If you seek to be obedient to God, then you must love Him with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength and you must love your neighbor as you love yourself. These two commandments are the summary of all of the commandments listed in the Law of Moses. In your attempt, you must never falter and never veer off course. You must love God and your neighbor for every minute of every day for your entire life. (Mark 12, Matthew 22, Luke 10)
You know what you must do, and you must do it perfectly. You should give this your best effort. Your greatest attempt.
Jesus said, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)
If you fail for even one moment, you are completely guilty; it is as if you failed continually for your entire life.
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. (James 2:10)
At this point, you should see that you are hopeless. You should feel the heaviness of ‘the impossible’ weighing you down. You should embrace the dark enormity of this empty void. Because simply by knowing what is good and what is evil, you can in no way obey the Law of God. (Genesis 2:17)
Allow the Law to kill you and to bring a complete end to any attempts at obedience. Afterall, “the Law brings death, but the Spirit brings life.” (2 Corinthians 3:6)
You are now ready for the Good News. You are now ready to enter the Promised Land of Rest! You are now ready to acknowledge the complete forgiveness of your sins.
Being set free from the Law allows you to live a life of rest knowing that Jesus Christ has done it all – He has done all the work. Your only job now is to live in the fulfillment of the Sabbath Day.
Live as a forgiven person! Give no thought to guilt or condemnation when you sin – He has dealt with your sin. But do talk to Him about it, of course. Talk to the Lord continually, and pour out your heart to Him at all times. Allow Him to teach you that He has no expectations of you; that only He could be a perfectly obedient human.
Live as a forgiven person! The Law came to an end when Jesus Christ fulfilled it here on earth, so do not think in terms of “sin” and “repentance.” It is the Law that defines sin, and therefore, you are free from sin, since you have been set free from the Law. (Romans 6:16-18)
Live as a forgiven person! Grow in the grace that He has for you. You are finally free to grow as a new creation as you get to know your kind, forgiving and loving Savior.
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (2 Peter 3:18)
November 21, 2017