Friday, October 11, 2019

Law(s) Part 6 - "Get Up!"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe… 


Law(s)

Part 6 -   "Get Up!"
   

"The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death" (Romans 8:2).      

     
  Proportionally, the New Testament contains as many commands as the Old Testament, calling us to a life of devoted obedience to God no less than Israel under the law of Moses.  However, a profound difference between the Old and the New lies in the primary gift of grace bestowed upon all who trust the Lord Jesus Christ.

   "The Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you" (John 14:17).
    "I will dwell in them and walk in them" (II Corinthians 6:16).

   Fleeing, frightened disciples became faithful, confident sons of God after the cross, resurrection, and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ.  What made the difference?  Christ Himself, dwelling in His followers through the permanently indwelling Holy Spirit.  The same truth graces all believers throughout the age of the church.  Our Lord lives in us so that we may live through Him (I Corinthians 3:16; I John 4:9).  In this blessed light of grace, obedience becomes privileged responsibility rather than onerous burden.

   "This is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.  And His commandments are not grievous, for whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world.  And this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith" (I John 5:3-4).

    Note the Apostle John's affirmation of victory: "even our faith."  We might suspect John would focus on victory in terms of God's grace in Christ.  However, he declares our trust to be the means of triumph.  The reason for this is simply that God's grace for living is already given in the indwelling Spirit of the Lord Jesus.  .  We must lift our hearts in faith to experience "this grace given" (Ephesians 3:8).  Faith affirms our Lord's involved and indwelling presence, leading to experience of the blessed truth.  Thus, we arise from our knees whereupon we acknowledge God's supply and our need to go forth in the expectation that He will lead and enable us.  "For by Thee I have run through a troop; by Thee I have leaped over a wall!" (Psalm 18:29).

   Find the most failed and fallen believer on the planet.  The truth applies to him no less than to the most faithful among us.  We conducted a service last night at a rescue mission, where broken men come to seek shelter, sustenance, and help.  Among such a large number of men, surely some are born again believers.  Christians are not exempt from the temptations and attacks of the world that can lead to such sad calamity.  For such ones, the call to repentance and renewed obedience through the power of God resounds through the Scriptures of God and Spirit of God.  "Get up, My son!  You do not have to remain in your fallen circumstance.  The Spirit of the Lord Jesus dwells in you to empower your overcoming of temptation and your joyful restoration of obedience that is the norm for every believer.  Arise in the truth, trusting Me for forgiveness, cleansing, and a renewed walk of faith and faithfulness.  Get up!"

   The risen Christ is among us.  The risen Christ is within us!  The law of the Spirit of life in the Lord Jesus constitutes devotion to God as the joy of our hearts.  "I delight in the law of God after the inward man" (Romans 7:22).  We all fall at times, perhaps not to the degree of finding ourselves in a rescue mission, but enough to tempt us to discouragement and spiritual lethargy.  The Scriptures and Spirit of God resound to us also.  "Get up!"  The tomb is empty.  The Heavenly throne is occupied.  Our hearts are full of the Spirit of the risen Christ.  This is truth.  This is reality.  This is the Gospel of grace that, rightly acknowledged and affirmed, leads to a life wherein obedience is viewed as joyful opportunity.  Indeed, the commands of the New Testament are all filled with the promise that the Giver of the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus provides power to obey.  Get up!

"Wherefore He saith, Awake thou that steepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light."
(Ephesians 5:14)

Weekly Memory Verse


    The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
 (Romans 8:2).      



  





















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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Law(s) Part 5 - "Righteousness: Root and Fruit"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe… 


Law(s)

Part 5 -   "Righteousness: Root and Fruit"
    

"The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death" (Romans 8:2).      

     
  The law of Moses called Israel to try.  The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus calls all to trust.

   "Now therefore, if ye will obey My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people: for all the earth is Mine" (Exodus 19:5).
   "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).

   The old law demanded human effort as the means whereby human beings become righteous with God.  It offered no hope of success because sinners already sinful entered into the covenant.  They were disqualified from the start.  God's spiritual and moral standard for human beings is absolute perfection, from conception and forevermore (II Samuel 22:31).  If we cannot achieve such pristine purity, no outward code could ever redeem us, including the "holy and  just and good" law of Moses (Romans 7:12).  Thus, God gave the law not to redeem, but to reveal in Israel's failed efforts our need for another hope, God's grace in His Son - "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus."

   "For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:17).

    "The gift of righteousness."  Only through the grace of the Lord Jesus can human beings become right and acceptable in God's sight.  When a condemned sinner trusts in the Lord Jesus, he becomes a converted saint by being spiritually enrobed with the righteousness of the Lord Jesus.  "Of Him are in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto… righteousness" (I Corinthians 1:30).  The reception of such grace fundamentally changes who and what we are through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, freely given to all who believe.  Thereby, we bear "the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:11).  The root of righteousness, however, always remains Christ Himself.  Our Heavenly Father sees and accepts us as righteous because we are united unto the perfectly righteous One, the Lord Jesus.  "He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit… He hath made us accepted in the Beloved" (I Corinthians 6:17; Ephesians 1:6).

   "And lest the shadow of a spot should on my soul be found, He took the robe my Savior wrought, and cast it all around!" (From "Awake My Heart, Arise My Tongue," by Isaac Watts).

    Born again believers in the Lord Jesus expend a great deal of spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical energy in walking with God.  None of it, however, makes or maintains our righteousness.  We rather join the  Apostle Paul, who testified, "I also labor, striving according to His working, which worketh in me mightily" (Colossians 1:29).  The fruits of righteousness hang heavily on our branches as we trust the Root of righteousness, the Lord Jesus.  The old law revealed our need for such grace; the new law, "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus," provides it.  Thereby we live for God by living from God.

"And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work."
(II Corinthians 9:8)

Weekly Memory Verse


    The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
 (Romans 8:2).      



  





















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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Dear Orange Moon Friends

Friends,

   Those of you who have been with us through years may recall that I love McIntosh apples (God's favorite apple also).  Today I was blessed to consume the finest specimen of a McIntosh I have ever enjoyed.  I would attempt to describe the fragrance, texture, and flavor of this jewel of the Lord's creation and a New York farmer's cultivation.  The attempt would be pointless, however, so just trust me that of the hundreds of these apples I have eaten during my lifetime, today's edition was the best (trust me also that Mcintosh are the Lord's favorite.  It would be pointless to argue the obvious…).

    "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life" (Psalm 23:6).

   As we get older, we can become jaded about life and expectation.  Nothing could be further from the Lord's will for His trusting children in the Lord Jesus Christ.  "Charity (love)… hopeth all things" (I Corinthians 13:7).  Surely we will all experience challenges of the aging process.  However, failure to know the Lord's goodness in the midst of all has nothing to do with circumstance, condition, or situation, but rather with anticipation.  Do we expect "goodness and mercy" during the entirety of our lives, as affirmed by the Psalmist?  Or will we surrender to the unbelief of despair because "the outward man perishes?" (II Corinthians 4:16).  A Biblical faith in the Lord Jesus commands and demands our confidence that no matter what, our best days lie ahead as we "grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (II Peter 3:18).

   I couldn't 't help but think of Jim Kelly, the one hundred year old brother in Christ who, before his passing, lived at a retirement community where we do services.  If I asked Jim how he was doing, his invariable response still rings in my ears:  "You know, Glen, I think this is the best day of my life!"  And Jim meant it!  He knew about love hoping all things, and he discovered that the goodness and mercy that followed him in every day also overtook him with the grace of every day.  I thought about that as I enjoyed the best McIntosh apple of my life this morning.  And it steeled my resolve to join King David and Jim in the expectation of faith that anticipates God's ongoing presence and blessing.  There are great days ahead in Christ, both in this life and forevermore.  Let us go forth to meet them!

"My expectation is from Him."
(Psalm 62:5)

   

Law(s) "To Seek the Surgeon" Part 4

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe… 


Law(s)

Part 4 -   "To Seek the Surgeon"
    

"The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death" (Romans 8:2).      

     
   In yesterday's message, we referenced Dr. Christian Banaard, the surgeon who performed the first heart transplant in 1967 on patient Louis Washkansky.  Dr. Banaard was likely not the doctor who diagnosed Mr. Washkansky's need for the radical procedure.  In many cases, the diagnostician and the surgeon are not one and the same.  One identifies the malady.  The other treats it.  This fact regarding medical treatment reflects the spiritual realities of salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ.

    "The law is holy, and the commandment, holy and just and good" (Romans 7:12).
    "The law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith" (Galatians 3:24).
    "The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death" (Romans 8:2).   

    There is nothing at all wrong with the law of Moses.  The "holy and just and good" standards handed down by God to Israel wonderfully reflect His character, nature, and way.  The standards also bear witness to what human beings should be.  However, God gave the law of Moses to diagnose rather than treat the terminal nature of our sinfulness apart from God's grace.  The inability to fulfill God's ordinances according to His perfect standard reveals problems with the spiritual heart of human beings.

    "But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully, knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine" (I Timothy 1:8-10).

   The perfect diagnostician, the law of Moses, revealed to the Jews (and indirectly to all) that in and of ourselves, we are not what God made us to be.  However, the diagnostic law could not perform the radical surgery required to save us - "the law made nothing perfect" (Hebrews 7:19).   It rather exposes the need for surgery.  This led to "the bringing in of a better hope, " namely, "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus" as our spiritual surgeon.  Thus, we give thanks for the old law and its necessary diagnosis of our need for a heart transplant.  And we give thanks for the new law that extracts our old corrupt heart, and provides "a new heart...  a new spirit… a new man, created in righteousness and true holiness" (Ezekiel 36:26; Ephesians 4:24).

   The law was an advantage for Israel, given by God (Romans 3:1-2).  The Jews could realize their spiritual and moral corruption by this diagnostician.  A perfect law revealed their spiritual and moral imperfection.  Interestingly, even lesser moral codes by which human beings seek to be right and righteous result in crumbling clay feet failing to walk the path prescribed by the codes.  Diagnosticians cannot save us.  Only surgeons can do that.  However, we desperately need someone to detect our illness in order to motivate us to seek the surgeon.  The law of Moses fulfills this role, leading sinners to hope for rescue through "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:27).  Thus, we give thanks for the diagnostic purpose of the old law, which revealed our need for the dynamic performance of the new law, the saving grace of Christ "by the which we draw nigh unto God" (Hebrews 7:19).

"Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets, even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus."
(Romans 3:20-24)

"He (Christ) is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.   For finding fault with them, He saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in My covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord."
(Hebrews 8:6-9)

Weekly Memory Verse


    The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
 (Romans 8:2).      



  





















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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

"Law(s)" Part 3 - "A New Law"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe… 


Law(s)

Part 3 -   "A New Law"
    

"The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death" (Romans 8:2).      

     
   I loved 5th grade at Morningside Elementary School here in my hometown, Mobile Alabama.  Our teacher, Mrs. Jackson, was tough but fair.  We attended class in an old wooden, one room building disconnected from the main structures of the campus.  The classroom had no air conditioning, and an ancient stove served as the only heat source.  We sweltered in the fall and spring, which made freezing in the winter almost welcome.  I had a great year nonetheless, with good friends, enjoyable subject matter, and something I'll always remember.  Mrs. Jackson strongly encouraged her students to read, which was right down my alley.  After finishing each subject, we often had time to open a book, or peruse copies of the daily newspaper provided by Mrs. Jackson.  I usually grabbed a World Book encyclopedia from the bookshelf to learn about whatever subject interested me that day, and then read the newspaper.

    I'll never forget the headlines of the paper on Monday, December 4, 1967 (ok, I had to look up the date and the headlines.  My memory is not that good!).   "Heart Transplant Succeeds."  Dr. Christian Banaard performed the radical procedure on patient Louis Washkansky, in Capetown, South Africa.  The surgery was considered a success, although Washkansky died 18 days later due to complications from pneumonia.  I recall sitting at my desk in the chilly room, mesmerized by the miracle of one person's heart transplanted to another, providing unexpected survival and life.  "How can such a thing be?!" I wondered.

    "A new heart also will I give you, and a new Spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgments, and do them" (Ezekiel 36:26-27).

     God's prophecy to Israel through Ezekiel still awaits fulfillment for Israel, God's chosen earthly nation.  However, born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ have already received the gift.  "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.  Old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new" (II Corinthians 5:17).  The Lord performed a spiritual heart transplant in us when we believed, providing the presence of His own heart through the indwelling Holy Spirit and birthing us as new creatures in Christ.  With this newness came "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus" as the governing influence of our innermost being.  How can such a thing be?!   The grace of God in the Lord Jesus provides the answer, the miraculous redemption that transcends physical heart transplants by an infinite measure.  Indeed, the Apostle Paul plainly states that it is "the power that worketh in us" whereby "God is able to do exceeding, abundantly above all we ask or think" (Ephesians 3:20).  Paul furthermore declares such enabling to be a law, "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus."   This dynamic influence and power dwells within our innermost being and selfhood, enabling a life far beyond human means as we believe and submit ourselves to God's freely given provision in the indwelling Christ.  

   Many believers do not know the Biblical truth of a transplanted spiritual heart.  They rightly believe their sins are forgiven, God is their Father, Christ their Savior, and Heaven their ultimate destination.  They do not know, however, that God fundamentally changed who and what we are in our innermost being at the time of our new birth.  They fail to know the truth of the new law, "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus."  This constitutes a spiritual tragedy of epic proportion.  Indeed, the Lord Jesus suffered, died, and was forsaken by God and man in order to birth believers as new creatures.  "He hath made Him to be sin, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him" (II Corinthians 5:21).  In a chilly classroom more than half a century ago, I wondered at the miracle of a man receiving a new heart.  I now wonder far more that born again believers in the Lord Jesus have received new and Christ-inhabited hearts.  And I pray that we will all better know the glory of its governing influence and power, "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus."

"Christ Jesus, whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God, to declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then?  It is excluded.  By what law?  Of works?  Nay: but by the law of faith."
(Romans 3:25-27)   

Weekly Memory Verse


    The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
 (Romans 8:2).      



  





















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Monday, October 7, 2019

"Law(s)" Part 2 - The Expectation of Obedience

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe… 


Law(s)

Part 2 - The Expectation of Obedience   
    

"The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death" (Romans 8:2).      

     Should born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ expect to obey or disobey God?  

      "Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end, Amen" (Ephesians 3:20).

     The New Testament resounds with the assurance of "the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus."  The Apostle Paul refers to such grace as a "law."  Like the law of gravity in the natural realm, it is factual and actual that the Lord Jesus dwells in every believer and "worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13).  Clearly, the rising sun of each new day beckons us to believe that the risen Son will lead us in a day of faith and faithfulness.  We should expect to consistently trust and obey God through the power of the Holy Spirit.  We acknowledge that sin is possible and sometimes actual in all believers.  "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us" (I John 1:8).  While never inevitable or excusable, sin happens in Christians, sometimes in very serious and ongoing ways.  This entices many believers to think that they cannot overcome certain temptations, based on past experience and present feeling.  Thereby our spiritual enemies tempt us to expect disobedience as much or more than obedience.  We forget or do not know the law that ever works in us, "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus."  This sets us up for failure rather than faithfulness.  "He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief" (Matthew 13:58).

    An ugly secret lurks in this forlorn perspective: when we do not expect growing faith and faithfulness, we besmirch God rather than ourselves.  By definition, the Christian life must be lived "in the power of His might" (Ephesians 6:10).  If I do not expect to obey, I therefore imply that God is not faithful and the risen Lord Jesus still lies in His tomb.  Of course, some might say, "Oh no, the issue is not the Lord that makes me less than hopeful.  It's me!"  No, it's not.  Our Heavenly Father does not call us to fulfill even the slightest act of faith and faithfulness by our own devices.  "Without Me, ye can do nothing" (John 15:5).  He rather promises His motivation and enabling as the power of all godliness.  "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Philippians 4:13).  Thus, any lack of expectation regarding obedience speaks not of how we view ourselves, but how we view Him.  "Consider Him... lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds" (Hebrews 12:3).

   We were born again by grace through faith.  We are kept by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9; I Peter 1:5).  Most believers have strong confidence in such Christ-based assurance.  However, we also live the Christian life by grace through faith (Colossians 2:6).  We must therefore have the same assurance regarding the life to which God calls us.  Is the tomb of the Lord Jesus empty?  Is His Heavenly throne occupied?  Does His Spirit dwell within us to enable obedience to the Word of God?  Yes.  Yes. Yes!  Our answers, regardless of past experience or present emotion, determine the course of our Christian life and the content of our hope.  "The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus" commands our confident expectation of such grace.  We are privileged and obligated to walk in the glory that ensues when we anticipate the faithfulness of God that empowers our own faithfulness...  

"My expectation is from Him."
(Psalm 62:5)
"Reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord."
(Romans 6:11)

Weekly Memory Verse


    "O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, because His mercy endureth forever."
 (Psalm 118:1)


  





















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Saturday, October 5, 2019

"Law(s)" Part 1 - Obedience As Legalism?

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe… 


Law(s)

Part 1 - Obedience As Legalism?   
    

       I recently spoke with a young lady, a believer, about our privileged responsibility to obey the commands of the New Testament.  "Well," she responded, "I don't want to be put back under the law."

    "Now to Him that is of power to stablish you according to my Gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith" (Romans 16:25-26).

    First, this sister was never under the law she mentioned.  Nor could she imagine the challenge of living under the dictates given to Moses by God for Israel.  She may have created her own moral codes, or had others imposed upon her by people (codes that are far inferior to the "holy and just and good" law of Moses - Romans 7:12).  However, no Gentile, especially a modern Gentile, has any real experience of life under Old Testament law.  We therefore cannot "go back under the law" to which we never had participation.  Indeed, the problems addressed in the New Testament regarding Gentiles far more concerned licentiousness and idolatry than legalism (I Thessalonians 4:5).  "Ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led" (I Corinthians 2:12).

    More troubling was the young lady's notion that obedience to the commands of the New Testament constitutes legalism.  Certainly it can.  If we view obeying Scriptural behavioral mandates as the basis for beginning and maintaining our redemption, we err.  Salvation in the Lord Jesus is the freest gift ever given, purchased by the highest cost ever remitted.  Three times in Romans 5, the Apostle Paul refers to salvation as a "free gift" (we might view this as a free gift from the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit).  We did nothing to enter relationship with God other than receive a gift.  Nor is our relationship with Him maintained by our own efforts.  Christ alone fulfills such wondrous and redeeming grace on our behalf:  

   "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but by His own mercy He saved us… You are kept by the power of God unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time" (Titus 3:5; I Peter 1:5).

    Such grace does not deliver us from obedience to God, but rather unto it.  The New Testament is replete with commands meant to be respected, and also expected by both God and ourselves to be obeyed.  To the Thessalonians, Paul wrote, "If any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed" (I Thessalonians 3:14).  Thus, obedience to New Testament commands cannot be viewed as legalism, when understood in light of God's full revelation in Christ and Scripture.  What is this full revelation?  This answer actually lies in a law under which born again believers live in Christ:

    "The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death" (Romans 8:2).
    "If ye fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, thou shalt do well" (James 2:8).

    What is "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus," or as James termed, "the royal law of Scripture"?  Paul declares this law to be "life in Christ Jesus."  Literally, the life of Christ Jesus dwells in believers, motivating, guiding, and empowering our capacity to obey God.  "We... live through Him" (I John 4:9).  Obedience to New Testament commands is therefore life, the life of Christ revealed in us, rather than legalism.  We must therefore joyfully set forth to live for God by living from God.  The difference in the law of Moses and the royal law of Christ the King is power, His power resident and potentially dynamic in every born again believer.  We must view every command as a promise, namely, "I am calling you to do this, and I live in you to enable your ability to do so."  No careful reading of the New Testament lends itself to any other view than the blessed truth of a free gift that, rightly understood and received, leads to faithful adherence to the will of God.  The risen Lord Jesus Himself dwells in us through Holy Spirit.  Moreover, He promises to empower our capacity for obedience to every command of the New Testament epistles (and also those of the Gospels and Old Testament that apply to Christians).  

"This is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.  And His commandments are not grievous, for whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world."
(I John 5:3-4)
"This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men."
(Titus 3:8)

Part 2 - The Expectation of Obedience

Weekly Memory Verse


    "O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, because His mercy endureth forever."
 (Psalm 118:1)


  





















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