LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Faith and Obedience Are Inseparable

by Ten Cent

Mark,"Do we preach a divided Christ to the world when we preach His Saviorhood without His Lordship?"
1 John 3:23This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us"

Not only are faith and obedience inseparable, but faith is obedience. When a person believes in Christ, puts their faith/trust in Him, they are obeying His command.Which could even lead me to a very loose argument for predestination. Because who can reject the Word of the Lord? Even the wind and the waves obey His voice, so for Him to command us to believe in His name, how could we reject it? How could we refuse to do what the very Creator of heaven and earth has commanded us to do? Because it's not an offer, it's a command. I say it's a loose argument because there's some obvious holes in that logic.

But here is some further support for my answer that faith is obedience. Notice the difference between translations.
KJV says, "believeth not".
NIV says, "rejects".
NASV and ESV say "does not obey".
Darby says, "not subject to the Son".

So on one side of the equation you have believing the Son resulting in everlasting life. On the other you have not believing, rejecting, not obeying, not subject to the Son resulting in wrath remaining on him.

KJV - John 3:36"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."

NIV - John 3:36"Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him."

NASV - John 3:36"He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."

ESV - John 3:36"Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him."

Darby - John 3:36"He that believes on the Son has life eternal, and he that is not subject to the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides upon him."

So, I would say we would a great disservice and even harm to message of the gospel when we only declare one aspect of it. As believers, we sing a new song, we serve a new master, wear a new name, walk a new road, have a new goal, know a new peace down deep in our soul. (FG people can't sing that song with their whole heart.)

In Christ,
Ten Cent

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Blogger jazzycat said...

Mr. ten cent
Good point!

August 07, 2008 11:23 AM

 
Blogger mark pierson said...

We can not approach scripture without seeing that those who truely come to Christ in faith experience conversion, a changed life. We can not approach scripture without seeing that those who come to Christ in faith also enter into a relationship of obedience to Him. See 1 Peter1:2 "for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ". The sprinkling of blood in this verse not only speaks of giving believers perfect atonement for sin, but also is speaking of entering into a relationship of obedience to Christ as Lord and Master. The language here of "sprinkling blood" brings to mind Exodous 24:3-8 where the people promised to do all that the LORD had commanded. Then Moses sprinkled them with blood - they were now in covenant to obey God.

No where in scripture does one come to Christ without coming into a place of obeying Him-Nowhere! The calls to salvation and to disciplship are one. Nowhere in scripture is there a division. Such a view is unscriptural and deadly. That view is 1 part exegetical and 99 parts logic. Logic is a great mistress, but a terrible slave owner.

One should be able to lead a person to Christ in Matthew, Mark and Luke just as easily as they can through John. How did the "synoptics" present the message of salvation? Merely by Jesus saying "Follow Me".

As someone else has said, " no repentance = no faith = no salvation"!

August 07, 2008 11:35 AM

 

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