Saturday, November 5, 2016

On Faith & Obedience

There is a unique relationship between faith and obedience.

Obedience does not equal faith, nor is it necessarily evidence of it.
The Pharisees proved this to be true.

Yet can faith exist apart from obedience?

The thief on the cross did not have an opportunity to obey, yet he was nailed to a cross.  But he believed Jesus was who he said he was.  The thief's spiritual eyes were opened to behold the Lamb of God.  Had the thief not been nailed to the cross, he would likely have been found among the disciples of Christ, being obedient.

So there may be rare circumstances, deathbed type circumstances, where faith remains alone.

Yet the old saying is true:  We are saved by faith in Christ alone, yet faith that saves is never alone.

"Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord' yet do not do what I tell you?"
- Jesus (Luke 6:46 ESV)  

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