Obedience as fruit of faith and grace
To experience obedience as the fruit of faith and grace, we have to know who we are in Christ, what we have in Christ, and what we can do in and through Christ Jesus. When we know this, then we can rest in God’s best, Jesus, and He will do the rest.
In John 6:28, some people asked Jesus: What shall we do, that we may work the works of God? And Jesus replied: This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.
And in Romans 1:5-6 it is written: Through Him (Jesus) we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ.
The reason to believe in Jesus
We have to believe in Jesus because of who He is to God and men. Jesus is our Lord and Saviour and we have to put our trust in Him because of what He has done for us and of what He is doing for us. Jesus is our All in all and He is all that we need to be saved, prosperous and successful.
Because of what He has done, He has the legal status to be our Saviour. Because of His potential, He has the power to be our Saviour. Because of His love for us, He has the desire to be our Saviour. And because of His faithfulness, He shall save us under all circumstances, if we believe.
Who we are in Christ Jesus
In and through Christ Jesus we are sons of God, heirs of God, the righteousness of God, and witnesses of Jesus and as such branches in Jesus the Vine.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
2 Corinthians 5:21
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.
I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit, for without me you can do nothing.
What we have in Christ Jesus
In Christ Jesus, we have Jesus Himself who is the source of everything else. In and through Christ Jesus we have eternal life, the abundance of grace, the gift of righteousness, God’s sonship, godly inheritance, the glory of God and all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
For if by one man’s offence death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!”
And the glory which you gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one; I in them, and You in Me; that they may be perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
What we are able to do in Christ Jesus
Those who are new creations in and through Christ Jesus and who are dependable on God’s grace to obey God by faith working through love, they can do all things through Christ who strengthens them.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Obedience is our, purpose, evidence of our faith, evidence of our hope, evidence of our love for God and others, evidence of Gods gift of the abundance of grace to us, and evidence of Gods gift of righteousness to us.
So God wants us to obey Him in freedom and by faith working through love and not out of fear or snobbery.
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