Will I ever be able to obey God’s commands completely?
This question never stops coming up in my walk as a Christian; one who have received the free gift of salvation-Jesus.
The sermon on the pulpit on Sabbath days keeps exhorting me to be holy, ’’without holiness you won’t see God. Without holiness, you are ending up in hell’’.
Who does not want to behold God?
Who isn’t afraid of hell? (Those stories of hell, did you hear about them too?)
I know that Jesus was the sacrificial lamb, who took my place at the cross. He saved me from sin, sickness, fear, poverty etc.
I still bear the guilt of sin when I fall.
I am still afraid that I might disappoint God since I’m unable to obey God’s commands completely and live a holy life.
It’s just really burdensome being a Christian because I don’t fully understand what I’ve been saved from and what I’ve been saved into.
I took up a request to God each day, asking Him to help me live a holy life always. He pointed me to this scripture.2corinthians 12:9a”My grace is sufficient for you. My grace is enough and it is all you need.’ I started to meditate on that scripture to know His grace. As I was on it, a verse came up. ’May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ………….2cor13:14a, for the grace of God that brings salvation, has appeared to all men…….Titus1:11
Ahaa!! Jesus is the grace to help me.Jesus is enough. Jesus is all I need.
It was at this point that I came to the understanding and realization, that I’ve been trying to live holy on my own and by my own effort.
Paul, in his letter to the Galatians, had asked them in chapter3:2-3,
“I would like to learn just one thing from you. Did you receive the spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”
I started with Jesus. I believed and accepted Him, but now, I want to run off to continue on my own, thinking it’s by my own human effort.
No one can keep the whole commands. When you stumble in one, you’ve stumbled in all-Jas2:10
The Truth About Christianity
We are not saved by works-human effort. We are not saved by obeying laws, doctrines, regulations and all that. The bid to live a holy life on our own is a dead end street. It’s not about works lest any man boasts-Eph2:9.You can’t even work it out, because the more you try, the more you fall
If obeying God’s commands will make us holy, then Jesus died for nothing. It’s because we can’t keep God’s law on our own, that was why Jesus came to fulfill the righteous requirement of the law on our behalf. Jesus was the spotless lamb who carried our sins so that by believing in His finished work on the cross, we automatically become holy. This makes salvation what it is-FREE gift. Not something we earn by works.
So, Jesus bore our sins that we might be dead to sin and alive for righteousness-1pet2:24a.It is no longer us living but Christ living and expressing His life through us. When He lives in us and work through us, we won’t have any need to struggle to obey God’s commands-Living a holy life now becomes effortlessly.
Saying yes to Jesus and His finished work is all it takes to become a child of God.
“But to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to be children of God.”Jhn1:12
When we come to the knowledge and understanding that it’s not about us and what we do,but it’s about Jesus and embracing His finished work on the cross, we will grow and become who God made us to be-His righteousness.We will experience true freedom and peace.
It’s all about Jesus.
“In Christ, the law is fulfilled in us, but not by us.”
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