The Commandments of Christ


My children, I am writing this to you so that you may not commit sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous one. He is expiation for our sins, and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world. The way we may be sure we know Him is to keep His commandments. Whoever says,” I know Him,” but does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, the love of God is truly perfected in him. This is the way we may know that we are in union with Him: whoever claims to abide in Him ought to live just as He lived.   1 John 2:1-6             

Just as a father would encourage his “children” to do good, so John encourages his community not to sin against God. But  if we do sin, he adds, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ. Meaning , that we should do everything in our personal power, not to sin against God. Of course, we can not do this in our own natural strength, we must rely on the Holy Spirit for His supernatural strength (our will in full cooperation with His will). But it is a mindset, a decision to do what pleases my Father, over what pleases me. I should make my prayer everyday, live my life everyday, committed to not letting God down. Not to grieve Him with my sinning.

We may be sure we know Him by keeping His commandments. This is a tough teaching. “Hasn’t Christ set us free?”, ” We are under grace, not the law!” Freedom without rules is chaos. God is not chaos. God is the God of order and structure. We see that in creation, in nature itself. We see it within ourselves, created in His image, in our desire to live life in an orderly fashion. The commandments of Christ, are a natural by product of  an orderly and structured God, to lead His people into full communion with Himself. And also with our fellow man.

Our response to these commands, are the fruit that we bear. Our obedience to God is His love perfected in us. Disparity in our everyday lives and the commandments of Christ, is evidence that we do not  know Him.

Let us all make this our prayer this week: “to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, our spiritual worship.” (Rom.12:1)

Amen.

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5 Responses

  1. Thank you,
    I say Amen to your prayer for this week.
    He is our only power over Satan and Sin. If we sin this week, we have an advocate, Jesus Christ the
    Righteous. We don’t want to offend God this week. By His grace we won’t.

    May God be with you,
    Richard

    Thanks Richard ! The Lord be with you as well.
    Tim

  2. A very good and helpful reflection, Tim 🙂

    Haven’t visited for a while (sorry!) and it all looks different 😀

    I missed you. Glad you stopped for a visit.
    Tim

  3. This was a practical lesson–thank you for sharing it!

    Thanks chris d. Thanks for the comment.
    Tim

  4. “Disparity in our everyday lives and the commandments of Christ, is evidence that we do not know Him.”

    This is well said and so true… Every day takes conversion back to the commandments of Christ. Every day is a struggle to fight the disparity and eventually we all hope to simply make following Christ a bigger habit than following the world.

    Thanks Amber. That daily conversion, is spiritual growth. Allowing ourselves to be conformed to the image of Christ. It is a struggle, easier sometimes more than others, but a choice we have to make.
    God bless.

  5. I just thank God for grace…continous grace…can’t make it without it!

    Love,
    DulceDiana

    I thank Him for His grace as well. I just want to make sure I respond to His grace in a righteous way, that leads others to Christ. Not just once, but as a continual offering. Growing in my faith and understanding ever deeper.
    Amen, for the grace to do that!

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