Matthew 23:1-4 “Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.”
Hello everyone, my name is Kevin President and founder of Spectacle for Christ, welcome to Spectacle for Christ Ministry. Today and in light of what is to come, we would like to speak more about the mark of a man, the beast, and the mark of the Christian.
For it is important we as Christians know when it comes to the word of God, it is given for us to perform them, and if we are failing to perform, or live out the word of God, it is equally good for us to know we are in danger of losing our inheritance in the coming kingdom of God. Psalm 23:4 “Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
Let us listen carefully to what Jesus said concerning the scribes and the Pharisees. He said, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.” This means they are standing in the office of authority and are operating with the authority of Moses.
But although they are operating with the authority of Moses, they themselves are not obeying the word of God. Instead, they lay the burdens on the shoulders of the people and will not themselves carry those very burdens. It means they are enforcing the law in a strict fashion.
Now, because they are in authority, Jesus said we are to observe what they command, but only because they sit in Moses seat, the seat of authority. Matthew 23:1-4 “Therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do.”
But what Jesus said we are not to do, is follow after their mark or ways because they say and do not. It means we are not only to hear the word of God, but we are to also do or perform them. Matthew 23:1-4. “Do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.”
It is clear and without excuse if we fail to live by the word of God we will not enter the kingdom of God. Jesus warns. Matthew 7:21 “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”
Who will enter the kingdom of God, according to the word of Jesus, those that do and are doing the will of his Father in heaven.” The mark of a man is the way he lives his life whether for the kingdom of God in support of the law and policies of God, or the kingdom of this world and the policies of this world.
Today and according to many in the Church, to simply say we believe in Jesus Christ and by confessing Jesus as king and Lord of our lives, we shall be saved. However, and to the contrary, the full gospel calls for us to show who we are by the mark of our lives. For in the world to come before Christ establish the authority of his kingdom on earth the test will come to show if we are for Christ or not.
The test will show whether we are standing on the principles of Christ, or are standing with the antichrist, and the way we will show we support either of these; it will be by the way we live our lives, and it will also be by us supporting the policies or law of the antichrist or our King Jesus.
Let us listen to the words of Jesus and the seriousness of keeping the word of God. Jesus spoke these words to the people, Matthew 5:17-20 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”
Most of us believe by coming to die for the sins of the world, Jesus came to do away with the law. That is not what Jesus said he came to do, Jesus said he came not to do away with the law. Instead, he came to enforce them. And why? The law has made it clear, Jesus is the only saviour of the world. Therefore, Jesus came to fulfil them.
Jesus upon his return will both judge the world and he will do so by the law, however, grace will be shown to his people, those who had turned away from their sins to walk after his instruction, and those bearing the mark of his name.
“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:”
Jesus in no way is lending support for us to break one letter of the law, He said, “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: 7-20.
Did we notice how Jesus ended his statement on the subject of the law? He said in light of obeying the law, “Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
He shall in no case enter the kingdom of heaven, we can’t only be speakers on the subject of God’s kingdom without obeying them ourselves, nor can we only by confession enter the kingdom of God. We cannot only by our confession say that Jesus is our saviour and not do what he commands, and then expect to enter the kingdom of heaven to come. The word of Jesus, Luke 6:46 “Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”
Malachi 1:6-7 “A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I am a father, where is mine honour? and if I am a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.
How do we honour the Lord, by our words only, or do we honour the Lord by our words and what we do? Revelation 6:9 “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow-servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.”
Why are the saints being killed? They are persecuted for the word and testimony of Jesus Christ. The law and instruction of Christ are that we are to proclaim his kingdom and kingship in all the earth, and to every creature, and for obeying their king, the saints are being put to death.
Romans 8:35-36 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.