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What the Bible Says about Obedience

February 19, 2020

God’s call to a life of obedience is clear throughout the Bible.

The Holy Spirit is given for obedience.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws (Ez. 36:26-27, NIV).

The gift of faith is given for obedience.
Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith (Rom. 1:5).

We are redeemed for obedience.
He condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit (Rom. 8:3-4).

We are chosen for obedience.
To God’s elect, strangers in the world…who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood (1 Pet. 1:1-2).

The gospel is not only to be believed; it is also to be obeyed.
For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? (1 Pet. 4:17).

Obedience is the evidence of new life in Christ.
We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands (1 John 2:3).

How does the cumulative weight of these passages impact you?


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the President and Teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.



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