Commandments of the Apostles

Part VIII

(62). Don’t Attempt to Keep the Law. (63). Trust in Jesus Christ to Take Away Your Sins. (64). Be Free Through Christ.

(Rom. 3:10-24 NLT) As the Scriptures say, "No one is good — not even one. No one has real understanding; no one is seeking God. All have turned away from God; all have gone wrong. No one does good, not even one. "Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their speech is filled with lies." "The poison of a deadly snake drips from their lips." "Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness." "They are quick to commit murder. Wherever they go, destruction and misery follow them. They do not know what true peace is." "They have no fear of God to restrain them." Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses and to bring the entire world into judgment before God. For no one can ever be made right in God's sight by doing what his law commands. For the more we know God's law, the clearer it becomes that we aren't obeying it. But now God has shown us a different way of being right in his sight — not by obeying the law but by the way promised in the Scriptures long ago. We are made right in God's sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done. For all have sinned; all fall short of God's glorious standard. Yet now God in his gracious kindness declares us not guilty. He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins.”

It’s an exercise in futility to even “attempt” to keep the law on our own! We are not capable! When Jesus said, “Be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Without His help, “we can do nothing”! But WITH His help, “we can do all things through Christ which strengthens us!”

In fact “His yoke is easy and His burden is Light”, if we are so yielded to Him and so “blended”, our will with His will, that we simply tell Him, “You drive!”, and allow Him to be our pilot and we, his co-pilot! Then, and only then, do we become “Channels Only”, and let God’s enablement to do ANYTHING He commands us to do!

This is not a “one time deal”. It’s daily. It’s hourly. It’s a continual process. Each time we deviate from God’s perfect will, several times a day, we, immediately, ask God for forgiveness an “get back on track”. This is TRUSTING God!

Thus, we “deny self”, which means we “DIE TO SELF”. We learn to live, totally, under the “leadership of the Holy Spirit. Really, we begin to let God live His life THROUGH us. Thus, when all is said and done, sinner and saint alike recognize that God receives the Glory for His behavioral patterns exhibited through our lives. He then is credited for the good that emanates from our “light that shines”!

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