Those who stray are doomed: Psalm 119.21

“You reprimand arrogant people. Those who stray from your commands are doomed.”

Psalm 119:21

The Old Testament looked positively upon the law of Moses, because it brought the people life and prosperity. The Jews of Jesus’ day misused it, so both the Lord and the apostles inveighed against its abuse.

How do people misuse the gospel of Christ today?

#law-of-Moses #commandments #VOTD

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

How many commandments are in the New Testament?

As did the Jews with the Old Testament, somebody has tried to count all the commandments in the New. They claim to have found 648 commands all total. It appears, however, that the synoptic gospels were not taken into account.  Continue reading

#commandments, #corollaries

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6-2-2015 A Shameless Existence

There is no reason to be ashamed, if we obey God. David said, “You have commanded us To keep Your precepts diligently. Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes! Then I would not be ashamed, When I look into all Your commandments” (Psalm 119:4-6 NKJV). “Let my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes, That I may not be ashamed” (Psalm 119:80 NKJV). The sinners who condemn Christians and Bible-believers are the one who should be ashamed! David also said, “Let the proud be ashamed, For they treated me wrongfully with falsehood” (Psalm 119:78 NKJV). “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20 NKJV). No one is wrong who serves God.

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

#ashamed, #commandments, #obedient, #shame, #statutes

Be happy! That's an order!

Or something like that. Yes, the Lord Jesus gave a command to rejoice. An imperative to be happy, Lk 10.20. That’s what we’ll study tomorrow at Taubaté in our series, “Commandments of Christ.”

An amazing thought, this command to rejoice, one that goes against a lot of psychobabble and man-made philosophy that teaches that emotions are uncontrollable. (Maybe this idea is the reason for modern society being in hot water.)

That’s one reason why we’re looking at this tomorrow, but another, larger one is that this command comes in the midst of the work of proclaiming the Good News. Now ain’t that a big thought!? Your biggest joy just might be in the middle of doing the great task of God, the mission of Christ, the preaching of the gospel, the salvation of souls.

But shhh! Don’t tell anybody the secret. We certainly wouldn’t want this to get out now, would we?

#commandments, #joy, #mission

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(#89) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:34-God’s Burden Against America

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 14:34: “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.”

“Righteousness” is the state or condition of being “right,” as defined by God: “Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous” (1 John 3:7); by His commandments: “My tongue shall speak of Your word, For all Your commandments are righteousness” (Psalm 119:172); by His example: “And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1).

Governments exist to protect the “righteous” within their citizenry: “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake” (Romans 13:3-5). Every law; court-ruling; verbally-abusive, bullying, headlined propaganda piece; Harlotwood perversely slanted movie or TV program will be considered in God’s Judgment of this, or any other, nation! Speaking to Christians about the Jewish persecution of them, Paul wrote: “For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus. For you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, just as they did from the Judeans, who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they do not please God and are contrary to all men, forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved, so as always to fill up the measure of their sins; but wrath has come upon them to the uttermost” (1 Thessalonians 2:14-16).

God would not destroy the homosexually-corrupted cities of Sodom & Gomorrah (Genesis 18:20; 19:1-11) if there were as few as 10 righteous among them (Genesis 18:23-33), but there weren’t. God had a “burden” of judgment against nations, countries, and cities where sin had prevailed: Babylon (Isaiah 13:1) and Nineveh (Nahum 1:1); Moab (Isaiah 15:1); Damascus in Syria (Isaiah 17:1); Egypt (Isaiah 19:1); and Arabia (Isaiah 21:13). Assyria (not covenant-keepers of Moses’ Law!) was told by the prophet: “The LORD has given a command concerning you: ‘Your name shall be perpetuated no longer. Out of the house of your gods I will cut off the carved image and the molded image. I will dig your grave, For you are vile’” (Nahum 1:14). Since then, none of these have ever arisen again to their former prominence and power! Since Jesus Christ, no country is God’s chosen People except the spiritual kingdom known as the churches of Christ (Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 16:16).

All God requires of every nation is to uphold and encourage right-thinking and right-doing: “Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ O house of Israel, is it not My ways which are fair, and your ways which are not fair? Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways,’ says the Lord GOD. ‘Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin’” (Ezekiel 18:29-30). God is “fair,” for He accepts anyone who obeys Him: “Then Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him’” (Acts 10:34-35).

Jesus Christ pronounced the principle that saves: “And He said to them, ‘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’” (Mark 16:15-16). This Gospel obeyed, exalts any nation.

“The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.’” — George Orwell

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version,unless otherwise noted.

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Love with commandments

You can supply the verses needed on the link between the two, obedience and love.

 

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Commands That Require Diligence In Changing

by Mike Glenn

The text found in Ephesians 4:20-32 is intended by Paul to be a brief synopsis of the changes that must be made when one becomes a Christian. You and I know that change is hard. Leaving sin behind is very hard. Growing in the right actions and attitudes is hard. To do any of this, we must “keep on keeping on” in our pursuit of diligence.

·V. 22: We are to put change our former conduct. If you think that is not hard, ask someone who struggles to lose weight or someone who tries to quit tobacco or alcohol. Watch someone strive to go from being lazy to being industrious or someone who cusses constantly to strive to become pure of speech. How about realizing the difficulty of a person who dislikes reading and study to become a diligent student of the Bible. To accomplish any of these requires consistent diligence (1 Corinthians 9:25-27).

·V. 22-23: We make these changes with a diligent effort to change our thinking. We must stop being deceived by lusts which tell us to fulfill them, which scream that we must be satisfied in their accomplishment. On the contrary, our minds must see these desires as nails in the coffin of hell. Our “renewed mind” must recognize their danger and turn intentionally and surely away toward the practice of Christ-like attitudes and actions (Gal. 5:23-24; 2 Pet. 1:5-7; Matt 5:3-12. In our hearts, sin must become exceedingly sinful (Rom. 7:13) so that our minds win the battle against the law of sin (Rom. 7:21-8:2).

·V. 25-31: Honesty must replace lying, love and forgiveness must replace angry retaliation or grudge holding, industry and benevolence is to replace selfish thievery, favorable edifying speech is to replace gossip, slander, backbiting and filthy speech.

Each of these and many other commands of our Savior require planning, concentration, and follow through. In other words we must keep on keeping on.

#commandments, #diligence, #perseverance

The imperatives of Christ

I’m looking at doing a quarterly study for Bible school in SJCampos on “The imperatives of Christ.” Or call it “The commands of Jesus.” A restricted list, obviously. Maybe with an introductory lesson on the nature of the imperative in the gospel, necessity of obedience, something along those lines.

There’s no attempt here to make Christ’s words weightier than his words through the apostles and prophets, no two-tiered canon, no red-letter Bible ideas. Though his actions and teachings, since he is our Lord and Savior, while he was on the earth, do hold a special interest for the disciple, don’t you think?

I’m making my list of commands. So here’s my question: What imperatives or commands of Christ would be of special interest to study in a congregation, for Christians today?

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