Thursday, March 5, 2015
You cannot practice disobedience and cry grace ...
According to the Bible, such a notion is not true!
The Apostle John records in his Gospel this concise statement from a plain-speaking preacher known as John the Baptist ...
"And anyone who believes in God's Son has eternal life. ANYONE who doesn't OBEY the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God's angry judgment," John 3:36.
Still, some claim the freedom we have from Jesus Christ allows us to do what we want. But Peter Forsythe was right when he said, "The first duty of every soul is to find not its freedom but its Master."
The Apostle John continues on this subject in his first epistle ...
"Dear children, don't let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. Those who have been born into God's family do not make a practice of sinning, because they are children of God," 1 John 3:7-9.
Instead of using grace as a cover for sin, obedience is a natural response to grace! Thomas a Kempis wrote, "Instant obedience is the only kind of obedience there is; delayed obedience is disobedience. Whoever strives to withdraw from obedience, withdraws from Grace."
Are you living each day in obedience to Jesus Christ?