Higher Standards For Greater Rewards

Most people think of the Ten Commandments as God’s law given through Moses. Actually the Ten Commandments are just the beginning of the laws, practices, and regulations that God gives to His people. The rest of the book of Exodus, the entire book of Leviticus, and the first ten chapters of Numbers compromise the bulk of the law.

For those of you keeping track, that’s nearly 60 chapters of rules and regulations.

Why so many? I think the answer is found in the lead-up to the Ten Commandments:

Now if you obey Me fully and keep My covenant, then out of all nations you will be My treasured possession. Although the whole earth is Mine, you will be for Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.

God wants people who are treasured. A people who are priests. A people who are holy. In short: He wants pacesetting leaders.

Priests have intimate access to God, and they are people who set an example for others to follow. In order to enjoy these special privileges, priests must be held to higher standards.

These are not standards just for those of Jewish ancestry, but for anyone who is a follower of Jesus Christ. Look what John recorded in the last book of the Bible:

To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father—to Him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

…With Your blood You purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.

Yes, the standards to be a priest—to be a holy leader—are higher. But the rewards are immeasurable!

Are you ready to bring greater glory to God? Do you want to be a pacesetting leader for the Kingdom of heaven? Then ask the Holy Spirit to sanctify you as you take on the discipline of greater responsibility. Live up to higher standards, and you won’t be disappointed by the rewards!

3 Responses to “Higher Standards For Greater Rewards”

  1. chadwick Says:

    I am glad we have mearcy grace from God

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  2. Jean Carlos Diaz Says:

    Dear Craig,

    I disagree with your conclusion. You state “These are not standards just for those of Jewish ancestry, but for anyone who is a follower of Jesus Christ.” The Old Covenant, which the Ten Commandments and all those laws are in, is not for us (1 Timothy 1:9). We also know we have been released from the Old Covenant law (Romans 7:6). We also know that the Ten Commandments is a ministry that brings death and that something greater has come (2 Corinthians 3:7), the Holy Spirit.

    The Ten Commandments may be the beginning of those laws, but Jesus has fulfilled them and has made them obsolete (Hebrew 8:13). He may not have abolished them, they are here to judge the world and lead us to Christ, but we, as Christians, are not not under the supervision of the law (Galatians 3:23-25).

    We need to live by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16). The Holy Spirit is not a higher standard, He is not about trying harder or human effort (Galatians 3:1-6), but is all about surrendering to Him so He can move and live in us.

    We are a kingdom and priest like those verses but it is because we have been forgiven, loved, and freed. It is not because we have a higher standard, it is because God met the standards. We are a kingdom and priests under the New Covenant, not the Old. We are in the New Covenant, not because of ourselves, but because of what God did through his son.

    I reject this philosophy that New Christians should follow an Old Covenant. We have died with Christ and to the law (Colossians 2:20). As a follower of Christ, I follow the Spirit and not the law.

    You also state, “In order to enjoy these special privileges, there must be higher standards.” Jesus, has met those standards and now we can all equally have intimacy with him. Priests are just another part of the body of Christ, and even as a non-priest, anyone can have the special privileges God offers (Other than the spiritual gifts of being a priest). I don’t think God uses favoritism .

    I recommend you read The Naked Gospel by Andrew Farley, or go to his site thenakedgospel.com.

    I hope to read another response about your thoughts on what I have brought up.

    Jean Carlos Diaz

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    • Craig T. Owens Says:

      Jean,

      My point was not that we need to keep all of those regulations listed in those Old Testament books, but that as God’s choosen people we are to live to a higher standard. If we are Christ’s ambassadors, we should live to the highest standards of holiness possible. Not a holiness dictated by rules, but a holiness that is molded in us by the Holy Spirit.

      I hope that clarifies my position.

      –CTO

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