Acclimating Ourselves to the Fellowship of the Saints

By faith and obedience, by constant meditation on the holiness of God, by loving righteousness and hating iniquity, by a growing acquaintance with the Spirit of holiness, we can acclimate ourselves to the fellowship of the saints on earth and prepare ourselves for the eternal companionship of God and saints above.  Thus, as they say when humble believers meet, we will have a heaven to go to heaven in.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 86

Legalism Is…

Isn’t legalism any time you teach change through external obedience?  Not exactly.  Legalism is either when you (a) feel closer to God when you do them, or (b) you put so much emphasis on developing the outward behavior that you neglect the inward change that comes only through faith in the gospel.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 198

Acts of Obedience Can Even Be an Act of Faith

Our obedience to God when we don’t feel like it can even be an act of faith in and of itself, as our act of obedience is a cry to God for Christ’s sake to change our hearts so that we desire to obey.  That certainly has more faith in it than not obeying.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 198

What Does It Mean to be “In Christ?”

Regardless of how we happen to be doing in the obedience department today, there is great joy and delight to be found in the fact that Jesus has trusted and obeyed in our place, and now his faith and perfect obedience are credited to us every moment of every day.  To be in Christ means that whenever the Father looks at us, he sees us wrapped around with the righteousness of his Son and he is delighted.

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 208

 

God Forbid!

If obedience be the thing in question, looking unto Jesus is the objective that melts the soul into love and gratitude!  Those who greatly love, and are greatly obliged find obedience to be easy.  When Jesus is upon our thoughts, either in His humbled or His exalted state; either as bleeding on the cross or as worshiped by all the host of heaven then we can ask the apostle’s question with a befitting disdain, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid!” (Romans 6:1)  What! shall I sin against my Lord, my love, my Friend – who once died for my sins, and now lives and reigns on my behalf!  What! shall I sin against my Redeemer who supports, and leads, and guides, and feed me every day?  God forbid!

– John Newton

as quoted by – Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 191-192

 

It Sees That Few Christians Today Ever Get There…

We are all frail and fragile children who sin a great deal in our disobedience, but who also manage to sin a great deal in our best obedience as well.  Discovering this truth and growing to love it can be one of the most powerful and joyful motivations for change that God ever invented, but it seems that few Christians today ever get there.  They have such a hard time giving up their great expectations for themselves and other, and they are left spinning aimlessly in circles of fear and shame as they try desperately to impose those expectations on the recalcitrant world around them.

Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philippsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 81

We Keep Forgetting

As God calls us to obedience, he remembers that we are only dust, but we keep forgetting.  We think that with a wish, a sprinkle of fairy dust, a great quiet time and some prayer, we can all be spiritual heroes and do great things for God.  We couldn’t be more wrong, and as a result, we are devastated when reality crashes into fantasy day after grueling day.

Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philippsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 78

God Wants Something More Precious

In reality, God wants something much more precious in our lives than mere outward conformity to his will.  After all, obedience is a tricky business and can be confusing to us.  We can be obedient outwardly while sinning wildly on the inside, as the example of the Pharisees makes clear.

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philippsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 28