Obedience Of Faith
“Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” Romans 6:16 (NKJV)
Isn’t a comforting thought to have that once we have accepted Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior we are freed from the dominion of sin? There is a great difference in the liberty of our minds and our spirit which is so opposite to the mindset of slavery. We are also reconciled with the Creator of the universe, our rightful Father, by which we received through the adoption of grace. The effect of being under that grace is bearing fruit, not like the fruit of sin which brings us death but the fruit of obedience. AND do not consider life as that fruit; on the contrary, consider righteousness as the fruit of obedience.
In the 14th chapter of John’s Gospel we find Jesus giving comfort to the apostles. It’s when Judas (not Iscariot) asks “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” that Jesus introduces us to the “obedience of faith” that Paul would later write about in Romans 1:5. Though He doesn’t call it that verbatim just listen to how He narrates it, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home 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.” (John14:23-24)
So this is pretty much how it goes and in a very real Deuteronomical way the promise of YHVH comes through when Jesus says He was not going to leave His apostles orphaned. “And the LORD, He is the one who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8) Now with that said it will be with a comforting assurance that Jesus tells the apostles, “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (John 14:25-26) This will come to all of us who say YES to Jesus Christ and maintain an obedience of faith.
It will be when those “foolish Galatians” (maybe you should take Galatians and insert your name there…like I have done on occasion) get to take this out for a test run that we get to see what other fruit will come from faithful obedience. Galatians 5:16-26 is probably the best set of Biblical scales we can use to see just what comes from walking with that “Helper” and what comes from walking with that self-help guru we’ll just call Dr. Oprah from (pay no attention to the man behind the curtain) the land of Oz. Once we see how this balances out it will reaffirm what Paul wrote to those foolish Galatians…”Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1)
I am not sure how you would feel about it but for me bondage ain’t no way to live. However there are those times when I do what I don’t want to do and what I want to do I don’t do (see Romans 7:14-25) but by maintain an obedience to faith I can understand the wretched man that I am and understand who it will be to save me from this body of death…I thank God–through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin. YHVH’s promise remains true in this case…not to leave me or forsake me as long I ABIDE in the ONE who went to The Cross, despised the shame and is seated on the right hand of The Father!! Any other way of thinking is just me skipping down the yellow brick road, off to see the wizard, singing outta tune. Amen? – Chris Hughes is a weekly Freedom Fighter blogger and a graduate of the Colony of Mercy
Think About This: “Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will obey what I command” (John 14:15). Jesus did not say, “If you love Me you will obey me when you feel called or good about doing so…” If we love, we obey. Period. This sort of matter-of-fact obedience is part of what it means to live a life of faith.”—Francis Chan
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18