A reader asks: Wayne, what do you believe about “precision obedience?”
First, I really do not know “precisely” what that means! It sounds like something only “Jesus” could do to me. Second, I have read the words “precision obedience” lately but I have not read any articles or books about what is meant by that. But I do know this:
Those of us believers who are doing “all” we “know” to do…quite obviously don’t “know” much. Any of us who think we are “practicing” all that Jesus teaches…quite obviously don’t even know what that means. Those of us who think we “precisely” obey all of God’s commands…must be very “precise” in our “choices” of which commands we are “choosing” to obey…and also very “loose” and “lenient” in our definition of “precise.” “Precise obedience” to every command of God at all times is not possible for weak sinful human beings like us and that is “precisely” the reason Jesus had to come to earth and practice what was actually “precision obedience.” Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).
Just two examples will suffice:
1. Therefore you shall be perfect (not nearly perfect, or somewhat perfect, or almost perfect, but “perfect”) just as your Father in heaven is perfect. (Matt. 5:48). No matter how “perfect” is defined no one you know does this “precisely” or “exactly.” (I personally don’t know anyone who even comes close.)
2. But also for this very reason, giving all (not some, or much, or a lot, but ALL) diligence (not negligence), add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love (2 Peter 1:5-8). If you know anyone who is doing all of this “precisely” or “exactly” or “accurately” then you surely know the most “faithful,” “virtuous,” “knowledgeable,” “self-controlled,” “persistent,” “godly,” “kind,” “patient,” and “loving” person on the planet if they have actually been “precisely” doing this for any length of time. Those among us who claim that they are making “EVERY EFFORT” at “ALL TIMES” to add “ALL THESE THINGS” are simply “ALL” wrong!” When will we learn that salvation is based on what Jesus has already done for us…and not on what He is presently doing in us? He works “in us” because of what He has already done “for us.” Believers who are “already saved”…are now “all ready to serve.” Read Ephesians 2:8-10. We are a “work in progress”…because of His progressive work. Read Philippians 2:12-13 and Hebrews 13:20-21. Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).
A related article: Keeping ALL of the commandments of God…really? Who? You gotta’ be kidding me!”