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flintstoned
April 3rd, 2016, 07:00 PM
Yes, God DOES command the "impossible!"

When God speaks a command, it shows us our inability to obey or believe as He commands us to obey and believe—with perfect obedience and trust from our heart. God commanding the "impossible" reveals our need for Him. Jesus replied, "What is impossible with man is possible with God." If we think we can obey God's commands of our own will, or trust him in perfect faith, then Christ's perfect obedience and faith, which fulfilled all of God's demands, was for nothing.

God's commands are not given inappropriately or pointlessly but in order that through them the proud, blind man may learn of his complete inability, should he try to do as he is commanded. The command is good because God speaks it, and God is good. But as Paul writes, "sin, having been afforded an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me" (Romans 7:11)

It's not God's commands, but sin that deceives us, making us believe that we can do and not do what God commands of our own will. Sin leads us to believe that we can be good and holy, because the command is good and holy, just as God is good and holy—and we can be like God, if we can only be more obedient and more faithful. Sin sells us on the lie that we have the ability, the freedom, to choose to obey God's commands.

It is only when God exposes our sin and reveals to us that we have nothing to offer him and that there is nothing we can do of our own will to meet his expectations of perfect obedience and faith, that we are able to receive his saving grace which is given to us in the person of Jesus Christ.

Bociferous
April 3rd, 2016, 07:10 PM
Yes, God DOES command the "impossible!"

When God speaks a command, it shows us our inability to obey or believe as He commands us to obey and believe—with perfect obedience and trust from our heart. God commanding the "impossible" reveals our need for Him. Jesus replied, "What is impossible with man is possible with God." If we think we can obey God's commands of our own will, or trust him in perfect faith, then Christ's perfect obedience and faith, which fulfilled all of God's demands, was for nothing.

God's commands are not given inappropriately or pointlessly but in order that through them the proud, blind man may learn of his complete inability, should he try to do as he is commanded. The command is good because God speaks it, and God is good. But as Paul writes, "sin, having been afforded an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me" (Romans 7:11)

It's not God's commands, but sin that deceives us, making us believe that we can do and not do what God commands of our own will. Sin leads us to believe that we can be good and holy, because the command is good and holy, just as God is good and holy—and we can be like God, if we can only be more obedient and more faithful. Sin sells us on the lie that we have the ability, the freedom, to choose to obey God's commands.

It is only when God exposes our sin and reveals to us that we have nothing to offer him and that there is nothing we can do of our own will to meet his expectations of perfect obedience and faith, that we are able to receive his saving grace which is given to us in the person of Jesus Christ.
Well put, good post. I've often said it's not being bad that's sin. Sin arises in our refusing to believe we're bad.

Nick M
April 3rd, 2016, 08:57 PM
It is only when God exposes our sin and reveals to us that we have nothing to offer him and that there is nothing we can do of our own will to meet his expectations of perfect obedience and faith, that we are able to receive his saving grace which is given to us in the person of Jesus Christ.

Nice job. You can expect quite the ruckus when some people come back from the penalty box.

glorydaz
April 3rd, 2016, 09:42 PM
Nice job. You can expect quite the ruckus when some people come back from the penalty box.

:thumb:

Epoisses
April 3rd, 2016, 10:35 PM
Well put, good post. I've often said it's not being bad that's sin. Sin arises in our refusing to believe we're bad.

Very true. The good sinners are too good to sin.

themuzicman
April 4th, 2016, 06:01 AM
Keep in mind that man's inability is the result of man's (Eve/Adam's) choice, and not God's. (Romans 5:12)