The Yoke of the Kingdom of Heaven
Many Christians today recognize that salvation is a gift from God, so they place little emphasis on ‘keeping the law’ of the Bible. It is true that Jesus did away with ‘law keeping’ by obeying the law completely and by offering salvation through grace to everyone who trusts in him.
Yet it is also true that Jesus did not suggest that obedience to the Word of God was any less important because of his completed work. In fact, he commanded his followers to ‘go and make disciples’ teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you? (Matt. 28:19-20).
If we are to be like Jesus’to be his disciples’ we must desire to be like him in all ways, which includes obeying him as he obeys his father. Just as obedience was vital to the first-century disciples who went to the pagan regions and proclaimed God’s way to live, obedience is vital to us today. If we are to impact our world for God, we must have the same commitment to the lifestyle God demands and Jesus exemplified.
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