Saturday, February 5, 2011

Obedience – To hear God’s word and act accordingly Part 1

Hello and welcome to Obedience! All scriptures are references to NAS version. I hope that you gain useful information from this study in order to gain a closer walk with Jesus. 

Part 1 is going to be the technical aspect of what obedience is and how it affects each person. Part 2 will be containing an adventure in obedience and the blessings of obedience! Yes, obedience brings blessings....more to come.

So enjoy this blog and I hope it is helpful!



Obedience affects one’s spiritual life
*  Obedience is essential for worship:
1 Samuel 15:22 Samuel said, "Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. 
John 4:22-23 "You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.” But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 
Secures God’s blessings :
John 14:23 Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.
I John 2:17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. 
Rev 22:14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. 
*  Spiritual insight is gained
John 7:17 If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself. 
*  Fruit of faith
James 2:21-26 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on
the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was
perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND
IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS," and he was called the friend of God.
You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. In the same way, was not Rahab the
harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?
For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

True obedience
*  Imitating God in holiness, humility and love
Peter 1:15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 
John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another
Phil 2:5-8 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 

*  Facing clashing claims for one’s allegiance, the Christian obeys God rather than other persons
Acts 5:29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men”

Motivating obedience
* Grace received
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. 
* Expression of spiritual freedom
Gal 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
1 Peter 2:16 Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. 
* Our love for God
John 14:21 He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.
John 14:23-24 Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make our abode with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's who sent Me. 
John 15:10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. 

Affecting Obedience
* Relationship between husband and wife
Ephesians 5:22 Wives be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 
* Relationship between parents and children
Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right
* Relationship between slaves and masters
Colossians 3:22 Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.
* Relationships among church leaders
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another. 
Relationships to those who are persons in authority
1 Peter 2:13-14 Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.

Christ’s Obedience
* In contrast to Adam’s disobedience
Romans 5:12-21 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned-- for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification. For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. For as through the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
* To do the will of God motivated Jesus’ actions
Luke 4:43 But He said to them, "I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose." 
John 5:30 I can do nothing on My own initiative As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 
* Acted and spoke as the Father directed
John 3:34 For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for He gives the Spirit without measure. 
* Act of obedience to the Cross
Romans 5:19 For as through the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.
Hebrews 10:7-10 THEN I SAID, 'BEHOLD, I HAVE COME (IN THE SCROLL OF THE BOOK IT IS WRITTEN OF ME) TO DO YOUR WILL, O GOD.'" After saying above, " SACRIFICES AND OFFERINGS AND WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND sacrifices FOR SIN YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED, NOR HAVE YOU TAKEN PLEASURE in them" (which are offered according to the Law), then He said, "BEHOLD, I HAVE COME TO DO YOUR WILL." He takes away the first in order to establish the second. By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 

Disobedience
* A failure hear and do God’s Word
Psalm 81:11 But My people did not listen to My voice, and Israel did not obey Me. 
* Comes from a sinful heart
Proverbs 21:4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, is sin. 
* Does not trust God
Deuteronomy 1:32 "But for all this, you did not trust the LORD your God
* Receives judgment
Ecclesiastes 12:14 God will bring every act to judgment everything which is hidden whether it is good or evil
* Receives necessary discipline
Proverbs 3:11 My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord or loathe His reproof

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