A while ago, I came across a song I enjoyed by Steven Curtis: Who Makes the Rules? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2laUCK1dW4s
I know for certain who makes the rules in my life, but it got me wondering who makes the rules in your life? Some people think that they don't need rules, that they can continue with sin in their lives, even after they have come to Christ.
Then, there are others, like me, who know that God truly makes the rules. We can choose to ignore them, or break them, but in the end, we will only suffer if we don't follow God's rules, for only God wins.
Where are God's rules found? In His Word, the Bible.
I kind of like what friend J T posted on Facebook, March 25/11: "If you do NOT accept the full Word of God, the authority and Holy power of Jesus Christ the Savior and Son of God, you do not have faith and you are not a Christian. Is there a book in the Word of God that says, "Try Me, This Is the Grey Area - if you do this you might be saved." It is all or Nothing people, it is as simple as that. Trust in God and the Lamb of God † The Character of Christ Within Us †"
I must agree with J T. It is impossible for someone to be partly pregnant; either you are pregnant or you are not. Such is the issue of salvation. No one can be partly saved. You either are...or, you're not!
If you are saved, and if you read your Bible, you know that God has very clearly stated that He is in control; we are not. God's will is always done; our will only happens, if it matches what God's will is for our lives.
God expects us to be conformed to the image of His Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. In so doing, we must be cleansed from all sin; and once cleansed, we must remain clean, for God cannot look upon sin.
While reading my Bible, I came across Matthew 5:18, "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."
Why did this verse stick out in my mind? Well, read it to yourself aloud. ...'shall in no wise pass from the law, til all be fulfilled'. '...Shall in no wise pass from the law...
No. I am not a pharisee, as I was called in the past. No. I am not trusting in the law to save me. I am well aware that the law cannot save anyone. No one is good enough for that! I am well aware that salvation is by grace, through faith, in Christ...alone.
However, when I read this verse, I was reminded that even though we who are saved have had our sin washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ, the law still has an important part to play in our lives.
Firstly, the Old Testament provides us with prophesy, to show us in the New Testament that Biblical prophesy was fulfilled by Jesus Christ.
However, on a more personal level, even though we are not living under the law, the law has a purpose in our lives. It serves to prove to those who are being convicted by the Holy Spirit, that they cannot live by the law, that they indeed are sinners who have broken God's law...and are in need of a Saviour, Jesus Christ.
The law serves to remind us that God makes the rules and/or guidelines to live by; at least in my life. Does He in yours?
Until next time...
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