I was recently at an open baptism in a city near to where I live. The scene of over 40 people that made a decision for public baptism played out on a beautiful sunny and warm afternoon. Crowds of on-lookers also took in the scene as a lively band played and sang songs of loving Jesus.
For many of the spectators, this may have been the only chance they got to hear the name of Jesus spoken or sung in a song. Perhaps this event will bring to mind, even for a crucial moment that there is a battle happening in our lives daily and that a decision must be made by each of us. A decision on whom we will serve. There are many thoughts on this type of baptism.
This post is not about right or wrong, but I will quote from Luke 9:49-50, “And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbade him, because he followeth not with us. And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.” It could be said this way, “we saw people baptizing by immersion in the park but they didn’t do it our way so we criticized them.” Would Jesus say “Criticize them not, for he who is not against us is for us?”
This discussion is about loving God and showing our love for Jesus.
There is a lot of talk among Christians about loving Jesus. But how? Goes God understand love the way we do in 2017. What does Jesus say about this in the Bible?
John 14:15, Jesus says, “If you love me, keep my commandments.”
What commandments is Jesus talking about? Are not the commandments nailed to the cross? In John 13:34-35, Jesus gives a new commandment. “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
Is this new commandment to replace the old commandments?
I have head it said that the ten commandments of God were done away with and Jesus gave us the two commands mentioned above. Therefore all we must do is love God and Love our neighbour.
After looking at the Book of Revelation, realized that Gods people that are saved, that do not worship the beast and are written in the Book of Life are those that keep the commandments of God and keep the faith of Jesus. (Revelation 14:20).
Jesus said if we love Him we are to keep His commandments. I am sure that must be so that we can live with Him forever. In order to do that we must be found in the Book of life.
Then why are people so opposed to the law of God? It seems that people are quite emotional about the 10 Commandments. Well, most people have no issue with most of the commandments. Most people understand that we should not kill or steal and envy. Most people believe in honoring our parents and not to lie or give false testimony.
But could the issues we have with the 10 Commandments not be on the Commandments having to do with loving our neighbour, but the Commandments concerning have we are to love God?
Romans 8:6-8, “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”
I realized that God requires to be spiritually minded and therefore being in subjection to the Law of God.
(Subjection: being under domination, control, or influence – Dictionary.com)
This statement by Paul in Romans seems to make sense with what Jesus said in John 14:15 and what Jesus revealed in Revelation 14:20.
There are religious people that say we are not under the Law of God, but Romans 8 says we are to be subject (under dominion and control) to the law and if we are not, we are carnal and cannot please God.
To love God is to want to please God.
What a friend we have in Jesus. Jesus said, “You are my friends if you do what I command.” John 15:14.
Therefore, how do you show Jesus that you love Him? Keep the commandments of God.
Ecclesiastes 12:13, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”
Remember, we are occupying until the return of Jesus. If our desire is to spend eternity with Him, we ought not to go by feeling, but what the Bible says. We ought to understand the war that is raging around us that started in heaven. We must understand the fight for your spiritual allegiance and that there are only two sides. There are only two groups of people on the planet. They that keep the commandments of God, and have the faith of Jesus, and those that have a form of godliness but deny the power therein. Those that truly love God and allow the Holy Spirit to guide them in paths of righteousness or obedience to the Law of God and those that deny or resist that power. The saved and the lost. Throughout history, from the fall of man in Eden until today there have always been two sides.
Joshua 14:25, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
It could be said this way, “…Choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the god(s) your parents served, or the gods of spiritualism or atheism or a false Christianity, which is currently spread across the earth: but for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
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