Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
This verse would seem not to fit in most people’s Christianity today. What we would hear from most people are Satan’s word’s echoing in our thoughts “Yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Gen 3:1) What I mean by this is that we hear the same whispers but a little differently today, something like “we are not under the law but grace”, and “we do not have to have works because we are saved by grace”.
Satan plays the same old games, but he words things a little differently; he knows man’s pride and weaknesses, and wants to exploit them. There is nowhere in the bible that tells us to throw out God’s commands for our lives because we are under grace. It is quite the opposite as you will see in following quotes.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
-It is simple we are to observe whatever Jesus commanded us to do.
If ye love me, keep my commandments.
– Because we love God we love Jesus. Because we love Jesus we keep his commandments. Psalms 119:4 says to do it diligently. This means with all our heart and soul and mind. Grace has never told us we can live ungodly and have the right to forsake God’s commands.
1 John 5:3
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
-We are to keep God’s commandments. Now if you notice all these verses are new testament. I left the Old Testament out because people would argue that it is Old Testament. We also have to realize John told us that God’s commandments are not grievous. They are not hard. The love of God propels us to follow his commands and gives us the strength to keep them.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
– Here we find that the very grace people say they are under, teaches us to deny ungodliness, and worldly lusts. That we are to live soberly righteously and godly today in this world we are in. If we do not have this grace teaching us then we do not have the grace that brought us salvation.
In conclusion what we have to do is reject the modern day thinking that because we are under grace and not the law that we do not have to obey God’s commands diligently. We need to remove from our ears the voice of Satan saying “Hath God said” and rebuke him. Embracing the bible and conforming our lives to it and its commands to live Godly in this present day.
So in response to Satan asking us, “Hath God said”, we are to respond with “yes God has said “Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.”” Amen.
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