God's redemption, our responsibility

www.christianpost.com | 4/20/2019 | Staff
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Even though God is king over the world He created, his kingship is distinct among a people whom He redeemed. Agreement to the marriage covenant on Mt. Sinai was more than lip service. The people were expected to respond with loyalty by keeping God’s commandments through daily living, and by doing this, God’s kingdom agenda would advance throughout the world. The formula is as follows: God redeemed on Passover to reveal Himself to them on Mt. Sinai in order to have a relationship with them through their responsibility to obey His commands.

This same paradigm is followed in the Gospel accounts with the calling of the twelve apostles. Jesus proved throughout His ministry that He was the Moses-like figure who would accomplish what Moses fell short of doing by leading the people not into the Promised Land, but into the kingdom of God. Many similarities can be made between the two: both were shepherds (Moses in his profession; Jesus in his ministry, see John 10:11), both led the people out of bondage; both were hid in Egypt as children; both fasted for forty days; both selected twelve men; and both fed the people with bread in the wilderness.

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The same is true today. God saved us apart from any good deed we could offer. “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,” Paul explained in Romans 3:23. He added in the book of Ephesians, “You were dead in trespasses and sins. . . . For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—not from works, so that no one can boast” (Eph. 2:1, 8–9). Although God redeemed us by His gracious initiative, He expects us to live for Him through obedience. Paul doesn’t end his thought with verse nine. He...
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