A Closer Look at The Word of God P41
May 11, 2021
Have you thought about what it means to apply God’s word, to obey His commands? What kind of commands were given to the Jws under an Old Covenant system. They had the ten commandments. How well did they do in obeying them? What about us, who never had the law to begin with, but we try to obey those same ten commandments? Do we do any better? Now, it is good that we desire to obey them, for the commandments are good, just and right. So here does the problem lie? With us. Then Jesus comes along, being born into this world as a man, the second Adam. He says things to the Jews that make the ten commandments look simple in comparison. We think we are pretty good in comparison to Adolf Hitler, for example. ’I never murdered anyone”, you say. But Jesus says if you even just hate your brother, you already committed murder in your heart. If you lust after someone, then you are already committed adultery in your heart. Then He says things like this, “to be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” And He says to not judge, to turn the other cheek, walk with somebody two miles if they, your enemies, ask you to go one mile. He tells us to bless those who curse you and to pray for them that say all kinds of things against you and revile you and persecute you. Then we read His definition of love in Ephesians 13. Now try to be perfect like that, to always be patient, always kind, alway long-suffering, never rude and to never let your love fail. So, ultimately we have to conclude that the law deceived me into thinking I could obey the law. Instead the law put me to death, because now I am at the point of realizing, “I cannot do it.” That is exactly what God wants you to realize about yourself, that you were born dead spiritually, without the life of God in you, and that is the reason you cannot do it. That is also the reason why Jesus came so that you will not remain in this state of condemnation, but have the choice to receive new life. In other words, Jesus took away your sins over 2000 years ago at the cross, and then was raised from the dead in order that He could put the same resurrected life in Him into you. What kind of life did Jesus have? The life that we never had, God’s kind of life, where God is perfect love, who completely fulfilled the law for us by His love. Therefore, once we have His life in us, then we can allow His life to be lived in and through us. That is the meaning of the parable of the vine and the branch. Apart from Him we can do nothing. We cannot love in the energy of our flesh. We cannot produce the kind of love God requires of us. So instead, once we are born again, with the Spirit of God living in us, we depend on the Spirit to reveal truth to us, respond to that love and act on it. We believe what He says is true, and based on that truth, we walk in that truth. So the fruit is produced by Him through us. We bear the fruit, relying on Him to produce the fruit, for He is the only one who can.
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Bob George is the author of the best-selling book, Classic Christianity, with an estimated 650,000 copies in print worldwide, in 27 languages. Bob also has authored several other books including Growing in Grace, Faith That Pleases God, as well as numerous Bible study guides.