GETTING THE JOB DONE

There is an event recorded in the New Testament that most theologians refer to as the Mount of Transfiguration experience or miracle. It is recorded in three of the four gospel accounts, John being the one exception. In Matthew’s gospel account it is found in the 17th chapter, verses 1 through 13. In Mark’s gospel account it is found in chapter 9, verses 1 through 13, also. In Luke’s gospel account it is found in chapter 9, verses 27 through 36. In all three of these accounts a voice is heard speaking out of an overshadowing cloud, saying, “This is my beloved Son, hear ye him.” Matthew adds the phrase, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, hear ye him.” This is, of course, God the Father, since the One speaking calls Jesus His beloved Son. But it is the COMMAND that is uttered to which we had better take heed: “Hear him” or, as we might say, “LISTEN TO HIM!”

I can understand the world at large ignoring that command. Billions do not know such a command was ever uttered. Those who do not believe in the inspiration of the scriptures, especially the New Testament scriptures, do not believe such a voice was ever heard and, therefore, for that reason, ignore the command to listen to Jesus Christ’s statements, teachings, instructions, etc. What I find quite troubling is that there are literally MILLIONS of professing Christians who believe such an event occurred but still ignore God’s plain, clear, easy-to-understand COMMAND. They do NOT listen to what Jesus said and do not obey Him in many areas.

Jesus said, “EVERY ONE that is of the truth, hears my voice” (See John 18:37). He didn’t mean hearing what He said in such a fashion as for it to go in one ear and out the other, but to hear what He said with such interest and eagerness as to OBEY what He said, to do what He said we are to do! He warned, “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” (See John 6:63). And He said, “He that believes on me has everlasting life” (See John 6:47). To believe ON Jesus Christ is not merely to believe facts about His life, that He died for our sins, was buried and rose again. To believe ON Jesus Christ is to believe what He said and to act upon what He said – to OBEY HIM in all things.

Again Jesus said, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord, and do not do the things which I say???” (See Luke 6:46). Such conduct and behavior is ludicrous, senseless, absurd – and leads to eventual judgment and possible eternal death!

A short time before Jesus Christ was arrested and almost immediately crucified, a young man approached Him and asked what he must do that he might have eternal life. Jesus answered him, “If you will enter into life, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS!” The spiritually blind argue, “Well, that’s how you got saved before the cross. Now, on this side of the cross, all we gotta do is believe.” Yet after the cross the apostles told those seeking to be saved that they must repent. (See Acts 2:38). Repent of what? Sin! And what is the Bible definition of sin? “Sin is the transgression of the law” – God’s law, the Ten Commandments. (See I John 3:4). So if sin is the transgression of God’s commandments, and one repents of sin, then that means one begins keeping God’s commandments. So Jesus did know what He was talking about when He told the young man he must keep the commandments in order to inherit eternal life!!!

Most folks don’t have much trouble believing we should keep nine of the commandments, agreeing wholeheartedly that true Christians should not lie, or steal, or kill, or commit adultery, or worship idols, etc. It’s that fourth commandment that sticks in their craw, you know the one that says, “Remember the Sabbath day to KEEP it holy….” That’s the one they want to jack hammer out of the tablets of stone, re-writing it to say, “Remember Sunday and make it holy.” Try to keep that fourth commandment and they will say you are a legalist, or that you are trying to put believers back under the law, or that you are trying to earn your salvation, or some such satanically inspired argument.

Yep, I believe I have got several years of life ahead of me. There’s just not that many of us left that can articulate the truth, who know the Word of God intimately well, who are now living godly lives, and who bow to Jesus Christ as our absolute LORD. That’s why when illness strikes us He heals us in record time, but He lets us know, “You’ve got a job to do and you better do it!”

Christ’s Servant (Galatians 1:10),

Donald Wiley

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