brought to the knowledge of the Christ Life is a great
honor and privilege that must not be taken lightly. When
the children of Israel stood on the other side of
Jordan, before they crossed over into the Promised Land,
Moses stood before them and proclaimed blessings and
cursings that would take effect when they entered into
the land. This had nothing to do with obeying the Law
per say, but it had to do with whether or not they
followed the Lord. As we have already studied, there was
to be a different kind of relationship between God and
His people in the Promised Land, which was based upon a
heart-felt obedience in following their Heavenly King.
If they listened to the voice of God through Joshua and
the prophets, and obeyed His Word, they would know the
blessings of God, in every area of their lives, in this
land. However, if they rejected God, His prophets, and
His Word, and followed other gods, then the curse would
come upon every aspect of their lives. Now, we are not
talking about the curse of the law, for that came upon
all peoples of the earth; but these blessings and curses
were toward the people of Israel only. If we study the
history of Israel from Bible times until this present
day, no nation has ever been blessed like Israel, and no
nation has ever been cursed like them in all of history.
Deut 28:1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt
hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God,
to observe and to do all his commandments which I
command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set
thee on high above all nations of the earth:
2 And all these
blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou
shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
Kings 10:4 And when the queen of Sheba had seen all
Solomon's wisdom, and the house that he had built,
5 And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his
servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their
apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he
went up unto the house of the LORD; there was no more
spirit in her.
6 And she said to the king, It was a true report that I
heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom.
7 Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and
mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not
told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame
which I heard.
8 Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which
stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.
9 Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in
thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because
the LORD loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee
king, to do judgment and justice.
Kings 10:23 So
king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for
riches and for wisdom.
Deut 28:15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt
not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to
observe to do all his commandments and his statutes
which I command thee this day;
that all these curses
shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
Chr 36:15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them
by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending;
because he had compassion on his people, and on his
16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and
despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the
wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there
was no remedy.
17 Therefore he brought upon them the king of the
Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the
house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon
young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for
age: he gave them all into his hand.
18 And all the vessels of the house of God, great and
small, and the treasures of the house of the LORD, and
the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these
he brought to Babylon.
19 And they burnt the house of God, and brake down
the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof
with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.
20 And them that had escaped from the sword carried
he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him
and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia:
Lam 4:11 The LORD hath accomplished his fury; he hath
poured out his fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire in
Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations thereof.
12 The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants
of the world, would not have believed that the adversary
and the enemy should have entered into the gates of
13 For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of
her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the
midst of her,
likewise is the Christian experience. When we walk in
the Spirit and are led by the Spirit, we are “blessed
us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in
Christ.” God is our Heavenly Father, and we enjoy
fellowship with Him and with the Son, through the Holy
Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual
blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God,
they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again
to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption,
whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
John 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen
it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal
life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto
3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you,
that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly
our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son
4 And these
things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
Besides our fellowship, there are other blessings in
having this relationship. Just as the disciples enjoyed
the comfort of Christ when He walked with them upon this
earth, even so we have the comfort of His Spirit when we
walk in the Spirit.
John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall
give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot
receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him:
but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be
18 I will not
leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
as Jesus taught His disciples when He walked with them,
so we have the Holy Spirit to teach us when we listen
and walk with Him.
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost,
whom the Father will send in my name,
he shall teach you all
things, and bring all things to your remembrance,
whatsoever I have said unto you.
being led by the Spirit as we abide in Christ, we bear
much fruit in our lives. We not only see the fruits of
the Spirit being manifested in us, but we see the fruit
of other souls coming to know God through His working in
Gal 5:22 But the
fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that
abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth
much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
we are led by the Spirit and we walk with His attitude
and desires, our prayers will honor God; we will have
confidence when we pray; and we will see the blessing of
having our prayers answered.
John 15:7 If ye
abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask
what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
John 5:14 And
this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we
ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
Howbeit, just as we know the special blessings of God in
this walk with Christ, so there are special
chastisements from God for those who would turn back to
the ways of the flesh. Now, we are not talking about the
daily battles we face with the flesh, or the crucifying
of the flesh that we experience as part of our growing
in Christ. What the Scriptures warn against is a
willful, deliberate turning back to the things of the
flesh and of the world after we have come to experience
the blessings of living in the Spirit. Again, all
Christians fall into temptation and sin even against
their own desire and will, and God can, and does bring
us back from those failures through Christ. However, to
“sin wilfully after that we have received the
knowledge of the truth” brings the “hot
displeasure” of God upon our lives. God is not
offering to us a ninety-day free trial to see if we want
to walk in Christ or not; but we must be fully committed
to following Him and not look back. I can say from
personal experience, that there is not a more miserable
person on the face of this earth, than the one who turns
back from the truth that is in Christ to walk again in
the ways of the flesh.
Rom 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the
evil which I would not, that I do.
20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I
that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good,
evil is present with me.
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23 But I see another law in my members, warring against
the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to
the law of sin which is in my members.
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me
from the body of this death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
So then with the mind I
myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law
John 1:9 If we
confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us
our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Heb 4:1 Let us
therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of
entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come
short of it.
Heb 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have
received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no
more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and
fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy
under two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he
be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son
of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant,
wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath
done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance
belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord.
And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the
32 But call to remembrance the former days, in
which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great
fight of afflictions;
33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by
reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became
companions of them that were so used.
34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took
joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in
yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an
35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath
great recompence of reward.
36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have
done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will
come, and will not tarry.
38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man
draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
39 But we are not of them who draw back unto
perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the
Psa 38:1 O LORD,
rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy
Luke 9:62 And Jesus said unto him,
No man, having put his
hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the
kingdom of God.
Pet 2:20 For if after they have escaped the
pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled
therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them
than the beginning.
21 For it had been better for them not to have known
the way of righteousness, than, after they have known
it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto
22 But it is happened unto them according to the true
proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and
the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
are many different roads we can go down in the Christian
life besides “the old path,” or “the straight
and narrow way,” but they only lead to misery and
sorrow. Among them are worldliness, discouragement,
self-pity, self-righteousness, humanism, and many more.
When we go down these errant paths, we do not find God
there, nor does God change His location in order to
accommodate our wrong decisions. We soon learn, when
presented with the temptation to go astray, that we can
go in these directions as far as we want to, and as
God is only going to give us so much resistance. Why
then should we even enter into these false ways? They
will only bring us hurt, and God will not change who He
is, or move from where He is in order to meet us there.
Jer 6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and
see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good
way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your
they said, We will not walk therein.
Matt 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is
the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to
destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth
unto life, and few there be that find it.
Isa 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way,
and it shall be called The way of holiness; the
unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for
those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err
Pet 2:15 Which
have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray,
following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved
the wages of unrighteousness;
16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass
speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the
Tim 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved
this present world, and is departed unto
Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
now brings us to an important point in this section—what
part may a believer have in coming to experience the
life of Christ or the walk in the Spirit? We have seen
that only God can give us new life, and apart from Him
we cannot attain it. As a Christian however, we can
pray, and make it the desire of our heart to know this
fuller life in Christ, for it is the will of God for us
to do so. God Himself is at work in us “both to will
and to do of His good pleasure.” However, part of
this seeking is also counting the cost of what we really
want. As we have said, this is not some frivolous
experience for us to try and see if we really want it or
not. God places a much higher value upon Christ than to
allow us to have that attitude. Like Adam and Eve, when
they took the Law into their being, they also took upon
themselves the responsibility of keeping the Law—whether
they realized it or not, or whether they wanted to or
not. Likewise with us, there are certain
responsibilities attached to God’s blessings in our
lives—“For unto whomsoever much is given, of him
shall be much required.” So it is through much
soul-searching that God brings us to the place where we
are fully committed to know Christ and the power of His
life. The responsibility is, that when we have come to
know it, we remain committed to follow Christ without
turning back; and that is one commitment that we cannot
break without the most unpleasant consequences.
Col 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard
it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that
ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all
wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all
pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and
increasing in the knowledge of God;
11 Strengthened with all might, according to his
glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with
Jere 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward
you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil,
to give you an expected end.
12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and
pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall
search for me with all your heart.
14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I
will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you
from all the nations, and from all the places whither I
have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you
again into the place whence I caused you to be carried
Phil 2:13 For it
is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of
his good pleasure.
Luke 14:25 And there went great multitudes with him: and
he turned, and said unto them,
26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father,
and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and
sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my
27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come
after me, cannot be my disciple.
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower,
sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether
he have sufficient to finish it?
29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation,
and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin
to mock him,
30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to
31 Or what king, going to make war against another
king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he
be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh
against him with twenty thousand?
32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off,
he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of
33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh
not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his
savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the
dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to
hear, let him hear.
Luke 12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord's
will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to
his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of
stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto
whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required:
and to whom men have committed much, of him they will
ask the more.
Again, using the example of the children of Israel, we
have already seen that entering into the Promised Land
did not end all of their problems and battles. Likewise,
when we come to the knowledge of walking in Christ, we
will continue to face many enemies. The world, the
flesh, and the devil, which are against Christ, are also
against those who would desire to live by faith. We will
continue to fall back into the ways of the flesh, and
God will continue to crucify the old man. However, as
more and more of the old man is crucified and buried to
our own hearts, we begin to be resurrected and live more
and more by faith in the One who loved us and gave
Himself for us. We are changed “from glory to glory”
into His image by the Spirit of God. We put off the
old man of sin, with his deeds, and put on the new man
in Christ, which was created after godliness. This
process of death by crucifixion, burying the old man
with his deeds, and being resurrected in Christ,
continues throughout our mortal life while in this body.
It is only when we put off this body of sin through
death, and it is laid in the grave to await the final
resurrection, that we experience the lasting rest from
our struggles with sin. However, in spite of our
life-long battles against our enemies, we have every
resource, and every reason to remain committed to
Tim 3:12 Yea,
and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall
Luke 21:16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and
brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you
shall they cause to be put to death.
17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's
18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
19 In your
patience possess ye your souls.
Cor 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a
glass the glory of the Lord,
are changed into the same
image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the
Col 3:9 Lie not one to another,
seeing that ye have put
off the old man with his deeds;
10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in
knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Eph 4:20 But ye
have not so learned Christ;
21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught
by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation
the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is
created in righteousness and true holiness.
the children of Israel were about to enter the Promised
Land, the Lord appeared to Joshua to encourage him and
the people. God promised them that they would defeat all
their enemies, and conquer the land if they would but
trust and obey Him. They were admonished to be strong
and courageous, and to do all that God commanded them to
do, as God Himself would fight for them. He would not
fail them nor forsake them all the days of their lives.
Even so to us, as we enter our Promised Land of Christ,
we have need of courage and commitment never to turn
back nor lose faith. We must continue to trust in God,
because He has been faithful to us in the past and will
never forsake us. We must remember the words of Peter in
times of doubt—“Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast
the words of eternal life.” As children of God, we
have much greater promises and many more resources than
the children of Israel ever did. We have within us the
Spirit of Christ, who is greater than all our enemies,
even Satan himself. We have the promise that Christ will
never leave us nor forsake us, no matter what our
situation becomes; yea
“we are more than
conquerors through him that loved us.”
Josh 1:1 Now after the death of Moses the servant of the
LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua
the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying,
2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go
over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the
land which I do give to them, even to the children of
3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread
upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.
4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the
great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the
Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down
of the sun, shall be your coast.
5 There shall not any man be able to stand before
thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I
will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake
6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto
this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the
land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou
mayest observe to do according to all the law, which
Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the
right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper
whithersoever thou goest.
8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy
mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night,
that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is
written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way
prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
9 Have not I commanded thee?
Be strong and of a good
courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for
the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Isa 46:3 Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the
remnant of the house of Israel,
which are borne by me from
the belly, which are carried from the womb:
4 And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar
hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear;
even I will carry, and will deliver you.
John 6:67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also
68 Then Simon Peter answered him,
Lord, to whom shall we go?
thou hast the words of eternal life.
Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren,
be strong in the Lord, and
in the power of his might.
John 4:4 Ye are
of God, little children, and have overcome them: because
greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the
Heb 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness;
and be content with such things as ye have: for he
hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
6 So that we may boldly say,
The Lord is my helper, and
I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or
famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the
day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than
conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things
present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall
be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in
Christ Jesus our Lord.
summary, the Gospel message is not just for lost
sinners, to bring them to Christ that they might be
saved, but it is for every child of God as well. The
truth of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ
not only saves the sinner, but gives life to the saints
as well. When we are turned away from the simple and
plain message of the Gospel, we turn away from Christ.
The reason Jesus gave us the Lord’s Supper was to remind
us again and again of what we have in Him alone; but
sadly, that has also become just another meaningless
ritual to many of God’s people. Let us therefore, as
God’s children, not outgrow the need for the Gospel
truth; but let us “grow in grace, and in the
knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
Cor 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the
gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have
received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory
what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I
also received, how that Christ died for our sins
according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again
the third day according to the scriptures:
Cor 11:23 For I have received of the Lord that which
also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same
night in which he was betrayed took bread:
2 Pet 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory
both now and for ever. Amen.
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said,
Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you:
this do in remembrance of me.
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he
had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my
blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in
remembrance of me.
26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink
this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.