Our Reception Of It
How we ought to receive what God has said to us, and how we ought to respond to His instruction is a
matter of grave concern to true believers, for we will be judged at last by His word (John 12:48-50).
“Whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them” is the language Jesus used to pronounce blessing
upon the obedient (Matthew 7:24). He taught people to be concerned about all of God’s instruction to
them. Even jots and tittles have their significance (Matthew 5:18). “Every word”, “the whole counsel of
God”, and “all scripture” are biblical expressions that make us attentive to all that Christ has said to us, to
receive it and to do it (Matthew 4:4; Acts 20:27; II Timothy 3:16,17).
When the Pharisees asked Jesus, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?”, how
did Jesus respond? Did He tell them that they were too concerned about law and its particulars? Please
read Matthew 19:3-9. Did Jesus tell the Jews that it was not required that they tithe mint and anise and
cummin? Please read Matthew 23:23 carefully! When Cornelius told Peter that those present were there
to hear all things commanded by God (Acts 10:33), did Peter tell him that he was on the wrong track and
that Christianity is all about love and not commandment-keeping? Please read Acts 10:34-48. Was love
excluded from Peter’s message? Certainly not! Note verse 38. Obedience is the manifestation of love
and an essential element of it (I John 3:16-18; 4:9; 5:2,3). Love does not supplant obedience, but urges
and requires it. “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me,” Jesus said
(John 14:21). To ignore or refuse to obey Christ’s commands is to show that one does not truly love Him
Friends and brethren, we will all give an account to God based on how we have received His word and
whether we have believed and obeyed it, loving God and fearing God. Let us not commit the error of
contrasting love and obedience to the commands of the Lord, and let us not deny the essentiality of either
love or obedience for salvation.
Beulah Church of Christ