Have you ever stopped and thought about salvation? Why do we need a Savior? Why did Yahweh make a way so us, mere humans, could have fellowship with Him? I mean after all, it is not His will that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.—2 Peter 3:9 Why?…He loves us…isn’t that enough? Why this whole plan to save man? As I pondered these things, it hit me…yes, He loves us just as we are…He will not love us any more or less than He does right now, but He cannot and will not accept us into His Kingdom just as we are. He is a holy and just God. He loves righteousness and hates lawlessness (sin).
Your throne, God,
is forever and ever,
and the scepter of Your kingdom
is a scepter of justice.
You have loved righteousness
and hated lawlessness;
this is why God, Your God,
has anointed You
with the oil of joy
rather than Your companions.
His plan of salvation for us is clearly outlined in Ezekiel 36: 26-28, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.I will place My Spirit within you and cause you to follow My statutes and carefully observe My ordinances.Then you will live in the land that I gave your fathers; you will be My people, and I will be your God.” He saves us so we can be changed into His image from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). We are supposed to become more and more like him and conform our lives to His ways. Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.—Romans 12:1-2
But, what does it mean to be transformed by the renewing of our mind? What does it mean to become more and more like Him? How do we know what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God? Why is all that important? After all, we’re saved, right? End of story. I’ve said the prayer and accepted Jesus into my heart. Now I am free to live however I want because He nailed everything to the cross. There are no rules, just freedom in Christ. (Ooops, sorry…there is some sarcasm slipping out!)
Yes, there is freedom in Christ…but not freedom from His ways…there is freedom to walk in His ways because He has overcome the sin nature in us. He gave us a new heart…a heart of flesh…a moldable heart…to cause us to follow His statutes and observe His ordinances. We are to become living sacrifices to the Most Holy God. We are to be transforming our lives to the image of Christ. How can we know what is the good, pleasing and perfect will of God? He has given us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). He has given us His Word and His Spirit so we can worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:24).
When we use the Spirit as an excuse for sin, then we should check the spirit. The Holy Spirit of Yahweh will not lead anyone to do anything that is contrary to the will of God. He gives us His Spirit to guide us in all truth (John 16:13).
When we take away pieces of His truth, like telling people that His Law was nailed to the cross, or telling people that we don’t need to follow this command or that command anymore, or God doesn’t care about those tiny details…that tells me three things.
1.) We are trying to conform Yahweh into our image. We are putting Him in a box of our own making. We are making a man-made god…a god that will accept us as we mire around in our sin…a god who doesn’t care that we play the harlot with the world…a god who doesn’t care how we live or how we worship him.
2.) We don’t know Yahweh as well as we think we do. Yahweh is a God of details…look at the intricate patterns and workings of nature and the human body. Look at His instructions for building the tabernacle. Read His word…it is all throughout scripture how He wants to be worshipped…how He wants us to walk in obedience after we have accepted the precious atoning blood sacrifice of Yeshua our Messiah…how we are to live our lives.
3.) We have no reverential fear of Yahweh. Have you ever stopped and thought about Yahweh? No, I mean really stopped and pondered the intricacies of the Creator of the universe, the Redeemer, the Rock, the Holy One. He and He alone is the Sovereign God of the universe. How dare we try to change Him into an image that is comfortable for us instead of changing ourselves to fit His image.
Oh, the depth of the riches
both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God!
How unsearchable His judgments
and untraceable His ways!
For who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been His counselor?
Or who has ever first given to Him,
and has to be repaid?
For from Him and through Him
and to Him are all things.
To Him be the glory forever. Amen.