As a Gentile by birth, but a Jew by adoption, see Galatians 3:29, how do I interpret the Old Testament? Is it to be viewed as history? Or better said history only? After all we are no longer under the law. Is it only instruction in the New Testament that is required, such as dietary? Or should I be dualist in my approach, strive to live by the law while being aware that:
1- I will never be able to fully obey or live up to the law.
2- realize that I can not earn God’s approval on my own no matter how good I become at following the law.
But shouldn’t I do the best I can because I desire to please God?
Isn’t that part of loving God? I love my sons and because I love them I enjoy pleasing them. For those of you that are married, if you love your spouse don’t you experience joy when they are pleased with your actions?
These are fallible humans capable of being greedy, self-serving, even wrong, but is it possible for God to be any of these things? of course not. So how much safer to strive after pleasing God? Not in order to win His favor, or earn salvation, or force Him to bless us. But because of loving God.
Because I love God I desire to please Him
And I please Him when I do His will.Do I fail? Oh much more than I care to admit to anyone else. I think I have one area down cold, and BAM, I screw it up. Or I actually get one area of my life under control, in-line with God’s standard only to have Him point out something else and ask, “That’s great, but what about this?”
Will I ever get there?
It doesn’t seem so, but it’s not about what I am achieving as much as it’s about what I am becoming.