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Written by Mark Dommel   
Friday, 21 November 2008

Obedience

What does the Scripture say about Obedience?


John 14:15-24

  • Our love for Jesus will create in us a desire to obey all that He commands.
  • To obey Jesus is to say to Him, "I love you."
  • To disobey Jesus is to say to Him, "I do not love you."

Deuteronomy 30:11-14

  • It is possible to obey all of Jesus' commands.  It is not too difficult.  It is not out of reach.


I John 5:1-5

  • To obey God is not burdensome.  Why?  Because if we truly love Jesus we will desire to obey all His commands, and because of our desire we will rely on Jesus to make it possible.

Deuteronomy 30:15-16, 19-20

  • To obey or to disobey Jesus is a conscious choice.  BUT the choice is not about saying yes or no to what God wants us to do.  It is the choice between LIFE and DEATH.
  • To obey is to secure an abundant life of increase and blessing from God.

Deuteronomy 30:17-18

  • To turn your heart away from Jesus is to secure destruction and death.
  • To disobey Jesus is to place yourself in a position of importance over God.  You have put yourself in God's place.  This is sinful pride.  (Proverbs 16:5, 18)

Deuteronomy 26:16-19

  • We are commanded to obey Jesus with all of our heart and all of our soul. 
  • If we love Jesus with our whole being we will be able to obey Jesus with our whole being.  (Matthew 22:34-37)

I Peter 4:12-19

  • Our love for Jesus will enable us to obey Him regardless of the situation or circumstances.
  • The judgment of God will begin with us; we who call ourselves His children, who claim citizenship in the kingdom of Heaven.
  • Because of this we should commit ourselves to be faithful to our faithful creator and continue to obey Him.

I Corinthians 3:10-15

  • The judgment of the believer will be based on the works that he or she did or did not do in life.
  • The works that we do must be compatible with and built on the foundation that Jesus Christ has laid in our lives.
  • Our obedience or disobedience will be displayed for all to see.
  • The judgment is not to death, but it will determine our reception at the throne of the Living God.

Revelation 20:11-15

  • The judgment of the nonbeliever will take place at the Great White Throne of God.
  • The nonbeliever will also be judged according to his works.  But it will be based on one work and one work only - their acceptance or rejection of the person and work of Jesus Christ.
  • This is the judgment unto death!  There will not be stays, reprieves, or second chances!  The only judgment possible is condemnation to the Lake of Fire for all of eternity!

Our decision to obey or disobey Jesus is based on the depth of our relationship with Him. 

  • No relationship                                     =          No obedience
  • A shallow relationship               =          Limited obedience
  • A deep, wholehearted relationship         =          A deep whole-hearted obedience

The Choice of Obedience is Yours!

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