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Obedience Comes With Salvation

That is how God intends it. One very important change He makes in us when we become new creatures in Christ is that He makes us new creatures who begin to obey Him. As our faith grows our obedience grows. Another very important change He makes in us is that He gives us a growing interest in the Bible and love for it. Love for the Bible, faith and obedience grow together. Christians who neglect the Bible will have the least faith and will be the least obedient among us. They will also have less peace, satisfaction and joy. Faith without obedience is not faith.

2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Jeremiah 11:3: And say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel; Cursed be the man that obeyeth not the words of this covenant, 4 Which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you: so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God:

Dr. J. Vernon McGee noted that obedience is mentioned in the first chapter of Romans and the last chapter, rather like parentheses around all the other important Christian doctrines in the book.

Romans 1:5: By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

Romans 16:25: Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

Romans 6:17: 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.

2 Corinthians 10:5: Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Our flesh will never become obedient and like Paul we must keep it under control.

Romans 7:18: For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

1 Corinthians 9:27: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

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