OBEDIENCE TO GOD_Part 2

18
Jun

Obedience God_Part 2

By Godswill Etu

In the previous part of this teaching, we’ve seen that Christ was in full obedience to God the Father when he went to the Cross.

So the finished work of Christ is described as the Obedience of Christ. Which Apostle Peter described as “The Sprinkling of the Blood of Jesus Christ” in 1Pet 1:2

Jesus obeyed all the requirements of Law in His sacrificial death.

“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil”. (Mat 5:17)

To fulfil is to complete. The law found its completeness in Christ.

In His Sacrifice, Christ met all the requirements of the Law and became the end (limit, termination, summary) of the Law to all who believe in Him.

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth”. (Rom 10:4)

All the Requirements of the law were meat by Jesus on our behalf.

“FOR WHAT THE LAW COULD NOT DO, IN THAT IT WAS WEAK THROUGH THE FLESH, GOD SENDING HIS OWN SON IN THE LIKENESS OF SINFUL FLESH, AND FOR SIN, CONDEMNED SIN IN THE FLESH: THAT THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE LAW MIGHT BE FULFILLED IN US…” (Rom 8:3-4)

Jesus’ death was our Death. His resurrection to life was our coming alive, His Life was our Life.

“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life”. (Rom 6:4)

Also His Obedience to God in coming to die, was our Obedience to God.

So when we believed in God through Faith in Christ, we were said to have obeyed. Our Believing in Christ is Obedience.

“But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but YE HAVE OBEYED FROM THE HEART THAT FORM OF DOCTRINE which was delivered you”. (Rom 6:17)

When we check a number of Scriptures in the Old Testament, Obedience was used a number of times to foreshadow the act of believing in the Grace of God and forgiveness of sins made available via the sacrifice of Jesus.

Let’s look at a few of them

In Exodus;

“Now therefore, if ye WILL OBEY MY VOICE indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And YE SHALL BE UNTO ME A KINGDOM OF PRIESTS, AND AN HOLY NATION. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel”. (Exo 19:5-6)

The Children of Israel were told if they obeyed, they will become a kingdom of Priests and a holy Nation.

And in Revelation we see that it was the sacrifice of the Blood of Jesus that has made us priest and Kings unto God.

“And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: FOR THOU WAST SLAIN, AND HAST REDEEMED US TO GOD BY THY BLOOD out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; AND HAST MADE US UNTO OUR GOD KINGS AND PRIESTS: and we shall reign on the earth”. (Rev 5:9-10

So the Obedience they were told about in Exodus 19 was a picture of believing in the Redemptive work of Jesus.

 

In Job;

“Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth NOT ANY. 6He preserveth not the life (lifestyle) of the wicked: but giveth right to the poor. 7 He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted. And if they (ANYONE) be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction; Then he sheweth them their work, and their TRANSGRESSIONS that they have exceeded. He openeth also their ear to discipline, and COMMANDETH THAT THEY RETURN FROM INIQUITY. If they OBEY AND SERVE HIM, they shall spend their days in PROSPERITY, AND THEIR YEARS IN PLEASURES.But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge” (Job 36:5-12)

Contextually, spending their days in prosperity and their years in pleasure would mean that they would be delivered form their transgressions and iniquity.
That’s only possible via the death, burial and Resurrection of Christ which we have understood to be the Obedience of Christ.

In Isaiah:

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: THOUGH YOUR SINS BE AS SCARLET, THEY SHALL BE AS WHITE AS SNOW; THOUGH THEY BE RED LIKE CRIMSON, THEY SHALL BE AS WOOL. 19 IF YE BE WILLING AND OBEDIENT, ye shall eat the good of the land” (Isa. 1:18-19)

Obviously, eating the good of the Land would be the same thing earlier said that; their sins would be white as snow and wool. Blotting out of our sins was made possible via Faith in Christ.

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins” (Col 1:14).

Being willing and obedient would be a picture of Believing in Jesus.

To be continued…

Editor’s Note: Godswill Etu is a Pastor in Christ Revealing Church Abuja. He concludes this teaching series in the next part.  .