God Doesn’t Want Your Sacrifices , He Wants Your Obedience!
November 27, 2013 15 Comments
So God Doesn’t Want Your “Sacrifices”… He Wants Your Obedience!
1 Samuel 15:22 But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams Hebrews 10:4 because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous;” him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him. Pro 24:24;
All people have sinned against God. But, God is infinitely holy and righteous. He must punish the sinner, the Law- breaker. If He didn’t, then His law is not Law for there is no law that is a law without a punishment. The punishment for breaking the Law is death, separation from God. Therefore, we sinners need a way to escape the righteous judgment of God. Since we are stained by sin and cannot keep the Law of God, then the only one who could do what we cannot is God Himself. That is why Jesus is God in flesh. He is both divine and human. He was made under the Law (Gal. 4:4) and He fulfilled it perfectly. Therefore, His sacrifice to God the Father on our behalf is of infinite value and is sufficient to cleanse all people from their sins and undo the offense to God. Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Colossians 1:22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation
When Jesus had said that “I have kept My Father’s commandments” (John 15:10). he did not mean solely now all the laws of Moses, he also obeyed God’s direct will for him which many persons still do not. Many Jews lie, distort, as to what Jesus came for and did still..Christ camr to earth to die on the cross to show us by example the extent of our obedience required; for as he died on the cross in loving obedience to God, so we also must obey the promptings and commands of God, to crucify our sinful nature on the cross of self-denial.
But so that the world may know that I love the Father, I only do exactly as the Father has instructed me to do. John 14:31
And so Jesus next dies as a sacrifice for sin, so each one of us can make a choice to Go to heaven to be with Jesus. That was why he came to earth..The reason Jesus had to die for our sins was so that we could be forgiven and go to be with the Lord. Jesus is God in flesh (John 1:1,14; Col. 2:9) and only God can satisfy His own Law requirements of all humans must live a perfect life fulfill a perfect sacrifice that cleanses us of our sins. But in vain do they worship me; they teach the commandments of men. Mat 15:9, Mark 7:7.
If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Gal 5:18
Until you are led by the Spirit, the Law (the moral core) is your schoolmaster, Gal 3:24-26
Most who profess to follow Christ do rightfully believe that all of the Ten Commandments were abolished by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. They believe that Christ came to “do away” with those “harsh” commandments. When Jesus was on earth, he kept the laws of Moses — but he also criticized them. Soon after he went back to heaven, his followers met to decide whether Christians should keep the laws of Moses. The question came to the foreground when people who weren’t Jewish began to follow Christ: “Some said, ‘The Gentiles must be required to obey the law of Moses’” (Acts 15:5).;What were these laws? Were they biblical laws, or the unbiblical traditions of the elders? In every other New Testament mention of the “laws of Moses,” the biblical books of Moses are meant (Luke 2:22; 24:44; John 7:22-23; Acts 28:23; 1 Cor. 9:9; Heb. 10:28). Luke could have said “traditions,” but he did not. Anyone who knew the teachings of Jesus would already know that unbiblical traditions were not required. They did not need to debate about Jewish traditions. “The apostles and elders met to consider this question” (Acts 15:6). Peter then began to scold the people who wanted the gentiles to obey the laws of Moses: “Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of the disciples a yoke that neither we nor our fathers have been able to bear? No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are” (vs. 10-11).Peter’s point is that the yoke of Moses was a burden that the Jewish people were not able to keep successfully. Those rituals showed that, no matter how hard people worked, they could never be perfect. They showed, for anyone who ever wondered, that works can never lead to salvation. Salvation is attained in a different way—by grace. We can’t earn it, so it has to be given to us. Since the law of Moses cannot bring us salvation, there is no need to require the gentiles to keep it. God gave them the Holy Spirit and showed that he accepts them without all those rituals. They are saved by grace, and the Jews are, too. If we follow Peter’s logic, we will see that Jewish believers do not have to keep the laws of Moses, either. They are saved by grace through faith, just as the gentiles are. The old covenant is obsolete, so its laws are no longer required for anyone, and that is why Peter could live like a gentile (Gal. 2:14). In Acts 15, the question is only whether gentiles have to keep the laws of Moses.The apostle James was in complete agreement with Peter and Paul. “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God” (ACTS 15. 19). James then suggested four rules: “Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood” (v. 20). Instead of making things difficult for the gentiles, these four rules would be enough. The Ten Commandments, Paul SAID , came with glory, but they are fading away, just as surely as the glory of Moses’ face also faded. The new covenant not only has much greater glory, but it also “lasts.” The Ten Commandments, Paul implies, do not last forever. They were designed as a temporary “ministry of condemnation,” designed to lead people to Christ. Paul SAID that there is a fundamental change in the way people relate to God. The old way is a written law that condemns people to death. The new way is the Holy Spirit, which brings forgiveness and life. The Spirit leads us to obey God, but it is a fundamentally different relationship, a different basis of relating to God. Many people today, Jewish or not, do not seem to understand. They keep reading the Bible with old covenant eyes. The only solution is Christ. Only in him can the “veil” be removed. “Whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away” (verse 16).What does it mean to “turn to the Lord”? It means to see Jesus as the basis of our relationship with God. It means seeing our identity in him, not in the Law of Moses. Christ becomes central. We obey his law, the law of Christ (1 Cor. 9:21). When we put him first in our identity, he will help us see the covenantal change more clearly. The commands that God gave the Jews are instructive but not necessarily imperative for us. They are informative but not normative. They are descriptive for ancient Israel, but not prescriptive for Christians. And the New Testament tells us that one commandment — the Sabbath — is no longer in force. We cannot preach the Ten Commandments for Christians today, because there is an important exception right in the middle of the Ten, and it is confusing to say Ten when only Nine are meant. Moreover, Christians have a better standard of behavior in the New Testament — a bigger body of literature with better balance. We have the teachings of Jesus and the apostles. We should point people to Christ, not to Moses, for instruction on how to live like a Christian. http://www.gci.org/bible/torah/exodus2a
Do you not know brothers, (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives? Rom 7:1
The law has dominion over a man as long as he lives. You live until you do now mortify your sinful nature also on the inward cross of self-denial. That is a major problem still with many professing Christians and especially Jews, messianic Jews now too who really have not died to self have not made Jesus Lord, are not in God’s will for them too.. Until you lose your life by crucifying your sinful nature, your carnal mind, and your evil spirit, you are still under the law; until then you are still walking in restricted flesh; until then the law is your schoolmaster. Until Christ replaces your nature, mind, and spirit with His so that your selfish, sinful nature is dead, you are under the law. When Christ controls your thoughts, words, and deeds, then the law no longer has dominion over you because the selfish “you” has died. Even those who know no law, have the inner law on their hearts by which a man is judged and which has dominion over him until the death.
Galatians 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Christ is the end of the law as a means to righteousness to everyone that believes, but the new law of the Holy Spirit instruction that is on every man’s heart is still alive and to be observed. The law on every man’s heart reflects the teaching of the Holy Spirit now sole cannot merely be summed up in tone command: do to others as you would have them do to you as they are continual leading of the holy spirit for all of us.. . Until you are walking under total control of the Spirit of God, you are still going to hell.. . Most people falsely grove the holy Spirit, shut him out rather still.. Yes there is a liberty from the Old Testament law, but only after a man has made Jesus Christ as both Lord and savior, has been filled and Baptized with the holy spirit and most Christians have already fail in these steps even, has crucified his sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial; only after a man has also waited on the Lord, watches and listens to hear the Holy Spirit of who will also now teach him to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, to live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world , yes and only after a man’s thoughts, words, and deeds are totally controlled by the Holy Spirit of God. Until then, sadly the condemning law that sends you to hell only is your schoolmaster that tries to sounds out your deficiencies and motivates you to further go to God to seek and to obey him in all thins,. You are really now free from the Law of Sin and Death only when you are controlled by the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, Rom 8:2; when the commands of the Holy Spirit are given to you continuously, controlling your every thought, word, and deed — you are following after, walking in obedience to the Holy Spirit, thus not walking in the fleshly desires of your carnal mind and imagination. Rom 8:1
John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
2 Peter 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
Rom 6:17 (Phi) But thanks be to God that you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted…
1 Pet 4:17 (Phi) What will become of those who do not obey the Gospel of God?
1 Timothy 1:4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
1 Timothy 4:7 But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.
2 Timothy 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Titus 1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
For all [non Jews] who (continue to) sin without the law will also perish without the law; and all [Jews] who (continue to) sin under the law will be judged by the law. Rom 2:12
For of this you can be sure, that no sexually immoral, or impure, or covetous person, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words. For because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Eph 5:5-6.
If you think you can remain an unrepentant thief. liar, slanderer, an abusers, bully, hypocrite, alcoholic, drug users, gay, wife beater, Bible distorter, adulterer, and will still obtain salvation, easy forgives you are grossly deceived, mistaken:
Do you not know.. you are the slaves of whom you obey; whether of sin that leads to death, or of obedience that leads to righteousness? Rom 6:16
“Truly, Truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.” John 8:34
Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Luke 6:46
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened. And another book was opened, that is the book of life. And the dead were judged out of those things that were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead that were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them; and every man was judged according to his works. Rev 20:12-13
For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he will reward every man according to his works. Mat 16:27
I am he who searches the minds and the hearts; and I will give to each of you according to your works. Rev 2:23
I the LORD search the heart, I try the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings [works]. Jer 17:10
Shall he not render to every man according to his works? Pro 24:12
the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to every man according to his deeds. Rom 2:5-6
Every man’s work will be exposed. For the day [of the Lord] will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will try and test every man’s work, of what sort it is, 1 Cor 3:13; for everyone will be salted with fire. Mark 9:49;
Listen to and obey My voice, and I will be your God and you shall be my people; and walk completely in the ways that I command you. Jer 7:23;
He [Jesus] became the Author and Source of eternal salvation to all those who give heed and obey Him. Heb 5:9;
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but [only] he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, and in your name cast out demons? And in your name done many wonderful works? And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you who work iniquity [sin, rebellion, lawlessness or wickedness]. Mat 7:21-23;
The Son of Man will send forth his angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice sin [or lawlessness]; and will cast them into a furnace of fire, where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Mat 13:41-42
Even so, you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity [sin]. Mat 23:28;