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Summary: This lesson aims to demonstrate the distinction between ’works’ and ’obedience.’ We certainly cannot earn our salvation but OBEDIENCE is necessary.

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Blessings Through Obedience

Introduction

1. On the one hand, the Scriptures teach that we are

saved by faith, not by works:

"8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9)

2. On the other hand, the Scriptures teach that we are

save by works and not by faith alone:

"24Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only." (James 2:24)

3. It is not within the scope of this lesson to

expound and reconcile these Scriptures. Rather, I

want to discuss the difference between ‘works’

and ‘obedience’ and demonstrate that:

a. We cannot be saved by works.

b. Obedience is essential to our salvation.

I. Works And Obedience

A. No person is able to earn salvation (Ephesians

2:5; Titus 3:5).

1. If a person lived a sinless life, would he be

saved?. If a person lived a sinless life then

he would have no need of salvation:

a. Jesus lived a sinless life (2 Corinthians

5:21; 1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:5).

b. In theory, we can live sinless lives but

in practice no man ever has or will

(Romans 3:23; 5:12; Galatians 3:22).

"10If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." (1 john 1:10)

2. If we falter can we make it good? Can we, by

good works, remove our sin? No, for Jesus

Himself has purged us of sin (Romans 3:25;

Galatians 1:4; Ephesians 1:7; 2:1; Colossians

1:4; Hebrews 1:3; 10:12; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18;

1 John 2:2; 4:10).

"3For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;" (1 Corinthians 15:3)

a. The very reason Jesus was manifest was to

take away our sin (1 John 3:5). Therefore,

we cannot do anything to remit our sins.

b. However, we must confess our sin:

"9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)

B. Every person is required to be obedient:

1. You are the servants of whom you obey (Romans

6:16).

2. The apostles received their apostleship

to “bring about the obedience of the faith…”

(Romans 1:5).

3. Many were obedient to the faith:

"7And 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)

4. Peter asks what will become of those who do

not obey the gospel of God (1 Peter 4:17).

The following Scriptures give the answer to

this question:

"8But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath," (Romans 2:8)

"8In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:" (2 Thessalonians 1:8)

a. It is clear that the wrath of God rests on

the children of disobedience (Colossians

3:6).

b. God does not even want us to keep company

with the disobedient (2 Thessalonians

3:14).

5. But is our salvation dependant upon our

obedience? Hear the Scriptures:

"9And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;" (Hebrews 5:9)


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