commands of Jesus

The Bible is not a Rule-Book

November 26, 2013 // 49 Comments

Imagine it’s your wedding day. You’ve had the ceremony, and you’re starting to relax when the minister hands you a gift, a thick book of Marriage Rules. “Read this,” he says. “The secret to a happy marriage is found within.” You open the book with interest. Inside you discover many rules and [...]

Is Christ the End of the Law for You?

January 19, 2012 // 59 Comments

Those who insist that you must obey the commands of Jesus in order to be saved/blessed/forgiven/righteous/holy are assuming that you are either (a)  a time-traveler from Israel’s distant past (b)  the devil If you are (a) I suggest you pick up a Sports Almanac, go back in time, and make a lot of money à la [...]

John 15:6 – Abiding in the Vine

June 8, 2011 // 95 Comments

If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. (Jn 15:6) What does it mean to abide in the vine? You need to have a good answer to that question because Jesus warned that there are consequences for not abiding in [...]

John 14:15 – The Commands of Jesus

June 3, 2011 // 34 Comments

If God loves us unconditionally, how do we account for those scriptures that link His love with our obedience, like this one: If you love me, you will keep my commandments. (Jn 14:15) A legalist reads this backwards: “You will keep my commandments if you love me.” In other words, we must prove our love for [...]