It was the prophet Jeremiah who pleaded with the people of Israel: “Thus saith the Lord, Stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein.”(Jer. 6:16). However they replied, “We will not walk there in.” Now you may reason, “Those, people were certainly rebellious.” I ask of you today, “Has man’s attitude changed that much today?” The Lord is still pleading with man to return to the “old paths,” but the answer comes back with the same reverberating words, “We will not walk therein.” Thus man’s rebellion down through the ages has placed him in lost condition.
In times past many have heard the Lord’s will, and at the same time, have rejected it. But what is the Lord going to do about it? Is he going to become disgusted with man and give up? The answer is no, inasmuch as he is long-suffering, for Peter declares: “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9). Since we are to have the spirit of Christ, we must be as determined, and continually plead for man to return to the old paths.
What is meant by the Old Paths? This is simply a term which describes God’s ways. Many have wandered off after man. Hence, to plead for the old paths is only to plead for man to return
to God’s way of doing things. Of course, no one can be popular with mankind if he makes such a decision and sticks to it. Neither will he be able to follow his opinions, or the opinions of others, when it comes to matters pertaining to religion, but if one loves the Lord he will put him first in everything.
Often we hear many people saying that there are various ways to please God, that one way is just as good as another. “Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto
the Father, but by me.” (Jn 14:6).
Come back to the gospel of Christ. Upon hearing that Jesus died for your sins, was buried, and arose from the dead on the third day according to the scripture, believe with your heart and confess your believe with your mouth before men (Rom 10:8-10). Then repent of your sins and have them washed way by baptism (Lk 13:3 f; Acts 22:16). Then are you added to the Lord’s church which he bled and died for on the cross (Acts 2:27 f; Acts 20:28).
Worship God in spirit and in truth. Worship on the first day of the week just like the disciples of Christ did (Acts 20:7). Sing with your heart and not with instruments of music (Eph 5:19). Pray with the spirit and understanding (1 Cor 14:15). Give of your means freely, not grudgingly (2 Cor 9:6,7). Be taught by the means of preaching and teaching by preachers who change not from God’s Word no matter the season (2 Tim 4:2-5).
Endure temptations, afflictions, and persecutions unto the end and you shall receive a crown of life (2 Tim 3:12 ff; 2 Pet 3:9; Jam 1:12; Rev 2:10)
These are the old paths that one must walk therein if they intend to be saved come the day of judgment. It hasn’t changed in nearly 2000 years. And if the world should stand for a million more years, God’s way will never change! It was good for Paul and Silas. It was good for Peter and John. It was good for every new testament convert in the new testament. Make it good enough for you. Ask for the old paths, the good way, and walk therein.