Walking with the Lord is both simple and difficult. To walk with the Lord is simple because all you need to do is agree with Him all the time. To walk with the Lord is difficult because sin keeps you from agreeing with the Lord all the time. The Lord knows that walking with Him is difficult because of sin. Indeed, there is not a righteous person in the world who always does good and who never sins. (Ecclesiastes 7:20, 1 Kings 8:46) Even so, the goal is to be perfect in your walk with the Lord. (Matthew 5:48) However, the key is to be holy and blameless before the Lord as He ordained before the world began. (Ephesians 1:4) How can a person be holy and blameless before the Lord? The ways of the Lord are blameless, holy and right. (2 Samuel 22:31, Psalm 18:30, Psalm 77:13, Hosea 14:9)
The Requirements of the Lord
Can two walk together unless they agree? (Amos 3:3) Do you disagree with the requirements of the Lord much? How many of the requirements of the Lord are you rejecting, for whatever reason. Just how close are you walking with the Lord? When all has been heard, the conclusion is fear God and keeps His commandments, because this applies to every person. (Ecclesiastes 12:13) What does God require from you, but to fear Him, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve God with all your heart and with all your soul. (Deuteronomy 10:12) The Lord’s ways are everlasting. (Isaiah 40:8, Habakkuk 3:6, Psalm 139:24) The following scriptures show some of the ways of the Lord.
- They have turned aside from the everlasting way, which I commanded them. (Exodus 32:8)
- I have rejoiced in the everlasting way of Your testimonies. (Psalm 119:14)
- Make me understand the everlasting way of Your precepts. (Psalm 119:27)
- I will run the everlasting way of Your commandments. (Psalm 119:32)
- Teach me, O Lord, the everlasting way of Your statutes. (Psalm 119:33)
- Indeed, while following the everlasting way of Your judgments. (Isaiah 26:8)
The Way of Eternal Life
Walking with the Lord almost all the time is what gets a person into heaven. It is important to note that obeying the Lord’s commandments lead to eternal life. (John 12:50) Also, the following scriptures show that God also gave some laws that lead to eternal life.
- Keep My laws by which a man may live if he does them. (Leviticus 18:5, Nehemiah 9:29, Ezekiel 20:11-21)
- It is important to note that God would have given Adam and Eve these same laws so that they might still obtain eternal life. It is naïve to believe that the laws of the Lord that lead to eternal life are dependent upon the Old Covenant.
- I have set before you eternal life. Therefore, choose eternal life so that you may live. (Deuteronomy 30: 19)
- Keep My commandments and live. (Proverbs 4:4, Proverbs 7:1-3)
- If a person walks in My statutes and My ordinances they are righteous and will live,” declares the Lord GOD. If a person observes all My laws and practices righteousness, they will live; they will not die. Again, when a person practices righteousness, they will save their life. Because they turned away from all their transgressions, they will live; they will not die. (Ezekiel 18:9-28)
- If a person walks by the laws that ensure life without committing iniquity, they shall surely live; and they shall not die. They have practiced justice and righteousness; they shall surely live. (Ezekiel 33:15-16)
Are you one of those people who is rejecting part of the way of eternal life?
The Non-Requirements of the Lord
Walking with the Lord is different under the new covenant. It is important to understand that some of the Lord’s ways are everlasting and some were not. The Lord gave laws that were not good and laws by which we cannot get eternal life. (Ezekiel 20:25) For example, sacrifice and meal offering You have not desired; My ears You have opened; sin offering and burnt offering You have not required. (Psalm 40:6) Thus, some laws of the Old Covenant, though part of the ways of the Lord at the time, were not required for eternal life. The following scriptures show that Ezekiel 20:25 is saying that God gave some temporary, not good laws. These scriptures also show that it is only these temporary, not good laws that ended with the Old Covenant.
- The law was added until the seed would come to whom God had made the promise. (Galatians 3:19)
- The law became our tutor to lead us to Christ. We are no longer under a tutor. (Galatians 3:24-25)
- Christ canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross. (Colossians 2:14)
- Christ abolished in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances. (Ephesians 2:15)
- When the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also. (Hebrews 7:11-12)
- There is a setting aside of a former commandment because of its weakness and uselessness. (Hebrews 7:18)
- The law was imposed until a time of reformation. (Hebrews 9:10)
In other words, the laws of the Lord that were abolished with the Old Covenant were the not good laws of the Lord.
How long will the Requirements of the Lord Last
God chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. (Ephesians 1:4) How long will walking with the Lord require a person to be holy and blameless before Him? The following scriptures show that the requirement to be holy and blameless before God will last until the time of the end.
- He who walks blamelessly will be delivered. (Proverbs 28:18)
- Who will also confirm you blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:8)
- Be blameless until the day of Christ. (Philippians 1:10)
- Now to Him who can make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy. (Jude 1:24)
- They are blameless. (Revelation 14:5)
- Let the person who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and the person who is holy, still keep himself holy.” (Revelation 22:11)
Walking Blamelessly Under the New Covenant
It seems that the key to walking with the Lord blamelessly under the new covenant is not to commit any sins that lead to death or is worthy of death.
- If a person commits a sin that is worthy of death and they are put to death, and you hang them on a tree, their corpse shall not hang all night on the tree. (Deuteronomy 21:22-23)
- There is no sin in her worthy of death. (Deuteronomy 22:26)
- If I have committed anything worthy of death, I do not refuse to die. (Acts 25:11)
- However, I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death. (Acts 25:25)
- This man is not doing anything worthy of death or imprisonment. (Acts 26:31)
If anyone sees their brother sinning not leading to death, he shall ask, and the Lord will for them give life to those who commit sins not leading to death. There are sins leading to death; I do not say that he should request this. All unrighteousness is sin, and there are sins not leading to death. (1 John 5:16-17) Therefore, it is essential that a person know what sins lead to death and not commit any of them without getting forgiveness. (1 John 1:9) However, this does not mean that a person can feel comfortable committing sins that do not lead to death. (Matthew 5:19) It is very important to remember that no one who is born of God practices sin. (1 John 3:9)