Obedience to God

“And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.” – Hebrews 5:9

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The Bible teaches us that children should obey their parents (Eph. 5:1), wives are to obey their husbands (1 Pt. 3:1,6), and Christians are to obey the elders of the church who rule over us (Heb. 13:17). Yet, many people cringe at the word obey. Some wives are quick to say, “I do want you, if you want the same then make it known” but they won’t even say the vows with the word obey anymore. Still, it’s a command. We can’t truly obey God without obeying those He’s commanded us to submit to in obedience. And we have an example of perfect obedience to God in Christ Jesus.

Jesus said, “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me” (Jn. 5:30). He always put the Father’s will before His own. He was even about the business of God the Father when He was a child (Lk. 2:49).

The Lord’s obedience was demonstrated in His baptism. He had to be baptized to fulfill all righteousness (Mt. 3:15). His obedience was exemplified in His sufferings (Mk. 14:36). “Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered” (Heb. 5:8). And Christ’s obedience was shown in His death. “And being found in appearance as  man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Php. 2:8).

We can follow Jesus’ example and be obedient to God the Father in baptism. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved (Mk. 16:16). We can obey Him in our sufferings (1 Pt. 4:13). And, if it comes to it, we can be obedient to God even in our deaths – most assuredly, in our living (Rev. 2:10).

Christ was obedient to God the Father, and we can be obedient, too. We must obey Him and His gospel. The Word says that if we do not obey the gospel, He will take vengeance on us with flaming fire (2 Th. 1:8).

There’s a consequence of not obeying God – “to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek” (Rm. 2:8-9).

The way to obey the gospel – the truth – is to believe that Jesus is Lord (Mk. 16:16), repent of your sins and wrongdoings (Lk. 13:3), confess the sweet name of Jesus (Mt. 10:32), and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins (Acts 2:38). Then the Lord will add you to His church when you submit to Him in obedience.

Why not obey the Lord Jesus Christ today?

“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?” – 1 Pet. 4:17



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