Which is the first commandment? What is forbidden in the first commandment?
The first commandment is, Thou shalt have no other gods before me. The first commandment forbiddeth the denying,1 or not worshipping and glorifying the true God,2 as God and our God,3 and the giving of that worship and glory to any other, which is due unto him alone.
TULIP and Evangelism - Message 5 - The God Who Is and the Gospel. Understanding Who God Is helps us in our evangelism efforts. We must not gloss over some of God's attributes in the hopes that presenting a softer version of God will make the lost more inclined to seek Him. God is a God of holiness, wrath, justice, love, mercy, etc. This message offers a needed reminder that God is a dangerous God - He is a consuming fire!
Idolatry is when we imagine God to be different than what the Scriptures tell us about Him. Every entrance into idolatry begins with our own pleasure and pride. It is very contagious and if we allow ourselves to be yoked up with those who have formed idolatrous opinions of God based upon their own desires and self-centered opinions, we will soon become like them. It is very much like the sin of fornication, and God commands us to escape the same way: Flee! Immediately, without tarrying; or we will surely be caught up in it ourselves.
Verse by verse exposition of the book of 2 Kings. PM sermons are preceded by a Confessional, Catechism, or Historic Creed lesson. Usually 5 minutes or so. WSC:
Q. 45. Which is the first commandment?
A. The first commandment is, Thou shalt have no other gods before me
Q. 46. What is required in the first commandment?
A. The first commandment requireth us to know and acknowledge God to be the only true God, and our God; and to worship and glorify him accordingly
Q. 49. Which is the second commandment?
A. The second commandment is, Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thy self to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Q. 50. What is required in the second commandment?
A. The second commandment requireth the receiving, observing, and keeping pure and entire, all such religious worship and ordinances as God hath appointed in his Word
Q. 51. What is forbidden in the second commandment?
A. The second commandment forbiddeth the worshipping of God by images, or any other way not appointed in his Word
10 things I have been thinking about to begin giving up the world, and to focus more on the Lord and His word. This is a 5-part series - here are the next two:
Stop being jealous of others and what they have
Focus on helping the brethren, and being a good witness to the lost
In any counseling that will bring true change you must reach the heart. And it must be the Gospel that reaches the heart. Learn about the priority of the heart and the heart war within us. This class is a sobering look at what causes interpersonal conflict and all other battles in our fallen world.