1. Vlad
    October 16, 2010 @ 3:05 pm

    I just wanted to say thank you for your posting.
    The Lord helped me understand more of what He has given me in Christ through what you wrote.

  2. Mark VanOuse
    October 16, 2010 @ 5:05 pm

    Praise God that it was a help for you!

  3. Stacie
    April 14, 2011 @ 9:22 am

    I thank you for this post and your friend for his question. As I read Deuteronomy 28, I kept thinking two things: “Wow!” and “Holy Cow!”. Several times, I actually stopped reading and, out loud, thanked God that I am not under the Covenant of Law and for His grace to be all that I am called to be in Christ!

  4. Mark VanOuse
    May 18, 2011 @ 5:59 pm


    Thank for your very kind comments. Sorry for the delay in getting your comment approved. Bless you!

  5. Stephen Blum
    April 1, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

    Dear Mark-
    I was raised in Pentecostal circles from the age of 23 or so when I was converted to Christ. What once was a time of celebration (mostly of our own holiness compared to others) has in the last 2 or 3 years become unbearable. I began attending an AG church near my home a little over a year ago, thinking I was grown enough to “survive” an Arminian church. It is embarassing to admit that for 2 or 3 days following Sunday sermons I am scrambling to regain my salvation. Those who don’t understand the issues think I am splitting hairs, but to me the difference is insurmountable. After a Christian lifetime of living sanctimoniously and blindly to what I truly am, the constant stream of moralism and encouragement to self will that they call obedience is for me death. Words fail to express the torment that overwhelms me as I leave church on Sunday mornings.
    I just wanted to know that I come to your site to regain my moorings – to reprogram myself on the days following Sunday. I have some great friends there – who are clueless as to where I am – and have tried to stay for them and for faithfulness’ sake, but am currently church shopping. Sounds like a dirty word, doesn’t it? Thank God that He has established you and made your ministry available to so many, including me. God Bless

    Steve Blum

  6. Mark VanOuse
    April 4, 2012 @ 1:46 pm


    So glad you found our site and that this article has helped you.

    I think you will find the latest episode in our Daily in Christ podcast, Hebrews #12: Righteousness Make a Huge Difference, should be of particular help for you in your current circumstances.

    Let me encourage you to listen to our latest series, “Hebrews: The Glory of the New Covenant“. It is a revolutionary and thoroughly biblical teaching on the New Covenant, a topic few Christians — or even pastors — know anything about. Another helpful series is “Living in the Reality of Perfect Sanctification“.

    You can also subscribe to our weekly podcast, Daily in Christ, in the iTunes Store.

    I’m praying that you will find a church that preaches Christ, His finished work, the New Covenant and The Bible!

    Bless you, brother!
    Mark VanOuse

  7. Ted
    October 4, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

    If we are saved through Jesus Christ but are not baptized, are we living in disobedience? Would blessings from God not be given?

  8. Mark VanOuse
    October 7, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

    Hi Ted, Thanks for stopping by and for an excellent question.

    Blessings are dependent on obedience — Christ’s obedience. We are in a new covenant, initiated by Christ’s blood (Hebrews 9). Blessings dependent on our obedience is the law covenant. The law covenant states that there must be perfect 100% obedience in order to get the blessings (Deut 28:1-14). Failure even once means the curses (Deut 28:15-68). Jesus came along and made it clear obedience under the law must be internal — from the heart — as well as external. Romans 3:19 says of the purpose of the law, “…that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”

    That’s why we needed a savior. Jesus Christ came as the perfect man, the last Adam (Romans 5) and by HIS perfect obedience, He is blessed — and all those in Him. We are in Christ not because of our doing, but because of the Father’s doing (1 Cor 1:30), so that no flesh would boast.

  9. Carol
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:58 pm

    Thank you so much for this comprehensive explanation. I was struggling with how to answer a bible study question on Deuteronomy 28, “although the specific promises to Israel do not apply to Christians today, what principle or lesson remains true?” It seemed like I was meant to answer, “we need to obey in order to be blessed”, and that just did not sit right in my heart at all. So glad to have it reaffirmed here that under the new covenant, God takes all the initiative, and our obedience wells up in response to Him.

  10. Mark VanOuse
    October 8, 2015 @ 10:04 am

    Carol, so glad our article was helpful for you. The benefits of the great New Covenant are made possible by the obedience of Christ. Our obedience is the obedience of FAITH (Romans 4)

  11. Charlie
    November 23, 2016 @ 12:55 am

    Thank you for this post…truly has helped me tonight. …I been struggling…I know Jesus loves me…and I have been reminded through scripture and sermons randomly about how God shows mercy on Us because he wants to…not cuz of what we did or done…i beat myself up all the time…I want to do for Him what I am supposed to do but I fall to lust a lot…and pride…and it tears me up inside that I continue to make wrong choices but i will keep trying to be righteous ..I will pray for Him to help me, but thank u so much for this post

  12. Daniel
    March 12, 2017 @ 10:25 pm

    Wow. God is good! I don’t remember who asked me, but I found myself researching “does obedience precede blessing?” This article is so clear in it’s discussion and it has really helped me understand the biblical truth of GRACE. I know God led me to this site, and made me not close the tab for like 6 days.
    Thank you for sharing, and for the scriptural references

  13. Mark VanOuse
    May 23, 2017 @ 2:35 pm

    Daniel, I’m so glad the article was helpful to you. God is good!

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