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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’ Mt 4:4.

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Apr 13

Written by: Andries
Friday, April 13, 2018 1:29:58 AM  RssIcon

We must obey God rather than human beings: See Acts 5: 29 – 31.
 
After refusing to obey the orders of the Jerusalem religious authorities to keep quiet about Christ and his resurrection, Peter and the apostles found themselves on the defence in a courtroom. Peter was reminded: “Did we not tell you to keep quiet about Jesus?
 
Peter’s response is: “We must obey God rather than human beings!” (Act 5: 29). What he was saying was that they were serving as apostles ordained by God. This implied that the religion of the high priest was in fact resisting God and was therefore illegitimate!
 
Peter’s statement in Acts 5 verses 30-31 brings the Kingship of Jesus and his crucifixion together, highlighting the calling to submit to Jesus as “Lord”:
30The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead — whom you killed by hanging him on a cross.
31God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Saviour that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins. 32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”
 
The death of Jesus is overturned by God raising Jesus from the grave. Jesus’ death is not the final word, but the pathway into a truly new life of repentance and renewal. His resurrection gives permission and licence to the Apostles to preach the gospel.
 
The cross of redemption leads to the absolute Lordship of Jesus that came about as a result of his resurrection and it defines the character of his kingdom.
 
 

The rhetoric of obeying God rather than humans highlights that ceasing from the proclamation of Jesus would be submitting to the selfish power hungry and greedy lifestyles of the unbelieving world.

 
Jesus’ resurrection says there is something better than self-indulgence.
It only is the risen Christ that leads us to repentance and to forgiveness.
We either live by the rules and values of the unbelieving world - or by faith in the resurrected Christ!
 
Obeying the anti-Christian rules and values of a godless society results in sharing in their judgment as offenders against God.
It is to obey God that gives ultimate victory in this world and gives eternal life.
It gives daily victory in all circumstances!

    

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