The Priority of Obedience
John 14: 23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The CREATOR gave two commands to Adam and Eve—first, to fill the earth and rule over it, and second, not to eat from a certain tree in the Garden (Gen. 1: 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” ; Gen. 2: 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”). Because they chose to disobey, their relationship with GOD was broken, and they had to leave Eden.
The first couple’s rebellion not only impacted their own lives but also had far broader implications: all future generations have suffered. In Romans 5:12-19, the apostle Paul explained the reason. Through the trespass of one man, Adam, sin made its entrance into the world, and death resulted for all mankind. Because Adam was head of the human race, his actions affected everyone born after him. His disobedience resulted in each of us having a bent away from the Lord and a desire for self-rule.
By contrast, Jesus made conformity to the Lord’s will the priority of His life. He obeyed God in both word and deed (John 8: 28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. 29 The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.”). Having lived a perfect life—one entirely without sin—He qualified to be our Savior (2 Cor. 5: 21 GOD made HIM who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in HIM we might become the righteousness of GOD.). Through the death of one man, CHRIST JESUS, payment was made for the transgressions of all mankind. GOD’s acceptance of the SON’s sacrifice brought us forgiveness and freedom from sin’s power.
Adam’s disobedience brought judgment and death upon us, whereas JESUS’ obedience resulted in new life for all who believe in HIM (Rom. 6: 4 We were therefore buried with HIM through baptism into death in order that, just as CHRIST was raised from the dead through the glory of the FATHER, we too may live a new life.). Our SAVIOR calls us to deny selfish desires, live sacrificially, and follow HIM (Matt. 16: 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.). A godly life will bring JESUS honor and influence others for HIM.
Death Through Adam, Life Through Christ
12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—
13 To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.
15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did GOD’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, JESUS CHRIST, overflow to the many! 16 Nor can the gift of GOD be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive GOD’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, JESUS CHRIST!
18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
A True Disciple [Christian] is:
D – Disciplined in his/her relationship with GOD (2 Timothy 2: 15 Do your best to present yourself to GOD as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the WORD of truth.)
I – Involved in a gathering of true believers (Hebrews 10: 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.)
S – SPIRIT-filled & SPIRIT led (Romans 8: 14 For those who are led by the SPIRIT of GOD are the children of GOD.; Ephesians 5: 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT,)
C – Concerned for others rather than self (Philippians 2: 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.)
I – Involved in serving GOD in his/her area of giftedness (1 Peter 4: 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of GOD. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength GOD provides, so that in all things GOD may be praised through JESUS CHRIST. To HIM be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.)
P – Prayerful in all things (Philippians 4: 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to GOD. 7 And the peace of GOD, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in CHRIST JESUS., 1 Thessalonians 5: 17 pray continually,)
L – Leading others to become disciples (2 Timothy 2: 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.)
E – Enjoying GOD always (Isaiah 61: 10 I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my GOD. For HE has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of HIS righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels., 1Thessalonians 5: 16 Rejoice always,)
We give thanks to GOD, the FATHER of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, for this day and for you, faithful brothers and sisters.
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