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Laws are made for law breakers. If we virtually unconsciously, routinely observe the laws of man, it is common knowledge that we have nothing to fear from the law.

If we observe the law of God routinely, attesting that we have passed from death unto life, why devote attention to it? Isn’t it enough that we finally “get it,” that we finally realize the “how to” of righteous living?

There exists two good reasons for devoting attention to this matter.

First, many have not entered into that blessed state, and we earnestly desire that they do so. This is not as arrogant as it appears on the surface. When we understand the ”how to” of righteous living, we realize that we get our righteousness from living in Jesus, by abiding in Him. So it is not a statement of what we can do. It’s actually a praise statement of our indebtedness to the real Jesus, for what He can do in us—when He is really, truly living out His life in us.

Second, we are keenly aware of the consequences of sin, having new knowledge of the character of God. We tremble as we see the condition of the earth and know the consequences she faces, when God is obliged to release earth, into the hands of Satan, her chosen master. All this because humanity refuses to obey God.

It has been said that there is no salvation merit in obedience to God’s law. So why obey? There are virtually a million things that have no salvation merit, but we are still well advised to do them.

There is no salvation merit in tying our shoes. But is there wisdom? Yes. If we have shoes with laces in them, isn’t it wise to tie them up? And what of washing our car. Do we wash our car? Do we mow the lawn, eat, go to work, take a bath, brush our teeth? Yes, indeed we do, unless we want to appear slovenly. But there is no salvation merit in any of them. Can we entertain the idea that while there is no salvation merit in doing any of these things, there is indeed wisdom.

And what of obeying God? Is there wisdom in obeying God, although there is no salvation merit in it? What is the opposite of obedience. What are we doing if we are not obeying God? Answer: Disobedience. Is there salvation merit in disobedience? Most definitely No! But if we are not obedient, it follows that we are disobedient; there is no middle ground. But Satan wants to assure us, by twisted theology, that it’s okay to disobey, because there is no salvation merit in obedience. But is there salvation merit in disobedience? No. In disobedience there is most definitely loss of soul. Let’s streamline our thinking where obedience is concerned, because it is still true, if we love Jesus, we will keep His commandments (John 14:15). It’s elementary.

Will anyone go to heaven who doesn’t love Jesus? I hope you said No! Isn’t obedience the way God can tell whether we love Him or not? If you say you can’t obey, you’re admitting that you don’t love Jesus, for that’s what He looks for to divide the sheep from the goats. When He returns, it will be an easy task for Him to recognize who are His, in spite of all their pretensions. It is by their obedience.

Therefore, let us put away our sin, and we shall go happily forward, never again giving excessive thought to sin but instead praising our beautiful God throughout eternity.


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