As you know, I've been writing the last few entries about a friend of mine, who claims to be Christian. He is hoping to find a Christian woman to have a relationship with, because he feels a Christian woman would be someone who would be faithful to him. He wants a physical relationship, but not marriage.
We began discussing how God cannot look upon sin. This is why He made a plan of salvation for us. Originally, His chosen people had to do blood sacrifices on a continuing basis, to atone for their sin. Then, God fulfilled prophecy, by sending to earth His only begotten Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, to become the sacrifice to end all sacrifices. Jesus died on the cross for me and for the sins of the whole world, for all who will believe on Him, including you...if you are trusting/believing in Him.
Then, we discussed how we are to not cause our brother to stumble. God has made it clear, that we are not to be a stumbling block to anyone. It makes no difference if the problem is with regards to food, or an addiction of some sort, or sex, no one who belongs to our Lord, should ever do anything to cause another brother (or sister) the Lord, to sin.
Today, we're going to talk about obedience.
God expects obedience from His children. Jesus said that He considers us His heirs.
Galatians 4:4-7 clearly tells us, "But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born[a] of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of[b] God through Christ."
You just read that we are not living under the law, as the people were during the time of the Old Testament. We are living under grace. We are no longer considered slaves, but we have been made heirs through Christ Jesus, when we trust in Him.
Speaking of slaves, we are no longer a slave to sin, either. This is confirmed in Romans 6:6, "We know that the person we used to be was crucified with him to put an end to sin in our bodies. Because of this we are no longer slaves to sin." This means that when we are saved, when we belong to Jesus, we do not have to sin, as before.
We have a choice. As I said, we do not have to sin. We can choose to sin, or we can choose to not sin. God leaves that choice up to us. Although I am not going to discuss here today what happens when we sin, we do pay for our sin.
I have heard many people remind me that God is love. Yes, this is true. But, in His love for us, He expects obedience. He expects us to do His will, not ours. He wants us to be His heirs, who love Him, adore Him, worship Him and obey Him.
God tells us this in Luke 8:21, "And he answered and said to them, My mother and my brothers are these which hear the word of God, and do it."
We also know this from Luke 11:28, "He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it."
There are more verses, but God makes himself very clear in John 15:14-15, "You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you."
Hopefully, you can see that our relationship with God is not only about love. Hopefully, you have recognized that our relationship with God is also about obedience.
Since there is still more to discuss on the topic of sin, I will have to continue tomorrow.
Until next time...
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