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.

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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?

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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