Less or more: Numbers 22.18 VOTD

“Balaam replied to the servants of Balak, ‘Even if Balak would give me his palace full of silver and gold, I could not transgress the commandment of the Lord my God to do less or more.'”

Numbers 22.18

Balaam understood well his limits, but he wound up going with Balak, perhaps in hope of finding a way to receive the king’s riches.

In the restriction of God’s command is the freedom to reject wrong motivations.

#commandment #obedience #VOTD

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7-3-2017 The Gospel Guides

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you” (Psalm 32:8-9 NKJV). David clearly states God’s instruction should guide one without being forced to obey. Jesus said things proceeding “out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man” (Matthew 15:18 NKJV). True, evil begins in a heart, but so, also does obedience. Paul “preached to you the gospel of God” (1 Thessalonians 2:9 NKJV), and “you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered” (Romans 6:17 NKJV). “And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized” (Acts 18:8 NKJV). Don’t be forced to be baptized.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#baptism, #forced, #obedience

Reveal myself: John 14.21 VOTD

“The person who has my commandments and obeys them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will reveal myself to him.”

John 14.21

In Jesus’ last discourse to the Twelve, before his death, he spoke of great things, such as love and obedience.

In what sense are God’s love and Christ’s love dependent upon obedience to his commands?

#love #obedience #VOTD

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4-19-2017 What God Still Requires

“And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the LORD and His statutes which I command you today for your good?” (Deuteronomy 10:12-13 NKJV).  Before God sent Israel into the Promised Land, He gave Moses this summary of what their part of the covenant required. They were to fear God and keep His commandments, almost what Solomon later said in Ecclesiastes 12:13, and Peter would say in Acts 10:35. Doing this with all our heart and soul has always been the core value of God’s Law, whether through Moses’ or now, through Jesus Christ.  Before God accepts us into Heaven, He still requires this!

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

#fear-god, #obedience

VOTD: Luke 2.49 “In my Father’s house”

“But he replied, ‘Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?'”

Luke 2.49

Jesus made his decision early in life to please the Father and do his will.

Where are you? Starting now, when is your earliest opportunity?

#now, #obedience, #opportunity, #votd

What does the Bible say about salvation

Referring to the name of Jesus, the Bible says, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all” (Titus 2:11).

“He (Jesus) became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:9).

“Behold now is the day of salvation,” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

The Old Testament tells of salvation from various things, but our interest is in salvation from sin and eternal salvation in heaven. The Bible tells us, “Salvation is of the Lord” and that it is “an everlasting salvation” (Jonah 2:9 and Isaiah 45:17). After David had sinned he asked God to “Restore to me the joy of your salvation” (Psalm 51:12).

There are many important subjects and questions, but none that is more important than the Bible question, “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30).

This question is also asked and answered in similar wording at Matthew 19:16; Acts 2:37; 9:6. In Matthew 19, while Jesus was on earth He told the man to keep the commandments, but after Jesus died, and His will came into effect, people were told to believe, repent, confess faith, and be baptized for the remission of sins. So we must also obey these instructions of Jesus and follow the examples in the book of Acts to be saved.

After Jesus death, resurrection, and ascension, He left the instructions to his disciples, and we read in the Book of Acts what was required for salvation and that Jesus said all must obey until the end of the world.

Without obedience to Jesus, no one can be saved. A person may have great knowledge about all things and live a good moral life, but these things will not provide salvation. Therefore, salvation only comes because of the death of Jesus and His blood that must be appropriated in our lives by our obedience to the gospel of Christ in becoming a Christian. Then with God’s blessings, we can live a faithful life here on earth and enjoy eternal salvation in heaven.

We understand then that our obedience to the answer to the question, “What must I do to be saved?” is the most important thing we can do in this life.

  • Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

#obedience, #salvation

VOTD: Psalm 119.2

“How blessed are those who observe [God’s] rules, and seek him with all their heart” (NET).

Psalm 119 begins with two blessings. This is the second of the two. It pairs obedience to God’s commands and a full-hearted seeking of God. What few consider a blessing today is actually even more so in the new covenant of Christ. If it was a blessing under the old law, how much more so is it a blessing today.

#blessing, #obedience, #psalms, #seek-god