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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Faith Leads to Obedience

"If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15)

Another thing which clearly hinders believers from enjoying the power of the Holy Spirit is the habit of instructing seekers to
"take it by faith" when they become concerned with their need of the fullness of the Holy Spirit.


Now, it is a fact written all over the New Testament that the benefits of atonement are to be received by faith. This is basic in redemptive theology, and any departure from it is fatal to true Christian experience. Paul teaches emphatically that the Spirit is received through faith, and rebukes anyone who would teach otherwise. So it would seem, on the surface of it, to be sound procedure to instruct a seeker to "take it by faith."

The trouble seems to be with our conception of faith. Faith, as Paul saw it, was a living, flaming thing leading to surrender and obedience to the commandments of Christ. Many persons, convinced of their need of power, but unwilling to go through the painful struggle of death to the old life, turn with relief to this "take it by faith" doctrine as a way out of their difficulty.

To live in the Spirit is to live with God - hearing Him, and knowing Him, and loving Him, and delighting to do His will.

~A. W. Tozer~

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  1. FAITH WITHOUT OBEDIENCE?

    Can faith without obedience result in a positive result? Is it possible to be saved by faith alone. Jesus said he who believes and is baptized will be saved.(Mark 16:16)

    Faith without obedience?

    Could Simon Peter have filled his nets with fish by faith alone or was obedience required?(Luke 5:1-9) .......5 But Simon answered and said to Him, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.".....9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken;)NKJV.

    Simon caught fish by faith plus obedience. Simon's obedience was not a good work. It was not keeping the Law of Moses.

    A blind man healed by Jesus. Was he healed by faith only?(John 9:1-11.....11 He answered and said, "A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, 'Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.' So I went and washed, and I received sight.")NKJV

    The blind man receive sight because of faith plus obedience. The blind man did not do a good work nor was he keeping the Law of Moses.

    Was the temple tax paid by faith alone? (Matthew 17:24-27......27 Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.") NKJV.

    Money for the tax was acquired by faith plus obedience. Peter was not doing a good work nor was he obeying the Law of Moses.

    Were the lepers healed by faith only? (Luke 17:11-19...13 And they lifted up their voices and said , "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us !" 14 So when He saw them, He said to them, "Go, show yourselves to the priest." And so it was that they went, they were cleansed......)NKJV.

    The lepers were healed by faith plus obedience. The lepers were not performing good works nor were they keeping the Law of Moses.

    Obeying Jesus by being baptized in water, in order to have sins forgiven, is not a good work nor is it obeying the Law of Moses.


    JESUS NEVER TAUGHT THAT MEN WOULD BE SAVED WITHOUT WATER BAPTISM UNDER THE NEW COVENANT. SAVED BY FAITH ALONE IS A MAN-MADE DOCTRINE!


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