Summary: This lesson aims to demonstrate the distinction between ’works’ and ’obedience.’ We certainly cannot earn our salvation but OBEDIENCE is necessary.
Blessings Through Obedience
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
b. In theory, we can live sinless lives but
in practice no man ever has or will
"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;
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
2. The apostles received their apostleship
to “bring about the obedience of the faith…”
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
"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
b. God does not even want us to keep company
with the disobedient (2 Thessalonians
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)