The Daily Word of Righteousness

The Nature of Sin, continued

That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. (John 17:21—NIV)

But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit. (I Corinthians 6:17—NIV)

God is seeking union with the center of our will and spirit, not just our belief and observance of the tenets of a law.

Under the Law of Moses the believer was responsible to set aside one day of the week as holy to the Lord. Under the new covenant the believer is expected to seek God with total diligence seven days of the week.

Under the Law of Moses the believer was obliged to offer his animal on the Altar of Burnt Offering. Under the new covenant the believer is to show his total dedication to Christ by presenting his body a living sacrifice. This is his reasonable service of worship.

There were numerous statutes and ordinances that controlled the behavior of the Israelite under the Law of Moses. To obey them strictly resulted in their being viewed by the Lord as righteous.

He follows my decrees and faithfully keeps my laws. That man is righteous; he will surely live, declares the Sovereign LORD. (Ezekiel 18:9—NIV)

But he who is least in the Kingdom of God is greater than this. He has been predestined to be in the very image of Christ. He is to be made part of a radiant Church that has no blemish of any kind whatever. We cannot accomplish such perfection in ourselves, but there is enough grace included in the new covenant to bring to pass all God has stated.

We understand, therefore, that the demands made on us under the new covenant are much greater than were the case under the Law of Moses. However, the grace given to us to enable us to serve the Lord is much greater than the grace given under the Law of Moses.

Through the Lord Jesus Christ we can make seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness the highest priority of our life. Through the Lord Jesus Christ we can resist the lusts of our flesh. Through the Lord Jesus Christ we can be delivered from self-centeredness and enter restful union with God.

If we, through Christ's Person and grace, practice the three laws of life, we will not be found guilty of neglecting our salvation. We will inherit all things in this world and in the world that is to come.

If we choose to abide by the current Christian teachings, making a profession of Christ but remaining unchanged in what we are and do, trusting in the traditions that are popular today, we will reap what we have sown. We will reap corruption and death. This is true no matter how much of a profession of Christ we have made.

Each of us, each day, must choose eternal life or eternal death. Let us turn to Christ now so He can enable us to live in such a manner that God is pleased to be our God, and we are eligible to be God's sons and to inherit all things (Revelation 21:7). (from The Nature of Sin; from It Is Time for a Reformation of Christian Thinking)