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
a. Four deal with man’s relationship to God Exodus 20
i. No other gods
ii. No graven images
iii. No potty mouth using God’s name.
iv. Remember the day of worship and rest and keep it.
b. Six deal with man’s relationship to man
i. Honor your father and thy mother.
ii. Don’t commit murder.
iii. Don’t commit adultery.
iv. Don’t steal.
v. Don’t lie.
vi. Don’t covet.
C. Application To The Church
1. Christ’s law operates in the spiritual realm – that’s how we get saved.
2. Christ’s law also operates in the physical realm – that’s how we deal with each other.
a. Ten commandments.
b. Fulfill the law of Christ, etc
III. Christ Execute God’s Will On The Cross
By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
A. Came To Earth To Be Our Savior
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
B. Became Man's Substitute
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
C. Bore The Sins Of The World
And you know that He was revealed that He might take away our sins, and in Him is no sin.
D. Carried The Burdens Of Humanity
Surely He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.