The Obedience of Faith
What command did the God of heaven give to Abraham?
"Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee. " Genesis 12:1.
Did Abraham obey this command?
"So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran." Verse 4.
Of what was Abraham's obedience the result, or fruit?
"By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed to go out unto a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing whither he went." Hebrews 11:8, R.V.
What later command did the Lord give to Abraham?
"And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of." Genesis 22:2.
Upon what ground were the previous promises made to Abraham later renewed?
"And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed My voice." Verses 16-18.
What was it that enabled Abraham to obey the great test?
"By faith Abraham when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son." Hebrews 11:17.
Of what were the works of Abraham an evidence?
"Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?" James 2:21.
By his actions, or works, what was shown to be perfect?
"Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?" Verse 22.
What is genuine faith?
"In Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love." Galatians 5:6.
NOTE: The faith which justifies is the faith which works. Those who say, and do not, are not men of faith. The obedience which is pleasing to God is the fruit of that faith which takes God at His word and submits to the working of His power, being fully assured that what He has promised He is able to perform. This is the faith which is reckoned for righteousness. (See Romans 4:21, 22.)
What is the purpose of the grace of Christ?
"Through whom we received grace and apostleship, unto obedience of faith among all nations, for His name's sake." Romans 1:5, R.V.
What was the effect of the Apostles' preaching upon the hearers?
"And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith." Acts 6:7.
How highly does God regard obedience in the lives of men?
"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." 1 Samuel 15:22.
What example of obedience to the will of the Father has Christ given to us?
"And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Philippians 2:8.
At what great cost did even He learn the lesson of obedience?
"Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered." Hebrews 5:8.
To whom did Christ become the author of salvation?
"And being made perfect, He became the Author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him." Verse 9.
How complete should this obedience be?
"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:5.
What important fact did Jesus mention about the Pharisees?
"And He said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition." Mark 7:9.
NOTE: Human tradition is simply the voice of man preserved in the church. To follow the traditions of men instead of obeying the commandments of God is to repeat the sin of Saul.
What will be the future of those who refuse to obey the gospel of Christ?
"And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ." 2 Thessalonians 1:7, 8.
What is the result of faithfully obeying the truth by the enabling grace of Christ?
"Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently." 1 Peter 1:22.
"If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land." Isaiah 1:19.