a. If we don’t know the height and depth of law, might be unconcerned (“that’s doable!”)
b. If we know how Jesus taught the commandments, we might break out in a little sweat—aware of our own sinfulness (not only outward obedience, but from the heart) (“I could never manage!”)
c. Obedience might be grudging, reluctant or cheerless—pure duty
d. Might get the mistaken impression that we’re saved or justified before God because of our obedience (works righteousness). Can’t be…because “God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.” (Rom. 11:32).
2. So is obedience impossible for the Christian? And if so, what does Jesus mean “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” ?
a. True obedience should be an act of willingness and love. Adam and Eve failed to show their love of God by their disobedien…