Scriptural Living

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THE CHRISTIAN LIFE — Christianity is not merely an accurate system of doctrine to be believed. It is also a supernatural life to be lived, experienced, and enjoyed by God’s people, both now and for all eternity. As the first question of our Shorter Catechism so beautifully states, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” The blessed life which Christianity offers, however, must be defined exclusively by God’s inspired Word, the Bible, which is our only infallible rule for faith and life.

GOD’S MORAL LAW — Our Lord Jesus Christ once declared, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). Elsewhere, He said, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets,” making it clear that “whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:17-19). The true Christian, therefore, can and must confess with the Apostle John that “this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3).

MORE THAN A LIST OF RULES — God has given us His moral law as our only authoritative rule of life and conduct. However, this fact must never be divorced from our intimate relationship to Him in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. Nor should we overlook our utter dependance upon the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, by whom the Lord writes His law on our hearts.

THE KINGSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST — The Scriptures declare that our risen Savior and ascended King has been made “head over all things for the church” with “all authority in heaven and on earth” as “King of kings and Lord of lords” (Eph. 1:20-23; Matt. 28:18-20; Rev. 19:16).