| | Believers stay righteous through their obedience
We’re talking about obedience to Jesus’ teachings and commands!
Continuing obedience is what “being faithful” means!
“… only we who believe can enter His rest … but those who first heard this good news
failed to enter because they disobeyed God.” (Hebrews 4:3, 7)
Disobedience proves Unbelief --- Unbelief causes Disobedience
“And to whom was God speaking when he took an oath that they would never enter His rest?
Wasn’t it the people who disobeyed him? So we see that because of their unbelief
they were not able to enter his rest … so we ought to tremble with fear that some of
you might fail to experience it … IF we disobey God … we will fall.” (Hebrews 3:18 - 4:11)
“… make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving,
turning you away from the living God … so that none of you will be deceived by sin
and hardened against God.” (Hebrews 3:12)
If we are deceived by sin (especially habitual sin), this can result in
departing from God with “an evil heart of unbelief” (Hebrews 3:12).
“Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves,
you are slaves of the one whom you obey,
either (slaves) of sin which leads to (eternal) death,
OR (slaves) of obedience leading to righteousness?” (Romans 6:16)
Slaves of obedience > eternal life --- Slaves of sin > eternal death
“Only those who fear the Lord and keep His commandments have life with God.
But there is no (eternal) life in those who do not keep His commandments.”
(from “The Shepherd of Hermas”, quoted as Scripture by such early Christian leaders
as Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, and Origen. It was probably the most popular book
in the Christian church during the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th centuries a.d.)
“Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised
to those who love Him.” (James 1:12) The “crown of life” means eternal life.
“You are truly my disciples, if you remain faithful to my teachings
… anyone who obeys my teachings will never die!” (John 8:31, 51)
“Therefore, go and make disciples … Teach these new disciples to
obey all the commands I have given you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
“We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.” (2 Cor. 10:5)
“To all who are victorious (overcomers) who obey Me to the very end,
to them I will give authority over all the nations.” (Revelation 2:26)
The church: “all who keep God’s commandments and
maintain their testimony for Jesus.” (Revelation 12:17)
“So, you must live as God’s obedient children.” (1 Peter 1:14)
Question: Must one love Jesus (thus obey His commandments) to get to heaven?
“If anyone does not love the Lord, that person is cursed.” (1 Corinthians 16:22)
“If you love Me, obey My commandments.” (John 14:15)
“Those who accept My commandments and obey them are
the ones who love Me … All who love Me will do what I say.
Anyone who doesn’t love Me will not obey Me.” (John 14:21-24)
“When you obey My commandments, you remain in My love” (John 15:10)
“You are My friends, if you do what I command.” (John 15:14)
“We can be sure we know Him, if we obey His commandments” (1 John 2:3)
“He who keeps His commandments abides in Him and He in him” (1 John 3:24)
“If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love” (1 John 3:24)
“Loving God means keeping His commandments” (1 John 5:3)
“Love means doing what God has commanded us” (2 John 6)
Even though OT people had none of our advantages, God said He would show
mercy “to those who love Me and keep My commandments” (Exodus 20:6)