Summary: It should be the desire of every Christian to emulate Christ in his obedient compliance to God’s will.
He Came to Do God’s Will
Now: The subject of obedience seems brings an inner turmoil to young people and hearty amens to the lips of older folks. The older folks will regale us with 'how it was in the good ole days.' It seems that most folks today want to do just enough to get by, or just enough to get them ahead of the next guy, but not enough to please a righteous and just God.
Then: Let me introduce the sermon today with the Biblical narrative of Saul and Samuel. Samuel was a fiery prophet of God that did not appreciate the bleating of sheep in his ears. That was the sound of disobedience and total disregard for the word of God and the messenger of God. Samuel was angry with the king of Israel and he had every right to be! Saul had transgressed the law of God and would be rejected as king. Samuel would remain as one the most respected and feared men of God to ever walk the face of the earth. King Saul was reject for disobedience.
Always! God has not changed! Men have changed. If we want to be in the center of God's perfect will, we will get there through obedience and no other way.
Thesis: It should be the desire of every Christian to emulate Christ in his obedient compliance to God’s will.
I. Christ Executed God’s Will Through Obedience
Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come — In the volume of the book it is written of Me — To do Your will, O God.’
A. Obedience Abides Through Love
If you keep My commandments, you shall abide in My love, even as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.
B. Obedience Is Born Of Love
But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father has given Me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go away from here.
C. Obedience Is Characterized By Righteousness
For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous.
D. Obedience—Donned In The Form Of Sonship
Though being a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.
E. Application To The Church
II. Christ Executed God’s Will Through Fulfillment Of The Law
Previously saying, Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them (which are offered according to the law),
A. Christ Fulfilled The Mosaic Law
1. Jesus himself said that he came to fulfill the law.
Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
But that the Word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated Me without a cause.
B. Christ Completed The Mosaic Law Hebrews 10:9
1. Now we are expected to execute Christ’s law
Bear one another's burdens, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ.
2. The essence of Christ’s law is written in the Ten Commandments