The Ten Commandments

You Shall Not Kill

an article based on a sermon

by Jon Bowles

given 21 July 2007


The direction of every single human life, is towards death. Yet the timing of that death is not normally something God allows to be under our jurisdiction in any way. In this article we will look at the sixth commandment, "You shall not kill." As we do, we should also begin to see the principle, the spirit behind the command, and how this principle addresses the positive mindset with which God wants us to approach others. In this way the command also extends into the very terms of the New Covenant agreement that we are under today.

To understand this properly and to have this correct attitude therefore requires us to seek the very spirit and mind of God in regard to His commandments. What is the mindset of God as it relates to the sixth commandment? What is God's intent, His approach behind this command that He wants us to mirror? That is what this article examines.

The sixth commandment is a very basic one: You shall not kill. The Hebrew word for kill here implies murdering, and the command specifically prohibits murder. There are other commandments given that clearly show this distinction such as, if man sheds man's blood, then by man shall his blood be shed (Genesis 9:6).

We will cover eight areas in looking at this commandment.

Immortal Life

In looking at the subject of immortal life, we will go to the beginning of all things found in John 1. John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word [the Logos], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) The same was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

By the voice of the Word, the Logos, all that we see exists. Without the Logos there was not anything made that was made. Every atom, everything we see, everything we touch and handle, was made and is held in place by the word that came out of the mouth of this Individual, the One who was with God from the beginning.

John 1:4-5 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. (5) And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not [literally, could not grasp the light: the Greek word used also implies that those in "darkness" cannot "get hold" of light].

People tend to ignore the fact that the end of physical life is death. They proceed through life as if they are going to live forever. Everyone ignores their mortality to some degree, and most people in the world do it continually. They blot out the fact that they will die. They push the illumination of our desperate need for "True Life" to one side.

John 1:6-9 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. (7) The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. (8) He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. (9) That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

Here is this Individual that was with the One who became the Father, that had life inherent, who lived, and whose word defines all that we know. Everything that we know came from His word defining the reality. It is the programming code. His word defines the program that we find ourselves in. Whatever this reality is, however it fits together, His word defines it all, defines exactly how it is to work, from the atomic level all the way up to a galactic level, to the creation of our hands, our feet, and all the various accoutrements that we have.

John 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

John 1:12 talks about how every man who received him [Christ], to them gave he power to become the sons of God. Christ will give life. He will allow man to be born again in a true sense into the spirit family of God.

John 10:8-10 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. (9) I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. (10) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Christ and the Father have abundant life, brimful with everything that is interesting, that is good, that is right. This is what He is trying to convey to us, that this is the kind of life He wants for each and every one of us.

John 11:21-23 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother [Lazarus] had not died. (22) But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. (23) Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. (24) Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

Martha knew about the resurrection and when it was going to be.

John 11:25-26 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: (26) And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

Do we believe that whoever lives and believes in Christ shall never die? Do we believe this Word? Remember this Logos is the One whose word defines all that exists. If we believe in this Individual and His spiritual word, then we can live forever.

Christ and the Father are trying to give immortal life. They are the Creators. That is their job; that is what they do. They make things. They create all that exists. How it actually works we do not know, but They collaborate together and the Logos then issues the word and defines what is going to be actually made. Contrast God's outgoing, giving, creating attitude of mind with the attitude of mind in verse 47: Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.

Christ had just raised Lazarus from the dead, made him alive. He had given life. Instead of You shall not kill, He said, I will raise him up and give him life. What was the attitude of the chief priests and the Pharisees? Verse 48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation. Verse 53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.

The chief priests and the Pharisees were working to kill Christ, to murder Him; and they did that. Here are two different mindsets the mindset of a Creator who gives life, who gives everything to mankind, as opposed to the mindset of a destroyer who takes life from mankind. That mind of the destroyer influenced these individuals. Because Christ had raised someone from the dead, they conspired to take His life away. It is absolutely astounding!

Look at the creative mind of someone who constructs things such as a building or a garden. Contrast that with another mind, the mind of the Mafia, for example. Where the Mafia is, the entire area is degraded. Why is that? Because they are taking everything out of the area. They are not creating.

What were the chief priests and Pharisees concerned with? If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation. They were concerned about losing their position. They were trying to take for themselves and make sure that Christ did not upset the apple cart. There are two philosophies of mind here, two mindsets. Christ had the mindset of a Creator, who gives life. The chief priests and Pharisees, under the influence of Satan, had the mindset of destroyers and life takers.

Mortal Life

We have mortal life. Why? Because of the attitude we have just read about that the chief priests and the Pharisees had.

Christ said in Matthew 10:25-26 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? [They were castigating Christ. What would they do to others?] (26) Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.

The Word of God holds all reality. He holds everything in His hand and can, therefore, make known anything that has happened in the past and can be seen.

Matthew 10:27-28 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. (28) And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: [Greek: psuche, literally breathing creature] but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul [breathing creature] and body in hell.

God can destroy a human with mortal life. There is nothing in this human body of ours that is immortal, that is indestructible. Man cannot kill the psuche, the breathing creature, because the spirit in man returns to God; and God can resurrect that breathing creature identically as he was.

Mathew 13:40-43 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. (41) The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; (42) And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. (43) Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

There is going to be a distinction made eventually between all things that offend and the righteous. All things that offend will be totally removed from the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God will consist of the righteous (verse 43).

This mortal life has a limited perspective. Mortal life is given to us for a brief period of time; but in the world at large, people live their lives as if there will be no death. They all know their lives will end in death, but they put it out of their mind. They feel more comfortable to remain in darkness. And in this area, we in God's church can easily tend to do the same, if we are not careful.

Revelation 20 shows the end of mortal life, the time when the tares will be burned, when God will destroy both body and soul (the breathing creature, the very essence of what we are) in Gehenna fire. Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire [Gehenna fire]. This is the second death. (15) And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The essence of why we are created mortal is so that we can be totally destroyed if need be. Remember what we just read: The righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father (Matthew 13:43). It is righteousness that God is looking for. The righteous will be in God's Kingdom.

1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Christ's purpose, what He actually came to do, was to destroy the works of Satan the devil. In John 11 we saw the works of Satan in the attitude of the Pharisees, who were out to kill Christ, who were out to destroy the One who gave life to Lazarus. There were two contrasting attitudes the One who gives life, and the one who wants to destroy life.

Why will God burn the tares in Gehenna fire? Because He has seen the result of the attitude and frame of mind of Satan within the creation. The creation was destroyed. It is described in Genesis 1 as tohuw and bohuw in Hebrew, which means chaos and confusion. Everything was destroyed and in a chaotic condition. That is not what God wants. That is not the way He creates. That is not the way He is. Christ said, I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10). Christ raised up Lazarus. He gave continually. He had a mindset which is the total antithesis of a Satanic mindset, totally the antithesis of a murderer, of one who takes life.

Christ Who Wars

Why, then, will Christ kill when He returns? It is not the time of the Gehenna fire, but the time of Him establishing His kingdom. Why then does He not convert the people on the earth when He returns? Why does He act as a warrior?

Revelation 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

The word war means literally war. Christ will make war. He will destroy He will put to death those who oppose Him.

Revelation 19:12-15 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. (13) And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God [the same Word, the Logos, that we read about in John 1]. (14) And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. (15) And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Christ, in righteousness, will make war. In righteousness He will kill people. Yet He gave the commandment (He is the one who gave the commandments in Exodus 20.) that you shall not kill. How do you reconcile the two, Christ who kills and Christ who gave the command not to kill?

Revelation 15:2-4 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. (3) And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. (4) Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

When Christ is about to make war in righteousness, what is sung? The song of Moses.

Deuteronomy 32:44-45 And Moses came and spake all the words of this song in the ears of the people, he, and Hoshea the son of Nun. (45) And Moses made an end of speaking all these words to all Israel:

What precedes this passage is the song of Moses?

Deuteronomy 32:29-30 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end [the end time]! (30) How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the Eternal1 had shut them up?

How could the U. S. and Britain have won some of their battles in WWII, for example? The Eternal made those victories possible.

Deuteronomy 32:35-40 To me belongeth vengeance, and recompense; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste. (36) For the Eternal shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left. (37) And he shall say, Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted, (38) Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offerings? let them rise up and help you, and be your protection. (39) See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. (40) For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.

This is the Eternal speaking, the One who became Jesus Christ. He kills, and He makes alive. He wounds, and He heals. He has complete control to do what He wishes, because His word defines reality. His word gives us everything that we are, everything that we have. He has full right to be able to control anything in the way He wants to control it.

Deuteronomy 32:41-43 If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me. (42) I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives, from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy. (43) Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.

This is the end of the song of Moses, the concept that was left with Israel that God will render vengeance. This is what those who have gotten the victory over the Beast are singing along with the song of the Lamb, as we just read in Revelation 15.

In doing a renovation on a home, before you start building, some amount of destruction has to take place. Christ is going to kill. Destruction will take place. See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive... (verse 39).

But why is Christ killing? He is not a murderer. His mindset is not one of murdering, but to make alive. He resurrected Lazarus. The Pharisees were murderers. They murdered Christ. The attitude of a murderer and the attitude of Christ is totally different.

What about ancient Israel who made war on the other nations? Did God sanction that?

Genesis 9:6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

God gave this command during the time of Noah. The execution of individuals was to be done by man. It was put in the hands of men.

Genesis 15:16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

God allows a nation to come to the point where the best time for that nation to be sorted out is at a specific time. The Amorites had to come to a certain point; and they would be completely, totally removed.

Deuteronomy 20:16 But of the cities of these people, which the Eternal thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth:

The iniquity of the Amorites had not yet reached its fullness by the time of Abraham. But by the time the Israelites went into the land of Canaan, that was the point at which they had to be executed.

How was this done? How did Israel make war? Did they just decide who was to live and who was to die?

Numbers 31:1 And the Eternal spake unto Moses, saying...

The Eternal, the One who became Jesus Christ, was making war. The One spoken of in Revelation, in righteousness He does make war.

Numbers 31:2-6 Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites: afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people. (3) And Moses spake unto the people, saying, Arm some of yourselves unto the war, and let them go against the Midianites, and avenge the Eternal of Midian. (4) Of every tribe a thousand, throughout all the tribes of Israel, shall ye send to the war. (5) So there were delivered out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand of every tribe, twelve thousand armed for war. (6) And Moses sent them to the war, a thousand of every tribe, them and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, to the war, with the holy instruments, and the trumpets to blow in his hand.

When Israel conducted war, they did not just go into war. They went into war with the priests. Numbers 10 describes the trumpets that the priests brought into battle. In II Chronicles 13 you can see, in the confrontation with Jeroboam, how these trumpets were used by the priests.

The entire battle was controlled by the priest, Phinehas, in the example we just read. The priest controlled the battle with the silver trumpets. They were used for specifically controlling the troops. So do the priests kill? No! What else did Phinehas go to war with besides the trumpets? The holy instruments. What were the holy instruments? He would be dressed as a priest, not in battle armor. What would be over his chest? Where is the law of God to be in our case? In our hearts. Phinehas had the ephod on his chest. What was in the ephod? The Urim and the Thummin. Who, then, was controlling the battle? The priests? No! It was God, the One who became Christ, the One who in righteousness makes war. If the priest wanted to know something in battle, he used the Urim and Thummin, and then actually controlled the battle using the trumpets. It was guided by the One who gave the command initially. And the Eternal spake unto Moses, saying, Avenge... (Numbers 31:1-2).

Numbers 14:42 Go not up, for the Eternal is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies.

In II Chronicles 13 the Eternal was directing the armies. He was doing it through the priest, presumably through the Urim and Thummin, from the ephod that was on the priest's chest, which is where the law of God has to be within us today. The same Individual who in righteousness makes war, in righteousness made war at that time as well. The One who became Christ led Israel's armies.

Satan, the murderer

What about the campaigns that take place in the world the war in Iraq today, for example? They are human based. Where is the spirit behind them coming from?

Ezekiel 28:15-16 Thou [talking of Satan] wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. (16) By the multitude of thy merchandise [literally journeyings] they have filled the midst of thee with violence...

Satan was filled with violence. He was a murderer. He had the attitude of mind of a murderer. We just saw that mindset as far as the Pharisees were concerned. Contrast that with Christ, the One who in righteousness makes war, who in righteousness can put someone to death. I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal. Christ is like a builder who will destroy. Why? So that He can build, so that He can make it that much better. He never stops being a creator. He remains a creator throughout the entire process. The iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. The Amorites had to get to a certain point, and then nothing that breathed was to remain, because Christ knew the entire plan, the entire history that was to take place. He could see all.

Ezekiel 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise [journeyings] they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

The Eternal says of Satan, You are not going to have anything to do with this kingdom because of Satan's attitude and state of mind. We need to be careful, if we glory in some of the campaigns, the wars of this world that we see, because the attitude of mind behind them is not a godly one. They are not godly wars. There is no such thing as a godly war of this world. It does not exist.

The wars that ancient Israel was involved in were guided by the priest, who was blowing the trumpet, presumably in the priestly robes, with the ephod, directed by God. What did God say to Samuel when Israel demanded a king who would lead them into battle? They have not rejected you. They have rejected Me. God, the One who became Jesus Christ, is the One who led them into battle.

John 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

Christ was talking to the Jews who were being led by the Pharisees at that time, and they were out to kill Him. Christ was not exaggerating. They wanted to murder Him!

John 8:40 But now ye seek to kill [murder] me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.

There was a different mindset in Abraham. When we see the command, You shall not murder, it is the mindset that we have to come to grips with. Was that the mindset of Abraham? Or was it the mindset that was in these Jews and the Pharisees at that time? Where did their mindset come from?

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do [they had the mindset of Satan]. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Satan lied to Adam and Eve, and he murdered them. As we read in Ezekiel 28:16, his mind was filled with violence.

Is the war in Iraq, for instance, a righteous war? No, it is not. It is a war that is under the sway of Satan on all sides. The only righteous wars that you can find are the ones in Old Testament times where the priests were conducting them. We are looking forward to the time when Christ will put all things right, and in righteousness He will make war.

Christ's Love

When Christ was on earth as a human being, He had a very different frame of mind from the world. His was a radically different mindset.

Matthew 26:47-50 And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders [who had conspired to murder Him] of the people. (48) Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. (49) And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him. (50) And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.

Put yourself in Christ's position. This was a case of total treachery! The Judas kiss is renowned to this day What was Christ's reply? Friend, why are you come? In other words, Do you really understand what you are doing? Christ did not go after him verbally or physically. His reaction was not a reaction of human nature.

Matthew 26:51-54 And, behold, one of them [Peter, John 18:10] which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear. (52) Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. (53) Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? [72,000 angels, a legion being 6,000]. (54) But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

Christ understood. He had the bigger picture in mind.

Matthew 26:59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;

The chief priests and elders were planning to murder Christ. That was their focus.

Matthew 26:60-64 But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, (61) And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. (62) And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? (63) But Jesus held his peace [answered nothing]. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. (64) Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Christ's did not fly off the handle. He was in complete control.

Matthew 26:65-67 Then the high priest rent [tore] his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. (66) What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. (67) Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,

What would you or I have done in a situation like this? Would we, as God's people, have behaved in the way that we should, as Christ behaved?

Matthew 26:68 Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?

Matthew 27:26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

This one phrase scourged Jesus signifies a horrendous torture.

Matthew 27:27-29 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. (28) And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe (29) And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed [a rod or stick] in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

The Romans had no love for the Jews at all. They despised them. Here was the center of ridicule, One who called himself the King.

Matthew 27:30-31 And they spit upon him, and took the reed [rod], and smote him on the head. (31) And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him

Matthew 27:39-42 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, (40) And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross [the stake]. (41) Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, (42) He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.

He resurrected Lazarus, but yet look at him. They had no concept of what was taking place at all.

Matthew 27:43-44 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. (44) The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth [One of the thieves did repent, but here it says thieves, so they both cast the same in his teeth.]

The astounding thing is that here Christ is in the process of being murdered, and yet He is dying to forgive sin, one of which is murder. What irony! But that is what He was doing. Christ was dying to forgive the sin of murder that they, every one of them, were in the process of committing.

I Peter 2 explains Christ's thinking at that time. I Peter 2:20-23 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted [hit with the fist] for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. (21) For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye [talking to us as well] should follow his steps: (22) Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: (23) Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

Christ committed Himself to God the Father. He allowed God the Father to take care of the vengeance side of things. It was not His time to do that.

I Peter 4:1-2 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; (2) That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

Living to the will of God is the difference. Do we live our lives this way? Christ when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously. In other words, He said, It is not my problem. Let's take a perspective which is different, which is higher than the circumstances we are in right now. God's perspective is that you do not have the spirit of murder. That is Satan's perspective -- one of me, myself, and I -- an incoming perspective filled with violence.

What did Christ do before He went through this trial? He spent three hours in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, going through, If it is possible, take it away; but if not, not My will, but Your will be done. Not My will, but Your will be done was not an afterthought, but a large part of His prayer. As we just read, He committed himself, committed His cause, to Him that judgeth righteously.

Before Christ found Himself in the situation of being betrayed and put to death, He prayed for three hours. The disciples were fast asleep. They did not recognize the situation that He was about to go through. Yet, what are we about to go into? We are moving into the greatest time of trial that has ever hit the world or ever will again. Might it be a good time to get on our knees and make sure that we have the right frame of mind before this? That is what we need. That is what Christ did, who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously.

Christ committed Himself to Him that judges righteously before He found Himself in the position of being betrayed, of being reviled, of being put to death, so that He was not going to murder somebody, even in His mind. If somebody spits in your face, what is your immediate reaction? If somebody gets a rod or a club and clouts you across the head with it, what is your reaction? If somebody rams something through your hands, what is your reaction going to be? Christ had to make sure that He was absolutely focused to allow God the Father to take care of that. He had to be completely, totally, utterly focused.

End Time Violence

The Tribulation is going to be the greatest time of trouble ever. Why? What is the main problem in the end time? Is it just purely advanced technology? It is not a case of what is actually done, but rather the scope of what is done, and the combination of what is done. That is the problem.

II Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

We in God's Church know this, that the time of tribulation will come in the last days. But why? II Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves...

What was Satan? He was a lover of himself. His was an incoming way. That mindset led to him being filled with violence, with an attitude of, If somebody does something against me, I'll be violent towards them.

II Timothy 3:2-3 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (3) Without natural affection [abortion falls into this area, a major problem today], trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

II Timothy 3:13-14 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. (14) But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

We see things happening today that reflect this mindset of "men shall be lovers of themselves", and this frame of mind leads to violence. Satan was a lover of himself, and his heart was then filled with violence. Men who are lovers of themselves will be filled with violence. Christ was not. He put forth His cause to Him that judges righteously. His was a different frame of mind, a different concept, a different way of looking at things.

The Spirit Of Murder

What did Christ say to James and John, the sons of thunder? Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of (Luke 9:55). There is a certain frame of mind that, if left unchecked, leads to a spirit of murder.

Matthew 5:21-22 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment [the court]: (22) But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca [you are worthless], shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool [you cursed fool], shall be in danger of hell [Gehenna] fire.

If our frame of mind is to say, you cursed fool and to want people wiped out, we are in danger of Gehenna fire. Driving is a classic example of when this frame of mind, this spirit of murder can come out, if we are not careful.

Matthew 5:23-26 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; (24) Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. (25) Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. (26) Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

We are to agree with our adversary quickly because things can escalate. We need to be very careful of this.

Matthew 5:43-45 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy [from the oral law, the Talmud, not the Tanak]. (44) But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (45) That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven...

Why love your enemies? Because Christ and the Father are Creators. Their mindset is outgoing. Theirs is not the mind of a destroyer, of a murderer, of somebody who takes life. Will Christ take lives? Yes, but it is in righteousness that Christ makes war.

Matthew 5:45-48 (45) That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. (46) For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? (47) And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? (48) Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

This is the goal. Humanly this can only come from God, from the Creator, from the Spirit of God. Christ, who was God in the flesh, Immanuel, God with us, prayed for three hours before He was to be betrayed and killed.

James 2:8-9 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: (9) But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

Note how James is using the law here in the context of respect of persons.

James 2:10-12 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. (11) For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law

James is using the commandment of Do not kill in the context of respect of persons, because when you are being a respecter of persons, you are putting somebody down, you are saying, You cursed fool.

James 2:12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

James is talking in these passages about the spiritual intent of the law the way of life, the mind of God that comes out of the law. Matthew 5 gives the spiritual intent of the law to go beyond not hating to loving your enemies.

Proverbs 1:10-19 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. (11) If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: (12) Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: (13) We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: (14) Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: (15) My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: (16) For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. (17) Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. (18) And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. (19) So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

We see this greediness for gain continually in society the big supermarkets, for example, taking away the life of the small producers by their greediness. Eventually Christ will roar like a travailing woman (Isaiah 42:14). He is going to have enough of the world's greediness, and in righteousness He will make war.

The spirit of murder goes far beyond literal murder and into this concept of being greedy for gain. Do we take away the life of the owners thereof and try and get everything we can get from people and put everybody down?

I remember the example of Mr. Armstrong in this regard. The dormitories at Ambassador College, Bricket Wood, were in need of refurbishing. The architects put pressure on the builders to cut their price; and, therefore, they were not able to make a profit. Mr. Armstrong said, I want the job done. I want you to make a profit. Give us a price that you can make a profit on. They had never come across anything like that before. It was something completely alien to them. But this is the approach we should use. You can easily be taken advantage of in doing that; but this is the approach we need to work toward, even within this world we are in today.

The Spirit Of Life

Romans 12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

We must be obedient to this. It is part of the law that says, You shall not kill, the flip-side if you will.

Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you [depends on you], live peaceably with all men.

We must do our part to live peaceably with all men. If we are reviled, we do not revile again. We must mirror the same attitude of mind that Christ had. The same mindset that He had has to be in us.

Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

We are not to give place to wrath. We are to let it go, let God's wrath take place. It is not for us to blow our stack. God will repay.

Romans 12:20-21 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. (21) Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

This is how it is done. We overcome evil with good. This is how we are going to reconstruct the entire world in the millennial rule of Christ.

John 4:13-14 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: (14) But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Christ came "that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). He resurrected Lazarus; He gave life. The converse was the Pharisees' idea which was to murder, to take His life, because He resurrected Lazarus. One way is outgoing, the other incoming. This spirit of life is a "well of water springing up into everlasting life."

The same kind of thought is given in John 7:37-38: In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. (38) He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

On the one hand you have the spirit of murder, and on the other the spirit of life. The spirit of life is living water.

John 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

There had to be the contact with God to have that Spirit in them, and that was not possible until the sacrifice of Christ took place.

Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

This is after the second death. This is after the time when those who will go the way that the Pharisees chose, the way that Satan chose, the way of a murderer, will be wiped out. Only then will God be able to wipe away all tears.

Revelation 21:5-6 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. (6) And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

He will give the same kind of life that the Word and God the Father had originally, because They are Creators. They give life. It is not enough "not to take life." It is a mindset that gives life. That is the difference.

There are two different mindsets. Satan's mindset is the mindset of a murderer, filled with violence, that takes life. The mindset of a creator is to give life. Sometimes it is necessary, in righteousness, to make war and destroy. It is like a builder who destroys a building so that he can build something else in its place. God will certainly do that, but He will do it in righteousness. It is still the mind of the creator. "I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely." He will give this same kind of inherent life that Christ and the Father had initially.

Revelation 22:1-2 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. (2) In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

This is the Tree of Life, with the waters of life, with the spirit giving rise to the fruit that that will engender. It will be to all nations, to all who will have this Life at that time, those who have chosen the right Way of Life.

Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

Christ was with the Father at the beginning. He was with God and was God, the very Logos, at the beginning.

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

Blessed are they that do His commandments, including, "You shall not kill," with all its spiritual intent. That then gives us right to life, because it is the same mindset as our Creator.

Transcribed into article form by KA. Then re-edited by JB.
"LORD replaced with "Eternal" our edit throughout