What is God’s Sequence of Biblical Obedience? Part Three of Four

American culture is disintegrating because many Christians have one or more disconnects between their New Spiritual Life, and their New Lifestyle. This series looks at this eight-part sequence so that you can identify any unintended disconnects in your worldview and lifestyle.

We Know How We Should Do It

When the Holy Spirit “gives us a heart to know God,” He does so in order that we will “return to Him with our whole heart.” 37 Our Triune God does not enlighten us with His truth, merely to inform us about the proper way to live, but to transform our lifestyle so that we bring honor to Him in everything we say and do! 38 As non-Christians, we served ourselves exclusively, and now we are to serve Jesus exclusively. 39 This includes not associating with those who openly deny the faith, 40 or with those who profess to be Christians, but refuse to submit their will to God’s. 41 Not only are we to stay away from such people in our business and social dealings, but we are commanded to “expose their hypocrisy and false beliefs. 42 As Moses instructed the ancient Jews before they went in to possess the Promised Land, we are to uncompromisingly “live by God’s statutes and judgments.”

Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘I am the LORD your God. According to the doings of the land of Egypt, where you dwelt, you shall not do; and according to the doings of the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you, you shall not do; nor shall you walk in their ordinances. You shall observe My judgments and keep My ordinances, to walk in them: I am the LORD your God. You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, which if a man does, he shall live by them: I am the LORD.” Leviticus 18.1-5

When Elijah asked his neighbors, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him,” 43 his point was that we will accomplish a holy lifestyle by living according to God’s perfect counsel, contrasted with an “abominable” lifestyle by living according to man’s imperfect counsel. 44 Paul urges us to “Hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” 45 to “direct our paths.” 46 This is how Jehovah described His relationship with us to the Priest Eli: “Those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.” 47

Our call is clear: We are to “arise and shine” 48 so our neighbors will “see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven.” 49 As we “continue in the things which we have learned,” 50 by “casting down arguments that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God,” 51 we will be able to “bear much fruit” for Christ’s Kingdom. 52

God Makes Certain That We Stay On Course

Our most merciful Triune God “chose us before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy,” 53 which means that we have been “created in Christ Jesus for good works!” 54

The same power that “raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him at God the Father’s right hand in the heavenly place,” 55 is now “working in us to both will and do His good pleasure” by demonstrating a daily antithesis to the “crooked and perverse” cultural agenda of non-Christians. 56

This is why we should “thank God without ceasing,” 57 because we “can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!” 58 Contrary to what we may have imagined before our conversion, His commandments are not burdensome,” 59 and since His law is written on our hearts, “we delight to do His will.” 60 No wonder that Jehovah told Isaiah to preach: “My word will not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please.” 61 In the meantime we should: Be diligent to present ourselves approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. 2 Timothy 2.15-16

NOTES
37 Jeremiah 24.7
38 1 Corinthians 10.31
39 Joshua 24.15; Matthew 6.24
40 Leviticus 19.18; 2 Corinthians 6.14
41 2 Timothy 3.5
42 Ephesians 5.11
43 1 Kings 18.21
44 Deuteronomy 18.9-12
45 Hebrews 10.23
46 Proverbs 3.6
47 1 Samuel 3.5
48 Isaiah 60.1
49 Matthew 5.16
50 2 Timothy 3.14
51 2 Corinthians 10.5
52 John 15.8
53 Ephesians 1.4-5; Jeremiah 1.5
54 Ephesians 2.8-10
55 Ephesians 1.19-20
56 Philippians 2.12-16
57 1 Thessalonians 2.13
58 Philippians 4.13
59 1 John 5.3
60 Psalm 40.8
61 Isaiah 55.11

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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