Untying the knot of Faith and Works is not exactly easy. What role does obedience play in the Christian life? If you have a concordance or searchable Bible software. look up the words “obey” and “obedience” and read the texts where they are used, especially in the New Testament! Obedience is tied to faith throughout the Bible from beginning to end. So much so that the Apostle, as he writes to the Hebrew Christians in the The New Testament Letter to The Hebrews, he draws on the experience of the Old Testament Saints and says this;
Hebrews 3:14-19 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, 15 while it is said: “TODAY, IF YOU WILL HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS AS IN THE REBELLION.” 16 For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? 17 Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey?
What was the cause of their disobedience? We read in the very next verse;
Hebrews 3:19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
What we do is always based on what we believe. We can claim to believe many things, but the reality is that Truth embraced is Truth lived! So much so that the writer of the Letter to the Hebrews can say that disobedience is the same as unbelief
Several months ago we began to go through the Westminster Shorter Catechism as a church on Wednesday evenings. We took a break last May and studied our way through the New Testament book 1 Timothy and now we are picking back up with the Catechism at Question 39
Q. 39. What is the duty which God requires of man?
A. The duty which God requires of man, is obedience to his revealed will.
Obedience – LESSON AUDIO
As we study the catechism we are using a resource that dates back to the 16oo’s. Written by an English, Puritan Pastor Named Thomas Watson, we began with his first volume explaining the catechism called A Body of Divinity. Having made it to the next part of the catechism we have moved to the second work in the series called The 10 Commandments.
Realizing the importance of our obedience, it would be negligent of we who call ourselves Christians to overlook the study of it as it is given to us in the Bible. I encourage you to listen to the audio of the lesson and to read Watson’s works on the Westminster Shorter Catechism. It is all very biblically based truth from a several pastors who were well versed in the Christian Faith. It is not meant to become a substitute for the Bible, but to aid us in understanding and applying its truths. Listen to the lesson and see what I mean!
Obedience – LESSON AUDIO