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Christ OBEYED God’s Law and Requires Us to Do Likewise!

       Many people think that Jesus Christ had a sentimental type love in His heart, but that He did not literally obey God’s spiritual law.  Yet, is that what your Bible actually shows?

        All through the Bible, we are admonished to avoid sinning….to stop sinning.  Yet, what exactly is sin?   In I John 3:4, we are clearly told the definition of sin:  “sin is the transgression of the law” (KJV).   So, whenever you transgress God's law, you sin.  That's what sin is....the transgression of God's law.

       Therefore, when the Bible admonishes us to stop “sinning,” it is telling us to stop breaking God’s law!   But which law?

       Paul said that he would not have known that he had sinned, “except through the law.  For I would not have known covetousness [he wouldn’t have known it was a sin to covet] unless the law had said, ‘You shall not covet’”  (Rom.7: 7).    Very clearly, the law being spoken of  is the Ten Commandments! 

       So, whenever we disobey the Ten Commandments---whenever we disobey God's spiritual law, we sin.   Again, that’s what sin is---disobeying God’s spiritual law.

       Now, was Jesus Christ obedient to God’s spiritual law?   

       Christ said, “I have kept My Father’s commandments”!  (John 15: 10).   Scripture tells us that Christ never sinned (Heb. 4:15; II Cor.5: 21)---that is, He never transgressed the law of God.  Christ “humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Phil.2: 8).

       Furthermore, does Christ require that we too have that same attitude of obedience to God’s law?   Christ said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.   Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’  And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matt.7: 21-23).  Speaking of the end-time judgment, Christ said that those who “practice lawlessness” will be cast “into the furnace of fire”!  (Matt.13: 40-42). 

       Likewise, Christ said that if a person wants “to enter into [eternal] life,” he must “keep the commandments” (Matt.19: 16-17).   And He then went on to show (in verses 18-19) that He was speaking of the Ten Commandments.

       So, Christ was obedient to God’s spiritual law, and He requires that we likewise strive to obey that law (Luke 13: 24; Phil.3: 11-14).   He said that we are to live “by every word of God” (Luke 4:4). 

       Yet, we, of and by ourselves, cannot be successfully obedient to God’s law---God’s way of life.  Christ said, “without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).   Why is that?   It’s because “the carnal mind [the natural mind we’re born with] is enmity [hostile] against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be” (Rom. 8:7). 

       Yet, notice verses 8 to 9:  “So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.  But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you.”

       So, the only way that you can live an obedient life that is pleasing to God, is IF you come to have God’s Holy Spirit dwelling with you.

       How, then, does one receive God’s Spirit?   Peter answers:  Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).

       At baptism, we actually enter a covenant (or agreement) with God.   God agrees to give us His Holy Spirit on the condition that  (1) we accept Christ as our Savior, and  (2) we repent of---turn from---our past way of life.  We make an unconditional surrender to God---that we will henceforth strive, with the help of the Holy Spirit---to live in accordance with God’s spiritual law.

       As we’re told in Acts 5:32, God gives His Spirit only “to those who obey Him”---only to those who have repented---only to those who are striving to live God’s way.   True Christians ---also called “saints”---are described as “those who keep the commandments of God” (Rev.14:12; 12:17).

       So, upon entering that agreement with God at baptism, the individual (upon having hands laid upon him) then receives God’s Spirit.   It is the death of the old self and the start of a whole new life!  (Rom.6: 3-6, 12-13).

       Yes, at baptism the person begins a new life of being “a living sacrifice” unto God (Rom. 12:1).   He enters a lifelong process of having God’s laws written in his mind and placed in his heart (Heb.10:16). 

 

 

Christ Dwelling Within You

       If God’s Spirit dwells within you, it is actually Christ living His life within you (Gal.2:20; Rom. 8:9-10).   To the extent that you yield your life to Christ’s guidance, Christ then lives, in you, the same manner of life He lived 2,000 years ago---a life of obedience to God’s law!   “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb.13:8). 

       You then begin to take on the very mind of Christ (Phil.2:5)---a mind of humble obedience to God (verse 8)---an attitude of “not My will, but Yours, be done”!   (Luke 22:42). 

       Yes, in having God’s Holy Spirit dwelling within you, you become a partaker of God’s very nature---“the divine nature”  (II Peter 1:4).