Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
With sin comes shame. When we try to live for ourselves and try to do things our ways we ignore the commandments of God. In doing this we sin, for we transgress God’s commandments. This will bring shame to our lives. We need to follow the commands of God, not to prove we are saved or try to get saved through obedience and earn our way, but because we love him. As Christians we are no longer under the Law, and the reason why is not because the Law and commandments of God have been abolished, but because the penalty has been paid. We are free from the law, that brought death because it accused us demanding our blood, because it needed to be satisfied. Jesus took the penalty for our sin. The wrath of God was poured out on his Son Jesus Christ. He took our place. The law of God was satisfied. In no way does this mean that we can disobey the commandments of God.
1 John 2:2-5
And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
We are told in the new testament we are to keep the commandments of Jesus Christ. By keeping His commandments the word of God tells us that we know him. We keep them out of love for our Savior and the working of the Spirit of God inside us. It is not a burden to live a holy life unto the Lord.
1 John 5:2-3
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
People who call themselves Christians that argue about living a holy lifestyle, and argue about living pure, have a problem. They are not arguing with me but with the word of God. They make excuses on why they live in sin trying to justify their life style. In doing this they are living in rebellion to the word of God.
Jesus did not abolish the law, he raised the bar. He raised the level of holiness that he requires from his disciples. If he we were not to follow His commandments anymore then he would not have expanded some of the commandments. For example :
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
1 John 3:15
Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
Jesus raised the bar on holiness. It’s no longer an out side holiness that was required but an inward holiness. Now in the new covenant we have the Holy Spirit living in side of us, we become a new creature in Christ. Our old man has been crucified. Therefore God requires change on the inside. The holy Spirit will wash the inside of us and begin to clean from the inside out, and the outside appearance then will be clean also. We are to continue in a daily sanctification by the Holy Spirit every day of our lives.
So when we follow and obey God’s commandments out of love for him, then we will not be ashamed for we will be purified by the blood of Jesus and live for him. He is our High Priest who intercedes on our behalf. And if we sin, we can confess our sins, and he will forgive them.
1 John 2:1-2
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
So go today rejoicing in God and serve your King!!