What Are We Specifically Taught By These Words “Before Me” in the First Commandment?

Dear Neighbor,

The Westminster Puritan divines said in the shorter catechism, “These words before Me in the first commandment teach us, that God, who seeth all things, taketh notice of, and is much displeased with, the sin of having any other God.”

Psalms 44:20-21 (NASB)
If we had forgotten the name of our God
Or extended our hands to a strange god,
Would not God find this out?
For He knows the secrets of the heart.

The number one essential belief, throughout the history of the Christian Church, is that there is but one God who exist in three persons (Father, Son and Spirit) all of whom are equally God in essence. The Trinity are not three gods but one God in three persons. This was not a problem until the fourth century, when Christian beliefs became excepted in Roman society. Romans, Greeks and pretty much all cultures on the earth worshiped a pantheon of gods; therefore, the church developed the theological term Trinity in order to explain how God could be one yet three persons. To worship the Father or the Son or the Spirit is to worship the one true God who created heaven and earth and sea and all that is in them. We are to have no other gods before Him!

Michael Peek
Your Servant for Jesus’ Sake