I believe it is the great privilege of Christians to imitate Messiah and to represent God’s image to the world by following the commands of Scripture. Whether they be found in the First Testament or the Second, the commandments of God will always reflect the image of God.
The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecclesiastes 12:13 ESV)
It is our challenge to wrestle with how the instructions found in Scripture can be faithfully observed in this time and place.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. (John 14:15-17 ESV)
Isn’t it interesting that Jesus promises the presence of the Holy Spirit immediately after saying that if we love Him we will keep His commandments. It’s almost as if the two things are connected! It’s as if “walking in the Spirit” and keeping His commandments are one and the same thing.
The King Messiah Fellowship Statement of Beliefs says,
We believe the Bible is a revelation of the righteousness of God, and a description of the lifestyle of the redeemed community throughout history. While God’s commandments are to be considered prescriptive, we acknowledge that they require adaptation from generation to generation. (Matthew 5:17-19; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)