People are saved by grace through faith alone (Romans 3:28). The law and grace work in perfect cooperation. The law points out sin, and grace saves from sin. The law is the will of God, and grace is the power to do the will of God. Revelation 14:12 describes their harmonious work “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
True faith will lead to obedience for the law because faith without works is dead (James 2:20,26). We do not obey the law in order to be saved but because we are saved. The works of obedience are the real test of love. Jesus 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” (Matthew 7:21).
John says, “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4). Jesus spoke of those who said, “Lord, Lord,” but did not do the will of the Father. Then He described many who would seek entrance to the kingdom claiming to be workers of miracles in the name of Christ. But He would sorrowfully have to say, “I never knew you: depart from me” (Matthew 7:21-23).
To know Christ is to love Him, and to love Him is to obey Him. John assured us, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3). Thus, we can see how knowing, loving, and obeying are all tied closely together and are absolutely inseparable in the life of God’s faithful people.
The beloved John summed it up in these words: “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous” (1 John 5:3).
In His service,
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