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OBEDIENCE IS CRUCIAL

Recently I counseled a believer who was planning to marry someone of the same sex. I gave her some passages of Scripture which clearly showed that homosexuality was wrong (eg, Gen 19; Lev 20:13; Rom 1:1-27), that God’s original purpose for marriage was that it should be between a man and his wife, not a man and another man, or a woman and another woman (Matt 19:4-6). I left the passages with her with the prayerful hope that she would take them to heart, and change her plans. 

Soon after that I came across this paragraph from the preface of Elisabeth Elliot’s book (I think it was “Through Gates of Splendour”).

“It is only when we obey God’s laws that we can be quite sure that we really know Him. The man who claims to know God but does not obey His laws is not only a liar, he lives in self-delusion. In practice, the more a man learns to obey God’s law, the more truly and fully does he express his love for Him. Obedience is the test of whether we really live “in God” or not. The life of a man who professes to be living in God must bear the stamp of Christ.”

These words written about AD 90 in the first epistle of John, embody the radicals of Jim Elliot’s life. Obedience leads to knowledge. Obedience is the expression of love to God. Obedience means that we live in God. And if we live in Him, our lives bear the stamp of Christ.”

How simple, powerful and true. The opposite is disobedience which is a tragic refrain throughout Scripture. Adam and Eve disobeyed, so did Samson, Saul, David and Jesus’ disciples not to mention the whole nation of Israel time and time again. The One who was truly and fully obedient, the ONLY ONE - was Jesus Christ the holy Son of God. He was holy and spotless not because he could not sin, but because His priority was to please His Father. He was “obedient to death, even death on a cross!” (Phil 2:8). Jesus’ total, consistent obedience is in stark contrast to our wilful, insipid attempts to justify our disobedience.

In Exodus 24, Moses led God’s people in a covenant-keeping observance by building an altar, and setting up 12 stone pillars representing the 12 tribes. Then after offering sacrifices, “he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey.” 

Our covenant today as believers is with Jesus Christ the mediator of a new covenant (Heb 12:24). We have an eternal covenant with God through the precious blood of His Son. Will we obey everything the Lord has said?

Pastor Graham

 

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