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"These are difficult words, to me some of the most difficult to digest in all of Scripture..."
As we discussed in previous posts in our series on "A Call to Obedience," obedience is submitting to God, not simply following his commands. Driving the speed limit when you find yourself next to a police cruiser isn’t obedience. It’s compliance. Similarly, following God’s commands because you fear the very real consequences is mere compliance,... Continue Reading →
Convinced of their own holiness – whether by the false promises of cheap grace or those of legalism – they place their trust themselves, not their Creator. And so, they continue their lives to the end, like the passengers on the Titanic, trusting man’s constructions while being blissfully unaware of the cold, hard death that lies in their future.
... obedience is the sign that we have been saved through true faith, and not simple belief. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” – John 14:15
If grace comes from the riches of [God’s] kindness of forbearance and patience, it is not something we can purchase with our own righteousness – can one buy pure gold with filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6)? Nor is it something we can receive as if it were worthless. No, it is a gift from his richness into our poverty, and such a gift should elicit the intended response: repentance.
Where legalism attempts to earn God’s grace by following his commands (or the rules we have instituted in lieu of those commands), obedience is the following of God’s commands that flows from God’s grace. We cannot earn God’s grace with our “obedience.” That would be to assert that we are able to be “good” first, apart from God.