The following articles are related to the topic of OBEDIENCE

Does Divine Justification Exclude Human Obedience?

"A friend insists that the word 'justified' in the New Testament is in the passive voice, therefore, it is something that God does, not man. Therefore, a human action, such as baptism, couldn't be part of the justification process. Is this correct?" Your friend's argument could not be more incorrect. While the passive form "justified" emphasizes the fact that ultimately ... read more »

1 Peter 1:1-2 – Foreknowledge

In the salutation of his first letter, Peter wrote: "Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the elect. . . according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 1:1,2). Note that the epistle is addressed to "the elect." The Bible theme of election ... read more »

1 Peter 1:22 – “You Have Purified Your Souls”

In his first epistle, Peter wrote: ". . . [Y]ou have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth. . . " (1:22). There are several important points in this clause. First, it affirms that human beings possess a "soul." While the term "soul" may be employed simply for a person (cf. Exodus 1:5; 1 Peter 3:20), or to ... read more »

Joshua 6:2,16 – The Gift of Jericho

The first city that lay in the path of the Israelites as they initiated the conquest of Canaan was Jericho. Consider God's promise. "And Jehovah said unto Joshua, 'See, I have given into your hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valor'" (Josh. 6:2). Again, later, the text says: "Joshua said unto the people, 'Shout; for ... read more »

Acts 15:9 — Hearts Cleansed by Faith

In Acts 15 at the conference in Jerusalem, Peter testified as to how God had used him as an instrument for the conversion of the Gentiles. In connection therewith, he declared that the Lord "made no distinction between us [Jews] and them [Gentiles], cleansing their hearts by faith" (15:9). Some religious folks assume this means that salvation is given upon ... read more »

Parents, Obey Your Father

Children are the most vulnerable creatures on earth. In the Encyclopedia of Biblical and Christian Ethics, the following astute observation is found: "The human infant is by far the most helpless of all young mammalian life and consequently requires an inordinate amount of care if it is to be nurtured successfully" (Harrison 1992, 302). Sadly, many are not nurtured successfully. ... read more »

A Perversion of Biblical Faith

One of the great tragedies of ecclesiastical history is the fact that so many have failed to find a balanced view of human redemption as this concept is set forth in the biblical record. On the one hand there is Roman Catholicism, arrogantly contending that salvation is conferred upon the basis of meritorious acts. The Council of Trent declared that ... read more »

What Is Faith in Christ?

One of the most elemental aspects of the Christian system is that of "faith." The writer of Hebrews classifies faith as one of those "first principles" that ought to be understood by the most immature student. And yet, many seem not to grasp the significance of this magnificent quality. The Necessity of Faith It is difficult to fathom how one ... read more »

The Perfecting of Jesus Christ

The fifth chapter of the book of Hebrews has to do with Jesus Christ as our high priest. The chapter naturally divides into four segments. - The nature of the high priest's office under the Mosaic system. - The appointment of Jesus as our high priest. - The Lord's qualifications to be high priest. - The Christian's responsibility to Christ ... read more »

Abel Still Speaks, But Are We Listening?

Though he was murdered at the hand of an envious brother, and even though there is not a recorded word from his lips in the Old Testament narrative, nonetheless, over more than six millennia Abel has "spoken," and continues yet today. The following words are recorded in the book of Hebrews. "By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent ... read more »