Refusing To Accept The Requirement Of Obedience

August 25, 2013

Friends,
There are terms to the covenants God has made with His people. Both the Old Covenant, as well as the New, are about obedience. God’s people must obey Him, and He, in turn, will be their God. (Jer. 11:4) God’s people must separate themselves from all that is unclean, meaning all that is sinful, idolatrous, and of the dark realm. (2 Cor. 6:14-18 & 7:1) Why is this difficult to understand? Why is it hard to believe that God, our loving Husband, requires that His bride love Him (genuinely love Him) in return? True love is proven by purity, integrity, honesty, loyalty, trust, eager servitude, respect, honor, and faithfulness. True love is proven by adherence to (obedience to) the agreement, the contract, the marriage vows, the covenant.

Whoever rejects this reality rejects the one whom they have signed on with. If they have signed on with Christ, Christ Himself is then rejected. (John 14:15 // Titus 1:16) Whoever does this forfeits his salvation (Jonah 2:8 // 2 Tim. 2:12), because to deliberately sin is to sin defiantly, blaspheme the Lord, despise God’s Word, break His commands, defile His temple, and deny and disown Him as Lord (as Leader, Commander, and Boss). (Num. 15:30,31 // 1 Cor. 3:16,17) Such a person’s guilt will remain on him (Num. 15:31 // 1 Sam. 3:13,14 // Isa. 22:14), which means none other than God’s wrath, condemnation, and Hell. (John 3:36 & 15:6 // Heb. 10:26-31 // Rev. 21:8) No obedience to Christ’s teachings (His instructions and commands) equals no admittance into Heaven. (Mt. 24:48-51 & 25:24-30 // 2 Thes. 1:8,9 // Rev. 21:27)

Obedience is required. God has always required it. We, under the New Covenant, are absolutely not exempt. In fact, we have zero excuse to not conduct ourselves according to the righteous requirements of God’s moral law. (Rom. 8:4) These laws are to “be fully met in us” (same verse) because we are in-dwelt by God’s own Spirit, with His power, His nature, and His very life being our own. (same verse // Gal. 2:20 & 5:16 // Col. 3:3,4 // 2 Peter 1:3,4 // 1 John 3:9) Thereby “we serve in the new way of the Spirit” (Rom. 7:6), fully able to grow into the perfection commanded of us (Mt. 5:48) so that once we are fully trained, we will indeed be just like our Teacher (Luke 6:40 // Rom. 8:29), having His mind (1 Cor. 2:16), His attitude (Phil. 2:5), and His behavior. (1 John 2:6)

Obedience to God has always been a (required) term of the covenant God makes with man. He will be faithful to His end of the agreement, and He will even give us His own Spirit by which to uphold our end; but to rebel is to alienate ourselves from Christ, relinquish God’s grace toward us, wither, die, and be cast into the fire of eternal punishment. (Mt. 13:41,42 & 25:46 // Luke 3:7-9 // John 15:6 // Gal. 5:4) Those who think that forgiveness of sin is theirs, without a life transformed, are in for a terror we would not wish on anyone. God certainly doesn’t desire such a fate for anyone either, and that is why He came to earth to pay sin’s penalty. However, those who refuse to take warning cannot be forced. Those who repeatedly rebuff all efforts cannot be helped. They, and they alone, have chosen their eternal destiny.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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