“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (NASB)
“Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered; and being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Hebrews 5: 8-9 (KJV)
Jesus was not perfect until He learned obedience and demonstrated it. “and being made perfect” is the word “teleioo” Strong’s 5048 as in to accomplish, finish, fulfill, make perfect. We had no chance with God until Jesus obeyed even unto death on a cross. His obedience and ours also, accomplishes eternal things!
Jesus left heaven where He was perfect. Came to earth in sinful flesh (impossible to be perfect) resisted His flesh and remained sinless which in God’s eyes is not necessarily perfect since flesh remains, which is why flesh and blood will not inherit eternal life; in the flesh He (and we) learned obedience a requirement in the kingdom, in that obedience He became perfect, He then became the author, the causer (aitios, Strong’s 159) of eternal salvation “unto all that obey Him.”
You are saying, “I am obedient, I do forgive.” Then you miss the point of these posts. OTHERS ARE NOT obedient and you know it. THESE are the ones God and the Devil are seeking now! If you are perfected in these Ways of Christ, you have a responsibility to engage those who are NOT! Out of stubbornness or resistant pride, they are lost and do not know it.
Having obeyed enduringly and lovingly, evidenced by His intercession on our behalf, even after the horrendous treatment we doled out, He was placed as Lord over all things. We now prove our belief and faith in Him, His loving Way, and the resurrected life He has made possible, by our obedience.
In this life, in our obedience to His Way, we are preparing ourselves for an eternal kingdom existence. Our king will rule. Obedience to Him is expected from a totally willing and forever grateful heart. A kingdom of peace is inhabited by those at perfect peace. There will never be another rebellion in heaven.
If we make Him king while here, as demonstrated by obedience to His Way when we sense Him, feel Him, hear Him, seeing Him only with the eyes of our heart, then He knows and we will know with confidence that He is our God and Lord. The evidence must be there especially for our sake. That which we know to be absolutely a fact cannot be taken away unless we give it away, for He certainly loves us. The only question to be answered is, do we love Him, really…love Him. As we love Jesus we love the Father.
Can you see yourself being spent by Him to accomplish His will toward others? Did the Father not spend His Son for our sake? Oh that our faithful obedience could accomplish such glorious results for His name’s sake, for surely “Jesus: Yahweh saves” is true and can still be true for some part of a lost and dying world which we were once a part. This is our value in God’s endeavor. What He did for us He will do for them but they must turn to Him.
Let us never frown upon a call to obey, or to suffer in obeying. Let us see the glory yes but let us understand the glorious confirmation that takes place in God’s heart as we show Him that His efforts to reach, to teach, and to prepare us for His kingdom have not been wasted. By enduring love we truly are children of God.
“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor.” Ephesians 5:1-2 (KJV)
Our destination is sure in the Way, Truth and Life path Jesus has shown us. To follow Him there, we must follow Him here. Do we see what it entails? Let us each seek it and find it. Let us embrace the Law of the Spirit of Life and proceed to heaven under its covering! Let us walk in it to His glory, through the narrow gate, into His loving arms, with a “Well done My good and faithful servant” echoing through the halls of glory as we enter forever!
“If we remain in His grip, how far from His heart can we be!”
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