Does God ever offer suggestions or dish out advice?

Now the end of the commandment is love out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain talk; Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor the things they affirm. 1 Tim. 1:5-7

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not burdensome. 1 John 5:3

The New Covenant has numerous references to keeping the commandments of God. It’s worth noting that the New Covenant approach to Scripture is that every word of Scripture is a command from God. Does God ever offer suggestions or dish out advice?

Every word of God is both a command and a promise.

Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matt. 28:19-20

From this command we understand that this is exactly what the Apostles and Prophets in the early church did: rather than being “teachers of the law” they practically applied everything the Lord Jesus taught and commanded.

The words of God are the commands of God, and rarely are they the suggestions of God. A disciple sees every word as a command, whereas a false convert sees them as suggestions.

And the “teachers of the law”, of whom Paul was referencing, cannot understand the words of the New Covenant: they stumble over the commands of the Lord Jesus and the Apostles, as Paul said, not understanding that by going back to the law they are in fact becoming transgressors and lawbreakers. They are in fact disobeying the commands of the New Covenant, and yet they think of themselves as observers or keepers of the law. This kind of religious delusion must be the deepest form of delusion.

It’s also worth noting that the example of the Lord Jesus and His Apostles is also a command, for we are commanded to follow their example. We are commanded to live as they lived.

When you believe, heed and obey the words of the New Covenant then the moral law of the OT is automatically fulfilled, without going back to the OT to check whether you are keeping all the law.

Seeing it is one God, who shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. Rom. 3:30-31

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. Rom. 8:4-5

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Gal. 5:16

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