Jesus the Transcendent God-Man or just a Good Moral Man?

Albert Ngu Dec 17, 2019

Jesus asked, “Who do you say I am?”-Matt 16

Torn by Jesus the only way or a good way to God

The reason many people, including progressive Christians, think of Jesus as a progressive compassionate person who lived a good life as an example for us to follow, devoid of the divinity in him, is driven by the fact that they can’t face the fact that Jesus claims to be the only way to God the Father. Because that will essentially, in effect, rejected all other religions in their ways to get to God. But the problem is, in doing so, they have just rejected the God-Man Jesus Christ. Though you may have endeared others of other faiths, you have just landed yourself outside of the saving grace of the God-Man, because you just demoted him from God-Man to be a mere good man.

The Transcendent God

This is just about the most important and significant question that goes through the minds of millions of young people in America today especially New York city, just exactly who Jesus is. Is he just a good moral teacher who lived a good life for us to follow his life or is he who he claims to be the transcendent Son of God?

John 9 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

The reason I picked these verses here showing the transcendent Jesus in healing a man blind from birth to be able to see now is that he made a major statement after the miracle. I don’t know how any scholars can write books about a ‘tamed diminished’ Jesus without any power to heal the sick and do the miraculous when they are all over the Bible. There should be an attitude like if you don’t like the Bible talking about the transcendent Jesus, you need to own up to it by rejecting the whole Bible and not hanging onto church and yet rejecting the miraculous Jesus. I mean opening the eyes of a blind man from birth is no easy matter! The problem is for folks with such liberal minds being attached to their church, it redefines the church by the “miracle-less” Jesus. Somehow, the liberals got to hang onto a Jesus , a ‘toothless’ Jesus. That way, they open up the way to salvation to a myriad of ways without being narrowed down. Check out this outrageous statement of Jesus below right after he opened up the eyes of the blind man in John 10.

John 10: 25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

Jesus calls himself equal with God the Father. In fact, they are one. That’s actually trinity. Father, Son, Holy Spirit in the Trinitarian God. This is just about the biggest stumbling block for anyone sincerely and wanting to find out who Jesus is, and then make up their minds. Who says this kind of thing in this world? This guy says he and God are one. He makes himself to be God. Therefore this is the make it or break it moment in search of the true Jesus. Don’t hang onto to the skin of the God Man, but abide in him completely. Have all of Christ, or none of him! Accept him and receive him as the Spirit dwells in you, or you are not really a sheep of Christ, follower of Christ.

I will reference this to many liberal Christian friends of mine especially in New York City. It’s most trendy and fashionable to pursue social justice in our cities and even ‘enthrone’ it in such way that forms and shapes who God is. God is far more and above condescendingly above social justice. It’s like a finger to a body, it’s not the body! But that’s what the liberal theology does, loving what Jesus says especially the sermon on the mount, and all his love and care for the socially outcast. Jesus loves the downcast, and He is indeed the champion of them all. However, to pick only that portion of Jesus and run away with it as if that’s all that matters is doing gross injustice to who Jesus is, and what Jesus did. They just missed the most important identity of Christ, the Son of God, and opted for a social justice Jesus.

            Matt 16:13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter  answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”     17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you   that you are Peter…

The most important question asked! Jesus asked, “Who do you say I am?”

Man of Holiness & Compassion

Jesus is the God of holiness and righteousness, yet with compassion. When the woman of adultery was caught, he told them that those without sin, may throw the first stone.

               John 8:   3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand     before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law     Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a   trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you    who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

This is a real eye opener who Jesus really is, apart from the supernatural divine part of him. Jesus had compassion on the adulterous woman, full of grace, as he told the folks those without sin throw the first stone! Guess what? Who would throw the first stone? One by one, retreated from stoning the woman (which by Moses law to be stoned). Jesus came and not only fulfilled the Law of God through Moses, but also provided grace in such abundance that shocked the contemporary world. He extended mercy to the adulterous woman, when by law, she should be stoned at that time. But not only that, He told the woman to sin no more.

John 8: At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”11 “No one, sir,” she said.“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Jesus is holy. That’s a point many liberal Christians missed. They love the compassion of Christ, but dropped the holiness of Christ. Why? So they can live the way of life as they like and not constrained by Christ. Jesus, a person of holiness, and yet not without compassion for the weak and sinners. That pretty much defines who Jesus is, to hold both ends of who He is, the compassion (liberals), and the righteousness (conservative). That’s what we Christians are supposed to hold. You see Christianity is not about trying to conform to a set of rules, but be a follower of Jesus. We don’t follow rules. We follow Jesus. He is the personified God on earth, and He sends his Holy Spirit on earth now to be with us and help us, teach us. That’s a lot of difference, following rules is religion, following Jesus is spirituality, organically in relationship with Christ, and empowered by the Spirit of God.

People begin to define God through their lens of social justice. It’s helping the poor and marginalized. God does that, for sure, but it’s not above the redemption of God for humanity. The cross is the absolute pinnacle of Christianity, and without the cross of Jesus meaning his death and resurrection, there is no story of social justice. What would social justice even mean or look like without the cross of redemption? It would be merely a nice socialist sound bite to go to. It will be completely meaningless to help the poor and deed the hungry and help the marginalized without helping them to get to the long-term reconciliation with God.

To say one will fight for the poor and marginalized and calling everything of social racism as your top agenda of your social media postings, begs the question if you have missed the big picture?? 

What’s the point of helping them, if they and you yourself miss the only big picture that matter?

Conclusion

Every religion teaches you to be good to get to God. But there is only one religion where their God comes down to get us.

            God so loved the world He sent his only Son Jesus Christ to die for the world, that whoever believes in     Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Good people without Christ going to hell? Is it fair?

By Albert Ngu Dec 15, 2019

This article is based on the premise of being Christians. Generations over thousands of years have debated this. If only people who believe in Jesus and worship him be able to go to heaven, then what happen to those sincerely good moral folks who don’t believe in Jesus? Do they go to hell? Then where is fairness? Justice?

Question should rather be asked is it fair for the Son of God Jesus Christ, who never committed any sin, to die on the cross to be a ransom for humanity? It’s funny people asked the first question, because imagine that Jesus the Son of God did not incarnate into the world and take up the sufferings and humiliation of dying on the cross, then what? Then I bet no one will complain that it’s not fair, because everyone then will go to hell. Then everyone will cry out to God “save us O God!” Now that’s actually what God did He gave his only begotten Son:

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

It’s God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life! That’s the love of God that drives God to save mankind. He acted because of his love; otherwise we would all have perished. Is that fair? If you really want to be fair, the whole humanity would perish! Period. There will be no complaints but only facing the stark reality of burning unquenchable fire in hell. 

Now God has acted, and sent his Son Jesus Christ into the world due to his love for us, we reject him because we think it’s too narrow? Not fair? First there was zero way to heaven, we didn’t complain. Now there is a way, albeit a small narrow way, we complain! How lame is that? Because on the surface it may seem to be narrow, selective, and downright even unfair. But the fact of the matter is that the way has to be narrow, because you will have to know God’s way, not just any way. It’s like you have one father, so people start complaining that you are being narrow. You can’t help it, because you can have only one biological father, not two or three! Only one, one mother too. When God came into this world, same thing, he is telling us there is only him. You don’t have two gods! One!

Deut 6: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

Yahweh told Israel, tell Israel, your God is one. You can’t have two gods! You either accept him or reject him, but you can’t complain that there is only one way of salvation. It’s really saying you are complaining because there is only one God, and it’s unfair??

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)

Jesus did not show us the way to heaven. Jesus says He is the way. He is the truth. He is Life. That’s a bold claim and a universally selective one. There is only one way back to God, you can accept or reject? Likewise, Jesus can’t help it saying that too, because there is only one way, not two ways back to God! So if we are to be intellectually be a man or woman of integrity, we must either accept Jesus as the Son of God and the only narrow way, or reject him as the only way. There is no middle way, because if so, you would have been a hypocrite to yourself and the world!

Finally what about folks who are good morally, basically a good man but not believing in Jesus? Do they go to heaven? According to the gospel of Jesus, the kingdom of God is not a standard of good and bad, but rather a reconciliation of our relationship with God as our Father. Essentially you can be the best morally behaved son in the family, but if you refuse to call your dad as dad, rejecting his fatherhood, what good is there? I think the poor father would rather have a more mischievous son but calling him dad.

Ephesians 1: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he[b] predestined us for adoption to sonship[c] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves

Because relationship crowns above all ethics. God is not interested in your own good doing, but he’s after your heart to love him. God loves you and he wants you to love him. Your good deeds morally good behavior has nothing to do with you coming back to his family. 

The Presence of Christ in Communion

Albert Ngu Dec 14, 2019

Communion: Baptist view (memorialism) Reformed view (spiritual presence), Lutheran view (consubstantiation), and Roman Catholic view (transubstantiation).

Catholic’s transubstantiation view teaches that the bread and wine we offer at the Lord’s Supper today is transfigured into the actual body and blood of Christ, which is a heresy.  Lutheran’s consubstantiation says that Christ is present in the Lord’s Supper in, with, and under the signs of bread and wine. Luther teaches the doctrine of ubiquity in order to show how Christ’s bodily presence is possible and actual. Luther and Calvin rejected transubstantiation with the real presence of Christ, but they both confess the real presence of Christ in the Lord’s Supper.

I hold to the Reformed view of a spiritual presence of Christ in the communion. I believe that the typical evangelical view of memorial only falls short of the spiritual presence of Christ in communion. The Lord’s Supper was a meal in which bread and women were used as food and drink for strengthening o the body, and served above all as signs and seals for the exercise of communion with the crucified Christ. It is both an ordinary natural meal and an extraordinary spiritual meal, in which the host, Christ, offers his own crucified body and shed blood as nourishment for our souls. Christ has to offer up his body into death in order that it may be food of our souls. John 6: 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.

The table of the Supper being about true communion between Christ and believers, a communion not just with the benefits but above all with the person of Christ, both in his human nature and in his divine nature. Problem with Catholics and Lutheran view on communion is that in communion Christ comes down physically form heaven to earth and they can eat his body and drink his blood, not just spiritually but physically, with their mouths. By contrast, Calvin emphasized that communion of believers with Christ, also according to his human nature, is spiritual in nature, and this comes about, not because Christ comes down physically, but because we lift up our hearts spiritually to heaven, where Jesus Christ, our advocate, is at the right hand of his heavenly Father.

The communion between Christ and believers is so intimate and unbreakable. There is no transference of substance, no consubstantial oneness; like that of the three persons in the Trinity, nor a personal union like that of the two natures in Christ.

A physical union by transubstantiation and consubstantiation with the associated is totally groundless and useless because communion is brought about by the Holy Spirit, who dwells in Christ as the head and in believers as his members. Only the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ, can so unite people with Christ that they share in his person and benefits and cannot be separated from him by death to the grave, by the world or by Satan. For that reason, this communion is always spiritual in nature. It also embraces the human nature of Christ and believers in their physical existence for Christ cannot be conceived apart from human nature, and he purchased not only believer’s souls, but also their bodies.

Catholics and Lutherans, grace is something material and passive that is physically even by an unbeliever, received by believers, but for the Reformed it is the personal living Christ himself who imparts himself in the Supper as spiritual food to those who believe in him. According to the Reformed, therefore, he is not less present, but more present, much more vigorously and authentically, than according to Rome and Lutherans, for he is not physically and locally present in the sins but spiritually, as the acting Christ himself, in the hearts of believers. It is one thing to be the bread that makes us alive, but another the flesh of Christ to be life giving because from its substance life flows forth into our souls.

The Lords Supper is the sacrament of maturating in communion with Christ. The Lords’ supper remains a communion with his crucified body and with his shed blood.  Impossible with trans & Con-substantiation, as the deceased Christ recedes behind the glorified Christ. Eating Christ’s body and drinking his blood amounts to our closest possible union with Christ.

Love God for who he is or what he can do for you

There has been quite a lot of gospel centered teachings on loving God for not what he can do for you but rather for who he is. There is a lot of truth in it, but there have to be a combination of who he is and what he does for you. Even God is frequently quoted in OT and some in NT about the deeds of the Lord. Psalm 92 “For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord;I sing for joy at what your hands have done.How great are your works, Lord,how profound your thoughts!”

You (God) make me glad by your deeds, Lord. It’s the deeds of the Lord that God has made me glad. This is a clear example with many many others in the Bible. And psalmist says here” I sing for joy at what your hands have done”!! Done!! This is clearly the deeds of God and what God has done has made me sing for joy!!

Psalm 116: “1 I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;he heard my cry for mercy.2 Because he turned his ear to me,I will call on him as long as I live.” This is another clear language that I love the Lord because he heard my voice, he heard my cry for mercy. –There is clear evidence we love the Lord because he heard our voice, our cry. Is that wrong? Not so, if you take it in the word value way, and not like binge greedy seeking God’s answering your prayers as a means to get what you want only, and not for God’s will to be done. However, if you take it like I only love the Lord if he answered my prayers, that will be wrong. That will be like an idolatry, and that’s what the gospel centered messages are saying. So, on the bible, we are validated to love the Lord because He has heard me. Legit, and we have to experience oru theology, experience our God, and who God is!

Question is how do I know who God is until I see what he does? Actions speak louder than words. That’s truly a strong and valid legit question. How do the creations know who their creator is without seeing and sensing and feeling what God has done in general and for him or her ! A man or woman’s heart is moved, as God touched him or her. It’s an expression of God’s love towards him or her. Example is the woman with the bleeding problem, after Jesus touched her and healed her bleeding and was later confronted she trembled and gave thanks! Because God has touched her! The leper who was cleansed leapt in joy and screamed!! Not just healings as the manifestation of the glory and deed of God, there are many others in the Bible, like the fire of God descended on Elijah’s sacrifice and licked up every drop of water, or feel the love of God as the Holy Spirit fills a person with joy and peace. These are tangible works or deeds of the Lord and as people receive the healings they see the almighty God and give thanks .

The other common way of showing who God is when he answers our prayers. When we have been praying for an open door, God opened that door, a job, a wife, husband, whatever, when God does answer the prayers we see who he is and our hearts are filled with joy thankfulness awe and worship towards the Lord and our God. All these point to my thesis here that you can’t see or know who God is until he manifests himself like the above described or in intangible way like his presence and peace and joy.


Now there is a third way which is probably the most major and common way of knowing God and hence loving him and serving him. And that’s through the word of God in meditation, a powerful way, or through the word of God preached.


Thesis is you won’t know God until he does something in your life no matter how you read the Bible and understand theology. But I would say by reading and understand theology God will dawn in your heart the revelation of who he is. And with actual answered prayers , it’s a complete revelation of God. I would conclude saying we love God for who He is and what he does for us and the world. You can’t separate the two. There is no dichotomy between the two.

Man’s Perfect Soulmate

When God created everything he said it’s good.

Gen 1: 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

But when it comes to Adam, he said he couldn’t find any creation that will fit Adam. And God actually for the first time said it’s not good. Gen 2: 18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Couple things here, the call to pronounce its not good for man to be alone came from God, not man’s idea, but God the creator’s idea. It came from God. Then the solution to that loneliness of Adam, also came from God, for God says I will make him a helper fit for him. That’s huge, as it all points to a sovereign God, nothing of the man’s plan, will etc. All by God.

And God had to create another being that will fit Adam to be his helper. You see God used the word “fit” in Genesis 2, and that’s very significant. Nothing else fits under heaven of all the creations he created. Remember God created everything by simply speaking them into being. But for Adam, the first human, God breathed his breath into a pile of dust and God created the first man in his image. Gen 2: 7 Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. No other creation of God received the breathe of God, except Adam, and that’s very special as the breathe of God is the Spirit of God.

Another thing is how He created Adam. That’s another significant point here and it’s the words “in our likeness”. Nothing else was created in Gods image except Adam! Special! In someone’s image, it means he looks like God and have Gods special spiritual being. 27 Or So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.


Now God then put Adam to sleep and while he’s asleep, God took a rib out of him and created Eve out of Adams bone. But for Adam no suitable helper was found.

            Gen 2:  21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping,     he took one of the man’s ribsand then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made       a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

It’s very significant that the first woman was created from the first man. Eve was not created from dust and God’s breathe like Adam, but rather she’s created from a rib of Adam. This is huge. And in Ephesians Paul mentioned that it was Adam who was created first.

So God created Eve, and God brought her personally to Adam to be his helper. It’s like the father bringing his daughter down the aisle and handed her over to the groom. It actually appears to be the case in parallel. I believe that’s how modern or wedding for centuries are conducted with the bride’s father bringing the bride to the groom. And when God brought Eve to Adam, he uttered the first poem of humanity saying, “ Finally this is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh. “ Do you hear the words “finally”? Adam is saying I have been waiting and looking around and there is no one that fits. Well at that time looking around everything that moves are animals in garden of Eden. Lol. And he was pumped to see a creation that looks like him but different in sexuality, and it was God who brought her to him! So I believe it’s best to wait upon God to bring the right man to the woman, and also for God to bring the man to the right woman. I know this is rather spiritual but there is a lot of truth in it and I can testify to that how I found my wife.

Lets just expound the word “helper” here for a minute. Helper here doesn’t mean someone just helping the man to achieve something when he could have done it himself, so it’s really helping him out in terms of time etc. But no, Tim Keller expounded this word as per the original Hebrew word as someone helping the man doing something he wouldn’t have been able to do by himself. It’s something that they combined their complementarianism, achieved the impossible. I deeply believe that, basing on my own marriage, there is no way, I could have done or achieved some of the things I have done. Marriage is an enrichment and helping the man out in that sense. There is something that only a wife can bring out in the marriage walk of the man & woman.

Finally, my thesis is no man can be complete without his Eve, except some exceptions like those who are celibate for God and by God, like apostle Paul. But apart from that the fullness of a man is when he is brought a woman to be his helper or soul mate. Man can only be full when he meets a woman of soulmate. That’s why same sex union is just impossible in God’s design and will. No one can change God’s creation design and will. Let God be God.

Two Natures of Jesus & His presence in the Lord’s Supper

This is a great article by Andrew Wilson taking Gavin Ortlund’s excellent new book, Theology Retrieval for Evangelicals, on the subject of Jesus’ dual natures (divine & humanity) especially in view of how he can physically be present in the Lord’s Supper in the so called “Extra Calvinisticum”. I prescribe to the Spiritual Presence Reformed View on the Lord’s Supper, the Spirit of Jesus present with us in taking Communion.

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https://thinktheology.co.uk/blog/article/one_of_the_best_illustrations_ive_heard_in_years

Is the second person of the Trinity omnipresent and incarnate at the same time? Is the Son of God both asleep in a manger, or a boat, or even dead, while he is also filling all things and sustaining the universe? The so-called extra Calvinisticum gives a confident yes—and the Reformed view of the Lord’s Supper depends on it, among other things—but it feels counterintuitive and obscure to us nevertheless. So, here’s a wonderfully helpful illustration from Gavin Ortlund’s excellent new book, Theological Retrieval for Evangelicals. It’s one of the best illustrations I’ve heard in years, and it pretty much sums up what theological teaching ought to be.

Suppose, just as Christ comes into his own creation at the incarnation, Tolkien had written himself into Middle-earth as a character of the story alongside Frodo and Merry and Pippin and the rest. Had Tolkien done so, he would not for that reason cease to exist in Oxford (in fact, his whole existence in Middle-earth depends on his continued writing). Nor has the unity of Tolkien’s person been impaired, for one person can simultaneously be in Middle-earth and Oxford, because they are not two different “places” within one realm but two different realms altogether. In other words, it is one thing to be in Oxford and Cambridge at the same time, but another thing to be in the Shire and Oxford at the same time; and the relation of “heaven” and “earth,” and with it the relation of Christ’s divine and human natures, is more like the relationship between the Shire and Oxford. This is the value of the metaphor of story—the distinction between “author” and “story” is robust enough to retain two natures while fluid enough to retain one person. Middle-earth and Oxford may be two while Tolkien remains one

It is not merely that Tolkien is not confined to the body of his incarnate character in Middle-earth; that is true, but that is just about the least significant thing one can say about him. Supposing the incarnated Tolkien is sitting in Frodo’s home in the Shire for a meal; this does not in the least hinder the Tolkien in Oxford from going to sleep, or traveling to India, or putting the book down for twenty years. His incarnate existence in Middle-earth does not diminish him in the least or even distract him. He is not merely extra but completely and fully extra. In other words, it is not that he reduces himself to an incarnate life but leaves a tiny bit left over that is not exhausted by his incarnation; rather, that which is extra continues without the slightest downgrade or even interruption during the incarnation.

How much does God trust us? Grace of God

We all talk about how much do you trust God? Do you trust God in all circumstances etc? But now how about we flip the question around?

The Great Exodus

I was in my Christianity in the Secular Age by Tim Keller RTS class this year and he was talking about God giving the law to the nation of Israel. It is really interesting on the timing of the giving of the laws by God to Israel in relation to the Exodus, the greatest miracle of all times in humanity when Moses brought 3 million Jews walking through the dry Red Sea by a mighty East wind. The thing is when did God give them the law for them to obey?

Usually, we expect you want to give the laws to your people before the mighty deliverance or exodus. You want to make sure that they all line up. But apparently it is not the case!

When God took Israel out of Egypt, religious thinking will be that God will require them to obey the 10 commandments to be qualified in the exodus out of the slavery of Egypt. But what happened was, the laws was given to them AFTER they walked out to freedom! How?

Exodus14  21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

Exodus 14—God told Moses to stretch forth his hand with his staff towards the Red Sea and a strong east wind blasted the sea and turned it dry!

Exodus 19 Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 

God carried them on eagles’ wings. A metaphoric language, God literally carried them , 3 million Jews, on dry ground of Red Sea, to their freedom! WHile all those Egytian army of Pharoah all went drowned as the Red Sea closed upon them. One of the most dramatic real life saga ever recorded in human history. That’s what God did. That’s what God would be doing for us as we believe in him. He would carry out through our difficulties, hardship.

Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you[a] will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”

In order words, God sets the condition to be God’s treasured possession (which means protection, love, holiness etc), after He took them out from slavery to be a treasured people of God. There was no preliminary selection process. No qualifying match to get in. He brought you in first and then He deals with you. How unlike the world’s way of doing things! WHo does that, selecting you on a blank check with no conditions, and then lay the conditions after the fact?

What a mighty God! You have to love that kind of God. Full of grace.