Monday, 22 June 2020
Luke 18:20 ... You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour your father and mother.'"
Now here's the unexpected meat of Jesus's reply to the ruler's question. How do I get eternal life? By keeping the commandments. But I can't, I mean - Jesus came to set me free from the commandments. Did He really? Here's another lie of the enemy. Hear what Jesus says about the commandments:
Matthew 5:17-18 Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
God doesn't set people up for failure. He doesn't ask us to do something that He knows we can't do. It takes some effort, some determination, certainly, but the prophets constantly call people back to righteous living before God. What's more, the New Covenant text itself tells us that it can be done by someone other than Jesus:
Luke 1:5-6 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord.
So let's break another lie of the enemy and start taking Jesus seriously.