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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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Last Friday night I had the pleasure of hearing Pastor Stephen Bohr speak on 3ABN, and I couldn’t let it go by without comment. He made a point which is not emphasized enough in Adventism. Too often it seems the saints are so committed to law keeping that they sweep away anything and everything that gets between them and the keeping of the law— and find they still can’t keep it. Bohr made the point that Jesus is the law; He is its origin; He embodies in His character every precept of that law. He is the law in living color.

I had to comment on this, because, to my mind, seeing this is our greatest need. We stress law keeping until we are as dry as the hills of Gilboa, and we still find that we cannot keep it. Therefore, we seek some other solution and say, Well, law keeping can’t be that important; maybe God will save us anyway. We are so confused.

But Jesus is the embodiment of divine law. That law is our schoolmaster to bring us to Him. When we have tried, as E. J. Waggoner says, to get righteousness from the law and find we can’t, we turn away, and there stands Jesus with outstretched arms waiting to enfold us. And the righteousness He gives is “the genuine article,” because the law contained on two tables of stone and the law of which His character is made are one and the same. When He comes into our hearts, He brings His righteousness with Him, and it is the genuine article. I think of Him with the law somehow affixed to His torso by invisible bands, and then the tables of stone slowly diminish in sight, and all that is left is Jesus, our beautiful Savior.

Over the weekend I heard about another church fight in the household of faith. What they were fighting about seemed rather petty to me. How must it look to Deity and to angels? If our eyes were upon Jesus, it would take so much more to discomfit us and propel us into the center of these squabbles. Some things are worth “fighting” about (in the Jesus way), but so much of the warfare of the saints with each other isn’t. The point is, I suspect we would be much more forgiving when certain issues come up, if we determined to allow Jesus to respond for, in, and through us.

And so the comment I want to make to Stephen Bohr, in case he is listening, and to all who take our church pulpits, is—more like that!

Update
The technician has the book project now, therefore, it shouldn’t be too much longer until the second edition of “Light . . . “ comes out. We’re working on it as fast as possible. I’ll have another announcement soon regarding promotion so stay tuned.

 

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