Obey His Commands


By Scarlett Stough

 

When we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, we have accepted a new citizenship and the responsibilities that come with the privilege of citizenship. Citizens are expected to obey the laws of the nation of their citizenship. The kingdom of God has its laws. These laws don't make us citizens, but obedience is evidence of the love we have for our God and King.

We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, "I know him, but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

1 John 2:3-6

Obedience, according to James, is part of faith:

  • Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves, Do what it says (James 1:22).
  • …faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action is dead (James 2:17).
  • Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder (James 2:18-19).
  • Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7).

Jesus taught the same:

Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 7:21

The Ten Commandments are not out of date. Worshipping anything that is not God is still a sin. Idolatry is still a sin. Dishonoring God is still a sin. Ignoring God’s Sabbath Day of rest is still a sin. Dishonoring a parent is still a sin. Dishonoring marriage vows is still a sin. Murder is still a sin. Theft is still a sin. Lying and false testimony is still a sin. Coveting what belongs to another is still a sin and leads to other sins.

We are obligated to put aside disobedience to these laws. The natural man rebels against obedience to these laws, but God wants to change our hearts and write those laws within, giving us the desire to do good, to do right.

God grieved to Moses, saying, "Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commandments always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever (Deuteronomy 5:29)!"

Through Jeremiah, God promised us a new heart inclined to obedience to the laws meant only for our good (Jeremiah 31:33-34).

The apostle Paul teaches in the book of Romans the Holy Spirit in us makes it possible for us to live obediently.

The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace: the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. You, however are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.

Romans 8:6-9

Even though, through weakness or temporary rebellion, we do sin, we have the privilege to confess and be forgiven so we can have a fresh start as God continues to cleanse us of sin (1 John 1:8-9).

We are comforted by the assurance that "there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1)."



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