We know that God loves us, for his Holy Word tells us so. God loved us even before we knew or loved Him. (I John 4:19) In fact God so loved the world, that He sent his only begotten Son to die for our sins, to save our souls from an eternal hell. (John 3:16) We are told in II Peter 3:10 that the end of the world will come without warning , the earth and all that it contains will melt with fervent heat and be burned up. On that fateful day, we will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ and give an account for all we have done while on this earth, and receive our reward, or punishment. (II Cor. 5:10) God now reveals to us what will happen on the last day, and what we must do to prepare for it, just as He revealed to Noah, the coming great flood, and what he must do to prepare for it. Since God doesn’t want anyone to be lost, He is patiently waiting for us to repent and keep his commandments to be saved. (II Peter 3:9) But what if we choose to ignore God and not follow his commandments, what then?
Romans 15:4, tells us that the writings of the old testament were written for our learning, that we might have comfort and hope. Many examples abound there of the nature and ways of God, and his dealings with man in the past.
God commanded that the ark of the covenant was not to be touched. (Num. 4:15) King David was having the ark moved by ox cart, which in itself was a violation of God’s commandments, for the ark was only to be carried on the shoulders of the sons of Kohath. When the oxen stumbled, Uzzah reached out his hand and took hold of the ark to steady it. God’s anger was kindled against Uzzah, and the Lord smote and killed him for his disregard of His commandment. (II Sam. 6:6-7) Likewise in Lev. 10:1-2, we read of Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, who offered up fire to the Lord that He had not commanded them. Fire went out from the Lord that devoured them and they died before the Lord. Every single commandment of God is serious and not to be taken lightly, ere we suffer dire consequences. The ways of God are higher than our ways, and the mind of God is far above our minds. ( Isaiah 55:8-9) We learn from the scriptures that God is very precise and detailed in his commandments and will not tolerate deviation from them in any form. The Lord says, “If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Maybe we should just keep his commandments in the minutest detail, to the very best of our ability, till death overtakes us. Only then can we have confidence that we will receive an eternal crown of life, and be allowed to live in the house of the Lord, forever and ever. (Rev. 2:10)
Today, many seemingly devoutly religious people act as if God’s commandments are merely trivial suggestions, and can be changed or ignored with impunity. As the above examples clearly illustrate, God is not a God to be trifled with. He says what He means and means what He says. For example, when God commanded us to be baptized for the remission of our sins to be saved, (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, 10:48, I Peter 3:21) He meant precisely that. God gives us no option to change His way to some man made, so called sinner’s prayer, that is easier and makes us feel safe and secure by simply doing things our way.
God is now very tolerant and long suffering of our choices on this earth, and allows us to choose whatever we like, but the time is coming soon for each of us to die, and then comes the judgment. (Heb. 9:27) We will be judged, by the most high and righteous judge of all, for every single thing we have said or done while on this earth, whether it be good or bad. This judge’s verdict will be final, there can be no appeals to a higher court. Sentences will be carried out immediately, and will last for all eternity. (II Cor. 5:10) Maybe we should all think about this today, while we still have time.
We invite everyone to come worship with us at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Ky. each Sunday morning at 10:00 and 11:00. We neither add to God’s word or take from it.