Your life: Deuteronomy 32.45-47 VOTD

“When Moses finished giving these teachings to the people, he said to them, ‘You must be sure to pay attention to all the commands I tell you today. And you must tell your children to obey completely the commands in this Law. Don’t think these teachings are not important. They are your life! Through these teachings you will live a long time in the land across the Jordan River that you are ready to take.'”

These were some of Moses’ last words to the people of Israel. He emphasized the importance of keeping God’s commandments. They meant life to Israel.

Jesus said the same thing in John 12.48-50 to his followers. We shouldn’t think that grace cancels obedience. How do people today diminish the importance of God’s commands?

#obedience #commandments #VOTD

This aspect can’t be left out of the gospel

I recently saw a church sign that read:

“The Gospel in Six Words: God Loves, We Fail, God Forgives.”

I believe I understand the point the sign is trying to make. The world needs to know about God’s love! After all, God’s love is the root of John 3:16. And you can’t have the gospel without that! So to that extent it’s a good sign.

But if I were to describe the gospel in six words, I believe I would have to include an aspect that appears to get left out quite often in modern theology:

“God Commands, We Fail, God Forgives.”

God forgives because we fail, but the concept of our failure is not based on God’s love – the concept of our failure is based on the giving of God’s command. It is this failure in particular that necessitates God’s forgiveness. God’s law precedes our failure and then our failure is followed by an opportunity to find forgiveness (1 John 3:4-5).

Whether we’re talking about Eden, Calvary or Heaven, access to the tree of life revolves around the existence of a command, a failure and a second chance.

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” … So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. … And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” (Genesis 2:16-17, 3:6-7, 15)

#basic-principles-of-the-gospel, #commandments, #whole-counsel-of-god

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2-6-2017 Commandments Of Jesus

After His resurrection, but before His ascension into Heaven, Jesus “through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:2-3 NKJV).  What “commandments?” 1) “And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment” (Mark 12:30 NKJV); 2) “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:34 NKJV). 3) ” He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:15-16 NKJV).  Which of these can anyone say is “nonessential?”

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#commandments, #nonessential

Psalm 119.86

So how the second line connect with the first?

All your commands are reliable.
I am pursued without reason. Help me! (NET)

And in what sense is a command reliable?

#commandments, #psalms, #votd

The ease of obedience

The commandment of Christ appears to be difficult when we consider it from a human point of view. The natural man feels repulsion at selfless service. The unregenerate person finds the will of God a hard thing to do. Those who fulfill their own desires, even if they wear the name of Christ, respond only with great effort to bearing his cross. Continue reading

#commandments, #corollaries, #power

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3-22-2016 Sinners Need God’s Love

Everybody on earth needs to be loved. Many are the shattered, battered lives in people who think they are too vile for God to love them. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 NKJV). The greatest demonstration of God’s love to sinners was Jesus’ death on the cross. Everyone must also know that “whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him” (1 John 2:5 NKJV). “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3 NKJV). To every creature in “the world” Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned (Mark 16:16 NKJV). Accept His love by moving toward Him.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#baptized, #believes, #commandments, #death-on-the-cross, #loved

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1-29-2016 Say And Do Not

Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:3-4 NKJV). Saying but not obeying only deceives one’s own self. Commands “in Jesus’ name” are “His commandments.” Jesus’ Apostle Peter commanded, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’” (Acts 2:38 NKJV). To claim “remission of sins” before repenting and being baptized, means a person has not kept “His commandments.” Jesus said of Pharisees, “they say, and do not do” (Matthew 23:3 NKJV). Jesus said, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me” (John 14:21 NKJV). Do you love Jesus Christ?

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#baptism, #commandments, #remission-of-sins