“to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood:” 1 Pt 1:2
OBEDIENCE AND BIBLICAL FAITH GO HAND IN HAND
Obedience to Christ and Faith in Christ are not mutually exclusive as denominational “faith only” folks like to present them to be. Faith and works perfectly unite for salvation, 1 Thess 1:3; Heb 5:9.
THERE IS A GOOD WORK AND A BAD WORK
The failure of our denominational friends is the failure to recognize that works can be two kinds. There are the works of merit where one trust that his works get him to heaven (Rom 3:20). But there are also the works of faith, or as Paul calls it the ‘obedience of faith’ (Rom 1:5; 16:26; 1 Thess 1:3; Gal. 5:6), where the person obeys while trusting in God to save. But without works, there is no saving faith.
So when you work, not if, make sure that your faith isn’t in your own goodness as if salvation could be earned or deserved, but make sure that you 100% confidence is in God’s saving grace in Christ.
THERE IS ONLY ONE SAVING FAITH: THE OBEDIENT FAITH, Rom 1:5
The failure by our denominational friends to acknowledge that obedient faith is integral to salvation has forced them to create a second faith that brings salvation that is without obedience. Then they turn to preaching obedient faith after the supposed salvation. But this cannot be true because there is only one faith. It is obedient to Christ because He is Lord. He Himself said, “If you love me, you will obey my commandments“, and “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord’, and do not do what I say?“, and “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’, will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father who is in heaven“, Lk 6:46; Jn 14:15; 15:14; Mt 7:21. Jesus’ own words show that obedience to Christ is integral to a right relationship.
EVEN THE COMMAND TO LOVE IS A REQUIRED ACT
It might be instructive to our denominational friends to remember that the first and second great commandments are about love. We are commanded to love. So even loving God is obedience to His command.
So instead of creating and dreaming of a saving faith that has no works, why not see the two faiths described in the Bible? The first is obedient faith and the second is dead faith. And remember, as I began this lesson, when you obey Jesus Christ for salvation, that your salvation is by your faith in Him and not by putting your faith in your works/obedience.
No one has ever been nor ever will be saved who is not obedient to Christ. The thief on the cross obeyed from heart (Rom 6:16-18) and he obeyed with his mouth. Saving faith is obedient faith. If you would be saved today, then obey Jesus and you will be saved.