_______ JANUARY 13 ______
PERFECT OBEDIENCE AN ABSOLUTE NECESSITY
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.__1 John 5:3__
While nearly all the world is making void the law of Jehovah, He will have a people that will keep His law. … He will accept nothing less than perfect obedience from every one of us. All the false ideas that are held against God and His law the people are willing to accept, but it is because the human mind chooses fables rather than the truth of God. They want an easier way than that to resist evil and to be obedient to God’s requirements. …
As Christ denied self and sacrificed at every step, so must we if we would sit with Him upon His throne. And then what do we get? Everlasting life, an eternal weight of glory. The streets are all of pure gold, like transparent glass; and there is the tree of life whose leaves are for the healing of the nation. Everything is lovely; there is no sickness, no sorrow, no pain, no death there; but our life there will measure with the life of God.
And we inquire how is it that we can turn away from this great inducement for the things of this life? Paul inquires, Who has bewitched you? [Galatians 3:1.] It is the bewitching power of Satan that has so eclipsed the Word that the mind takes in only the things of time and sense. … I will stand under the bloodstained banner of Prince Immanuel and at last will hear Him say: Ye have kept My Father’s commandments. Blessed are they that do His commandments, for they shall have right to the Tree of life and shall enter in through the gates into the city. (Manuscript 11, July 25, 1886)
Those who bring their petitions to God, claiming His promise while the do not comply with the conditions, insult Jehovah. They bring the name of Christ as their authority for the fulfillment of the promise, but they do not those things that would show faith in Christ and love for Him. (Christ’s Object Lessons, 143)