Knowing the Way of the Lord
Being Perfect as is the Lord
Know this about Abraham; he was a Righteous man, who walked in the Ways of God. This is given support in the following verses.
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, (99), the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, “I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect, and I will make a covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.” Genesis 17:1-2
The words, “Walk before me,” have the same meaning as, “In the Way of the Lord.” This is given added support in the words, “And be thou perfect.” To be “Perfect” is to embrace and live by all the Ways of God, without flaw. So the question that I ask is, “How do we define what the Ways of the Lord are?”
Be ye therefore perfect, even as you’re Father which is in heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:48
The following is another example of God showing his confidence that Abraham walks in the Way of the Lord.
Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.” Genesis 18:18-19
In the above God is giving verbal notice that he considers Abraham to be someone that will live in the Way of God. Not only will Abraham live in the Ways of God, but it is also understood or believed by God that Abraham will command or teach his family and all that live within his household, the Ways of God. This means not just those of his children and their children but also of his servants and their children as well.
Then God gives a hint or a clue as to what the Way of the Lord is; to do justice and judgment. The question for me is, “what does judgment mean, or what kind of judgment will Abraham give?”
The word “Judgment” is defined as:
1. The decision arrived at and pronounced by a court of law.
2. An obligation, e.g. a debt, that arises as a result of a court’s verdict, or a document setting out an obligation of this kind.
3. The decision reached by one or more judges in a contest.
4. An opinion formed or a decision reached in the case of a disputed, controversial, or doubtful matter.
5. The ability to form sound opinions and make sensible decisions or reliable guesses.
6. An opinion formed or given after consideration. In logic, the mental act of making or understanding a positive or negative alternative solution.
Knowing what we do of the man Abraham, and those who are Jews, Christians and Muslim, who believe that Abraham is the Father of their base religious believes, which of these definitions then can we attribute to Abraham, that God also saw as virtues?
Abraham was the Patriarch or Ruler of a small group of nomads, both blood relatives, in his Nephew Lot, and in the servants and others that followed him on his journeys from the City of Haran throughout the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. As such, Abraham had many occasions to stand in judgment of others, as to their obedience to the laws by which the group functioned. Because of Abraham’s allegiance to God, I have to assume that those laws that the group lived within had as their foundation the Laws or Way of God.
In this capacity, Abraham would therefore fit the first definition, pronounced by a court of law. As ruler, Abraham, was the Law and his decisions were final, and needed to be obeyed, but were also enforced by all others in the group in that they also considered those laws to be correct and just.
The second definition, an obligation, e.g. a debt, that arises as a result of a court’s verdict. This is worded to give it more understanding of modern legal matters, as with contracts and writs of determinations, but even though the decision rendered by Abraham may not have been written down and documented as they are today, they still were enforced in the same manner as they are today.
It is unknown to me if Abraham was the only one in the group to render judgments or if he delegated some of the decisions to others, but regardless, the third definition, the decision reached by one or more judges in a contest, still applies to Abraham.
Once more, Abraham did fulfill the intended meaning of the Fourth Definition, an opinion formed or a decision reached in the case of a disputed, controversial, or doubtful matter, in his capacity as the Ruler of the group that followed him during his journeys.
The fifth definition, the ability to form sound opinions and make sensible decisions or reliable guesses, is the one that I consider most likely the aspect which God saw in Abraham, it being more to do with common sense and moral righteousness, than any knowledge of legalities.
The Sixth Definition, an opinion formed or given after consideration. In logic, the mental act of making or understanding a positive or negative alternative solution, is also a big part of what God saw in Abraham, as I see this definition as being part and parcel with the Fifth Definition.
That the Lord May bring upon Abraham
How then do these definitions reveal the ultimate of what God expects of Abraham, that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him? The questions then arise: What is it that God has spoken to Abraham, which God wants to bring upon him? For what reason does God want to bring upon Abraham that which he has spoken to Abraham of?
What has God spoken of too Abraham
To discover this you need to know what promises that God made to Abram. To do this we need to go back to the beginning of the story of Abram in the Book of Genesis.
God’s First Promise to Abram
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing. Genesis 12:2
God’s Second Promise to Abram
And Abram passed through the land (Canaan) unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land, and the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, “Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him.” Genesis 12:6-7
God’s Third Promise to Abram
And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, “Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever.” Genesis 13:14-15
God’s Fourth Promise to Abram
And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Genesis 13:16
God’s Fifth Promise to Abram
After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, “Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” And Abram said, “Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.” And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, “This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.” Genesis 15:1-4
What is Righteousness
And he (Abram) believed in the Lord; and he (God) counted it to him for righteousness. Genesis 15:6
In verse 15:6 above, Abram believed the promises made by God to him. These promises are made without anyway of God giving proof that he can or will fulfill them, even so, Abram believes God. It is because of this belief without proof, which God counted as a showing of Abram’s righteousness. The question arises for me, what is righteousness?
The word “Righteousness” is defined as:
1. Strictly observant of morality, always behaving according to a religious or moral code.
2. Considered to be correct or justifiable.
3. Arising from the perception of great injustice or wrongdoing.
4. One who speaks truth, as supported by a moral code of right and wrong.
For me the question must therefore be asked, “What moral code did Abram display, which God counts it for righteousness?
Abram saw righteousness in God
Abram accepted and believed the promises of God, but how does this ability to believe reveal Abram’s moral code?
God sees morality in Abram, because Abram is able to see morality in God. When God makes a promise, even one that God has not given any proof that he will perform, Abram even so, believes that God will perform the promise as spoken. The only way Abram can therefore believe, is if Abram also seeing in God, a moral code that will require God to fulfill his promises.
How many people have you known in your life who has made promises to you, only to forget them or who never had any intentions of fulfilling them in the first place? These kinds of people you know to be immoral, for they have lied to you. That Abram believes, tells us that Abram seeing in God a morality that will not allow God to forget or to make a promise that he cannot or will not fulfill. This ability to believe the promises of God reveals to me that Abraham had a personal and intimate relationship with God, how else could he know God so well. If God was a stranger to Abraham, how could Abraham then trust in only his word?
The question then arises for me, “What is God’s Moral Code?” This then brings us back to the purpose of determining the Way of God, which is to say, that the Way of God is defined by the morality of God.
Abram lived centuries before God gave to Moses the Ten Commandments, how then could Abram live in the Way of God? If God’s righteousness is defined by God’s morality, and God’s morality is revealed in the Ten Commandments, then how did Abram recognize that God had morality? We know that God gives definition to his morality in the last six of the Ten Commandments, but how could Abram know this, he not having the benefit of the Ten Commandments to judge by?
Morality is the Way of God
If you doubt that the Ten Commandments include God’s morality, and that it is this morality which gives definition to the Way of God, then the following should show you the truth of this.
Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him. But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries. Exodus 23:20-22
As of these verses, God has already given Moses the Ten Commandments, therefore, the words, “to keep thee in the way,” refers to those Ten Commandments. Therefore to be in “The Way,” is to be in “God’s Way.” Therefore, to be in God’s Way is to keep and obey the Ten Commandments. This is given further support in the following verse.
The Ten Commandments is the Way of God
And the Lord said unto Moses, “Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves: they have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, ‘These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.” Exodus 32:7-8
First, God tells Moses that his people have corrupted themselves, which he then further qualifies to mean, they have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. The key words here are, “I commanded them.” God gave these people the Ten Commandments, which is to say that God commanded that these people obeyed the Ten Commandments. Even so, these people have corrupted themselves by disobeying the Ten Commandments, or more specifically the First Commandment, “Put no other god’s before me,” and the Second Commandment, make no graven image, nor bow down before them, or serve them.
Even though Abram did not have the benefit of a written covenant between him and God in the form given to the children of Jacob, which is the Ten Commandments, Abram even so, accepted and obeyed those same points of God’s morality, which is why God renamed Abram, to Abraham, the father of nations.
Balaam and the Ass
To fully understand God’s insistence that Man obey the Way of God the story of Balaam and the Ass gives coherent meaning. As those who followed Moses out of Egypt made their way through the lands of Canaan, the kings of those lands became fearful of their numbers and their power in destroying those that stood in their way of laying claim to the land.
One such king, Balak the son of Zippor king of Moab, sent messengers to another of the kings of the land of Canaan, Balaam, asking that he might join with Balak to give resistance to Moses and those who followed him.
And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the rewards of divination in their hand; and they came unto Balaam and spake unto him the words of Balak. And he said unto them, “Lodge here this night, and I will bring you word again, as the Lord shall speak unto me: and the princes of Moab abode with Balaam. Numbers 22:7-8
And God came unto Balaam, and said, “What men are these with thee?” And Balaam said unto God, “Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, hath sent unto me, saying, ‘Behold, there is a people come out of Egypt, which covereth the face of the earth: come now, curse me them; peradventure I shall be able to overcome them, and drive them out.” Numbers 22:9-11
And God said unto Balaam, “Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed. And Balaam rose up in the morning, and said unto the princes of Balak, “Get you into your land: for the Lord refuseth to give me leave to go with you.” Numbers 22:12-13
As you can see from all this, Balaam, though not one of those who have come out of Egypt with Moses does give obedience to the God of Creation. Jacob and his family went to Egypt, but he was not the only descendant of Abraham, and therefore not the only one who gave obedience and worship to the God of Creation. Balaam’s family was one of those who stayed behind in the land of Canaan, and retained their worship of God, as is evidenced by the fact that Balaam looked to God for instruction as to whether he should join the forces intending upon stopping those who came out of Egypt with Moses. Once more Balak, sent representatives to Balaam requesting he join in the fight.
And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, “If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the lord my God, to do less or more.” Numbers 22:18
Once more Balaam proofs his faith in the God of Creation by refusing to join in the fight thereby going against the word of God. But still uncertain as to what he should do, Balaam decides to inquire of God once more.
Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also here this night that I may know what the Lord will say unto me more. And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, “if the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do. Numbers 22:19-20
The above is a bit confusing, the following words being that which gives me confusion, “If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do.” These words sound to me like God has told Balaam to go with the men, but then he qualifies this by saying that Balaam must do as God has or will tell him to do, which I interpret as being that God has told Balaam not to go with the men. I think that Balaam was also confused as is evidenced in the following.
And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab. Numbers 22:21
And God’s anger was kindled because he went; and the angel of the Lord stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him. And the ass saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way. Numbers 22:22-23
But the angel of the Lord stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side. And when the ass saw the angel of the Lord, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall: and he smote her again. Numbers 22:24-25
And the angel of the Lord went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. And when the ass saw the angel of the Lord, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff. Numbers 22:26-27
An Ass is another name for a Mule, and most will understand that a Mule can be a cantankerous beast, with a mind of its own. Sometimes it will simply stop, and no amount of coercion can make it go again. It is this understanding that most likely is in the mind of Balaam when his ass refuses to go where Balaam is attempting to make it go.
And the Lord opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, “What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?” And Balaam said unto the ass, “Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee.” And the ass said unto Balaam, “Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? Was I ever wont to do so unto thee?” And he said, “Nay.” Numbers 22:28-30
As you can see, Balaam only thinks that his ass is being stubborn, and then all of a sudden, the mule begins to speak to him. If this were me, I would be most certain that it was not the ass that spoke, but that God is in fact speaking to me through the ass, which is as Balaam comes to realize as well.
Then the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he (Balaam) bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face. And the angel of the Lord said unto him, “Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? Behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me: and the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive.” And Balaam said unto the angel of the Lord, “I have sinned; for I know not that thou stoodest in the way against me: now therefore, if it displeases thee, I will get me back again.” And the angel of the Lord said unto Balaam, “Go with the men: but only the word that I shall speak unto thee that thou shalt speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak. Numbers 22:31-35
Finally, Balaam understands the will of God, at first when he left with the men; he had gone in opposition to that which God had told him, which is why the Ass refused to go where Balaam attempted to make it go. Then when Balaam realizes that he has acted in opposition to the Word of God, Balaam says that he will turn around and return home, but God tells him, “NO,” go with the men, but only do as God tells him to do and no more.
The Word of God is Absolute
Balaam, was not a Jew, and therefore did not have the knowledge of the Ten Commandments as was given to the Jews that came out of Egypt with Moses. Even so, he displays all of the commitment and obedience to the Way of God, as God expected of those whom he did give the Ten Commandments to. This tells me that the Way of God is more than just the Ten Commandments only, but it encompasses all of what God has ever spoken and is recorded within the pages of the several books of the Old Testaments of the Bible. The Old Testament and the Ten Commandments however, does not encompass the fullness of God’s morality. It is incomplete, in that nothing is spoken of God’s mercy, compassion, forgiveness, etc. These moral traits and others are taught to us by Jesus, which is why Jesus fulfilled the laws of God, in that he took that which was incomplete and brought them to completion in all that Jesus taught.
That Balaam gives true and correct worship to God, even though he does not have the benefit of the Ten Commandments, is given support in the following two verses, which reveals the strength of the faith that Balaam has for the God of Creation. These verses also show proof that Balaam has been given instruction from those same moral traits given to Abraham and then again to Moses by God.
God is not a man that he should lie
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it. Numbers 23:19-20
This all gives support, as far as I am concerned, that The Ten Commandments are but a summarization of all that is given in the books of the Bible, and that the words written in the Ten Commandments have greater meaning then just the words written in those commandments. The full context of understanding the Ten Commandments is in understanding the whole of the books of the Bible including the teachings of Jesus Christ.
That ye may live
All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers. And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. Deuteronomy 8:1-2
The words, “That ye may live,” have important meaning. God is not referring to the continuation of the Mortal life, but the Eternal Life. In this mortal life we must demonstrate our worthiness for Eternal Life by living our mortal lives within the framework established by the Word of God as it is summarized by the Ten Commandments.
Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the Lord thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, “For my righteousness the Lord hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the Lord doth drive them out from before thee. Understand therefore, that the Lord thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiff-necked people. Deuteronomy 9:6
And I looked, and, behold, ye had sinned against the Lord your God, and had made you a molten calf: ye had turned aside quickly out of the way which the Lord had commanded you. Deuteronomy 9:16
To Fear the Lord thy God
And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, to keep the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good? Deuteronomy 10:12-13
You should know that the word “Fear,” as it is used here in reference to God, does not mean to be afraid as you would if a stranger broke into your house. To “Fear” God is to have respect, love, deference, and desire to serve. God wants that we love him, not to be afraid of him.
For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him; then will the Lord drive out all these nations from before you, and ye shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves. Deuteronomy 11:22-23
Once more God couples “all his ways,” with the keeping of these comandments.
Further Defining Righteousness
The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. Proverbs 11:5
When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Ezekiel 18:26-27
To be “Righteous” is to live your life in conformity to the Way of God. This is accomplished by embracing and living by the full meaning of the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Jesus Christ. If you keep only nine of the Commandments of God, then you fall short of being “Perfect.” If you fall short of perfection then you fall short of being “Righteousness.”
You keep all of the Ten Commandments except the Fourth, which gives command concerning the observance of the Seventh Day Sabbath. Instead, you observe the Sabbath on the first day of the week or Sunday. In this you are disobeying the word of God as it is written in the Book of Genesis Chapter 2 and the Fourth Commandment which is written in the Book of Exodus Chapter 20. For this transgression, you are not perfect, and therefore you are not righteous. This is given support in the following verses.
A Sign between you and God
Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, “Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you. Ye shall keep the Sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: everyone that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Exodus 31:13-14
To be a “Sign” between you and God is to say that you look to the God of Creation as being your God, and no other, and through your actions of living in the Way of God, one of which is the keeping of the Sabbath as it is spelled out in the Fourth Commandment, then you manifest your obedience to the Word of God.
A “Sign” as the word is used here, is like a contract or a covenant, or an understanding, which shows that you accept that the God of Creation is your God, and in your actions you give substantive proof that you do in fact give worship to God. In return for this actual proof, God looks to you as his son, and heir to all the rights and privileges associated with being the son of the King of the Universe.
Those who sin will know Death
The “Death” being spoken of here is not only the Mortal Death, but the Eternal Death as well. God tells us, “To be disobedient to the Word God is to love death.”
Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death. Proverbs 8:34-36
All of Man is the Sons of God
So you will know, the word “Son” as used here does not have any relationship to gender, we are all the sons of God, our gender having no meaning to God. If you give worship to God and accept and obey the Word of God, living in the Way of the Lord, it does not matter what your gender is, you are a Child of God.
Getting to know God Personally
To look to God, you need to know who and what God is and what he stands for. This can only be accomplished by God speaking directly to you as he did Abraham, and Moses, or in the instructions given to us by the Prophets of God as they are written in the Books of the Bible. You must accept that the Word of God is supreme, and if someone tells you something that has no foundation in the words written in the Books of the Bible to give it support, then it was not spoken by God, and must therefore be a lie, as is the case of the Sunday Sabbath.
I personally came to know God, personally and intimately, through prayer and through the diligent study of the Books of the Bible. But God is more than the Bible, God is the Creator of the Universe, so I have also looked to the mysteries of the universe to find many of the understandings that God has revealed to me.
If you take the time and effort of studying all these lessons and chapters, which God gave me to place on this Web Page, you too will come to know God in a personal and intimate way. I have done all the hard word, in giving understanding to the meaning of the Books of the Bible that were otherwise confusing to me. God wants that you come to know him, and thereby come to love him. Read and you shall.
So you will know, since June of 2010 this Web Page has been visited by many thousands of people throughout the world. Of these people, most have returned many times, reading, studying, downloading the pages, or printing them out.
It is my assumption, that these same people are those that God has numbered in the 144,000 spoken of in the Book of Revelation, which is to say that they found God’s True Word, in that which God gave me to write and then place upon this Web Page. Glory to the Lord, and Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Are You Above God’s Law?
In the Writings of Paul there is a verse, when taken out of context, could suggest to you that you are above the Law of God.
But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Galatians 6:18
What does Paul mean when he says you are not under the law? If you have been paying attention, to all that Paul has thus far written, you will know that Paul is not saying you are no longer subject to the morality of God, which is what the laws gives identity to, but that as one in the spirit, you are not a slave to the law, but have written the law upon your heart and made God’s morality your morality, thereby placing yourself above the law, because it is no longer a law to be obeyed, but an aspect of your own personality, honor and moral character. It is this that puts you above the law, and not in opposition to the law.
Will You Inherit the Kingdom of God?
In order to make it clear what he is talking about, Paul then gives a listing of the sins that are manifest when you allow yourself to be pulled by your animalistic urges.
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these;
Adultery, Fornication, Uncleanness, Lasciviousness,
Idolatry, Witchcraft, Hatred, Variance,
Emulations, Wrath, Strife, Seditions,
Heresies, Envying’s, Murders, Drunkenness,
Revellings and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21
There is a common belief that as a Christian it is not important that you keep the Ten Commandments, because you are saved by your faith in Christ. If this is true, then why does Paul give discussion concerning aspects of the Ten Commandments?
Isn’t adultery and fornication the essence of the Seventh Commandment, “Thou shalt not commit adultery?”
Isn’t Idolatry, the essence of the Second Commandment?
Isn’t Murder, the essence of the Sixth Commandment, “Thou shalt not kill?”
If you take the time to study and understand the rest of those sins listed by Paul in the above verses, you will discover that they too relate to one or more of the Ten Commandments. In that Paul teaches the Ten Commandments, and Paul is Prophet to Jesus, isn’t it correct that we keep the Ten Commandments?
That they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Paul then informs us without any doubt that to engage in these sinful acts removes you from any chance of inheriting the Kingdom of God. This gives full support to all that I have been saying as well. As you might have noticed those sins listed are also aspects of the Six Moral imperatives listed in the Ten Commandments.