Please review the following proof!
“Being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,” (1 Corinthians 9:21b)
“Do we then make the Law void through faith? Let it not be! But we establish the Law.” (Romans 3:31)
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. (James 2:26) See also James 2:14-26
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10) See also Ephesians 2:1-10
“But that which you have, hold fast until I come. And he who overcomes and keeps My works to the end, to him I will give power over the nations.” (Revelation 2:25-26)
We are saved by grace not of works this is true. The question before us is “how do we act after we have been saved?” Most Christians fail to separate the two concepts. They get stuck with “saved by grace,” or “saved by works.” Both are wrong and destitute of spiritual discernment. The answer is “Yes” and “Yes.” We are saved by grace not by works, yet now that we are saved there is a calling to obey. We didn’t earn our salvation, yet now that it has been given it comes with guidance. Failure to head the guidance is to reject the offer of salvation. Grace and works are intimately connected. You can never be good enough. That is why there is grace and mercy. Yet you cannot remain with a heart of rebellion and call Jesus Lord. That is why there remains Gods way of doing things, also called the law. To say you can have a relationship with God on your own terms and conditions is to deny the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Another way to put it is this: You have been given a free tickets into the city of heaven, it didn’t cost you thing. Now that you have entered into this kingdom there are expectations on your conduct.
Keep The Commandments
1) You Cannot Experience The Fullness Of God’s Love!
“If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s Commandments, and remain in his love.” (John 15:10)
At that day you shall know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My Commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me. And he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will reveal Myself to him.” (John 14:20-21)
2) You Can Not Love God!
Continuation of the previous verse above…
“Jesus answered him, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him. He who doesn’t love me doesn’t keep my words. The word which you hear isn’t mine, but the Father’s who sent me.” (John 14:23-24)
“If you love me, keep my Commandments.” (John 14:15)
3) You Can Not Love God Or Fellow Believers!
“Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God. Whoever loves the Father also loves the child who is born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his Commandments. For this is loving God, that we keep his Commandments. His Commandments are not grievous. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world: your faith.” (1 John 5:1-4)
4) You Can Not Say That You Even Know God!
“And he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the whole world. This is how we know that we know him: if we keep his Commandments. One who says, “I know him,” and doesn’t keep his Commandments, is a liar, and the truth isn’t in him. But whoever keeps his word, God’s love has most certainly been perfected in him. This is how we know that we are in him:” (1 John 2:2-5)
5) You Can Not Be God And Jesus’ Friend!
“You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.” (John 15:14)
6) You Can Not Count On God’s Presence!
“He who sent me is with me. The Father hasn’t left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.” (John 8:29)
7) You Can Not Count On Having Your Prayers Answered!
“Beloved, if our hearts don’t condemn us, we have boldness toward God; and whatever we ask, we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do the things that are pleasing in his sight.” (1 John 3:21-22)
“I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If a man doesn’t remain in me, he is thrown out as a branch, and is withered; and they gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you.” (John 15:5-7)
8) You Cannot Tell The World You Love God!
“But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father commanded me, even so I do. Arise, let’s go from here.” (John 14:31)
We prove our love for God to the world, by keeping His commandments!
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9) You Cannot Receive The Fullness Of The Holy Spirit!
“We are His witnesses of these things; and so also is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” (Acts 5:32)
“He who keeps his commandments remains in him, and he in him. By this we know that he remains in us, by the Spirit which he gave us.” (1 John 3:24)
“If you love me, keep my commandments. I will pray to the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, that he may be with you forever: the Spirit of truth, whom the world can’t receive; for it doesn’t see him, neither knows him. You know him, for he lives with you, and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans. I will come to you.” (John 14:15-18)
10) You Cannot Have The Expectation Of Salvation!
“Here is the patience of the saints. Here are the ones who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” (Revelation 14:12)
“Blessed are they who do His commandments, that their authority will be over the Tree of Life, and they may enter in by the gates into the city.” (Revelation 22:14)
11) You Cannot Be Called Great In The Kingdom Of Heaven!
“Whoever, therefore, shall break one of these least commandments, and teach others to do so, shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever shall do and teach them shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 5:19)
12) You Cannot Participate In The War Against The Forces Of Darkness!
“And the dragon [Satan] was wroth with the woman [The Church], and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Revelation 12:17)
Keep The Commandments
“When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is this: Fear God and keep His commandments, because this is the whole duty of man.” Ecclesiastes 12:13
“And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;” Hebrews 5:9
One Final Word For Now…
Most don’t realize that commandments are being followed even in lawlessness. Lawlessness is a command that tells you not to obey. The question is, who is it a command not to obey? It’s a commandment to not obey God. Instead of having a heart attitude of “I can love God in this manner”, they take the perspective of “Oh, do I have to?” Once you have learned the truth as you just have: God is no longer your Father and Jesus is not your Lord and Savior if you do not keep the commandments of God! It is the duty of every soul saved by His mercy and grace. No, we are not talking perfection, we are talking a heart of obedience!
“”This people draws near to Me with their mouth, and honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. But in vain they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matthew 15:8-9)
Failure to head the guidelines with a repentant heart will have you blotted out of the Book of Life.
“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars says these things. I know your works, that you have a name that you live, and are dead… The one who overcomes, this one will be clothed in white clothing. And I will not blot out his name out of the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.” (Revelation 3:1+5) see also Revelation 22:19
“Let them be blotted out of the Book of Life, and not be written with the righteous.” (Psalms 69:28)
There will in no way enter into it anything profane, or one who causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Revelation 21:27)
Keep The Commandments