Receiving the promise of God’s reward
In this chapter I want to deal with the promise of God and Christ Jesus for the believers or Christians. However, I will be using the promise from Revelation 2 and 3. Yes, I know there are many promises in the Word of God. The only way I can state Christ is by the seven verses of scriptures relating the promises of Christ not only to each of these individual churches but also to the churches of today as well. (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26, 3: 5, 12, 21) Each and every message ends with this thought “He that hath and ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” (KJV) I believe that Christ wants each and every individual to pay special attention to the promises He gives, so that they have a desire to overcome the evil of this world.
Clearly, Jesus’ messages to the seven churches states the promise of reward that will be given to them that overcome sin and keep the commandments. The following scriptures have been taken out of the King James Version. In addition, in some of these texts there is more than one promise given. The first text in Revelation 2:7 states, “To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” There are a couple of interesting points that I need to bring out from this text one is this is the spiritual food for the new body. Secondly, it is for the hearing of Christ’s words, how spiritually receptivity you are in your hearing.
The second promise, “be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” (Rev 2:10) “He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” (Rev 2:11) This is a spiritual gift from Christ for our faithfulness unto the end in death. “To him that overcometh, will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” (Rev 2:17) What a promise to know you have a new name written on a white stone and when we receive that stone and name is saved. “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:” (Rev 2:26) “And I will give him the morning star” (Rev 2:28) What I believe Christ is saying here is that all who resist temptation until the end will receive this spiritual power. In addition, they will receive the spiritual light of the morning star. “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. (Rev 3:5) “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.” (Rev 3:12) Here is another one of those promises of Christ that makes the glory bumps come up all over me just to try to image the way Christ must feel when He is able to write His Father’s name upon you and His new name. “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit down with me in my throne, even as I overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” (Rev 3:21)
For many years, I have studied and wrestled with understanding the book of Revelation. Yet even today, there have been hundreds of commentaries and explanations of how to interpret the book of Revelation. It is clear that there is much division in theology and understanding from the denominational point of view that all ends up with a different interpretation. To my way of thinking, this only causes confusion and uncertainties in attempting to unlock the prophecy of this book of Revelation. It is within my understanding of what I read and write that I pray will help someone to unlock their understanding for the promises Christ wrote to the seven churches.
First, you must take into consideration the time setting and the rewards of Christ, which should be the motivating factor for understanding the book of Revelation. What I mean is if this body is going to endure in this world by its labors, for the work of the Lord it needs to have purpose. Remember the letters to the seven churches do prophesy the things that must happen and will happen to them in their time and what will happen especially in the final fulfillment of all of the prophesies of Revelation. In addition, everything written in Revelation is the prophecy of Christ and the things to come and have already been preordained or set in heaven by God. In fact, this is why I say it is very important for every individual Christian to have an ear to hear what the Spirit says unto them about how to overcome the world that they may have life eternal.
To compare all of the Bible prophecy, and how the prophets of old portrayed the gospel of coming into a new age of the new covenant for bringing the salvation of God to the Jews first then the Gentiles. The Old Testament prophet’s prophecy was for demonstrating the righteous meaning, which is the clear context and revelation of Christ to be present in the spiritual temple of humanity. Furthermore, an explicit indication in the context of having a deeper and spiritual understanding in the coming gospel of Christ and the Holy Spirit’s presence in the house of God. Three Major Prophets in prophesizing this coming of Christ and the law of the gospel were Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel.
Therefore, the prophecies and their fulfillment show the mighty hand of God and God sending His Son to secure our salvation and faith in Almighty God. This day and time we need to remember that the prophecy to the seven churches records the level of how the church was persecuted then and most important is the task the church has for ministering in the last days. I say to you that we are witnessing the unfolding of God’s Revelation in numerous ways in the world today. Especially all of the end time prophecy in the books of Ezekiel, Daniel, and Revelation regarding the Jewish people and the covenant God said that He would make with the House of Israel and the House of Judah. (Jeremiah 31:31-34) Therefore, I say that it is time we pray for the House of Israel and Judah and for the church to be strong during these last days.
I must include in my understanding the letters to these churches included praise, exhortation, rebuke, warning, and promises from Christ. This was not only to the Christians of that day but also to the Christians of today. My reason I say this is seven times you read in Revelation 2 and 3 “He who hath and ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” Jesus in His letters makes it clear that all who are of the church have been commissioned to go forth with the message of the gospel and the prophetic message of the church for the last days. Furthermore, I believe that these letters hold the valuable message for the church of today and these letters hold the key of understanding especially for the end of times. To make it even more clear, there are seven keys of understanding of grace, salvation, faith, victory, hearers, love, and the Word of God. In theology, they would call this doctrine, but I say unto you that these are the gifts of love from God the Father.
To get the proper perspective of an individual character for overcoming we need to take the context out of the scriptures. You and I need to understand the prevailing power of overcoming as Christians. Finally, to overcome and conquer, and to gain God’s promises, we need perspective, prevailing power, and to be the conqueror of God’s Word in our lives. Revelation 3:7 where the angel to the church of Philadelphia, tells them of the one that holds the key of David that opens the door that no man can shut. This key is the power and authority of Christ and the key of the truth and by this key; we have access into the kingdom of heaven. Jesus states about this fact that people make claims about whom they are and the reference you will find given to the church of Smyrna and the church of Philadelphia “which say they are Jews and are not, but are of the synagogue of Satan.” (Rev 2:9, 3:9)
Opening the mysteries of the last days
The church when it comes to doctrine or the word of God, we seek out the mystery or hidden things for the last days. The mystery of judgment is one of the important issues regarding the last days and why judgment? The mystery of judgment is the truth and revelation from the depth of God’s mind. The mystery of God is the intimate knowledge of God that will never make us ignorant or arrogant, because we do not take credit for it. In addition, the mystery of judgment is the gospel of Christ and the new covenant written within the heart.
Now you have heard it said that Israel did not live up to the old covenant. You have also heard that it was impossible because of the sinfulness of man. Yes, we all know the Lord Jesus Christ lived up to the requirements of the law and the old covenant. However, if we look at the spiritual requirements of the old covenant and the spiritual requirements new covenant you will find that they had problems then as well as we have problems with the new covenant today. God established the new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. (Jeremiah 31:31-34)
In the last days of spiritual warfare, we need spiritual knowledge and wisdom to open the mystery of the prophecy for righteous living. Therefore, in the balance of God’s judgment we begin to see the Divine balance of the measure of food, economy, wars, earthquakes, famines etc., etc., in the last day. (Rev 6) One fact needs to be made known, that God does not give to the church or any individual the knowledge to all the mystery of the scriptures. However, this knowledge will be revealed when the seventh angel begins to sound for the mystery of God shall be finished.
God tells of those who have been martyrs for the testimony of Christ and the word of God and their souls are under the altar. They are crying out to the Lord how long before you judge and avenge their blood of them that dwell upon the earth. Jesus spoke to His disciples in the gospel of Mark and told them that the secret of the kingdom of heaven has been given unto them but to the rest it has been given in parables. (Mark 4:11) Paul speaks to people in Colosse about how the secrets of God had been hidden until that generation and how that good news would benefit the Gentiles, which would become united with Christ. (Col 1:26-29)
One of my own personal mysteries is when we read in the book of Revelation about how God will loose the four angels of death to slay one third of humanity and yet they will not repent is a mystery to me. (Rev 9:13-21) In addition, the vials of God’s wrath or God’s judgments of wrath upon the sins of humanity and they repent not when this wrath is poured out upon them. The prophecy of the wrath of God started in the Old Testament regarding the house of Israel and the twelve tribes of Israel. In Ezekiel 36:5-6, Ezekiel is told to prophesy about the wrath of God and what caused God’s wrath was that of the Jews had taken to themselves the shame of the heathen. With that thought in mind what is the spiritual side of God’s wrath for the church of the new covenant? If God has sealed us by His Spirit then will we not also be included in that wrath if we are disobedient?
I believe that we are in the day and time of the prophecy where God is going to renew the spirit of Israel for the hardness of their heart and God will keep His promise. In that day God will save them from all their uncleanness and will lay no famine upon them. God’s purpose for this is to let the rest of the world, which are in sin, to make known that He is God Almighty. In the prophetic vision in Ezekiel 37, of the valley of dry bones is a vision regarding the Jewish people living in the last days as well as the Gentiles? Why do I feel that this includes the Gentiles? For this reason, the Jews are God’s chosen people and God entrusted to them His Holy Word. Therefore, anything regarding the Jews with God includes the rest of the world.
God tells Ezekiel to tell the Jews that they are dead in sin and that He will give them life again. Many preachers for revival have used Ezekiel 37:1-14 many times regarding the rapture of the church. However, this is not what the prophecy of the valley of dry bones is about. To my personal understanding, this vision or prophecy is about Israel being restored by the power of God. Have you ever been down in the valley so long that you feel like your whole being is dried up? Well if you have considered this as your spiritual life, being dried up. It needs watered to bring it back to life, spiritual water that only comes from the living water. The soul of every human being will dry up without the living water and the spiritual food provided by everything that comes out of the mouth of God. Listen to the words of Jesus spoken in John 5:21-25 here Jesus is speaking to them about the giver of life and a spiritual resurrection if we honor God. (John 5:26-30) Jesus tells of the coming resurrection when the graves will hear His voice. This I feel is the resurrection to judgment and then eternal life.
When He comes, it will be with a shout and the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God. (1 Thessalonians 4:16) The book of Hebrews 11 is the chapter that deals with the men of faith. Men like Noah, Enoch, Abel, Abraham just to name a few. The judgment of faith is walking in faith as Abraham and Isaac walked in God’s judgment. Their walk was the witness of their faith and became the influence of our faith. Out of their judgments of walking in faith, we have the history of the scriptures and the men that walked that faith. It is through the trials of faith that we gain the kingdom of heaven and the promises of God.
The scriptures of judgment for human reasoning we need to be honest about judgment.
To be honest with the concept of judgment and justice it is rooted in the natural mind of humanity. Humanity and the church have a problem with judgment starting with self-judgment or pride; we seek out unscriptural courses of action for living in this world. Therefore, the most common judgment is we look at those around us and see them worse than we see ours and think about what they will experience on the Day of Judgment. However, we must remember that judgment is to begin with the house of the Lord first.
The second outline is human reasoning, precepts of honest judgment in life and for others.
1 Judgment life through the Son John 5:16-30 Jesus was in these verses of scriptures, makes His judgment known and His action is to defend His actions with the Priest because of His healing on the Sabbath, also because He was making Himself equal with the Father.
2 Judgment the validity of Jesus John 8:12-30 The reasoning for this judgment is having you ever heard where individuals question who Jesus is and was, He a real person. I have heard this stated many times during my ministry.
3 Judgment spiritual blindness Isaiah 59:10; Matthew 6:23, 15:14; John 9:35-41; 2 Corinthians 3:14, 4:4; Ephesians 4:18; 1 John 2:11 Jesus in John 9:39 makes it clear that “for judgment I am come into this world, which they which see not might see”. (KJV) According to the prophets in the Old Testament prophesies that Jesus would come and would bring the judgment of the Father with Him.
4 Judgment of Jesus where He predicts His death John
12:20-36 Jesus is talking to Andrew and Philip about the hour of suffering and His death for it to glorify the name of the Father.
5 Judgment the Jews continue in their unbelief John 12:37-50 Even though Jesus has done many miracles at this time, yet the Jews believed not on Him. Jesus went on to say that, them that continue not to believe will, be judge in the last days.
6 Judgment the work of the Holy Spirit John 14:16, 26, 15:26, 16:5-16; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:16, 29; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Peter 3:18; 2 Peter; 1:21; Revelation 22:17 The reason that Jesus states about judgment of the Holy Spirit because humanity needs the Spirit of God and Christ to us for power to guard against the evil judge of this world, which is Satan. In Revelation 22:17 we find the last invitation by the Holy Spirit and the bride say come.
7 Judgment of conviction Psalm 38:4; John 16:8-11; Acts 2:37, 24:25 The conviction we need is of the mind, which brings about self-conviction about what shall we do. Peter’s message on the day of Pentecost by the power of Christ words that brought the judgment of conviction upon the hearts of men and women that day and three thousand was add to the church.
8 Judgment of condemnation John 3:18-21; Mark 1:5; Luke 5:8, 15:18, 23:41 The judgment of condemnation brings about repentance. This is just another way of stating the judgment of conviction.
9 Judgments that cause separation, exclusion, and shut out Matthew 5:20; Mark 10:15; John 7:33-34, 8:21-22; 1 Corinthian 6:9, 15:50; Revelation 21:27 Christ and Paul’s message about unrighteousness and because of it we would not be able to inherit the kingdom of heaven. However, this judgment of separation Jesus states His judgment of what will cause separation and exclusion from the kingdom of heaven in Matthew 5:20.
10 Judgment that allows life to perish or corrupts life John 3:16 This verse of scripture is used for many messages about love and how God loved the world and sent His Son to save the world. However, to me there is a much deeper understanding and that is the spiritual judgment about God, why God made this judgment to send His Son into the world.
11 Judgment of believers John 12:31-32 The judgment of believers should be to lift up Jesus so that we will draw all men and women unto Him.
12 Judgment of unbelievers John 12: 47-50 The judgment in most cases is rejection of Christ and God’s Word. In the New Testament, it was the Chief Priests and rulers Luke 23:18.
13 The outcome of judgment: The outcome of judgment in our spiritual perception will also bring about the future judgment of God.
14 Judgment of salvation Isaiah 13-39 Salvation is God’s judgment and an outpouring of that judgment and is to be our inspiration in the Lord God. In all of these chapters, you find the judgment of God and how God executes judgment for a spiritual dawn coming in the new covenant and the Second Coming of His Son.
15 Judgment and trust and hope Isaiah 66 The prophet Isaiah here delivers a message of hope for the sign that is set among us that we are able to declare the glory of the Lord. In addition, about the new heavens and the new earth that He will make and that those are saved, worship Him, and they will look upon the carcasses of them that have transgressed against Him.
16 Edge of judgment Jeremiah 27-29, 34-52 When we consider the nation of Israel and all of the covenants, commandments, oaths, vows, and promise God made to guide them as a nation and a chosen nation they were on the edge of God’s judgment.
17 Principles of judgment Ezekiel 1-24 Ezekiel is commission by God to give them the instruction of the principles of judgment to the house of Israel. In addition, God has given Ezekiel the role of bringing the heavy principle of judgment to the house of Israel.
18 Judgment the challenges of faith Habbakkuk 1-3; Ezekiel 33-34 The challenges, is for us to be the spiritual inspiration and God has set the spiritual watchman, who has the message of God to feed and guard the sheep. Therefore, if the watchman, does not meet the challenges to give faith, the blood of their soul will be required at his hand. Another challenge for every individual is to write down your vision, judgments, and precepts and make them happen.
19 Judgment of spiritual detours Luke 10:25-12:3 Many of us want to detour around the law of God or the revelation in Jesus question. “He said unto him, What is written in the law? How readest thou?” (Luke 10:26) KJV
20 Judgment of the spiritual light and spiritual darkness John 7-9 This judgment is what is true what is false in the church it is also the true and false testimony we give and live.
21 Judgment of the quest for righteousness Romans 1-3 Paul’s remarks about judgment in Romans 2:1-3 lets the Jews know that their judgment against the Gentiles. For the Jews feel that their judgment is a righteous judgment however, Paul is saying that their kind of judgment is a judgment against the truth and the certainty that will happen by making the wrong judgment.
22 Preliminary judgment Revelation 4-18 This judgment is for the events of the last days the seals, trumpets, mark of the beast, the bowls of wrath.
23 Warning about the judgment of God Zephaniah 1:14-18 Zephaniah is proclaiming to the house of Israel and warning them of the day that the Great Day of the Lord is at hand and the day of His wrath.
24 Consequences of judgment Romans 2:9, 3:16 Not only does this judgment refer to the last judgment but also to the consequences that happen in wrong judgment, that brings dissatisfaction, despair, adversity, and no peace.
The Prophets and Apostles wrote the scriptures in the manner of the standard of judgment for humanities life in the Word of God. One of my main reasons for writing about judgment is that it is a frightening thing to know that we will be brought before the judgment. Certainly, when we read in the book of Revelation of the coming events that will take place is no difference. The best way I can tell you not to be frightened by judgment is to be prepared for it. Yes, I know it would be easy if we knew what God was looking for. However, I must say that God has already given us the manual of what He is looking for. This manual is the standards of God’s judgments He has revealed to us about our feelings, our own personal preferences, and finally our own opinions. Furthermore, we will not be judged in any of our own feelings, opinions or personal preferences only in the standard of God’s judgment.
My brothers and sisters in Christ our Father and God in heaven has written the church manual of doctrine. Whatever you hear from any other source and others if it does not pertain to the Word of God it is not the standard of God’s judgment. Why I say this during my years of ministry when someone proclaimed his or her thoughts I would listen. However, I would always go to the Word of God for finding the right answer from God. We cannot stand behind someone else’s teaching if it is not from the Word of God.
The Lord God has me studying quite a bit here lately about judgment to give a message about being honest about the balance of God’s judgment in the last days. Look around us and see what happening to the state of humanity in these last days. Very little of God and Christ’s light is shining in and around us. More and more every day you can see the darkness of evil crouching around us to shut off the light of Christ and God. What I am getting at is this fact that it will not be long before God opens the heavens for the Second Coming of Christ. Truly, we are in the day and time when the need is for getting ready for the course of events that will bring the wrath of God and the last judgment.
While working through the whole Bible again about judgment and judgments of God which deals with the Jews and the Gentiles and the need for us to make judgments. God is a just God therefore; He has given to the Jews and the Gentiles warning of how to execute judgment for godly living. I will say this about the people in the church they did not fall away from God all by themselves they had help. The leaders and pastors allowed the sin of spiritual adultery and spiritual indifference in to help them fall. Let me make it personal now, when was the last time that you talk to someone about the Lord God and Jesus.
All leaders should have a vision and judgment of that vision of God and Christ working is in their lives. A leader should have spiritual perspective of God’s judgment and judgments in the scriptures for the development of making disciples. In addition, I would also affirm that leader’s teaching would involve a personal level of faith, judgment, and love for teaching a spiritual progress in the Word of God. Yes, I realize that there are different levels of judgments in life for every individual such as economic, political, moral, spiritual, intellectual, cultural, and artistic levels of their personal lifestyle. Therefore, judgment should be taught in all of these aspects in various dimensions of Christian living in how to embrace judgments in this world. Judgment is one of the most important issues in the family of God as well as their natural family. Judgment of the head of the house is what provides food for the family and in like manner the spiritual food for the house of God. The nature of judgment begins in God and Christ for their judgment, purpose, ways, and works. In addition, judgment is a spiritual matter in what we believe, what we do, and the principles of our faith in life.
What is the judgment of a backsliding heart?
Backsliding judgment can only be described as conduct and condition. Therefore, its judgment is highly emotional about religious feelings and the subsidence of religious judgments. What is backslidden judgment? First, it is an attitude such as turning their conversion or covenant they have made with God by breaking their covenant. Secondly, deliberately leaving the love of God of which is the first love of Christ and God. (Revelation 2:4) Thirdly, it consists of withdrawing themselves from the house of God and the true relationship, which constitutes true emotion of faith and love of God and Christ. Finally, the backslider judgment implies the condition of spiritual adultery and turning their obedience to disobedience.
As we, all know that men and women keep up with the outward appearances of religion when in fact they could have a backslidden heart. My logic for this statement comes from the writing of Paul to Timothy about “having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof.” (2 Timothy 3:7) Another way of stating it is going mightily after pleasure of this world, committing spiritual adultery, and playing the role of the harlot. However, this might not be how the Christians in the church today describe it. Therefore, it is the way the scriptures describe sin. The backslider judgment would be to keep the outward appearances and to do that they must keep the religious form while the spiritual power is lost and the godliness of their soul is gone.
In Revelation 2 and 3 Christ, sends His message to each of the seven churches regarding the thing He hates and that was the doctrine of Baal. (Revelation 2:6, 15) When we play the role of the harlot our formality becomes that of an iceberg with no emotional feelings of love, while there will be total want not to perform or take part in any religious duties of the church. For example, when they are called on to pray, they decline to give thanks or ask God anything with their lips so that no one will know how they feel. Furthermore, they want no one to know that there is no longer any existence of the presence of God, or living by faith or love of God or any other kind of religious zeal in them.
The second part of a backslider judgment is the lack of spiritual enjoyment. Backsliding judgment in the Bible will be words to describe the individual backslider as one who is deeply settled into doing that which is ungodly or evil. However, when we think about enjoyment it is quite evident that we all enjoy doing those things that please the ones we love the most. In the last days, there will be many in the backslidden judgment and the prophecy thereof found in the book of Revelation. In the seven vials of God’s wrath, it states that they will not come to repentance. (Revelation 16) When repentance comes, the backslidden judgment is gone, communion with God is kept in place, and we therefore perform our religious duties for God. Communion of fellowship with God involves continual enjoyment of God’s judgments in our lives. If we do not enjoy worship and services of God, it is because we are in a backslidden judgment and not truly serving Him.
Thirdly, the book of Jonah illustrates that the prophet Jonah had made backslidden judgments when the Spirit of the Lord God came upon him and said go unto Nineveh. (Jonah 1:2) The backslidden judgment here with Jonah is withdrawal from his responsibility to his calling of God. One of the characteristics of backslidden judgment is the individual has an attitude of rebellion against doing the will of God. Jonah also showed this characteristic in Jonah 1:3 of withdrawal and rebellion and neglect of God’s calling. Many of us in the church today do the exact same thing in our efforts to avoid doing what we know is the will of God. It is still happening today in every way of the modern-day church.
The example, here in the book of Jonah demonstrates how Jonah is running from the responsibility of a specific order from God to go to Nineveh. I will say this about responsibility if we are given our own way or our own choosing, we will enslave our conscience by blocking out God. Many times, this will cause us to go great expense in order to get out of doing the order from God. In Jonah’s time Jonah must went to great expense for passage to go the other direction to get away from his responsibility. Thinking in this direction of life can only lead to a financial burden and great spiritual loss. The direction Jonah has chosen is taking Jonah into the continual fall and the depths of sin against God and God’s calling.
Finally, backslidden judgment is spiritual adultery and disobedience according to the scriptures. (Revelation 2-3) In our world today, it would be known as a racial judgment toward people, and religion. The most common is of ethnic background and religious prejustice. Therefore, this is not the case with Jonah and Jonah’s actions, which Jonah displayed toward Nineveh. Backslidden or racial judgment toward an individual or group of individuals is one of attitude that clouds their mind and brings displeasure in life. Jonah repented of his actions in order for the love of God to return and God to have His way with Jonah heart.
Now let us examine some of the scriptures that state backslider and backsliding. Jesus teaching on backsliding found in the gospel of Luke 9:62 is of the individual putting his hand to the plow and looking back. When it comes to looking back Lot’s wife in the book of Genesis looked back and turned to a pillar of salt. Paul writes about how soon we are removed from God who called us. (Galatians 1:6) In Galatians 4:9, Paul shows that after we have known God we turn aside and return to the bondage of sin. In Paul’s writing to the Hebrew people and their faith and if they withdraw that God has no pleasure in them. Peter writes that the individual that comes to the knowledge of Christ, and becomes entangled with the world again, it is worse for them than at the beginning. (2 Peter 2:20) John in the book of Revelation states the fact about Christ and His Divine reproof of leaving their first love. (Revelation 2:4)
The prophet Isaiah wrote about the judgment that was upon the house of Israel because of human precepts of God’s works and judgments. (Isaiah 29:31) Christ in the gospel of Matthew speaks about the teaching and doctrine being in the human precepts of vain worship. (Matthew 15:9) Paul writes to the church at Colosse that by their human precepts they will perish with the commandments and doctrine of men. (Colossians 2:22) Paul writing to Titus states about giving heed to “fables and commandments of men, that turn from the truth” (Titus 1:14) KJV
The word of God and its precepts is to be in the heart. For God gave to Moses and the house of Israel the precept of what He had commanded that it should be in the heart. The precept of God’s word should cause rejoicing in the heart for it is pure and a lamp unto our feet. The precept of God written within the heart is a mighty influence of a life-giving force and His saving power. The precept of God’s written word within it is for the purpose that we might believe and comprehend the light. (John 1:4-5) In addition, to teach and give hope unto all humanity is the precepts of God’s judgments to teach them patience as a spiritual weapon of defense, and a standard of faith in the Holy Word of God. The precept of judgments of God is a probing instrument that is more powerful and sharper than any sword and shows the intent of the heart. Furthermore, the written precept of God’s word is to relate in the human experience God’s warnings and promises. The law written in the heart is an established law and the security we have with God in that law. In addition, to keep the law of the heart of God should be a joy to know we are in the will of God. The law of the heart is the new covenant and the spiritual adoption of being God’s people. It is also God’s everlasting covenant and the goodness of God’s heart for those who walk in the steadfastness of God’s laws.