In nearly every contract written by mankind, the most significant things are found in tiny print. This is why a team of lawyers read contracts in order to make sure it is in their client’s best interest in signing it. This is why most will say that the ‘Devil is found in the details”.
God’s word is broken up into two testaments, the old and the new. Just like man’s contracts, until one meticulously reads the finer detail of each word, they will never understand its true meaning.
If one were to only read the ten commandments and nothing more, they would never be able to keep the law of Moses. Why? Because the 10 commandments, as well as all of the 613 old testament commandments, were contained in ordinances which governed each commandment. These ordinances were not written in alphabetical order or numerical order. They were not all written in one chapter or even one book. These ordinances were scattered throughout the old testament scripture. As Isaiah said, “But the word of the Lord was to them, “Precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little,” that they might go and fall backward, and be broken and snared and caught” (Isa 28:13). Some were not even written in the old testament but were contained in Jewish traditions which were memorized by the priests and scribes from generation to generation. This is in part the failure of all those who attempt to keep the 10 commandments today.
The same application can be made in the new testament. How many times have you heard that all one needs to do to be saved is to believe? (Rom 10:9,10). They are right in part, for one has to first believe in order to be saved. Yet, contained in the details is what faith truly means. They will read Paul’s writing to the Ephesians, “By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Eph 2:8,9). Yet, they ignore, and that willingly, the very next verse which said, “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Eph 2:10). They fail to read the words of James which said that “faith without works is dead” (Jam 2:20). They fail to read the end of this same chapter which concluded the matter by saying, “You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by ‘faith only'” (Jam 2:24).
If denominations truly believed in Jesus they would believe the words of Jesus (Jn 5:46,47). Jesus defined belief as a work of God: “Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent” (Jn 6:29). Every Christian convert that believed were also baptized (Acts 8:12 cf; 18:8). Jesus said to his apostles after his resurrection, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mk 16:15-16). If they believed in the words of Jesus they would know that faith is only the beginning of salvation, and not its end.
There are many in the church which think that all they have to do to be saved is to obey the gospel of Christ. They too fall prey to not fully reading the details of what the GOSPEL means. If they had, they would have discovered that obeying the gospel gains one entrance into the church of Christ, but it is not all one has to do in order to be saved (1 Cor 12:13 f; Acts 2:47). If they had continued to read they would have learned that they had to continue in the apostle’s doctrine and remain faithful unto death (Jn 8:31 ff; Acts 2:47; 2 Jn 9; Rev 2:10).
John said for Christians to remain faithful unto death in order to receive a crown of life. What he did not say was, “faithful to what”? Jesus gave this stern warning to all who seek to follow Him by saying, “And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple” (Lk 14:27). James also warned us by saying, “For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:” (1 Pet 2:20-21). It is imperative to note that all who are baptized are not persecuted for the cause of Christ. However, all who are baptized and live godly shall be persecuted and tried, and if they are found worthy, they will receive a crown of life (2 Tim 3:12 f; Jam 1:12).
Conclusion: The last thing the Devil wants you to do is to read the bible for yourself and seek the truth of God sincerely (Acts 17:11 f; 2 Tim 2:15). No! He wants you to listen to the voice of the world and assume that if you do a few things in the Word that God will omit the rest. To the Devil, ignorance is bliss, but to God, He no longer winks at ignorance. (Acts 17:30) God requires each of us to repent of our sins and have them all washed away and walk a new life with Christ (Rom 6:3,4).
Paul reminded us that Christians will cease to be persecuted if they continue in the law of Moses. He said, “And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased.” Gal 5:11 The Jews of Paul’s day had accused Paul of duplicity, i.e., teaching Judaism and Christianity at the same time. Paul made it abundantly clear that if he had preached the law of Moses, then the persecutions would have stopped. We today can self-examine ourselves in the same manner (2 Cor 13:5). When our persecutions for the cause of Christ stop, or have never begun, then we know we are lost and need to reexamine the finer details of the Word of God, lest we who think we stand, also fall (1 Cor 10:12) Details, details, details, it’s all in the details!