A human being lives, but he is given life.
Ok before we start I said that I would tell you the book we will be working on next. Colossians will be our next 40 days of studies, starting in 11 days. Also if I have not responded to any of your post please forgive me. I am still trying to find a place to live and it is very hard here. There are very few places to live here. Please be tolerant and I will answer everyone’s comments.
God’s Commandments and Abiding in Christ
Obedience to God’s commandments and abiding in Christ go hand in hand. You cannot have one without the other, In (John 15:10) we read were Jesus said “if you keep my commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” So we see, that the Ten Commandments are connected to love. Jesus made it very clear in His teachings (Matt. 19:16-19). The first 4 commandments reveal how we should love God, and the last six reveal how we should love our fellow man. John wrote of this close connection in his first letter (1 John 2:3-6). John clearly links our relationship with Jesus, His commandments, love, and abiding in Him together. He says that if we are abiding in Christ, we will be “walking” or living, as He lived. Why? Because we will be growing more and more like Jesus in love and character, our lives will be lives of obedience to God’s Ten Commandments.
In fact it was Jesus who before His incarnation gave Moses the Ten Commandments. When God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses revealed Himself as “I AM” (Ex. 3:14). Then, Jesus stated that He was the “I AM” in (John 8:58).
So why is there so much space in the Bible devoted to God’s standards for us? Just like a parent is with their children, boundaries and standards must be set. If we did not know God’s will in these areas, we would not choose to let Christ manifest that aspect of His character in us.
Supporting Scripture; (2 Cor. 3:3), (Eph. 4:22-32), (Matt. 22:35-40)
Personal Reflection and Discussion