JESUS said, “FATHER, as YOU have sent ME+ into the world, even so, in the same manner, I+ have also sent them into the world. Sanctify them through your TRUTH+, YOUR WORD+ is TRUTH+.
John 17 , 16, 17, 18.
They are not of the world,
even as I+ AM not of the world.
JESUS said, ” Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say?”
“YOU ARE MY+ FRIENDS IF YOU DO WHATSOEVER I+ COMMAND YOU .”
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The LORD+ JESUS has called us to Discipleship, not to mental assent.
HE+ said to the Apostles and Disciples just before HE+ ascended to HIS+ and our FATHER’S Right Hand….
” All Power is given unto ME+ in Heaven and on Earth. go therefore and disciple all nations, Baptizing/Immersing them into the Name of The FATHER, and of The SON+, and of The HOLY SPIRIT, teaching them to OBSERVE ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER I+ have COMMANDED YOU, and behold I+ AM with you always unto the end of the age.”
From that time forth the Disciples’ lives became an intimate walk with the Eternal GOD, YHWH ELOHIM of Armies, GOD and FATHER of our LORD JESUS CHRIST..
The Eternal HOLY SPIRIT / RUACH ha KADOSH came to dwell within the Disciples, empowering them to actually walk with the MESSIAH, strengthening them to keep HIS+ Words.
It is imperative to cultivate this intimate relationship through a loving OBEDIENCE to HIS+ Words, the Commandments HE+ gave to HIS+ Disciples for their Good and Protection, and so that they might enter into ETERNITY WITH HIM+.
I+ will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice
To carefully keep those things JESUS/YESHUA has taught us can in NO WAY be considered “legalism”.
JESUS said, ” It is the SPIRIT that gives LIFE, the FLESH profits NOTHING; the Words that I+ speak unto you are SPIRIT and they ARE LIFE.”
It is that close and intimate UNION WITH CHRIST that comes about through a LOVING, OBEDIENT, FAITH-FILLED DISCIPLESHIP !
The Disciple does what his LORD+ has commanded out of a heart of loving GRATITUDE for what has been done for him.
Only through this continual closeness can we come to the place where we LIVE WITH HIM+ , BREATH WITH HIM+, KNOW HIS+ VOICE, and DELIGHT TO BE IN HIS+ PRESENCE.
Through the GIFT and BAPTISM/IMMERSION of the Blessed HOLY SPIRIT , we are empowered to WALK as CLOSELY to our LORD+ and Savior as HE+ WALKED with and dwelt CONTINUALLY in the PRESENCE of HIS+ FATHER.
HE+ is the Master, we are the Disciples. As HE+ conducted HIMSELF+ on the earth, we are to do the same. HE+ is our EXAMPLE in ALL THINGS. So it is NOT a casual “come down front and say this prayer” situation. That is an acceptable place to start.
But then, DISCIPLES follow the GUIDELINES that JESUS / YESHUA put there for us to show us the way. The Apostles affirmed everything that HE+ taught them, during their time with HIM+ in HIS work as MESSIAH, and also during the 40 days after HIS+ Resurrection.
After having our sins washed away and becoming the Temple of the Eternal HOLY SPIRIT, DISCIPLESHIP is the WAY to REMAIN joined unto HIM+ . Discipleship empowers us as HIS+ followers to LIVE IN HIM+ CONTINUALLY in a CLOSE and INTIMATE UNION , OVERCOMING ALL THINGS by HIM+.
JESUS said, “I+ WILL NOT LEAVE YOU ORPHANS, I+ WILL COME TO YOU.” HE+ also said, ” IF YOU LOVE ME KEEP MY+ COMMANDMENTS.” HIS+ COMMANDMENTS ARE ALL THROUGH THE NEW COVENANT WRITINGS of The Apostles. Matthew 5,6, and 7 are some of them placed together.
It is a JOY to HIM+ when we keep HIS+ Words, HIS+ sayings, because we love HIM+, and we acknowledge by doing this that we are RETURNING HIS+ LOVE out of a grateful and yielded heart.
It is a DELIGHT to be UNITED to The SON+ of GOD in this OBEDIENT LOVE FAITH UNION.
This is Ancient and Original Christianity. The Disciples were first called Christians at Antioch by the pagans because they were united to HIM+ and walked and talked and lived as HE+ did. The pagans IDENTIFIED these early disciples as those who were like JESUS.
YOU COULD SEE IT,
AND IT STOOD OUT TO THE WORLD.
Heavenly FATHER, help us to be in submission and obedience to your Beloved SON+ so much so that it is apparent to the world around us … the world that needs to know HIM+ as A Living Reality. Cloth us we pray, with Power from on High.
HE+ is EXACTLY WHO+ and WHAT HE+ says HE+ is. Let us affirm to the world that it is so by obeying our Lord JESUS CHRIST in every aspect of our lives.
Peace+ to the Called-Out ones,
in these troubled times.
In The NAME of The FATHER,
And of HIS Beloved Eternal SON+ our LORD,
And of HIS Blessed Eternal HOLY SPIRIT.
One thought on “Obedience to the SON of GOD is NOT Legalism”
We could have no greater example given us than Christ, and to follow Him sets us apart from what the world is busy doing and serving Him has nothing to do with legalism. Very good article.God Bless your work in the Lord.