obedience

Commandments Function?

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The grace of God in the establishment of the New Covenant did not eradicate the imperative mood in the Greek New Testament. To the one who has really come to understand and is abiding in Christ, these commands function merely as reminders of what their true identity is and who they are in Christ. All that believer need do is abide and they will be expressing obedience to those commands as the Christ Life is lived through them. To the believer who is in process of their understanding, these commandments function as promises, reminders to the believer that what God is calling them to do, He will do through them as they trust Him by faith.

Obedience is simply the by-product of abiding in Christ.

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True Obedience

One who is obedient is one who listens under the voice of God.

One who is obedient is one who listens under the voice of God.

Obedience is.... well, it is one of those words!

Just listen to the word - OBEDIENCE! It sounds ominous, strong, cold and hard!

In some circles it is the epitome of devotion, in the grace camp, it is often viewed as a bad word.

The truth is, 'obedience' is a beautiful word. It is definitely NOT a word of conformity as it is so often used. The word is "hupomone". It is a compound word from two words that when put together mean to "listen under". Isn't that wonderful?

One who is obedient is one who listens under the voice of God.

True obedience is not, therefore, a matter of the external so much as it is of the internal. It is a heart that loves God, seeks God, and listens under God in such a way that it brings a transformation from the inside out as it responds to the heart of God.

Makes you want to be obedient, huh?