What is God’s Sequence of Biblical Obedience? Part One

American culture is disintegrating because many professing Christians have one or more disconnects between their Spiritual Life and their Lifestyle. This series is intended to assist you in identifying any unintended ‘disconnects’ in your worldview and lifestyle.

True Christians Are “New Creations”

Once the Holy Spirit replaces our original sinful heart with a new holy one that has God’s Law written on it, we will begin to demonstrate a lifestyle that conforms to biblical ethics. 1 From the inside out, we have become a “new creation” because our former sinful, and man-honoring behaviors, are gradually being replaced by new, holy, and God-honoring ones. 2 Having received the “Spirit who is from God,” 3 we are, in effect, “an epistle of Christ” 4 as we take God’s gospel and counsel on how to live everywhere we go. Since we are now members of God’s family and Christ’s Kingdom, we should no longer be “tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine.” 5

We must not continue to think as we did when we were non-Christians, because “the way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD.” 6 Instead of making daily decisions according to our “sinful wisdom,” 7 we are now able to re-think God’s thoughts because we recognize that it is in “His light that we see light.” 8 Now that “the LORD is our helper,” 9 and has given us the Spiritual gifts we need to carry out our calling, we must do our best to “walk according to them.” 10 In doing so we are confident that “no temptation has overtaken us except such as is common to man,” and that God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able to escape, or endure. 11

God’s Word Is Both True and Truth Itself

Our new Spiritual heart assures us that “all of God’s Word is true,” 12 and that “there is no wisdom or understanding or counsel” that will prevail against the Lord. 13 This means that we can learn from the various issues that faced people throughout history, which are addressed in the Bible,14 and not have to depend upon our own knowledge in coming up with solutions for the issues we face. 15 In King David’s words: “Blessed is the man whom You instruct, O LORD, and teach out of Your Law.” 16

The Earth Is Our “Promised Land”

Approximately 3,500 years ago, “the LORD gave to Israel all the land of which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they each took possession of it and dwelt in it.” 17 As we well know, the ancient Jews didn’t conform their lifestyles to biblical ethics, and were dispersed throughout the world as a consequence for their disobedience. But now “the entire earth has been given to us,” 18 so that we can take dominion of it “from sea to sea … to the ends of the earth.” 19 As a result of our consistent obedience to God’s counsel, “all nations will one day worship” our Lord, Savior and King, Jesus Christ. 20

NOTES
1 Ezekiel 11.19-20
2 2 Corinthians 5.17
3 1 Corinthians 2.12
4 2 Corinthians 3.3
5 Ephesians 4.14
6 Proverbs 15.9
7 Romans 12.16
8 Psalm 36.9
9 Hebrews 13.6
10 1 Corinthians 7.17
11 1 Corinthians 10.13
12 Psalm 119.160; John 17.17
13 Proverbs 21.30
14 Romans 15.4
15 1 Corinthians 10.11; John 6.68
16 Psalm 94.12
17 Joshua 21.43; 1 Kings 8.56
18 Psalm 115.16
19 Zechariah 9.10; Psalm 72.8
20 Isaiah 2.2

Buddy Hanson is President of the Christian Policy Network, Director of the Christian Worldview Resources Center and has written several books on the necessity of applying one’s faith to everyday situations, circumstances and decision-making. Mr. Hanson sits on the Advisory Board of the New Geneva Christian Leadership Academy, located in Appomattox, Virginia. bhanson@graceandlaw.com 205.454.1442 http://www.graceandlaw.com

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