Deut.30:15-16 "See I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;(vs16) In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God ,to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it".
Rev.3:20-22 "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: If any man hear my voice, and open the door , I will come into him, and sup with him, and he with me.(vs21) To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne , even as I also overcame , and am set down with my Father in his throne. (vs22) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches".
The Pulpit Commentary, Vol.3 ,page 467 a comment on Deut. 30:15-20 “To love the Lord, to obey him, to cleave to him, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and judgments----this is obviously the right course for men to follow. On many grounds. 1. The Lord God is holy, and all his commandments are so too; and it is intrinsically and manifestly right to follow what is holy. 2. As our Maker and Preserver, God has supreme claims on our loyalty of heart and life. 3. As our Lawgiver, he has the infinite right to require our obedience. 4. As our Infinite Benefactor, having commended his love towards us, having bought us with a price, he has claim of love as well as a right of law. And it is not possible for a man to dispute this claim unless his nature is becoming so perverted that he begins to call evil good, or good evil.
There is a great blessing which will follow our loyalty and obedience. This is so under the gospel, as really as under the Law. For the Law rested on a basis of gospel, and the gospel brings with it its own law. How can it be otherwise? The gospel call is,” Repent, believe, obey.” This is the precise and immutable order. The grace of God teaches us that “ we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world, looking for that blessed hope,” ect. And we know what is the promised issue: “Godliness…. Hath promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” “For God is our life and the length of our days.” Peace, joy, hope, and all joyful graces and blessings attend on a life which is in accordance with God’s will.
There is a great blessing which will follow our loyalty and obedience.
1.An Invitation To Reason Together With God To Eliminate Sin And Destruction---Isa. 1:18-20 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (vs19) If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: (vs20) But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
2. An Invitation To Rest---St. Matt.11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.( vs29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.(vs30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
3. An Invitation To Discipleship That Will Give Gain Through Loss--- St. Matt. 16:24-26 “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.(vs25) For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. (vs26) For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
4. An Invitation To The Refreshing Satisfaction Of The Holy Ghost--- St. John 7:37-39 “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. (vs38) He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water. (vs39) (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because Jesus was not yet glorified.)”
5. An Invitation To The Entrance To Salvation, Abundance And Safety--- St. John 10:9 “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. (vs10) The thief cometh not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
6. An Invitation To A Satisfying Portion--- Isa. 55:1-3 “ Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. (vs2) Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? And your labour for that which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. (vs3) Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.”
7. An Invitation To the Throne Of Grace Because Of The Finished Work Of Christ---Hebrews 4:14-16 “Seeing then we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. (vs15) For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. (vs16) Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”