OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S WORD
There are many things in life that are important, but nothing is more important than understanding and obeying God’s Word. We hear much in the world today about the Love of God. That God loves everyone and if we love Him, that is all that matters. And it is true that Jesus said the greatest commandment was “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.” (Luke 10:2). Our question is: “can we love God with all our being, and not obey Him?”
It was God’s love for the Children of Israel that caused God to deliver them from the bondage of Egypt. And it was God’s Love, that prepared for them “a land that flowed with milk and honey”. Now notice the conditions of God’s love. Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be mine own possession from among all peoples. (Exodus 19:4-5)
Nothing shows our love for God more than our obedience to His Word. Jesus said: If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
- “And having been made perfect, he became unto all them that obey him the author of eternal salvation:” Heb. 5:9).
- “But thanks be to God, that, whereas ye were servants of sin, ye became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching whereunto ye were delivered:” (Romans 6:17).
- “Seeing ye have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth unto unfeigned love of the brethren, love one another from the heart fervently: (I Peter 1:22).
There are at least Four different ways one can respond to God’s Word.
- He can reject its teachings. In Acts chapter seven, Stephen, one of the seven chosen by the Apostles to serve the church, was arrested by the Jews, and at a mock trial, delivered a great message from God. Those present when they heard: “were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.” (Acts 7:54). Then they carried him out of the city and stoned him to death.
- He can “ridicule” its teachings. While the Apostle Paul was visiting the great city of Athens where the philosophers: “spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell or to hear some new thing.” Paul was brought to the Areophgus, (Mars Hill) and asked to speak concerning, “this new teaching, which is spoken by thee?” At the end of the great sermon about the, “Unknown God” the response of many was: “Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: (Acts 17:32).
- One can “resist” its teachings. Agrippa was almost persuaded, but chose to defer his obedience. Felix had answered, “Go thy way for this time; and when I have a convenient season, I will call thee unto me.” (Acts 24:25).
- One can “receive” its teachings. On the Day of Pentecost, a great multitude came out of the city of Jerusalem and heard the Word of God, delivered by the Apostles. “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and the rest of the apostles, Brethren, what shall we do? (Acts 2:37). Peter gave them God’s answer. “Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins: (Acts 2:38). Their response to God’s Word: “They then that received his word were baptized:” and there were added unto them in that day about three thousand souls”… “And the Lord added to them day by day those that were saved.) (Acts 2:41, & 47).
To those who would say, all we must do is Love God, remember that Jesus said: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. ((John 14:15).