THE WHOLE DUTY OF MAN  

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11/1/2005 11:27 pm

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THE WHOLE DUTY OF MAN


“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” - Ecclesiastes 12:13

THE WHOLE DUTY OF MAN

The whole duty of man- to fear God and obey Him. That's it. That is our purpose. Welcome to life.
But, you may say, that command sounds much more "Old Covenant" than it does "New Covenant." Since the atoning work of Jesus Christ on the cross, how do fear and law have any place in our Christian life, since we are now living under grace?
Let us tackle the issue of keeping God's commands in our new grace-driven covenant. It must be stated here emphatically that keeping God's commands does not and cannot give us righteousness in the sight of God. However, our purpose on earth has never been to attain righteousness for ourselves, but to always declare the righteousness of God. Jesus said, "If you love me, you will obey what I command." Keeping God's commands is to love Him. Luther understood and correctly interpreted this verse when he said, "We should fear and love God."
But what does it mean to fear God? God is our loving Father, our Redeemer, Savior, and Friend. How can I fear the One who has done so much for me? But that question misses the true definition of "fear" in this context. The dictionary gives several definitions of fear; the one that applies here is this: "Extreme reverence or awe." We should be in "extreme reverence and awe" of God. With our songs like "What A Friend I Have In Jesus", we tend to forget that our friend is also an "Awesome God" who sustains the universe by the power of His will and who is so far above us that all we can do is fall to our feet in worship. So fear God- be in awe of His majesty- and love Him with your life. That is the whole duty of man.

Almighty and Loving God, Let my life be for Your glory. My chief end is to glorify You, and I look forward to the day when I can enjoy Your presence forever. Your holiness and power is beyond my ability to comprehend, and I stand in awe of You. Your death on the cross has raised me from the dead and gave me eternal life, and for that I will love and serve You forever. In Jesus Christ’s holy name I pray, amen.

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