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