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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Keep My Commandments!, continued
"Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son." (John 3:18—NIV)
Am I teaching we can be meek, refuse to receive Jesus Christ, and still inherit the earth?
I am teaching nothing of the kind. The Bible tells us clearly that to refuse Jesus Christ is to refuse the Divine salvation, to choose darkness over light.
Rather, I am maintaining that the purpose of Divine grace is to make us meek, patient, humble, gentle, and accepting of authority and teaching.
If grace does not change our personality in this manner it has been aborted.
The Word of Jesus Christ cannot be altered in any manner. It is the meek, and only the meek, who will inherit the earth.
I have heard that Dispensationalism teaches the Jews inherit the earth and the Gentiles inherit Heaven. This is the insanity, corruption, and destruction that proceeds from the teaching of Dispensationalism. The arrogant, haughty Gentile believers inherit Heaven, Paradise, the angels, God Himself, while the arrogant, haughty, quarrelsome Jews inherit the earth.
No, Brother, and Sister, the Jews and Gentiles who are part of the Lord Jesus Christ are the one Seed of Abraham. Christ through His Spirit teaches the Seed meekness. Then we are heirs of Heaven, earth, the angels, the new Jerusalem, the saved nations of the earth, and God Himself.
Jews and Gentiles who are not part of Jesus Christ will be judged by the Lord and receive their proper reward when standing before the White Throne.
If Christians threw away their commentaries and read the Scriptures, I think the world would be a better place.
We have mentioned three commandments the Lord gave by inference: that we must be poor in spirit if we would inherit the Kingdom of Heaven; that we must mourn if we would receive the Divine comfort; and that we must be meek if we would inherit the earth.
There are many more such implied commandments found in the Gospels. They are to be read, prayed over, and obeyed as the Lord helps. If we obey them Christ will be formed in us. If we do not obey them Christ will not be formed in us and we will be cut from the Vine, from Christ.
Let us now look to see if Christ gave us any direct commandments in the Gospel accounts.
The first words of John the Baptist and the Lord Jesus were a direct commandment. Both John and Jesus said the same thing:
And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. (Mark 1:4—NIV)
"The time has come," he [the Lord Jesus] said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" (Mark 1:15—NIV)
"Repent and believe." "Repent and believe." "Repent and believe."
These are direct commandments given by the Lord Jesus.
Our whole Christian life is to be one of repenting and believing. This is how we enter the Kingdom of God.
You may notice in the Book of Acts that the Apostles invariably commanded repentance when they preached the forgiveness available through Jesus Christ.
To be continued.