Doing versus Hearing Matrix
Doing typically precedes hearing.
“Heareth & Doeth”
When God sends his message of Life to us: We hear it and we respond. When we will receive his instructions, and follow them explicitly, we gain great insight into His Kingdom. He blesses us with his Mind, and his Ways. And that draws us even closer to his Wisdom in His Word. Every time we exercise our free will to choose His way over our own, we grow in His Likeness and Image, and become one of his Image Bearers to the World around us. Our first and
our greatest reward is being transformed into His Likeness, our secondary rewards pale in comparison. To be like Him in His Character and Nature, there is no greater reward. To carry the Cross with dignity and honor from above is truly a rich reward to Hearing and Doing His Word. (More on this below.)
When we obey God’s Message of Life, we become Doers of His Word.
We heareth and doeth, as in quadrant one above.
Matthew 10:24-25 (KJV)
24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. 25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord.
John 17:19-23 (KJV) And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
“No Heareth, Yet Doeth”
But sometimes, in rare cases, in some places, God’s specific Message of Life has not come.
In those places people still have a choice to make. They have a choice to listen to their own conscience, and obey it, when it tells them right from wrong, good from bad, truth from error, wickedness and evil versus righteousness and holiness.
When the Gentiles who are without the Law, actually keep the requirements of the law, they are a law unto themselves.
Romans 2:14-15 (KJV)
14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
This corresponds to quadrant two above. These also are doers of his word through listening to their conscience.
“Heareth & No Doeth”
There is a day coming when we will all stand before God and give an account of our lives. We will answer God’s questions that he applies to what we have said, what we have done, and what we have not sad, and what we have not done.
On that day, everything will be exposed. For the faithful and obedient Jew and the righteous gentile there will be glory and honor, blessings and praise. For the unfaithful Jew and the disobedient gentile there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
He that hears God’s word, and does not do it, puts himself at risk in every area of disobedience.
Luke 12:47 (KJV)
47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
This relates to quadrant three above. These are not doers of God’s Word.
“No Heareth, No Doeth”
Luke 12:48 (KJV)
48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
This relates to quadrant four above. These also are not doers of God’s Word.
There is perfect Justice
Before God’s Throne
Each person will be judged according to what he knows, as well as what he has done. As I see it, the great majority who have had the opportunity to hear the Word of God, but chose not to listen, nor to pay attention to it, there will be great sorrow among them, and great repentance on that day they shall stand before God, but only too late to be ready for the Judgment. On that day, they will finally see themselves as God sees them, and will be judged accordingly.
Romans 2:4-13 (KJV)
Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? 5 But after thy hardness and impenitent [unrepentant] heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God. 12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
What happens to those who have
broken God’s Commandments?
The 10 Commandments stand before us as our Judge.
- Have we broken them* (disobeyed them)? (*Heard them and rebelled against them, choosing our will above God’s will.)
- Have we kept them** (obeyed them)? (** Heard them and was eager to serve them from the git go.)
Have we lied about them? Or … Have we upheld the Truth about them? (Many people pretender to be doers, but their lifestyle, mindset, actions, attitudes, habits, and behaviors tell a much different story.
The Commandments are not too difficult for us …
If we choose to abide in Him.
They are not too difficult to understand. (Deuteronomy 30:12, see below) They are not beyond even the simple minded person, or the uneducated person, or the illiterate person to comprehend and obey. Why? Because his commandments are written upon our hearts as innocent children. They live inside our conscience and teach us right from wrong, but the world, which is opposed to keeping, believing, obeying and honoring God’s Kingdom, and God’s government, is hard at work to destroy the conscience and the law of God, and this world, and its wicked leaders, will pay dearly for it’s rebellion, and calculated opposition to God’s Laws and God’s ways.
- Have you ever been envious, or jealous You have broken God’s 10th Law, and you are guilty.
or lusted after what another man has?
(His wife, house, car, job, reputation,
In other words, Have you been covetous?
position in government, or business?)
- Have you ever told a lie? You have broken God’s 9th Law, and you are guilty.
- Have you ever stolen even one thing? You have broken God’s 8th Law, and you are guilty.
- Have you ever looked with lust,
objectifying another human being
made in the image of God? You have broken God’s 7th Law, and you are guilty.
- Have you ever had sex outside of marriage? You have broken God’s 7th Law, and you are guilty.
[Then you have perverted
God’s Holy and Sacred Gift]
- Have you ever disobeyed your parents? You have broken God’s 5th Law, and you are guilty.
- Have you ever used God’s Name
is a dishonoring way? You have broken God’s 3rd Law, and you are guilty.
As you can quickly surmise, we all stand guilty before God. So what can be done about that.
The Wrath of God is coming to pay back every infraction of His Perfect Law. No excuses will be honored.
Each man, woman, and child will be paid back for what they have done.
And there is only one way out of the terrible judgment to come. It is God’s Way Out, but many will miss it due to the hardness of their own hearts, and the deep deception that has entered into their own minds.
Why should we be
Swift to Hear?
Those educated people in the World, who can read, write, and figure numbers, we are without excuse. We can read God’s Word just about any time day or night. Therefore we are without excuse.
James 1:19-25 (KJV)
19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass [a mirror]: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
The first thing we should be swift to hear is God’s Word. The Devil has invented a very convincing and complex and comprehensive smear campaign against the Word of God. We know this. The campaign started its attack on the first woman in this World and the effectiveness of that campaign and attack on God’s Word (in Genesis 3), is responsible for all the division, strife, confusion, rebellion, foolishness, wickedness, jealousy, anger, violence, hypocrisy, evil, murder, greed, and selfishness every since.
God gave man a choice. He gave man freewill. Both the man and the woman chose to break their covenant with God, and then by listening and obeying the voice of Satan, they became allies of the Evil One. They lost their place in God’s Kingdom. They handed the leadership of the World over to the Evil One, and Evil has been ruling and reigning over mankind (in the subverted place of God) ever since.
Therefore, if you see evil in this world, you should easily trace that evil back to it’s root, disobedience to God’s Word, not to do so correctly is to fall into the full power of the smear campaign of Satan, and to become in a very real sense, just another one of his allies.
How do we know this? How do we know Adam and Eve became slaves to Sin, and by extension slaves to Satan? And how do we know any child born of Adam and Eve has become a slave to sin, and a slave to Satan.
If you are not sure about the difference between the two, here is a good rule of thumb. Anything God says for you not to do, that is the will of Satan for your life. Anything God says for you to do. That is God’s will for your Life.
That is easy. You can tell the Master of the Slave by the actions of the Slave. If the slave is doing his master’s will, you can see it by his actions. Actions speak louder than words. If the actions declare one is serving God, he is a doer of God’s Word. If the actions declare one is serving Satan, he is a doer of Satan’s Word. Simple as that.
How can we know Adam and Eve
became slaves to Satan?
Because they did the will of Satan in their lives. They followed the voice and direction of Satan, breaking their covenant with God. Their actions speak loudly.
How do we know Cain their first born Son became a slave to Satan? Because Cain did the will of Satan for his Life. He murdered his one and only brother, out of Jealousy, hatred, and the evil spirit that filled his heart by listening to the word of Satan, and doing Satan’s will, he became a slave of Satan, just like his parents did. (Were Adam and Eve redeemed? I don’t know the Biblical Record is not clear on that point. It is possible, that they repented of their sin, and returned to God, but that is not shared in the scriptures. They are silent on this subject.)
What about Abel, who did he follow? Abel became a doer of God’s Word. He offered an acceptable sacrifice and was received by God. He rejected the will of Satan for his life. This made Satan feverishly angry, and sent his servant Cain to kill Abel for refusing to do Satan’s Will. As such we have Abel on record as becoming the first martyr. His blood that was spilled on the ground would echo throughout the ages that Abel was a forerunner to the True and Faithful Witness of the Messiah, who would also do the same.
In fact, the majority of the prophets of God had their blood spilled upon the ground, due to their fight against the Evil One, by choosing not to go along with the crowd and do Satan’s Will.
How do I know if
I am a follower of Jesus Christ?
Am I a Doer of God’s Word?
If We hear his voice, and we follow his voice (which means we obey his voice), and he knows us and we know him, and we see him, then the scripture declares that we are bona fide followers and servants of Jesus. Anyone who hears his voice and followers after Him, is a true sheep of His sheepfold, and He is their “Good Shepherd.” It is as simple as following His instructions in His Word. If you don’t know His Word, then all you have to do is start reading it and knowing and do what it says, and you will become both a hearer and a doer of His Word.
As you can see the first step is to hear. The second step is to follow or or a better word to use is obey.
In other words, faith = obedience.
John 10:27-31 (KJV)
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me [they obey me]: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one. 31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
This brings up a critical point: if God gives me a beginning commandment, and I exercise my free will, and choose not to freely obey his commandment, why would God give me any new or further commandment, at least not until I have obeyed the last commandment he gave me? (My sheep obey my voice and they follow my word.) As you probably, follow is an action verb, it is a doing word, it requires one to get up from one place and move to another place. If I want to stay where I am, I will not be able to fulfill the requirement of following Jesus. If I want to be one of his sheep, I will necessarily need to be on the move constantly. Why? Because Jesus is on the move constantly.
If you consider a master carpenter, training a junior carpenter, to eventually become a master carpenter, but the Junior carpenter will not follow the instructions of the master carpenter, what should the master carpenter do? If I were the master carpenter, I would stop giving instructions, to my junior Carpenter until he began obeying my voice, and following my instructions precisely. And I would be sure not to introduce him to any new tools, any new techniques, any skills that take faithfulness, accuracy, and precision to complete, and especially I would not let him use any of my equipment that would dangerous to himself or others.
To be honest God’s story about faith is all about obedience. And Jesus was faithful to what he preached. He was faithfully obedient right up to the very end, even the final excruciating hours, he was completely faithful.
In many modern churches the requirement of faith and obedience is divorced, instead of united in God. The requirement of Obedient Faith is often not emphasized, and is sometimes completely ignored, or it is even intentionally subverted. This is a grave error. It leads God’s people into a massive deception.
James, the half brother of Jesus, who was converted to faith after the resurrection of Christ, and who eventually became the leader of the church in Jerusalem, had this to say about faith and obedience.
James 2:17-24 (KJV)
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works [Obedience], is dead, being alone.
[Faith without Obedience is Dead.]
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works [Obedience]: shew me thy faith without thy works [Obedience], and I will shew thee my faith by myworks [Obedience]. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works [Obedience] is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works [Obedience], when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works [Obedience], and by works [Obedience] was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed [Obeyed] God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 Ye see then how that by works [Obedience] a man is justified, and not by faith only.
faith = 8x
believe = 2x
works = 9x
James makes it real hard for us to miss the emphasis of his point. He could not possibly make a stronger point that faith and obedience are one in the same.
How do we know if anyone is a servant
of God or a servant of Satan?
We know because we become servants and slaves of the one to whom we obey.
Romans 6:16-18 (KJV)
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey,
his servants ye are to whom ye obey;
whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
obey = 3x; obedience = 1x in only 3 verses.
It looks like Paul wants to make the same emphasis that James made above. The one we have faith in is the one in whom we will be obey.
Today, many say they don’t have faith, so they just “be” themselves, or rather obey themselves. In essence they are raising themselves above the knowledge of God. And believing in themselves above the person of God. And they therefore reject the leadership of God. In other words, they prefer to believe that they to know more than God, and are wiser than God. Instead of serving and worshipping a false god, they put themselves in the place of God, and make themselves their own god. This is the new idolatry of the 19th, and 20th, and 21st Centuries, and it is very enticing for the one who wants to free himself to do all the sins, and indulge in all the temptations of the flesh, enjoying all the rebellion against God, without the consequences, or so they think, or rather hope (believe) there will be no consequences. But this is a massive deception. One can only break the laws of God for a short time. And as we see through God’s Testimony, God himself shortened those days of rebellion to shorter and shorter lifespans, doing his part of limiting the damage one could do to a confined shorter period of time.
We can see the choice we have to make clearly defined by God’s Word:
- Sin unto death, or
- Obedience unto righteousness
Choose One. That will be you choice for Eternity.
The Bed we make for ourselves is the bed we get to lie in forever.
How do we know God will repay
us for what we deserve?
Ever since Adam and Eve broke faith, and fellowship with God, each person, and every decedent of Adam and Eve is given the same choice: To give their allegiance to Satan or to God. (From Cain and Abel even unto the Anti-Christ, the False Prophet, and the Beast of Babylon in the very last hour before the second coming of Christ, which is clearly recorded in the Book of Revelation, men have this choice to make.)
- Those who choose God will be blessed by God. Those who will gratefully receive His Instruction (Like a Master Carpenter), and His Wisdom, Life, and Goodness: They will be accepted when wanting to come into His Family as Sons and Daughters, and into His Kingdom as full citizens of Heaven.
God is Holy. He cannot mix with evil. He will not allow the compromise with evil into his family. Those who willingly choose what God is against, will willingly be against God, and therefore rejected. The uncleanness upon them will make them unacceptable to God’s Family. (And God gives them that terrible choice to make themselves.)
As a Good Father, He will not allow wickedness in through His front Door, he will bar it at the front Gate. God will not compromise his standards for disobedient, disrespectful, dishonoring ones who choose to serve Satan in sin, over the choice to serve His Son in righteousness.
- Those who choose Satan, will be cursed by God, and will be rejected when wanting to come into His Family. That is a choice they will have to live with for a very long time. That is why it is critical that God’s Children do all they can to help the disobedient hear the Word of God, before their time is up.
Please Note: Those who have broken faith and allegiance with God can be restored to God, but only one way–God’s Way. God has made the way available to All Mankind. So the choice to come into God’s Kingdom, and to accept His Invitation, is open to all, but there is a definite time limit on this invitation, and actually: “Now is the time. Today is the Day of Salvation.” Tomorrow is not promised to anyone.
Once, we have heard the message of Salvation, every day after that is critical. If you choose not to make a decision about God’s Salvation, that is a decision you may likely have to live by the rest of your life. The longer a person waits to attend to his salvation, the less chance they ever will. The tender heart and the humble in Spirit, is the one that will respond well, the hard heart and the one who is prideful in spirit, will likely not make a permanent, infinite, and eternal connection. That is just the way of it.
2 Corinthians 6:1-2 (KJV)
1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
[succoured = support in times of hardship and distress]:
How do we know this? How can we trust this testimony?
- Historical Record (Historical Evidence)
- Personal Spiritual Experience (Personally Discerning the Character and Nature of the Message)
- Scientific Evidence (Internal/External Evidence)
- Legal Testimony (Legal Legitimacy, Reasonable Accuracy, Truthfulness, Verifiable data, Confirmable )
- The Character and Nature of the Messengers and the Messages of God (Prophetic Insight)
- Our Conscience (Internal Witness)
- Our internal sense and need for Justice
We were made in the image of God, therefore we have the ability to reason for or against God. We have the power to imagine things, create things, or destroy things, as God has given us freewill. If we want to serve God, we have to fight against our carnal natural nature, that we were born with. Thus, we need to be born again. Born of the Spirit of God. Born from Above. With this new spiritual birth, we will be unacceptable to God.
And yes, our primary source about our knowledge of God and His Instructions, and His Perspective on Life, and everything in it, is the Word of God. And there is no Word like it any where in the world, nothing comes even close to comparing with it, but that is a bigger study and message than what can be handled in the scope of this message.
But to just summarize, God has left us with a perfect Testimony. (A testimony is a legal binding, and legally applicable document.) In our case, God’s Testimony declares to us our Eternal inheritance, and His Testimony is Sealed with His Own Blood. It is the Blood Covenant of God. God chose the people of Israel to be His Message. They have witnessed to the Entire World what it looks like to obey God as individuals, and as a nation. At times they have chosen to obey God and have richly received God’s Blessings. Alternatively, at times, they have also chosen to disobey God and have received his judgments (curses, punishments, and retributions).
The Word of God presents from beginning to end, an unbroken clear father to son lineage from the Blood Line of Adam unto the coming of Messiah, in which every generation is accounted for. All those who choose to freely enter into the Blood Covenant of God, and truly live out the duties, requirements, and become obedient followers, and doers of God’s Holy Word, they are invited to become eternal participants, and family members of God’s Holy Family. Those who have prepared themselves, and made themselves ready will be ushered into the Great Wedding Feast Prepared for them. Those who haven’t prepared themselves, by becoming “Doers of the Word” they will be rejected at the gate.
God says that gate is a narrow gate. He say that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than it is for a rich man to enter in through that gate. He doesn’t say it is impossible, but he doesn’t say it is going to be easy either. A camel could possibly go through the eye of a needle, but my guess is this: “It’s going to be hard going on the camel.”
We can hear God’s Word preached. (Although sadly much preaching is compromised. It comes from compromised pulpits, and compromised denominations that are all following man, and bear the fruits thereof. We are weak in the Word. As such we are condemned for not knowing, not hearing, and not doing the Word of God. Our own lives condemn us (my own included) for not doing what the Word instructs us to do. Something the majority of preachers should be telling us, but don’t, because they were trained not to tell us. How does this happen? Easy. By following the traditions and ways of men, rather than the Truth and Clear Instructions of God. Once one generation departs from the Word of God in one area, the next does so in another area, and after several generations of compromised faith, the whole Message and Doctrine becomes polluted and perverted, so that Churches start endorsing and promoting Evil from the Top Down. Even ordaining homosexual pastors, teachers, evangelists, and “so called” prophets. And it is going to get even more perverse in the days to come. How do we know? Because the Bible tells us so.
Still, the main question I have to contend with is this: Am I going to be a hearer and doer of the Holy Word of God? Or am I going to become a pretender? Or am I going to backslide and slide down hill on my backside, to get away from Doing, or Hearing the Word of God?
Here is a formula you can bank on. The sooner you stop listening to and His the Voice of the Good Shepherd, the sooner you will stop obeying his voice, and stop doing what he is clearly instructing his children to do.
Jesus, Just do it …
Below are some Messages about Just Hearing and Doing what is required:
“…We have only done our duty.”
Luke 17:7-10 (KJV)
7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? 8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? 9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. 10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
Jesus: the servant just does what his master commands and expects no praise for it.
Jesus was a servant to His Father, doing the Will of His Father everyday of His Life.
John 8:28-30 (NIV)
28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. 29 The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” 30 Even as he spoke, many believed in him.
John 6:38-40 (KJV)
38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. 39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Do you see him? Everyone that Seeth the Son, and believeth on him, shall have everlasting Life.
That is why he came!
John 5:36-38 (KJV)
36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. 37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. 38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.
Notice Jesus is following the same pattern he is asking us to follow. He came to heareth and doeth the will of the Father. We are called to the exact same pattern. To heareth and doeth the will of the Father.
Any man who does not the will of the Father will not be invited into the Father’s Home, he will be cast out where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
John 10:23-30 (KJV)
23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch. 24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. 25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. 26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one.
John 10:37-38 (KJV) 37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. 38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
John 14:12-14 (KJV)
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
Moses: Thou mayest do it.
It’s not too difficult for you.
Deuteronomy 30. Not far away. Not in heaven not over the seas
Deuteronomy 29:29 – 30:20 (KJV)
29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.
1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee, 2 And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;
3 That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee [this happened circa 500 BC, 1000 years after it was written], and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee. 4 If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee: 5 And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers. 6 And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. 7 And the LORD thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee. 8 And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day. 9 And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers: 10 If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.
11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us …
that we may hear it, and do it?
13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? 14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart,
that thou mayest do it.
15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; 16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. 17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; 18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. 19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: 20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
Hebrews: the Abraham was blessed by his faith by what he did..
Paul: I beat my body into submission to do the will of God.
One more argument to address:
How can we know God wrote the scriptures through his agents the prophets?
First of all we need to realize that we treat all written literature with common sense send common sense judgment.
- Do we question that Homer didn’t write Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey?
- Do we question that Plato didn’t write Plato’s Republic?
- Do we question that William Shakespeare didn’t write Romeo and Juliet?
- Do we question that Thomas Jefferson didn’t write the Declaration of Independence?
- Do we question that Abraham Lincoln didn’t write the Gettysburg address?
- Do we question that A. A. Milne didn’t write Winnie the Pooh?
So why would we believe the Testimony of some hackneyed garrulous critics who criticize the Bible for public attention, for a personal agenda, and for a profitable questionable career, negating the Testimony of God? If these critics would only apply the same common sense they have when reading Winnie the Pooh, that they apply to reading the Bible, they would be able to discern and learn all about the author’s message, but that is not their goal.
Inspired and driven by demonic influences men have unwittingly attacked the word of God, even as men and devils have done so since the fall of mankind. (See Voltaire’s Arrogant Prediction)
God pre-writes history
Second, God writes history (His Story) before it happens. He gives specific names of people yet to be born. He tells them what they are going to do for Him. He gives specific dates for the accomplishments of these men. He gives undeniable proof and insurmountable evidence like no other person and no other writer in the History of the World.
More on this subject later …
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:
a good understanding have all they that do his commandments:
his praise endureth for ever.
Psalms 111:10 (KJV)