The Duty of Believers
Our lives can sometimes meet with troubles. This is the same with those who believe in Jesus. However, we must overcome these troubles. This does not mean that you simply force yourself to endure whilst holding tears in your eyes. We are those who are looking forward to the glory we will receive in heaven, and we ought to consider the sufferings we face as small things we can surely overcome. Those who set their hearts on the things of the world regard the inspired dream from God as something very small thing. However, the inspired dream from God is, in fact, so great that we can easily overcome the world by that same dream from God.
We must do our best before God to fulfill our duties as believers. Even if we are faced with real problems in our everyday lives, our attitudes should never change. If we do not put into practice the duty we ought to do before God, in shame, we will have nothing to say – regardless of whether God hears our prayers or not. We must not judge the pastors of our church or blame what the church is doing according to worldly standards. On the contrary – in every circumstance – we should agonize as to how we could benefit the church.
Sinners Who have Received Grace
What we must not forget is our nature as sinners. Before the Law, we could not avoid being condemned. Yet since we rely on the merits of Jesus Christ, we are not condemned by the Law any longer. But that does not mean we can simply ignore the Law. It was the Law that made it possible for us to come to the Lord. So, in a sense, it can be said that we are saved by the help of the Law.
There are some people who want to do things their own way without being bound by any kind of law. They misunderstand the term, ‘Freedom from the Law’. These are the people who forget they were once sinners. For Christians, the Law is necessary. Jesus said He had come to the world not to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it. So, if you are a Christian who has been set free from the Law, you should do more than all others to fulfill God’s will, which is found inside the Law.
The Law is applied to all mankind. God desires that all mankind confess, “I am a sinner”, before the Law. Jesus was punished in the stead of mankind. From that time on, He speaks to God in our defense. And as those who rely on the merits of Jesus Christ, we should first confess that we are sinners.
The problem Jesus found among the Pharisees was that they did not consider themselves as sinners before the Law. Rather, they considered themselves righteous. They were convinced they had perfectly kept the Law. What Jesus did in the presence of the Pharisees was to reinforce the Law. The reason Jesus did so was not to make them perish, but to make them kneel down before God’s grace. And this is done by them being aware they were sinners.