Know Your Bible

VOL. 7                           July 27, 2008                           NO. 27

"If We Love, We Will Obey"

    In the family relationship children who love their parents will obey their parents. Children that purposely disobey their parents don't love them as they should. Children are commanded to obey their parents (Eph 6:1), and they will gladly do so when they truly love them. The same is true in the realm of religion. When one says that they "love" Jesus then they will show that love through obedience to Him.

Jesus' Instructions

    In John 13:34-35 Jesus said: "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." Jesus taught that man MUST love one another to be accepted by Him. In these two verses He showed that in three ways: 1) By a command: "That ye love one another". We have no option when it comes to love if we are to practice true Christianity. We must love one another. 2) By an example: "As I loved you, that ye also love one another." Jesus showed us what love is all about through the life He lived. He loved us so much that He died for us. We must also show and practice this kind of sincere love for our brethren. 3) By necessary inference: "By this shall all men KNOW that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." When we love one another the way Jesus expects us to, then others will KNOW that we are His disciples.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

    We have heard the old saying that "actions speak louder than words". This is absolutely true. Lip service will not get an individual very far; it certainly did not impress Jesus as He called the Pharisees hypocrites saying: "This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men" (Matt 15:8-9). Jesus KNEW that if they truly loved Him then their actions proving so would follow. But what happened? Their heart was not set on following Jesus but after the commandments of men. Does this sound familiar? Many today say they "LOVE" Jesus, yet do not do as He says, but will follow the doctrines and commandments of men!

    "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). This is especially important to understand in view of the fact that Jesus also said: "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven" (Matt 7:21). Many precious souls are going to be lost because they did not OBEY the commandments of Jesus. The apostle Paul addressed this in his second Thessalonian letter when he stated: "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;" (2 Thess. 1:8-9). It would sure seem to me that when one says that they "love" Jesus then they would WANT to do everything that Jesus asks them to do. Our eternal destiny depends on what we DO with our life while we live on this earth.

Let Us Abide In The Love Of Jesus

    In John 15:10 Jesus said: "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love." The only way that we can abide in Christ is to do what He has asked of us. Do you really "love" Jesus Christ? If so, then you will obey Him, knowing that it is only through Him that you will receive eternal salvation (Heb 5:9). If you have not obeyed Jesus' command to be baptized (John 3:5), then you must ask yourself "Do I really love Jesus?" Remember, love is demonstrated through ACTION of obedience.

---Richard Thetford

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"Like" & "As"

    A simile is a figure of speech in which one thing is compared to another using words such as like or as. Similes are designed to inform us of a fact and to illustrate just how true that fact is. For instance, if someone says that they are "as busy as a bee," we understand that they are not only busy, but that they are constantly very busy. The Bible contains many similes. These statements help us understand simple truths on a deeper level. The Book of Proverbs is filled with them. Here are some simple statements of truth enriched by the similes of Proverbs:

* It's irritating to trust a lazy unreliable person with responsibility. "As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, So is the lazy man to those who send him" (Proverbs 10:26).

* A person with outward beauty can still be ugly. "As a ring of gold in a swine's snout, So is a lovely woman who lacks discretion" (Proverbs 11:22).

* Laughter is good for you. "A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones" (Proverbs 17:22).

* People love gossip and will usually believe it. "The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body" (Proverbs 18:8).

* Money disappears quickly. "For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away like an eagle toward heaven" (Proverbs 23:5).

* God's precious law should be carefully kept. "Keep my commands and live, and my law as the apple of your eye" (Proverbs 7:2).

* Making a person angry is a good way to start a fight. "For as the churning of milk produces butter, and wringing the nose produces blood, so the forcing of wrath produces strife" (Proverbs 30:33).

* Your true self is on the inside. "As in water face reflects face, so a man's heart reveals the man" (Proverbs 27:19).

* Good friends improve one another. "As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend" (Proverbs 27:17).

* It's disgusting when a person does the same foolish thing over and over again. "As a dog returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly" (Proverbs 26:11).

* There's no figuring out world leaders and politicians. "As the heavens for height and the earth for depth, So the heart of kings is unsearchable" (Proverbs 25:3).

* It's easier to start a quarrel than to stop it. "The beginning of strife is like releasing water; therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts" (Proverbs 17:14).

* Drinking will hurt you eventually. "Do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it swirls around smoothly. At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like a viper" (Proverbs 23:31,32).

* It hurts when people lie about you. "A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a club, a sword, and a sharp arrow" (Proverbs 25:18).

---Steve Klein

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