Obedience Proves True Faith
August 10, 2014
The way to be saved eternally is to believe God and His Word and to obey God and His Word. Being that Christ Jesus is God (1 John 5:20), that He is the Word of God (John 1:1), and that He is the Spirit (2 Cor. 3:17), we must believe and obey Christ as well. No one can claim that they are believing or obeying God if they are not also honoring Christ as God. (1 John 2:23 & 5:9-12,20)
In Ja. 2:20-24 we read that Abraham was considered righteous because he believed God and because he obeyed God. Those who share in this kind of faith are saved. It is the kind of faith one has who is fully persuaded that God has the power and faithfulness to fulfill His statements that are in His Word (Isa. 55:11 // Rom. 4:20-24)
Many people state that they are saved just by believing God’s Word and that they do not have to prove through their obedience that their faith is genuine. However, the teaching throughout the Word of God is that what we do is the proof that our faith is real or false. (Acts 26:20) Obedience to God, or, obedience to the sinful nature proves the situation of it. The one leads to holiness and thus eternal life, the other walks a person on the path of Sin which leads to eternal death and Hell. (Rom. 6:16-23)
Believing what God says and obeying what He commands (through His Word and His Spirit who never contradict themselves) is the only way to be in right standing with the Lord. (John 8:31 & 15:10 // Gal. 3:5-9) We cannot obey as we should if we do not believe everything God says. This is why we must have true faith (complete confidence in God/Christ, which also means complete confidence in what He promises, warns about, and commands), for it is the only way to please God. (Heb. 11:6) Abraham is “the man of faith” (Gal. 3:9) because he considered God faithful to His Word. (Heb. 11:11) He believed and therefore obeyed, and this is what made him righteous in God’s sight. (Ja. 2:20-24)
The same concept holds for us all: To be righteous in God’s sight we must have the kind of faith that is provable by our obedience to God (His Word and Spirit). This means we must meet the righteous requirements of the (moral) law (Rom. 8:4) which we can certainly do by living under the control of the Holy Spirit. (v. 4-14 & 7:6) This is how to have eternal life. (8:13,14 // Gal. 5:19-26 & 6:8) As Heb. 5:9 confirms for us, “He [Jesus] became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him.” For their obedience has proven their faith to be genuine.