Saved To Obey Essay

1283 words - 6 pages

When we speak or hear about the law of God or the Ten Commandments, love is usually the last thing that comes to our minds. We tend to picture large stones and towering inscriptions laid out before us, written by the hand of an angry God, a Just Judge. We see the bold words “THOU SHALT NOT” and cower in fear. We tend to correlate the law of the big ten with the halls of justice, cold, insensitive, exacting, condemning. We see them devoid of all emotion, warmth, endearment, understanding, forgiveness. Instead, we put our heads down in fearful expectation, waiting and cringing at the sound of that gavel of justice. We hang our heads low in shame, cast in the shadow of the law. Guilty, condemned, and at the same time, down deep at the gut level, we despise such commands and restrictions, feeling intense stirrings of rebellion in our hearts. “Who are you to tell me what to do,” We say. For in our minds we regularly separate love from law, for they seem diametrically opposed, antithetical to one another. This is simply not true. Lawlessness is really lovelessness. God did not hear the cries of Israel, solely to impose strict commands on a severely oppressed people, enslaved under a cruel dictator; no, God did not deliver a people from one form of cruel slavery, only to bring them under another kind. That is not salvation. Yes, this new freedom has boundaries, albeit, only because love has boundaries. So then, it is equally true we were slaves of sin and now in Christ have become slaves to righteousness. Slavery compelled us to act in rebellion, now love constrains us from such unspeakable things, for love now leads us into active submission to our “new” Master.
This is a glorious paradox of freedom. Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. (Romans 6:16-18) God brought the children of Israel, not unlike us, out of Egypt, to Himself. “You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself.” (Exodus 19:4)
Why we ask, why such deliverance? God is love. This is His heart. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; (Exodus 19:5) we could look at these passages from Exodus 19 with frightening glances, not wanting to touch on it too much. God seems harsh, distant, yet not really wanting to accommodate the children of Israel. As you go through these passages, pay close attention to Gods desire, that of gathering together His people. Yet, something is amiss. There is a great separation between His holiness and...

Find Another Essay On Saved To Obey

Melville shows anger at Christianity through biblical allusions in Moby Dick

1356 words - 5 pages Near the beginning of Moby Dick, Father Mapple reminds Pequod sailors of the biblical prophet Jonah and his unique encounter with a whale. The whale, known as a Leviathan in the Bible, swallows Jonah because Jonah refuses to obey God's command to preach to a wicked group of people. Father Mapple in his sermon says, "If we obey God, we must disobey ourselves; and it is in this disobeying ourselves, wherein the hardness of obeying God consists

Grace and Mercy in the Story of Noah and the Ark

1022 words - 5 pages the people that do obey and follow his laws. God didn’t kill Noah like all the other people but instead showed him mercy and saved him and his family because he was righteous and willing to do what God told him to. I have mentioned at the beginning how bad the people were doing Noah’s days, but let’s look further into this matter and see once again how it proves that God showed mercy, grace and how we wouldn’t be here today. As we look at

Religion in Everyday Life

1183 words - 5 pages unbelievers that any of this would have happen. Even though Mary was scorned she kept her faith in God and she and Jacob did everything that God directed them to do. Suras 55. Merciful, 62. Friday, or Day for Congregation, 71. Noah, and 76. Man focuses on the Lord and all of his wonderful works. God explains everything that he has blessed us with and how you will/will not prosper if you obey/disobey his word. The Lord provides us with

Religious Awakenings

722 words - 3 pages away from sin and to turn toward God. Finney believed that faith was necessary but that salvation was not passive as the Calvinists had commonly taught. This sermon was first preached in his church in Boston and was controversial at that time. Finney taught that man has the understanding, the conscience, the power and the freedom to choose to obey and follow God. Charles Finney disagreed with the common teaching of his day regarding how one


1716 words - 7 pages this faith and you will be saved from sin. b.) The role of law in salvation history was to raise trespass. However, when sin increased the graces was raised as well. Jesus Christ was able to bring us grace through himself and to maybe one day bring us everlasting life, "so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ Our Lord" (Romans 5:21). When we obey the Lord and are baptized we accept the death

Analytical essay on Primo Levi's "If This Is a Man"

988 words - 4 pages ."Variables" in the experiment are two categories of men - the saved and the drowned. Sudden change of tone - from official to poetic and back to official - is used to accentuate the difference among the prisoners, to bring it across for the reader that in the Lager the only choice was either to survive or to die. Everyone struggles to survive and in this brutal exertion, all means are justified. "If some Null Achtzehn vacillates, he will find no one to

Slaves to Righteousness

1818 words - 8 pages to sin.”(2) Paul speaks about being a slave to the one, rather it is sin or righteousness, you obey. In verse 17 Paul states, “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.” In other words, thanks to God one is no longer bound to give into the sinful desires of the flesh, but rather give into the ways of righteousness. God’s grace

Don Lazaro in Requiem Guatemala

633 words - 3 pages him, that they had to follow the Colonel's orders. If they didn't obey the commands, the village would surely become chaos. The villagers started getting into a panic with the thought of being so hopeless. They recounted numerous villages that had been destroyed before them. "...Remember the massacre of Puente Alto...they locked all the women in the school house, threw in the grenades, and burned them up... the protestant church and clubbed them

3 functions of law

540 words - 2 pages What is a law? A law is a rule of conduct, established by government, for society to follow and obey. Laws have been around in civilizations for many, many years. The first know set of laws was written by King Hammurabi. Hammurabi ruled in Babylon, from 1792- 1750 B.C.E. The Code of Hammurabi which is the first written set of laws known to mankind, set the stage for all laws written, even today. You may ask why do we need laws in our society

My Attempted Sacrifice

1062 words - 5 pages of crazy do you have to be to obey a toy’s orders to murder?” This genuinely upsets mom, “Oh no, honey!”, she crosses her arms, “No child of mine will be at the mercy of strangers!”. But Dad is unyielding. He makes me stay in my room for the next few days. The last morning I wake up to find the door slightly opened. Silently, I tiptoe downstairs to find the rest of the family enjoying breakfast; eating and chatting like nothing had happened

The Romance Hero

791 words - 4 pages chivalric code based on knightly respect, and religion. The chivalric code is the guidelines that the knight has to live by. This includes, to obey those in authority, at all times to speak the truth, and to guard the honor of fellow knights, all of which were broken by the three heroes. Betraying this code is more dishonorable than death at most times. Sir Bors was put into an unfortunate situation, in which he was forced to break the chivalric

Similar Essays

God Wills All Men To Be Saved And To Come To The Knowledge Of The Truth (Nab)

1653 words - 7 pages lost, what would be the point to obey the holy spirit if the elect was already chosen for salvation. Jesus had the sins of the whole world on his shoulders, God made Jesus to be sin who knew no sin so that we might become the righteousness of God in him (2 Corinthians 5:21NIV). St. Prosper of Aquitaine says only the elect or saved because God willed them to be saved, God had no respect of person. God gratuitous gift of grace is bestowed upon

Covenants Essay

843 words - 3 pages is entirely one sided. An example is the case of Noah. God's sovereignty is evident in His establishment of who was to be saved from the flood by means of the ark (He even decided the means whereby mankind was saved from eternal destruction through His Son Jesus Christ). Furthermore, God determined who should be saved, specifically, Noah, his sons and their wives. God himself administered the covenant, thus guaranteeing its success. Moreover

Irresistible Grace Essay

1183 words - 5 pages In Calvinism there are five points that make up the acronym T.U.L.I.P. The “I” in T.U.L.I.P. stands for irresistible grace. The thought behind irresistible grace is that God’s grace is so irresistible that those that are chosen by God to receive salvation are incapable of resisting His grace. This says that if you are not saved then you were not chosen by God for salvation. Only the elect feel the effects of irresistible grace and those who are

Personal Involvement In Politics Essay

887 words - 4 pages “And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’” That means you should pay taxes and respect the government, no matter who is in office. Romans 13:1-7 tells us that we are to obey the authorities as long as they are not telling us not to do something against God’s law. Verse 7 actually says “Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom