“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 (KJV)
Too often, people don’t bother to read the remaining portion of what Christ included,
“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” John 3:19-21 (KJV)
It is more than just “believing”. There are also some “deeds” which must be done, too! If the wicked people are destroyed because of their “unbelief” and their “deeds”, it stands to reason those who will be saved because of their “belief”, will have “deeds” which are accomplished BECAUSE they believed. They go hand-in-hand. In this day and age we often hear of the lie, “salvation is a gift and we are not required to do anything like keeping God’s Commandments.” THIS IS A LIE. It is because we have received the “gift” which enables us to KEEP God’s Commandments which is our “duty” both to God and to our fellow-man. Again, they go hand-in-hand. If you separate one from the other you have the formula for disaster.
What Christ stated quite emphatically was this “light” which is “come into the world”. How is man measured? What is the standard upon which you are able to determine if a man is good or not? The answer: the Ten Commandments. Are not y(our) deeds measured by how we relate to God and also how we relate to our fellow man? Did not Christ state, “love” is what fulfills the Law because without it we’re not able to “honor God” nor “honor our fellow man”? I think it is wonderfully and openly clear.
The Gospel is more than just believing in Jesus Christ but also doing the works of Christ. Christ kept His Father’s Law, the Ten Commandments, and taught men to do likewise. Christ “loved” His fellow-men and taught others how to do so. He was the example of “belief” and “deeds” coexisting perfectly, our example, to which we shall be measured and if we should come up short, eternal life will have only been a discussion upon your lips but not a reality within your life.
There can be no righteousness without the Law. There can be no judgment, and we must all agree there will be a judgment, without the Law. Doesn’t it make sense then to know and do what that Law requires and THEN we’ll have justified the love God has for us? God is and always has been about the Law. He is the perfect embodiment of the Law because His is based in love. He loved us and gave us His Law that we may learn love and how to utilize it because somewhere we fell short. Those who teach and preach that the Law of God is null in void teach lies and as Christ said, they will be the “lowest” in the kingdom of God.
I choose to utilize the WHOLE Gospel and not one facet of it. I hope you will choose the WHOLE Gospel, too.
March 3, 2015