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If You Will Obey
God’s promise of a treasured possession and holy nation and a kingdom of priests came with a condition. The Lord said, “If you will obey My voice and keep My covenant.”
In the gospel of John we are told that His sheep with know His voice, so not knowing if He’s saying something to us can’t be an excuse for not obey and following.
He’s given us a new covenant. It’s one where He still has the desire to be with His people. It’s a promise that He will forgive sin and restore fellowship with those who turn their hearts to Him.
To keep a covenant is to guard a promise.
He made the promise. He did the work to fulfill it.
We just have to guard it. We have to believe it and not let any lie come along and destroy our faith in the promise.
To keep means to guard. Set a guard on your heart and mind and pledge to not allow and thought or feeling to turn you away from the promise of fellowship, of relationship, of love between you and the Father.
You have access to the Father through Jesus Christ. You, in Christ, can approach the Father freely as a beloved child.
And then there’s that little part about obeying. In the new covenant, we put off the old self and put on Christ. He is the very righteousness of God. He has fulfilled the law. In Christ we have already fulfilled all the law and have all the access to blessing that affords us.
When we aren’t walking in obedience, then we aren’t walking in Christ, not walking in the light. We’re deceiving ourselves that we are in fellowship with Jesus and can go with Him to approach the Father.
God so loved the whole world. God’s desire is that all might be saved. God’s treasured possession are His children whom He will never leave nor forsake, whom He will forgive and make righteous and see as blameless.
BUT, walking in disobedience is walking in darkness. It’s walking away from the light. It’s rejecting His love.
He allows the prodigal son to run back to open arms. But the son does have to make the choice to come back and submit to being a son again.