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October 24, 2013

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The keys toward attaining God’s standard of obedience

by Dave Malnes

When God spoke to Moses we immediately think of the Ten Commandments. People tend to  think that God only desires our obedience, but there is something more.

God gave many promises to Moses, before he gave commands.

It is God’s desire for us to remember these promises. They are not only the words of salvation that we trust to be true, but these words prompt our obedience.

Leading up to the establishment of the Ten Commandments, God not only reminds Moses of the past (that he keeps his promises), encourages for the present (slavery), but points to the future (redemption). It is the same prescription that Christians can receive today.

“God also said to Moses, “I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself fully known to them. I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they resided as foreigners. Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant.

Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the LORD.” (Exodus 6:2-8)

The Christian life is not all about obedience, but trusting in God’s promises. Faith means taking God at His Word. Faith in Christ is the key to attain God’s standard of obedience, but also the only way to overcome the world. It is also the secret to understanding the purpose behind the Ten Commandments. They are not just a standard to follow to be set apart from the world, but point to The Standard, Jesus Christ.

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Faith breeds assurance that we are not called to overcome the world with our actions, but trusts that Christ has already overcome the world. The love we have for what God has done, continues to do, and will do in the future prompts us to joyfully carry out what God commands us to do. Love and obedience go hand-in-hand, thereby giving evidence that Christ lives in us and we live for Christ.

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that  has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”  (1 John 5:1-5)

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