Why do we have to obey the Lord Jesus Christ?
So many Christians say, “We wont get punished because God punishes Jesus, not us!” [See Antinomians]
Why then does the Lord Jesus give us commands to obey, if we don’t have to obey them?
What is the point of Him saying that our obedience is a sign of our love towards Him, and our disobedience is a sign that we don’t love him?
God is not an idiot, in that he gives us commands that we don’t have to, or can’t, obey.
The Two Greatest Commandments
Matthew 22:36 ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’
37 Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” [Deut. 6:5] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.”
Matthew 22:39 “And the second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself.” [Lev. 19:18]
and the New Commandment
John 13:34 “A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Of course, a newly Converted Sinner, born-again of the Holy Spirit of God, has much to learn and it takes time to die to self. However, obedience is their aim at all times. A Disciple of Jesus is a learner of His teachings and commands. Learning what they have to obey.
Dying to Selfishness
Galatians 2:19 ‘For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!’
To enter heaven, a Christian has to live for God, not for themselves. When Jesus died on the cross, so did the Christian, thus having Jesus living in them. Why then would the Lord Jesus want them to carry on sinning?
The Christian is saved by God’s grace, in order that through the Holy Spirit, they might live obediently with God the Father and God the Son – the Lord Jesus Christ.
See John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. [a right Christian] 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. [a wrong Christian] 9 These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.’
Christians’ who do not obey the Lord and Saviour, are not saved.
The 3 classes of professing Christians
1. The true friends of God and man. [Saved by being born-again]
2. Those who are actuated by hope and fear, or in other words, by self-love or by selfishness. [Are Unsaved]
3. Those who are actuated by public opinion. [Are Unsaved]
These three classes may be known by attending to the characteristic developments which show what is the leading design in their religion. It needs not be proved, that persons may set out in religion from very different motives, some from real love to religion, and some from other motives. The differences may be arranged in these three classes, and by attending to the development of their real design in becoming religious, you learn their characters. They all profess to be servants of God, and yet by observing the lives of many, it becomes manifest that instead of their being God’s servants they are only trying to make God their servant. Their leading aim and object is to secure their own salvation, or some other advantage for themselves, through the medium of the favour of God. They are seeking to make God their friend, that they may make use of him to serve their own turn.
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