By Ken Moroney
Winston Churchill’s quotation “ sometimes it is not enough to do our best, we must do what is required.” Jesus said “not My will but Thy will be done.” Discipleship is quite simple, if we love Christ, we obey His commands. Paul to the Corinthians in II Corinthians 11:3,4 feared they would be removed from the simplicity that is in Christ.
Faith requires an objective. Our objective is Christ, Hebrews chapter 12:2. The source of our faith is the word of God. Romans 10:17. The fundamentals of faith and definition are found in Hebrews 11:1-7. Verse 1 is the definition and verse 6 explains that without faith it is impossible to please God and there are two aspects, faith requires belief in God and a belief that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. The example of Noah is seen is this passage and we turn to Genesis 6:13-20 and 7:5, that Noah found grace, walked with God and simply accepted what he was told and obeyed God.
God did not ask Noah’s opinion in building the ark nor did He request his critique. He was simply told and obeyed. Refer Exodus 25:9-40 for the detail God gave regarding the building of the tabernacle. In I Corinthians 4:6 we are exhorted to be humble and not think beyond the written word. We should not add nor subtract. Revelation chapter 22:18,19. It is arrogance and presumption to add to God’s commands, to alter them and improve upon them. The things that divide Christianity are essentially those things added to or subtracted from His teaching.
John 8:24, 58 - Unless we believe Christ is God, we shall die in our sins. This is not negotiable. Mark 16:15,16 we are told to evangelise and go and preach for the purpose of saving souls. Matthew 28:18-20 we are told to make disciples and teaching them to observe what Christ has commanded. Matthew 22:37-40 we are commanded to love God first, our neighbour second and practice that.
Matthew 7:21-23 and turning to Matthew 25:41-46 - Faith must exhibit works. John 8:32 - the truth shall set us free and Christ is the way, the truth and the life- John 14:6. II Thessalonians 2:10 speaks of loving the truth. I Peter 1:23 & 23, that we should obey the Truth, the word of God. Christ, the truth and His word are inseparable.
We say we accept Christ but this involves accepting His teachings and His words for by them we are to be judged on the final day. John 12:48. He is the author of eternal salvation to those who obey Him. Hebrews 5:8,9. Those who will be punished with everlasting destruction are those who know not God and obey not His gospel – II Thessalonians 1:8,9. The heart is changed by faith, the life by repentance. The state from unsaved into saved by baptism.