THE OFFER OF THE KINGDOM – Believing vs. Doing

Let’s continue in John chapter 12. I want you to see that in the Scriptures there is no separation between believing and doing. Faith has as its fruit the doing of, the obedience to.

Verse 44 of John 12:

And Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, does not believe in Me but in Him who sent Me. He who sees Me sees the One who sent me. I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.

It is this faith that enables us to surrender our will and move from the domain of darkness into light.

If anyone hears My saying and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. He who rejects Me…” (which is synonymous “with hears my sayings and does not keep them”) “…and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day. For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak. I know that His commandment is eternal life.”

This is the commandment. Jesus commanded something. And to those who have turned their back on their own reign and who have turned their back on their own will, who have surrendered their own will and have surrendered their own reign to receive His, receive the commandment of eternal life.

“…therefore the things I speak I speak just as the Father has told Me.”

In John chapter 17, verse 3, Jesus prays.

“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God; and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”

We would like to describe eternal life in many ways but this is its simplest interpretation or understanding; eternal life is to know God the Father and Jesus Christ whom He has sent. And it’s not just know about Him; it’s knowing Him. He manifests Himself to those who believe upon Him.

Now go down to verse 8.

“…for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me.

What does it mean to believe “that You sent Me?” What is eternal life? From John 17:3 it is to know the Father and the Son. Eternal life is to know Him.

Now turn to 1 John chapter 2, verse 4.

The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

Then verses 5 and 6:

…but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

You can not separate the believing from the doing. How is it that we have allowed a faith that does not require the doing? Has it been out of a false sense of the Law?

Jesus said to His disciples, “Teach them to observe everything that I commanded you.” “A new commandment I give unto you that you love one another as I have loved you.”

Is there an option there? If you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ you have surrendered your reign and your will. As I’ve said it’s not a reign of demand; it’s a reign of offer, an offer that is received by surrender.

Catch this: knowing Him, that word is intimately knowing Him, like a husband knows his wife, it’s like Adam knew Eve; it’s entering into an abiding relationship with: knowing Him.

How do you suppose the commandment is kept? It’s not a demand. It isn’t observing everything that He has commanded but it is just simply turning it to Him that He might perform it. He has both spoken it and He will do it, the writer of 1 Thessalonians said. He will do it. Now if you come about it as if doing it proves it or doing it makes it, you are back to demand. I can tell you that many in our churches do not believe this and do not know Him. This is evident because they are not doing even the minimal of what we would observe in those who have entered into His life.

It may not mean what I’ve just said it means, but it means something. You give it meaning. You get before the Lord and you give it meaning. If you feet and hands aren’t in keeping with His life, maybe there is a surrender that must take place: a surrender of our reign and a surrender of our will. Believe on Him and allow Him to perform it; do it. He is the only one that can live the Christian life. None of us can live the Christian life. He’s the only one.

But we can not know Him if we are not willing to surrender our reign and our will; if we are not willing to repent of our reign; if we are not willing to repent of our will and believe on Him. It is not the knowing or the doing, it’s a counterfeit. It’s intellectual ascent to some concept. It’s not faith.

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7 Responses to “THE OFFER OF THE KINGDOM – Believing vs. Doing”

  1. brotherjohnny Says:

    If this message were truly taken to heart by the mass of Christendom, I believe we would see a whhhhoooolllee bunch of stuff fall apart…..
    and then…

    we would see, and experience, something remarkable.
    Love.
    *True* Love.

  2. Jerald Says:

    I believe you are right on, Johnny. I’m praying that it would happen.

    I’m also praying what our Lord prayed recorded in John 17:20-23. That prayer will make the bride ready and the world will surely know that the Father sent the Son and loves us as He loves the Son.

  3. timbob Says:

    Good morning. Something that I’ve been thinking on lately is how so many professing christians seem to have no fear of God. They will ademently proclaim “oh I’m a believer” but their actions reveal a different set of convictions operating within. Our actions will always tell what we truly believe. If an alert comes across the radio telling that a tornado is heading our way, I’ll hurry to get everyone to safety because I believe the report to be authentic.

    The statement in the first paragraph of “There is no separation between believing and doing” is right on. Just as the book of James tells us that faith without works is dead.

    This is a very important topic of discussion; all the more in this age where the message of the cross is so compromised by many. Have a blessed day in Jesus.

    timbob

  4. Jerald Says:

    Good morning to you too, Timbob.

    Jesus himself said it the same way. In Matthew 7: 14 – 23 Jesus says that we will be known by what our hands and feet do. And he goes on to illuminate the consequences of that kind of action.

    Have a blessed day.

  5. Witty Sandle Says:

    To pick up on the eternal life part of your message, I totally agree. so many think of eternal life as being something that is about where you go after you die but it isn’t about ‘pie in the sky when you die, but steak on a plate while you wait’ as a previous pastor of mine used to say! Jesus promised us an abundant life in all it s fulness (John 10:10) and that is found in truly getting to know him and his father God and living his way not ours.

    And i’m off now to get an abundant nights sleep- Goodnight:) (it’s 10.45 pm here!)

  6. Jerald Says:

    Thanks for your insight Witty. I agree with you but not necessarily with your previous pastor that we would have “steak on a plate while you wait.” It is what you said about John 10:10 that the abundance in the life we live now is found in getting closer to the Father through the Son. It’s becoming one with the Three.

  7. Witty Sandle Says:

    I guess as we draw closer to the Father through Jesus- we will truly experience that abundant life because the best life is the one that is turned towards God and living for God and all that that means.

    I think that’s what my previous pastor meant!

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