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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Rising of the Day Star, continued
If ye love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15)
We fundamentalists are wrong! wrong! wrong in our teaching of grace. Grace is not an alternative to keeping God's commandments. What have we been thinking of?
Now we have a nation of Christians who have been taught they do not have to keep God's commandments. Brother, they are doing exactly as they have been taught. Thank God for the recent revival of repentance. When you hear the confessions of the Christians, leaders and congregations alike, you will realize they have not been keeping Christ's commandments. They have had bad teaching!
Let's look at our verse again.
We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: (II Peter 1:19)
How do we keep the "more sure word of prophecy"? By going before the Throne of Grace and getting help in our time of need.
Christ commanded us to bless our enemies. How do we do that when it is so difficult? By praying and asking God to help us. He indeed will help us. Some of the Virtue of Christ on the cross will flow into our life and we will be able, as He, to forgive those who harm us, to pray for our enemies.
The Apostle Paul commanded us to present our body a living sacrifice. How do we do that when our adamic nature is whining like the spoiled brat it is?
We go to the Throne of Grace and get help from God. God sends His Holy Spirit and the first thing you know we have the desire and strength to hold up our body before God as a sacrifice that we might prove His will for our life. This is our reasonable service of worship.
How do we keep all the commandments of Christ? By living as a Christian should and asking God for help in Jesus' name.
How do we keep all the commandments of the Apostles? By living as a Christian should and asking God for help in Jesus' name.
What if we don't keep the commandments of Christ and His Apostles?
In this case we are not a Christian, a disciple. We may be a church attender but we most assuredly are not a Christian.
Our destiny is outer darkness. We have buried our talent.
God's wrath and the severity of His judgments are not constrained by American sentimentality. Be sure you understand this. You are facing an Oriental Monarch not a weak politician who is trying to get the people to love him and who is afraid of lawyers and public opinion.
By "a more sure word of prophecy" Peter was referring to the Scriptures, particularly the Old Testament. That's all they had at that time, but I am sure God also counts the New Testament writings as Scripture.
We hear Christians saying the Old Testament does not apply to us. They are mistaken. Except for the covenantal statutes of the Law of Moses, such as circumcision and the dietary laws, the Old Testament is the very foundation on which we are to build.
In fact, Peter tells us that the Prophets were not speaking to their own generation but to the Christian people.
To be continued.