Do this, and you will live

And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” Luke 10:25-28

In today’s verses Jesus is asked what one needs to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus answers this way “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” To which the lawyer responds “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Then Jesus tells the lawyer , “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”

So all one has to do is love God and one’s neighbor and eternal life is there for the taking. The problem is that none of us is capable of doing so. If we could then Jesus would not have had to die on a cross. In fact if we could always “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself” then Jesus would not have had to come to earth at all. The simple fact is we do not do as God commands all the time. I do not know anyone who has never gotten mad at God or their neighbors.

Before you say not me think a bit. Have you ever gotten mad when someone cut you off on the freeway? Have you ever used God’s or Jesus’ name in vain? Have you ever taken anything that was not yours, a pen, pencil or maybe extra change at the store? Ever lied? Of course you have, we all have. I hit my thumb with a hammer and before I can stop myself I have blurted out God or Jesus followed by an assortment of other words. I tell a little white lie in order not to hurt someone but it is still a lie. I get too much change and head out of the store without a second thought, Oh, maybe I tell myself that this makes up for the times they gave me back less change than they should have. Not only are these unloving to our neighbor but they are all unloving to God.

The simple fact is that no one has ever gone through life without sinning. For me, I cannot get through a day without sinning. Maybe you are like me. Maybe you can go a day, a week or even years without sinning but you have sinned and will do so again. We just cannot help ourselves. From Adam and Eve down to us we are poor retched sinners. The good news is that even while we are still in our sins God loves us so much He sent His only begotten Son to live the sinless life we could not and then become the perfect sacrifice needs to atone for all the sins of the world. All we have to do is accept Jesus’ sacrifice and place our faith in Him and His works.

I don’t know if the lawyer accepted Jesus as Lord, I guess from this passage in Luke that he did not. What Jesus told him was a hard thing to do. It was an impossible thing to do and the lawyer might have realized the hopefulness of this command. What he missed was God’s way out of the mess we have created, Jesus.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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One Response to Do this, and you will live

  1. It’s sad David that many reject God’s Truth or don’t understand it or don’t read it, I know I wasn’t taught it even after being in Churches or over 30 years, just bits and pieces of it but after asking for God’s wisdom and receiving it, Jesus is now leading me into all understanding, for those who claim I don’t have God’s wisdom, they are saying they can’t and they are also saying God lies and does not keep His promises.

    Wisdom – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/the-gaining-of-wisdom/

    There is a difference between sin and weaknesses and shortcomings some don’t know this, in the Carnal flesh we can’t live the Christian Life, this is why we must put it to death, it is what causes us to sin (Romans 8 :12-15-Colossians 3:4-6 -Galatians 5:24 -26) to say we go on sinning once we have been Born again is also saying God lies as we can see in the Scriptures below, what more can I add, God has said it all and we will understand if we have the eyes to see and ears to hear.

    John 8:34-36 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

    1 John 3:9 No one who is Born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been Born of God.

    1 John 5:18-20 We know that no one who is Born of God sins; but He who was Born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.

    Romans 8 :12-15 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. or if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

    1 John 3: 1-11 ( 6-7 ) Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him. Little children, let no man/woman deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous.

    Romans 6 : 1 – 2 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

    2 Timothy 2:19-21 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, let every one that nameth the Name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the Master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

    Romans 6:5-7 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.

    John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

    Romans 8: 8 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

    Romans 8 :12-15 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. or if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons/daughters of God.

    Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Romans 6:18-20 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

    1 John 2:4-6 He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the Love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him. He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.

    Ephesians 4:23-24 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

    Ephesians 4:23-24 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

    1 John 4:17-19 Herein is our Love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love; but perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in Love. We Love Him, because He first Loved us.

    2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

    2Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in Peace; and the God of Love and Peace shall be with you.

    Titus 2:13-15 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all Authority. Let no man despise thee.

    Colossians 3:4-6 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.

    Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

    May you know David the saving Grace of God and The Joy of being set free from sin.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne.

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