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Loyal
Obedience....

It's become a dirty word. Some even preach against it amazingly enough. Some have become very hard hearted when it comes to having to "obey" someone.
Is it required to be saved? Even that question sparks great debate.
So what the does the Bible say about obedience?

John 3:36; "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."

There is an interesting "switch" of words here. If you "believe" in Jesus you have life.
But if you don't "obey" Jesus, you will not see (eternal) life. The wrath of God will be
upon you.

Acts 5:29; But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men.

Peter simply says "we must obey God", however he doesn't attach any real consequences
to disobedience here.

Rom 2:5; But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,
Rom 2:6; who WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS:
Rom 2:7; to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life;
Rom 2:8; but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation.
Rom 2:9; There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek,

Paul talks about the "stubborn" and "unrepentant" here. Storing up the wrath of God
(the same thing Jesus says in John 3:36; ) because they do not "obey" the truth, but
rather obey unrighteousness.

A few chapters later Paul says...

Rom 6:16; Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?

You are a slave to something, whether you know it or not. You may not think so, you may not believe it, but you are. Either a slave to sin (resulting in death) or a slave to obedience (resulting in righteousness). Every person is a slave to one of these things.
You are a slave to the thing (or person) you obey.

2 Thes 1:7; and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire,
2 Thes 1:8; dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
2 Thes 1:9; These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,

Those who don't obey the gospel (including the parts about loving your neighbor) will be
dealt retribution. They will pay the penalty of eternal destruction.

Heb 5:7; In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.
Heb 5:8; Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.
Heb 5:9; And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,

Even Jesus "learned obedience" from the things He had to suffer though in life.
He was made perfect by His obedience. ..and now... He is the source of eternal salvation
to those who "obey" Him.

1 Pet 4:17; For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
1 Pet 4:18; AND IF IT IS WITH DIFFICULTY THAT THE RIGHTEOUS IS SAVED, WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE GODLESS MAN AND THE SINNER?

Peter asks the question... "what will be the outcome of those who do not obey God?"

..to be continued ...
 
Loyal
Acts 7:38; "This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness together with the angel who was speaking to him on Mount Sinai, and who was with our fathers; and he received living oracles to pass on to you.
Acts 7:39; "Our fathers were unwilling to be obedient to him, but repudiated him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt,

It's certainly possible to be "unwilling to be obedient" to God. It's possible to
repudiate Him and turn back to the sin from which you came.

2 Cor 2:7; so that on the contrary you should rather forgive and comfort him, otherwise such a one might be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
2 Cor 2:8; Wherefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him.
2 Cor 2:9; For to this end also I wrote, so that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things.
2 Cor 2:10; But one whom you forgive anything, I forgive also; for indeed what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes in the presence of Christ,

Paul spends a lot of time talking about forgiveness to the Corinthians, then he tells
them if anyone has caused you pain or sorrow, forgive them. He says "I included this
little tid-bit in this letter, to "test" you, to see if you are "obedient" in all things.

1 Pet 1:13; Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Pet 1:14; As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,
1 Pet 1:15; but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;

Peter tells us to be obedient (like the one who called you) by being holy.

1 Pet 1:22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,

One of the things that purifies our souls.. is obedience to the truth.

2 Cor 10:5; We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
2 Cor 10:6; and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.

Paul says "take every thought captive" to the obedience of Christ.
As soon as you recognize a sinful, lustful, selfish, greddy, thought. Grab it and
stop it in it's tracks!! This sometimes takes practice.

Paul says they are ready to punish "disobedience".

... there is much more to say about this. But the bottom line seems to be that
obedience is expected.

Some will say.. aren't we saved by grace alone? Well the Bible doesn't say grace "alone".
But it does say not by works. So the question is, is obeying God .. a work?
Or is it something we are simply expected to do.

Obedience may not be what saves us, but it's certainly expected from us once we are saved.
 

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