Obedience will not save us…..but once we are born again…..obedience is the road on which we walk with God
Genesis 2:16-17 “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest therefore thou shalt surely die.”
And the Lord God commanded…..this was different than the walk in the garden in fellowship that the Lord had done with Adam….
Adam’s Lord God…was commanding obedience….it was the one virtue of Paradise….the one condition of man’s abiding there.
God had planted a garden, and placed Adam there….to dress and keep it. Every herb and plant, and the animals that came there….all were under the authority of Adam…..
….because God had given it to him….and for no other reason.
All was from the Lord God….to bless the man and woman….with everything they could want and need.
The one condition…..and the only one….was that they do not eat of the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil….
…that they obey this command….but they disobeyed, and sinned.
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
To be obedient for the glory of the Lord was man’s original Purpose. He was to honor the Lord, and obey HIs God….
…but Adam sinned.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God (reverence Him), and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”
“The conclusion of the whole matter”
Let us hear the end of everything concerning all our life here.
“Fear God”….Yield in Awe of the Eternal, Covenant God by Whose Purpose we are….remembering He has a Purpose for us.
“And keep His commandments”….hold them fast, not just in our memories….but in our hearts….to do them.
“For this is the whole duty of man.”….for to do HIs commandments is the whole arrangement of our lives…..
….that is why we are here, now….
…that is the reason we have been given the ability and strength that we have been….
….His Purpose…HIs arrangement for our lives…to be for His glory.
Revelation 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure (determination, arrangement) they are and were created.”
I was not a happenstance….a mistake.
You were not a happenstance….a mistake.
The Lord God saw you, when He created Adam….desiring your blessing.
When Adam sinned, and you became a sinner through our first father….God did not forget you….
….He then saw you, born again, in Christ Jesus….working out your blessing…in Him.
That blessing is obedience.
(It is not just that we get a blessing by obedience…though that is true. But obedience is a blessing. That I can please my Lord and Savior,….by living in His power….what a blessing!)
Today we receive the privilege to have the Holy Spirit work through us….giving us guidance, understanding (light), ability, and strength….of mind, heart and will….
….”for it is God who worketh in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure”.(Philippians 2:13)
We are called to that obedience, where we “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” (Philippians 2:12)
Which simply means we do His commandments to us (which are our salvation in the practical day by day walk)….yielding to that reverence of God…not sure of ourselves, but always confident in Him.
One day that blessing of obedience will give way to the glory of praise and obedience in heaven. Amen.
Obedience is the one thing that decides our destiny…..it is the one thing needful.
For the lost, obedience seems a burden….they want to do “their own thing”….have “freedom”….
…..but that simply means they are still eating of the Tree of the knowledge of good…and evil.
They eat it…taking it into themselves and their lives….but never getting the devil’s promise of “freedom”….for evil is great bondage.
The devil’s promise….”Ye shall not surely die:…for in the day ye eat (take it into their lives)…, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5)
But they did die….all mankind, because of sin, dies….both spiritually and physically….
….unless you receive the new life in Christ Jesus. (John 6:40)
But when you are born again…..Christ Jesus gives you Eternal life:
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death (eternal separation from God); but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
And obedience is the road in which we walk with God.
In our obedience, we side with God….walking through this world in our everyday lives….receiving the blessing of His Presence, His Spirit, His joy and peace….His life.
This is true freedom….for it is freedom from sin, and self, and the world.
It is freedom to do what we ought, in love to the One Who arranges all things in our lives for a blessing, as we yield to HIm.