According to the apostle John, obeying the commandments of God is proof that we know Him.
Do you know God?
And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.I John 2:3 ESV
Today, I start our journey down the road with our tour guide, John, The Beloved Disciple. He has been considered by theologians as a close friend of Jesus as well as a disciple. He was given watch over Miriam, Jesus’ mother, by the Savior as He was on the cross.
The NASB states it in this way, “This is how we are sure that we have come to know Him…” So, seeking to follow Torah is actually a confirmation or an outward sign that we know the Messiah.
Think About It
whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.I John 2:6 ESV
This is how He walked. He followed Torah perfectly. It only makes sense that a disciple at least tries to be like his teacher, his rabbi. Put your earthly relationship in an illustration of how to behave with God. I know dads are not perfect (see a picture of me in the dictionary next to the word “flawed.”) but ideally we seek obedience from our children. We don’t preach to them that they are going to mess up so I want them to stop listening to our instructions. Can you imagine, “Don’t worry about walking across the street. Looking both ways is legalism?”
Who benefits from the testimony of our Torah Testimony?
John (through the breath of God) says that we are liars if we say that we know God without keeping His commandments. Wow. “Them’s strong words.”
Very simply, we will know them by their fruit.
that they may see your good works, and may glorify your Father who is in Heaven.Matt. 5:16 ABIPE
The love of God is perfected in us if…
We KEEP His Word.
Father in Heaven. Your name is Holy. Your Word is holy and true. I want to know you more. Let me not fall away into lawlessness. Let me not lean on grace without leaning into your commands. I want to testify to the world and I want my prayers to be heard. Bless my brothers and sisters with the knowledge of your Word and the knowledge of You. May your Ruach bear fruit in us and may we not bring your name low.
In the mighty Name of Yeshua, Amen.
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