Rom 6:17 (Phi) But thanks be to God that you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted...
1 Pet 4:17 (Phi) What will become of those who do not obey the Gospel of God?
Terms Of Endearment
Romans 2:13 (NIV) For it is not those who hear the law that are righteous in God's sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.
Psalm 25:10 (NIV) All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of the covenant.
John 8:32 (TEB) "If you obey my teaching you are really my disciples; you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."
John 15:10 (NIV) "If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love."
Do You Qualify?
Deuteronomy 11:26-27 (NIV) "See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse--the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today."
Exodus 19:5 (NIV) "Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of the nations you will be my treasured possession."
Numbers 24:7 (NIV) "...Because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land..." (Read context in Numbers 14.)
Hebrews 4:6 (NIV) It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience.
1 John 3:21-22 (NIV) Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.
Matt 28:20 (TEB) "...Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you."
1 John 3:23 (NIV) And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commands us.
John 14:23-24 (NIV) Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching... He who does not love me will not obey my teaching."
1 John 2:4-5 (Phi) The man who claims to know God but does not obey his laws is not only a liar but lives in self-delusion. But the more a man obeys God's laws the more truly and fully does he show his love for him. Obedience is the test of whether we live in God or not.
Obedience, Not Religious Game-Playing
Proverbs 21:3 (NIV) To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
1 Samuel 15:13-14 (NIV) When Samuel reached him, Saul said, "The Lord bless you! I have carried out the Lord's instructions." But Samuel said, "What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is the lowing of cattle that I hear?" [See what God ordered in 1 Sam 15:2-3.]
Here, Saul discovers that man does not live by live mutton sandwiches, alone, "but by every word which proceeds out of the mouth of God."1 Samuel 15:22-23 (NIV) .."Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry."
Matthew Henry: "Obedience was the law of innocency, but sacrifice supposes sin come into the world and is but a feeble attempt to take away that which obedience would have prevented. It is much easier to bring a bullock or lamb to be burnt upon the altar than to bring every high thought into obedience to God and the will subject to his will."
The Obedience of Messiah
Psalm 40:6-8 (NAS) Sacrifice and meal offering Thou hast not desired; my ears Thou hast opened; burnt offering and sin offering Thou hast not required. Then I said, "Behold, I come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me; I delight to do Thy will, O my God; Thy Law is within my heart."
Isaiah 50:5-6 (NAS) "The Lord God has opened my ear; and I was not disobedient, nor did I turn back. I gave My back to those who strike Me, and My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard."
Hebrews 5:8 (RSV) Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered...
Hebrews 5:8 (NEB) Son though he was, he learned obedience in the school of suffering, and once perfected became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.
Philippians 2:8 (Phi) ...Plainly seen as a human being, he humbled himself by living a life of utter obedience, to the point of death, and the death he died was the death of a common criminal.
Galatians 1:4 (TEB) In order to set us free from this present evil age, Christ gave himself for our sins, in obedience to the will of our God and Father.
Lip Service Is No Service
Luke 6:46 (Phi) "And what is the point of calling me 'Lord, Lord', without doing what I tell you to do."
Luke 6:46-49 (NEB) "Why do you keep calling me, "Lord, Lord"--and never do what I tell you?.. But, he who hears and does not act is like a man who built his house on the soil without foundations. As soon as the rivers burst upon it, the house collapsed and fell with a great crash."
Luke 11:28 (NIV) "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it."
One More Thing...
Matthew 19:16-22 (NEB) ...Now a man came up and asked him, "Master, what good must I do to obtain eternal life?" "Good?" said Jesus. "Why do you ask me about that. One alone is good. But if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments... If you wish to go the whole way, go, sell your possessions, and give to the poor, and then you will have riches in heaven; and come, follow me." When the young man heard this, he went away with a heavy heart, for he was a man of great wealth.
How often do we seek the counsel of God only to receive a response which confronts us with the mandate to change and submit to the Lord. When we try to justify ourselves, and God's will is made plain, frustrating our self-righteousness, do we turn away to avoid God's voice? We say we love God... but do we resent it when he gives a clear directive?Revelation 3:1-2 (NIV) .."I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up!.."
Matthew 7:21 (Jer) "It is not those who say unto me, 'Lord, Lord,' who will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven."
1 John 5:3 (KJV) For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
Obedience To The Gospel...
1 Cor 15:1-4 (Phi) Now, my brothers, I want to remind you of the Gospel... that Christ died for our sins, as the Scriptures said he would, that he was buried and rose again on the third day, again, as the Scriptures foretold.
1 Peter 4:17 (NIV) 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.
2 Thessalonians 1:8 (NIV) He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
Rom 6:17-18 (Jer) You were once slaves of sin, but thank God you submitted without reservation to the creed you were taught. You may have been freed from the slavery of sin, but only to become "slaves" of righteousness.
Rev 12:11 (Jer) They have triumphed over [the accuser] by the blood of the lamb and by the witness of their martyrdom, because even in the face of death they would not cling to life.
Gal 5:4 (Jer) But if you do look to the law to make you justified, then you have separated yourselves from Christ, and have fallen from grace.
Romans 6:17 (NIV) But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted.
1 Peter 1:14 (Jer) Do not behave in the way you liked to before you learned the truth; make a habit of obedience.
1 Peter 1:22 (Phi) Now that you have, by obeying the truth, made your souls clean enough for a genuine love, see that you do love each other.
2 John 6 (NIV) And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in his love.
1 Corinthians 2:16 (TEB) ...We, however, have the mind of Christ.
The Reward Of Disobedience
2 Thes 3:14 (NIV) If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of him. Do not associate with him.
A.W. Tozer: "To escape the error of salvation by works we have fallen into the opposite error of salvation without obedience."Romans 2:8 (NEB) ...for those who are governed by selfish ambition, who refuse obedience to the truth and take the wrong for their guide, there will be the fury of retribution.
Deuteronomy 30:17-18 (NIV) "If your heart turns away and you are not obedient... I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed."
In 1 Kings 13 a prophet of God had been given strict instructions not to eat or drink until returning to his home in Judah. Having been first deceived and then prophesied to by a "certain old prophet", he was mauled and killed by a lion as his punishment for disobeying the "command of the Lord". Clearly, he had known the will of God; but choosing to hearken to man resulted in his doom.
Breaking Out Into Obedience
Proverbs 19:16 (NIV) He who obeys instructions guards his life, but he who is contemptuous of [God's] ways will die.
Hebrews 3:15 (TEB) ..."If you hear God's voice today, do not be stubborn..."
Hebrews 4:11 (Jer) We must therefore do everything we can to reach this place of rest, or some of you might copy this example of disobedience and be lost.
Romans 6:12 (Jer) That is why you must not let sin reign in your mortal bodies or command your obedience to bodily passions.
2 Corinthians 10:5-6 (NIV) We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.
The Miracle Of Obedience
2 Corinthians 9:13 (NIV) Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ...
H.A. Ironside: "Where God has wrought the miracle of regeneration in the soul of a man, he [the man] finds within himself a love springing up for the will of God. He delights to walk in obedience to His Word, and thus he has corroborative evidence that he is a child of God."1 John 2:3 (NIV) We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.
Oswald Chambers: "The golden rule for understanding spiritually is not intellect, but obedience. If a man wants scientific knowledge, intellectual curiosity is his guide; but if he wants insight into what Jesus Christ teaches, he can only get it by obedience."John 7:17 (NIV) "If anyone chooses to do God's will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own."
Revelation 22:7 (TEB) "Listen!" says Jesus. "I am coming soon. Happy are those who obey the prophetic words in this book!"
1 Pet 1:2 (Phi) whom God the Father knew and chose long ago to be made holy by His Spirit, that they might obey Jesus Christ and be cleansed by his blood, may you know more and more of God's grace and peace.
John 14:23 (NIV) Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.