The Old Testament
Note: We, who belong to the Body of Christ, are a royal priesthood, and our lips should keep knowledge, and we should continually seek the righteousness of God because we are messengers of God, Not only speaking the truth of His Word but living the truth of His precepts, displaying the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.
Malachi 4:1: “For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.”
Among the listings of the sins of the people (Malachi 2:10 through 3:18) he gives:
(1) The dangers of intermarriages and divorce, calling it detestable (verses 10-16); New Testament teachings; Paul admonishes us to marry “in the Lord”. We endanger the strength of our faith when we consider marrying a non-Christian even though we think we can convert them later. Most of the time, the subject of Faith becomes one that is not even discussed in the home under those conditions. From the beginning, God made it one man/one woman, and sanctified marriage.
We are to listen to Christ and obey from the heart. Worshiping in order to please oneself or others and accepting false teachings is condemned. One should worship in truth and in spirit, keeping oneself unspoiled from the world.
(3.) Robbing God. He gives the blessings for obedience and trust (chapter 3:6-12); and the effect of God’s corrective measures (chapter. 3: 14-18).
We seek the greatest blessing – eternal life – in Christ. God gives us blessings in Christ such as peace, joy, hope, and salvation. (Romans 5:1-11) When we see a brother erring we admonish him to bring him back to Christ and his statutes, and we may save that soul from eternal damnation. (Galatians 6:1) If we overlook and excuse such practices, then we are a partaker of the evil deeds by accepting his actions and fellowshipping with him.
The New Testament is very clear and full of the ways to walk in the light, but if you ignore them, and press more toward the saving the soul of others, which is necessary, but do not emphasize displaying the attributes of Christ in your life, you are missing the point of Christian Faith. 1 Corinthians 9:27: “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”
You say "Praise the Lord for all His blessings ", but you do not follow His commands or serve your brother as you are told to do. Your feet run to the pleasures of this world, all the partying, sports, Disney Worlds, places to play in the water, fun-fun-fun-and-games, and spend your money on things that make your life comfortable, pleasurable and ostentatious: but your "neighbor" is starving both physically and psychologically, as well as spiritually. Pleasures of this world are acceptable when you spend your time and your money on them within reason, while also giving heed to the needs of family, friends, and the poor that are within your scope of opportunity. You spend daily times talking about politics and all that irritates or pressures you, gossiping and ridiculing, puffing yourself up, but do not spend your time talking about God and His marvelous works and the truth of His word; but you condemn others for being neglectful of their Christian "duties".
The Truth is painful but necessary! And if I speak the truth, do I become your enemy? God does not change (Malachi 3:6); therefore, the Old Testament cannot contain truths which are not upheld in the New Testament in some way; the two most important commands:“that we love the Lord God with all our might, and love our neighbor as ourselves” (Matthew 22:40).
And, since God is unchangeable, and since we are now a holy priesthood unto him, these truths are attributes we should incorporate into our lives and hold to, even though we have been set free from the rituals and the “toiling in the works of the Law”. By obedience in baptism, we are now under the New Covenant in Christ’s blood, and our service should be in keeping with our “covenant obligations”; that which we commit our lives to under Christ’s royal law; meeting with the saints; fellowshipping with the brethren and esteeming one another in love; partaking of the Lord’s supper, among other things such as the fruit of the spirit, bearing one another’s burdens; caring for the widows and orphans, etc. Also, we should understand what sin is and guard ourselves accordingly.
Luke 22:16-20: “For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. 17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.” (Timothy 6:20-21: “ Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babbling, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.”
And now, since He is our High Priest, we are to observe all he taught.
Matthew 28:18-20: “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”