Obey 69 uses, Obedience 12 uses all nt, Obedient 16 uses, Obeyed 41 Uses. Total of 138 uses in Gods word
Law of first mention: Obey Genesis 27:8 Father commanding Son to obey him.
Last mention: Obey 1st Peter 4:17 What is going to happen to the lost?
What’s God have to say about obedience? 1st Samuel 15:22-23 “And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.” Obedience is better than sacrifice, disobedience.
What does God say about disobedient people? Proverbs 30:7 nothing good for the disobedient.
So lets look at what Gods word says that we ought to obey and what gods word warns us not to obey? Guesses as to what we’re supposed to obey? Rulers, parents, Gods word, God above man.
Titus 3:1 Hebrews 13:17 Rulers, Hebrews speaks of ministerial rulers and Titus speaks of secular rulers. This can be difficult because they are all human, make mistakes, hold grudges, have different personalities etc.
Ephesians 6:1 Colossians 3:20 Parents, some parents genuinely make it harder on their kids to be obedient to them but it is the job of the child to obey not the job of the parent to be worthy of obedience.
2nd Thessalonians 3:14 The word of God, Christ Himself said in John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” We cannot say we love God if we disobey His word.
Acts 5:29 “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” God over man, this is where the Christian can disobey rulers and parents without being wrong. God above all others must be the final authority in your life. Man says it’s ok, God says its sin.... it’s sin. Man says it’s odd God says be a witness.... be a witness
Any guesses as to what we should not obey
Romans 6:12-14 Sin, obedience to sin makes sin your master, sin being your master makes your life misery either now in the present or when you die. A life lived for sin is an empty life.
So three reasons why obedience is good for us.
- The Bible commands it, what we just saw rulers, parents, Gods word, God above all
- Christ did it, let’s look to the example we are supposed to pattern our lives after, Jesus Christ
Did He obey His earthly rulers? Matthew 17:24-27, taxes from a fish
Did He obey His father? Philippians 2:8 “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
obedient unto death, God didn’t ask you to die for Him, he asked you to live for Him.
Did He obey the word of God? Matthew 21:1-4 dozens of times in the Bible you find Christ fulfilling the scriptures that were prophecies of Him!
Did He obey God over man? Matthew 16:21-23
Did He ever obey sin? 2nd Corinthians 5:21, 1st Peter 2:22, 1st John 3:5 all testify that Christ NEVER sinned.
So reasons obedience is good for the Christian, 1. God commands it 2. Christ did it and lastly
3. It’s beneficial!
Beneficial to the cause of Christ, Matthew 5:16 obedience is one thing that separates Christians from infidels and highlights Christ in us. So few people obey anyone at all anymore just being obedience is a tremendous testimony to the lost.
Beneficial to the lost world. Without Christians who obey God and His great commission the lost world would remain lost. Romans 10:13-14 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of white they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”
Beneficial to you,
1.You cannot be saved without obedience, “I’ll get to Heaven my way!” No you MUST come Gods way, John 14:6
2.You cannot be Christian without obedience, there’s no way to say “I am Christ like.” if you aren’t obedient when Christ Himself was.
3. Obedience to God never hurts, don’t drink means no beating your family, don’t steal means not getting caught, don’t lie, don’t murder, don’t harm yourself, etc...
Obedience doesn’t make you a slave, it makes you a Christian. How obedient are you?