OBEDIENCE TO THE FAITH IS VERY IMPORTANT TO GOD
(Romans 1:5) says- " BY WHOM WE HAVE GRACE AND APOSTLESHIP, FOR OBEDIENCE TO THE FAITH AMONG ALL NATIONS, FOR HIS NAME. ( K.J.V.)
In this verse, obedience to the faith- is the obedience that results from faith. Obedience to the faith is very important to God. God saves us by faith, not of works; but after He has saved us , He wants to talk to us about our works, about our obedience to Him. I hear many people talk about believing in Jesus, then they live like the Devil and seem to be serving Him. ONLY SAVING FAITH MAKES YOU OBEDIENT TO JESUS CHRIST.
Is there a difference in faith? Sure there is. The difference is in the object of your faith. For example, I believe in George Washington. I consider him a great man ,our first President, the father of our country. Also I believe in JESUS CHRIST. Now my faith in George Washington has never done anything for me. It has nothing to do with my salvation and has very little effect on my life. But my faith in the LORD JESUS CHRIST IS QUITE DIFFERENT." SAVINGS FAITH " brings us to the place where we surrender to the son of God who loves us and gave Himself for us.
While correct doctrine is very important , there is a discipline and a doing that goes with it. You cannot be the salt of the earth without combining both of them. By the way, have you ever considered that salt is composed of sodium and chloride, and each taken by itself would poison you? However, when they are combined, they formed a very useful ingredient. BELIEVING AND DOING GO TOGETHER TO MAKE US SALT OF THE EARTH.
THE BOOK OF ROMANS OPENS WITH OBEDIENCE AND CLOSES WITH OBEDIENCE. IN THE FINAL CHAPTER PAUL SAYS - " FOR YOUR OBEDIENCE IS COME ABROAD UNTO ALL MEN --------- " (ROM. 16:19) .HERE , WE SEE, THAT THEIR FAITH (THE ROMANS' BELIEVERS ) WENT ABROAD ALSO, BUT THEIR FAITH WAS MANIFESTED WITH OBEDIENCE.
ALSO IN (ROMS.16:26) SAYS- " ...........MADE KNOWN TO ALL NATIONS FOR THE OBEDIENCE OF FAITH".HERE, AGAIN WE SEE, THAT THE BELIEVERS' OBEDIENCE WAS MADE KNOWN TO ALL NATIONS THROUGH THEIR FAITH.
THEREFORE, OBEDIENCE TO THE FAITH -IS THE OBEDIENCE THAT RESULTS FROM FAITH.
Written by Osmundo S. Sabado
Edited by Orman L. Sabado