Duty to God

Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.  He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

1 John 2:3-6

The apostle John brings a very interesting topic to ponder. The question to ask is: if we are under grace, we must also comply with the law? Why John speaks of keeping the commandments as a requirement to demonstrate that we know God? These questions can bring much theological discussion. But as always, the best way to find real answers is allowing the Spirit to give us God’s own revelation.

Once a Christian friend argued with me saying that nowhere in the Bible command us to fulfill the commandments but simply keeping them. If we seek to keep definition in the dictionary we find the following: care, monitor, guard; put something in the right place; save, not spend; comply, observe a rule; maintain, observe; guard, wary of a risk; avoid. Therefore, keeping not only means something in custody but involves compliance or observation of the rule.

The issue is not followed to the letter the commandments of God because thereby we earn heaven. First, humans are totally unable to meet God’s standard. Nobody can boast of keeping or fully complies with commandments. Second, precisely because of our inability to pass the test successfully, it is impossible for us to win heaven by our own merits.

Observe the commandments of God must be a consequence of having known Him. Once we relate to Him, it is inevitable that our lives change. When Moses met with God in the desert of Sinai, was remarkable glory of God in his face, to the point that the glow was strong enough to damage the eyes of those who watched him. So, our best proof that God dwells in us is to avoid doing all those things He rejects which has clearly written in His Holy Word.

Demonstrate the love of God for us for keeping us what His Word says. Do not turn the freedom He has given us by freeing ourselves from the chains of sin into a license to break His commandments. Although salvation is free for us, we must not forget that its price is invaluable. The cost of the blood of Jesus shed on the cross of Calvary is incalculable. God paid just as much to rescue every sinner who repents. Our obedience to His commands is only a slight acknowledgment of His great love, His delivery and the best demonstration of gratitude we can provide. Consider as our bounden duty to keep the Word of our loving Heavenly Father. God bless you.

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