discernment and rightly dividing the word of God requires us to first look at the Holy Bible as a whole. It was written for us. It is directed at the modern day reader. Things written to others in times past are lively and directed at us today.

1 John 2:7 KJV
Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.

Is not the law that which we have heard from the beginning, whether by faithful preaching or by our own reading of the Bible?

Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

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