I Ought

 

          “…that I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak” (Ephesians 6:20).

          Our sense of “ought” is a profound and powerful evidence for the existence of God and of the accuracy of the Bible’s teaching of humanity’s creation in the image of God. No other creature on the planet has such a sense of right and wrong.

          No evolutionist can provide any semblance of a rational explanation for how and why humans have such a trait while all our evolutionary “next of kin” are bereft of it. Any attempt to deny the existence of this innate sense of morality and personal accountability or the God who implanted it into all humans made in His image is foolish (Psalm 14:1).

          The Bible declares the following matters to be human obligation:

  • Praying (Luke 18:1)
  • Obeying God (Acts 5:29)
  • Pleasing God (1 Thessalonians 4:1)
  • Proper conduct in the house of God (1 Timothy 3:15)
  • Growing spiritually (Hebrews 5:12)
  • Purity of speech (James 3:10)
  • Holiness in conduct (2 Peter 3:11)
  • Godliness (2 Peter 3:11)
  • Living consistently with the faith expressed by your lips (1 John 2:6)
  • Laying down your life for the brethren (1 John 3:16)
  • Loving one another (1 John 4:11) with husbands being specifically instructed to love their wives as their own bodies (Ephesians 5:28)
  • Proclaiming the gospel boldly (Ephesians 6:19-20)

          The impressive spiritual blessings given in Christ (Ephesians 1:3) come with equally sobering and weighty responsibilities.

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