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OBEDIENCE - IS OBEDIENCE TO JESUS NECESSARY FOR SALVATION?

Is Obedience To Jesus Necessary for Salvation?

Do We Have to Obey Jesus & God's Word to be Saved?

Is Obedience To Jesus Necessary for Salvation?

BY MARTHA MAC / SO4J.com / SO4J-TV

IS OBEDIENCE TO JESUS NECESSARY FOR SALVATION? Do We Have to Obey Jesus & God's Word to be Saved? How can we be sure we are Saved? What does God expect out of us after Salvation? How much Obedience does God Require? Who in the Bible Obeyed God? What are the Rewards of Obedience to Jesus? What are the Consequences of Disobedience? Watch Videos by John MacArthur on "Lordship of Christ & Lordship Salvation". We will look at the MANY Scriptures that talk about Obedience to Jesus, and you can see for yourself what the Bible says on this.

  • John 14:15 Jesus says, "If you LOVE ME, you will OBEY what I COMMAND."
  • John 14:21 Jesus says, "Those who accept MY COMMANDMENTS and OBEY THEM are the ones WHO LOVE ME. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and REVEAL MYSELF TO EACH OF THEM.”
  • 1 John 2:3-6 “How can we BE SURE that we BELONG to HIM? By OBEYING HIS COMMANDMENTS. If someone says, "I belong to God," but doesn't OBEY GOD'S COMMANDMENTS, that person is a LIAR and does NOT live in the TRUTH. But those who OBEY GOD’S WORD really DO LOVE HIM. That is the way to know whether or not we LIVE IN HIM. Those who SAY they LIVE IN GOD should live their lives AS CHRIST DID."

PLEASE NOTE: SO4J-TV believes that we are NOT Saved by Works - Eph 2:8-9 (Legalism), but our Faith is PROVEN (so to speak) by our Works (James 2:14-20, Matt 3:8). This is NOT a Bible Study on Obedience to Rules in order to be Saved, or about Legalism. If there is No Obedience to Gods Word (1 John 2:3-6, John 14:15) & one Continues In Sin (1 John 3:8-10) then we'll have to Face the Terrifying Consequences of Heb 10:26-31 which Jesus Warns us about in Matt 7:21-23 where MANY who Thought they were Saved will spend Eternity in Hell. This is about how a True Believer should Reflect the GLORIOUS IMAGE OF CHRIST in our Lives (2 Cor 3:18, 2 Cor 5:17, Matt 5:16), by living HOLY & CLEAN lives (1 Pet 1:14-15,16-17) for GOD'S GLORY (1 Cor 10:31)— and Obey God's Word out of a LOVE for JESUS (John 14:15,21,23-24, John 15:10,14, John 3:36, John 8:31, Luke 6:46).

SO4J-TV also understands that Christians are Not perfect— they still Sin once in a while (so to speak - 1 John 2:1, 1 Cor 3:1-15). We want to reach out to those people who call themselves Christians— yet use the Grace of God as a License to Sin (Rom 6:1-23, Rom 6:15-16). We are concerned that there are MANY "Christians" (Matt 7:21-22, 23) who are NOT ready to face Jesus on Judgment Day (Heb 9:27). Our Aim is to provoke all of us to Examine our Faith with the God's Word (2 Cor 13:5), and make sure that we are Biblically Saved, and Ready to Face Jesus on Judgment Day (2 Cor 5:10). For more Info on this, go to our INTRO below

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IS OBEDIENCE TO JESUS NECESSARY FOR SALVATION? - INTRO

  1. IS OBEDIENCE TO JESUS NECESSARY FOR SALVATION? DO WE HAVE TO OBEY GOD'S WORD TO BE SAVED?
  2. FAITH - WHAT IS FAITH?
  3. TRUE BIBLICAL SALVATION— SHOULD LEAD US TO DAILY OBEDIENCE TO JESUS
  4. AFTER SALVATION, WHAT KIND OF OBEDIENCE TO JESUS DOES GOD EXPECT?
  5. OBEDIENCE TO JESUS & GOD'S WORD SCRIPTURES
  6. BEING OBEDIENT TO JESUS IS AN EXPRESSION OF OUR LOVE FOR HIM
  7. HOW CAN WE BE SURE WE BELONG TO JESUS? (1 JOHN 2:3-6)
  8. HOW MUCH OBEDIENCE DOES GOD REQUIRE?
  9. WHO IN THE BIBLE OBEYED GOD COMPLETELY? EXAMPLES OF THOSE WHO OBEYED
  10. BEING OBEDIENT TO JESUS & GOD'S WORD CAN BE HARD & DIFFICULT
  11. JESUS WAS OUR EXAMPLE OF HUMBLE OBEDIENCE—HE LEARNED OBEDIENCE FROM SUFFERING
  12. AS OBEDIENT CHILDREN WE ARE TO BE HOLY AS JESUS IS HOLY
  13. IN WHAT WAYS ARE WE TO OBEY JESUS? EXAMPLES OF OBEDIENCE IN THE BIBLE
  14. OBEDIENCE TO GOD SUPERSEDES WORLDLY AUTHORITIES & FALSE TEACHERS
  15. WHAT ARE THE REWARDS OF OBEDIENCE?
  16. REWARDS FOR TEACHING OTHERS TO OBEY GOD'S COMMANDMENTS & OVERCOMING SIN..
  17. WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF DISOBEDIENCE?
  18. WHAT DOES GOD'S WORD SAY ABOUT GOOD DEEDS & GOOD WORKS?
  19. RANDOM OBEDIENCE & COMMANDMENT SCRIPTURES

 

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FROM SO4J-TV: "ANSWERING CHRIST'S CALL TO DISCIPLESHIP" - PHIL JOHNSON EXPLAINS: Luke 9:59-62  Phil Johnson preached an important message (this is an excerpt) from Luke 9:59-62, in our "GraceLife" Fellowship Group in the Family Center at Grace Community Church, CA .. our Senior Pastor at GCC is: John MacArthur. Phil Johnson is a Pastor (along with: Mike Riccardi) of the "GraceLife" Fellowship Group at Grace Community Church, CA (GCC), CA.Phil Johnson is the Executive Director of "Grace To You" Ministries [GTY.org], and has been closely associated with John MacArthur since 1981, and edits most of John MacArthur's major books. He is also an Elder at Grace Community Church, CA.

Is Obedience to Jesus Necessary for Salvation - Intro

 

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INTRO: SO4J-TV is fully aware of people out there who will misinterpret, or will twist what is being stated in this below teaching on Obedience to God's Word and to Jesus. So I want to start off by saying we are NOT teaching Salvation by "Works" throughout this whole teaching, so please read carefully.

Once an individual Repents & Believes the Gospel, it is a work of Sanctification after that. It is God at work in us to do what pleases Him (Phil 2:13). None of us is perfect, we will Sin (1 John 2:1), but we are not to practice Sin (Heb 10:26-31, 1 John 3:6-10).

There are people who call themselves Christians, but there is NO FRUIT or EVIDENCE that they are Christians at all. We are warning those who call themselves Christians (like Judas, who was a Follower of Jesus, but he later was found to be a False Convert who betrayed Jesus), to start showing EVIDENCE or FRUIT of true Biblical Salvation by being Obedient to God's Word.

Please note too that every time we talk about OBEYING GOD'S COMMANDMENTS, we are NOT just talking about Obeying the God's 10 Commandments in the Old Testament, but we are also talking about being Obedient to all of God's Word— Old & New Testament. (FYI - There are around 1,050 Commandments in the New Testament Scriptures like: "Husbands love your Wife", "Children Obey your Parents", etc.) So, once again, we are NOT saying we are Saved by the keeping of a List of Rules, but what we are saying is that we should show "Fruit" or "Evidence" of our Salvation if we call ourselves "Christians." (1 John 2:3-6; James 2:14-25, Luke 6:46-49)

 Video: Lukewarm Christians Judgment Day-Are You Ready? (2/9) - SO4J-TV  Opens In-New-Window Icon

VIDEO BY SO4J-TV— RE: LUKEWARM CHRISTIANS ON JUDGMENT DAY (Video Portrayal of Matt 7:21-23)
This Video is a 10 Min Segment of a One Hour SO4J-TV Show: Judgment Day-Are You Ready?

This Video is about the Fate of FALSE CONVERTS (APOSTATES) who come to the EDGE of Saving Faith— but they eventually REJECT or WALK AWAY from the Truth (Video Portayal of Matthew 7:21-23). Lukewarm Christians (Apostates) are UNSAVED People who: THINK, TALK, LOOK like they are Saved. FYI - These Are NOT Genuinely Saved Christians portrayed in this Video— as they were NEVER Saved in the First Place. In Matt 7:21-23 Jesus says, "I NEVER KNEW you, Depart From Me, You Who Practice Lawlessness (Break God’s Laws)."


NOTE:
 Our Aim at SO4J-TV & Video is to provoke All of us to Examine our Faith with the God's Word (2 Cor 13:5), and make sure that we are Biblically Saved, and Ready to Face Jesus on Judgment Day (2 Cor 5:10Heb 9:27). Even though we are Not Saved by Good Works or Legalism (Eph 2:8-9), our Faith is Proven to be Real by our Good Works (James 2:14-20Matt 3:8). If there is No Obedience to Jesus & God's Word (1 John 2:3-6Luke 6:46) out of a Love for Jesus (John 14:15,21,23-24John 15:10,14John 3:36John 8:31) & one Continues In Sin (1 John 3:8-10) then we'll have to Face the Terrifying Consequences of Heb 10:26-31 which Jesus Warns us about also in Matt 7:21-23 where MANY who Thought they were Saved will spend Eternity in Hell. This is called APOSTASY— which is a REJECTION or DESERTION from FAITH in JESUS & GOD'S WORD. Where people HEAR & RESPOND to the Gospel by making a "DECISION FOR CHRIST" or "PROFESSION OF FAITH" (like Judas did). False Converts come to the Edge of Saving Faith— but they eventually REJECT or WALK AWAY from the Truth when Tested with the CARES & LURES of this Life, PROBLEMS (Matt 13:19,21,22) etc. A False Convert named Demas in the New Testament is a Good Example of that. Demas made a "DECISION FOR CHRIST" became a Fellow Laborer with the Apostle Paul, Mark, and Luke in Philemon 1:23-24 — but when Tested with the "Cares of this Life" Demas did not Endure (Matt 10:22) in God’s Word— Read 2 Tim 4:10. Jesus warns us over and over again about True & False Conversion i.e. the PARABLE OF THE SOWERMatt 13:3-23Mark 4:3-20Luke 8:5-15. Jesus warns too that "MANY" people will PERISH, and FEW (Percentage wise) Truly become Born Again— Matt 7:13-14Matt 7:21-23Luke 13:23-30Matt 22:14Phil 3:18-19. A True Believer should Reflect the GLORIOUS IMAGE OF CHRIST in our Lives (2 Cor 3:182 Cor 5:17Matt 5:16), by living HOLY & CLEAN lives (1 Pet 1:14-15,16-17) for GOD'S GLORY (1 Cor 10:31)— and Obey God's Word out of a LOVE FOR JESUS (Mark 12:30-31Matt 10:37-39John 14:15).

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1 - Is Obedience to Jesus Necessary for Salvation? Do We Have to Obey God's Word to be Saved?

Once again

"We're NOT Saved by WORKS— But we PROVE we're SAVED by our WORKS."—Quote by Martha Mac, SO4J-TV & Video Productions

OBEDIENCE to Jesus IS Necessary to: PROVE, SHOW EVIDENCE—FRUIT that we're Saved. If we do NOT OBEY Jesus, and His Teachings, then we do NOT know Him OR truly Love Him.

  • John 14:15 Jesus says, "If you LOVE ME, you will OBEY what I COMMAND."
  • John 14:21 Jesus says, "Those who accept MY COMMANDMENTS and OBEY THEM are the ones WHO LOVE ME. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and REVEAL MYSELF TO EACH OF THEM.”

  • 1 John 2:3-6 “How can we BE SURE that we BELONG to HIM? By OBEYING HIS COMMANDMENTS. If someone says, "I belong to God," but doesn't OBEY GOD'S COMMANDMENTS, that person is a LIAR and does NOT live in the TRUTH. But those who OBEY GOD’S WORD really DO LOVE HIM. That is the way to know whether or not we LIVE IN HIM. Those who SAY they LIVE IN GOD should live their lives AS CHRIST DID

Being Obedient to Jesus & God's Word is very rarely talked about these days, yet it is extremely important to know about and understand as it can reveal to us if we are Truly Saved or not. So many people call themselves Christians, yet they Act and Talk just like the World— there simply is no difference between these so called "Christians" and the World.

So I want to start this off by briefly looking at: What is Faith? Then take a look at someone who is Biblically Saved. As we will see, we are Saved by God's Grace and Mercy towards us— it is not because of our Works, and not because of our Obedience to Religious Laws— it is a result of God's Grace alone, so that no one can boast. (Eph 2:1-10,Gal 2:16-21)

After that we will look briefly at what God's Word says about: What God Expects Out Of Us After A Person Has Initially Repented & Trusted in Jesus. We will also see that we must PROVE or SHOW EVIDENCE— FRUIT that we really have Repented & hae Turned to God by Obeying God's Word & and His Commandments by being Obedient to Jesus. This is very important to understand. Obedience to God's Word is a part of the DIFFICULT NARROW PATH that Jesus talked about and warned us about in Matt 7:13-14, and in Luke 13:23-30.

  • Matt 7:13-14 (NASB) Jesus says, "Enter through the NARROW GATE; for the GATE is WIDE and the WAY is BROAD that leads to DESTRUCTION, and there are MANY who enter through it. For the GATE is SMALL & the WAY is NARROW that leads to LIFE, and there are FEW who find it."

  • John 10:9 Jesus—"I AM THE GATE. Those who come in through ME will be SAVED."

Jesus says that this Gateway to Life is VERY Narrow, and is traveled on by FEW— and He says that FEWEVER find it.

This DIFFICULT NARROW PATHaims to be "Perfect"— with the Holy Spirit's help, and strength.

  • Matt 5:48 Jesus says "You are to be PERFECT, even as your Father in Heaven is PERFECT."

It is a life that is aiming for HOLINESS (1 Peter 1:14-16) and Obedience to all of God's Word; being Separated from the things of this World unto God (2 Cor 6:17-18). A life that is SURRENDERING ALL TO JESUS—and putting the "FLESH UNDER" (Gal 2:20). True Biblical Salvation should always result in a changed life (2 Cor 5:17), where you "Pick up your Cross Daily & Follow Jesus" (Luke 9:23-27). Conforming us into the image of Jesus, and not to the World (Rom 12:2). We certainly are not saying that we will never stumble or fall— having sinless perfection (i.e. The Disciple Peter had sinned by denying Jesus Luke 22:54-61 etc.), but it is a life that does NOT minimize God's Word; a life that humbly submits to the Word of God and lives it.

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2- Faith - What is Faith?

Faith Comes by Hearing & Hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17) & Without Faith it's IMPOSSIBLE to please God (Hebrews 11:6)

We show" FAITH" every day in soo many things.

  • EXAMPLE:You take a Flight on an Airplane and even though you do not personally know the Pilots that are flying your Airplane, you BELIEVE that they actually know what they are doing, and are in fact going to get you where you want to go Safely otherwise you would not be on that Airplane. You Show FAITH that you BELIEVE by your ACTIONS to stay on that Plane.
  • EXAMPLE:You go to a Restaurant for Dinner You do not personally know the Cooks that are cooking you your Dinner, but you BELIEVE they know what they are doing and are going to not Poison you, and Cook you a nice Dinner. You Show FAITH that you BELIEVE by your ACTIONS to Eat at this Restaurant.

We show FAITH in so many People & Things every day but the Bible says that we are NOT to put our CONFIDENCE in the FLESH (ourself, etc.), but we are to Put our Full Confidence & Trust in the LORD & in GOD'S UNFAILING WORD for without FAITH (IN THE LORD) it's IMPOSSIBLE to please GOD."

  • Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) "But without FAITHit isIMPOSSIBLE to pleaseHim, for he who comes to God must BELIEVE that He is, and that He is a REWARDER of those who DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM."

  • Philippians 3:3 (NASB) "..Put NO CONFIDENCE in the FLESH.."

"FAITH = FRUIT" or you could say the opposite "FRUIT = FAITH"

If you see GODLY FRUIT in a Believer (Gal 5:22-23) that is Evidence of FAITH (Matt 7:15-20)

Quote: "FAITH is NOT Speaking into Existence what WE want, it's BELIEVING and OBEYING what HE wants." (1 John 2:3-6) © Quote & Photo By MARTHA MAC - SO4J-TV - SO4J.com

QUOTE: "FAITH is NOT Speaking into Existence what WE want, it's BELIEVING and OBEYING what HE wants." (1 John 2:3-6) Quote by: Martha MacSO4J-TV

 

How is Faith in God Produced?

If one does NOT have FAITH in God we PERISH. How is FAITH in God Produced?

  • Hebrews 11:1-5 (NKJV) "Now FAITH is the substance of things hoped for, the EVIDENCE of things not seen."

FAITH IS PRODUCED BY: HEARING God’s Word (Romand 10:17) >>which can Lead one to BELIEVE God’s Word (Hebrews 11:6) >>which simulataneously leads one to: Humbly OBEY God’s Word (1 John 2:3-6, John 14:15)

1 - FAITH comes from Hearing the Word of God

  • Romans 10:17 (NKJV) "So then FAITH comes by HEARING, and HEARING by the WORD OF GOD."

    That’s why it’s important to HEAR & READ God’s Word DAILY, and LISTEN & READ Good Sound Doctrinal Preaching from TRUE Preachers of the Gospel vs the Modern Day Lukewarm Watered Down Messages in so many Churches.

2 - Which can lead one to BELIEVE God’s Word

  • Hebrews 11:6 "Without FAITH it is IMPOSSIBLE to PLEASE HIM (GOD), for he who comes to God must BELIEVE that He is, and that He is a Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."

3 - Which should lead one to OBEY God’s Word

• John 14:15 Jesus says, “If you Love Me, OBEY MY COMMANDMENTS.”

James 2:14-20 "What good is it, Dear Brothers and Sisters, if you say you have FAITH but don’t show it by your ACTIONS? Can that kind of FAITH save anyone? Suppose you see a Brother or Sister who has NO Food or Clothing, and you say, “Good-Bye and have a Good Day; Stay Warm and Eat well”—but then you DON'T give that person any FOOD or CLOTHING. What GOOD DOES THAT DO? So you see, FAITH by itself isn’t enough. Unless it PRODUCES GOOD DEEDS, it is DEAD and USELESS. Now someone may argue, “Some people have FAITH; others have GOOD DEEDS.” But I say, “How can you show me your FAITH if you DON’T HAVE GOOD DEEDS?I will show you my FAITH by my GOOD DEEDS.” You say you have FAITH, for you BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ONE GOD. Good for you! EVEN THE DEMONS BELIEVE THIS, and they TREMBLE IN TERROR. How foolish! Can’t you see that FAITH WITHOUT GOOD DEEDS (WORKS) IS USELESS (DEAD)?“

  • John 8:31 Jesus says,“You are truly My Disciples if you remain FAITHFUL to My Teachings."

  • John 14:21 Jesus says, "Those who accept MY COMMANDMENTS and OBEY THEM are the ones WHO LOVE ME. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and REVEAL MYSELF TO EACH OF THEM.”

  • John 14:24 Jesus says,“Anyone who DOESN'T LOVE ME will NOT OBEY ME. And remember, my words are not My own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent Me."

  • John 15:14 Jesus says, "You are My friends if you DO what I COMMAND."

  • James 2:19 "You SAY you have Faith, for you BELIEVE that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons BELIEVE THIS, and they tremble in terror."

  • James 2:17-18 "So you see, FAITH BY ITSELF ISN'T ENOUGH.Unless it PRODUCED GOOD DEEDS, it is DEAD and useless. Now someone may argue, “Some people have Faith; others have Good Deeds.” But I say, “How can you SHOW ME YOUR FAITH if you don’t have GOOD DEEDS? I will show you my FAITH by my GOOD DEEDS.

  • Rom 1:5 "Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as Apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will BELIEVE and OBEY HIM, bringing Glory to His Name."

  • Matt 7:24-27 (NKJV) Jesus warns, "Therefore whoever HEARS these SAYINGS of Mine, and DOES them, I will liken him to a WISE MAN who BUILT his HOUSE on the ROCK: and the RAIN Descended, the FLOODS came, and the WINDS BLEW & BEAT on that House; and it did NOTFALL, for it was FOUNDED on the ROCK. But EVERYONE who HEARS these SAYINGS of Mine, and does NOT DO THEM, will be like a FOOLISH MAN who BUILT his House on the SAND; and the RAIN DESCENDED, the FLOODS came, and the WINDS BLEW and BEAT on that House; and it FELL. And GREAT was its FALL."

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3 - True Biblical Salvation Should Lead us to Daily Obedience to Jesus

  • IF you are a True Believer in Jesus Christ (have Repented & are Trusting in Jesus)— you know that you are being Saved from the Terrors of Hell not by trusting in your own Human Efforts to save you, and not by trusting in your Good "Works," (Isa 64:6), but you are trusting in God's Gift of Salvation to you, which is through Jesus Christ— God's only Son (Eph 2:8-10; Acts 4:12).

  • IF you are a True Believer— God the Father, in an act of His Unbelievable & Infinite Love & Mercy towards you, has Chosen to reveal Himself to you, and He has drawn you to Himself (John 6:65, James 4:6-10). He has Chosen you out of the Billions of people who have ever been born (Eph 1:4-14; Eph 2:1-10) to receive such a Great Salvation (Heb 2:1-3). You cannot take credit for this Salvation, this is a Gift of God (Eph 2:9).

  • IF you are a True Believer— The Lord has decided to open up your Heart & Mind for you to understand God's Eternal Word (Luke 24:44-46), which is God's Holy Scriptures. He has shown you the way of Escape from His Holy Eternal Wrath that will come against all sinful people who reject the Truth (Rom 1:18; Rom 2:5; John 3:36; John 12:48; 2 Tim 4:4; Luke 10:16; Heb 6:6; Heb 12:25; 2 Peter 2:21).

  • IF you are a True Believer— He has made it known to you that you have sinned against a Holy & Perfect God (Luke18:9-14; Heb 12:14) leading you to understand the need for Repentance & Faith in Jesus (Acts 17:30-31; Luke 13:5); resulting in you becoming Born Again (1 Peter 1:23; John 3:3; John 1:11-13). John 3:3 Jesus says “Unless you are Born Again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” Acts 5:32 "We are witnesses of these things and so is the Holy Spirit, who is given by God to those who OBEY HIM.”

  • IF you are a True Believer— you understand that to enter God's Kingdom, you must enter through the Narrow Gate, (John 10:9) which is through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). You also understand that you must walk daily on the Narrow Path which Jesus says is difficult (Matt 7:13-14; Luke 13:23-30). This difficult Narrow Path is a daily life of Holiness (1 Peter 1:14-16) which is opposite of this World (1 John 2:15-17). That is why Jesus says in Luke 13:23-30 that you must "STRIVE to enter through the Narrow Gate". (FYI - The word STRIVE in the Greek, is the word is Agonizomai which is where we get the word Agonize— or struggle, contend for). The Door to God's Kingdom is so Narrow that we cannot take our: Sins, Worldliness, Worldly Pleasures, or any type of Lusts with us. The Narrow Path is a Difficult Life of Total Separation from the things of this World (2 Cor 6:17-18). It is not popular, nor is it easy— the people of this World (even the MANY or MOST people who call themselves "Christians"— Matt 7:21-23) will NOT listen or OBEY the True Gospel Message (1 John 4:4-6; 2 Tim 4:3), and because of that Jesus says that this path has FEW people on it. Jesus says "the World at large" (MANY) will reject it, and not accept His message of daily turning from their Sin and Trusting in Jesus (John 1:10-13; John 14:22-24; Luke 9:23-27). However a small remnant (FEW) of His people will. (John 14:15-17; Matt 7:13-14; Luke 13:23-30; Matt 22:14; Isa 24:13-14; Matt 7:21-23; John 17:9;John 1:10-13. And because of this Remnant's love and devotion for Jesus they have given up EVERYTHING to follow Jesus (Luke 14:33), and they are OBEYING God's Commandments (1 John 2:3-6).

  • 1 Pet 1:14-16 "So you must live as God’s OBEDIENT Children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be HOLY IN EVERYTHING YOU DO, just as God who chose you is HOLY. For the Scriptures say, “You must be HOLY because I AM HOLY.”

There are many Cults & False Religions that have deceived Billions of people into believing that there is another way to get into God's Kingdom other than through Jesus. Jesus however is the ONLY WAY (John 14:6)—He is the ONLY GATE that leads into God's Kingdom (John 10:1-16; Matt 7:13-14; Luke 13:23-30). All people who don't follow Jesus will Perish in Hell (Luke 13:3-5).

We are not to Trust in "Religious" practices, rituals, infant baptism, or in praying prayers to Mary the Mother of Jesus (1 Tim 2:5), or by Praying to dead Saints—as is the practice of Catholic Popes throughout the ages who falsely and loudly proclaim a different gospel (Mark 7:6-9) other than the one that Jesus, and His Disciples preached (Gal 1:6-12;1 Cor 11:13-15; 1 Tim 2:5).

The "Religious" Path (the Pharisee's in Jesus day were "Religious") is part of the BROAD PATH that appears to be on it's way to Heaven, but it is demonically inspired and deceptively leading Billions of unaware "Religious" people to Hell (Matt 7:13-14). The Bible clearly states that Satan has blinded the hearts and minds of the many people of this World, so that they cannot see, hear, or understand the Good News (2 Cor 4:4;Eph 2:2; Mark 4:10-13).

  • Rev 12:9 says, "Satan deceives the Whole World."

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4 - After Salvation, What Kind of Obedience to Jesus Does God Expect?

  • Matt 3:8 & Luke 3:8 says, "PROVE by the way you live that you have Repented of your Sins and Turned to God." (the NKJV says, "Therefore BEAR FRUITS worthy of REPENTANCE." )

The Bible states that if we call ourselves Christians we are to BEAR FRUITS of Repentance or PROVE that we really have Repented of our Sins (Sinful Nature— Gal 5:16-21), and Turned to God (who gives us a New Nature) — Gal 5:22-26; 2 Cor 5:17.

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God desires that we would live a daily life of OBEDIENCE TO GOD'S WORD.

What would we think of Apostle's Peter, John, Paul, etc. if they had said a One Time Sinner's Prayer— but then the rest of their lives they lived any old way they wanted to— maybe spending around only one hour a week with Jesus?

That's what most so called "Christians" do. Look at how much time the first Christians spent with Jesus:

  • Acts 5:42 "And EVERY DAY, in the Temple (church)and from house to house (public), they CONTINUED TO TEACH AND PREACH THIS MESSAGE: “JESUS IS THE MESSIAH.”

  • Luke 2:1-52 "She (Anna; an 84 yr old Prophet & widow) NEVER LEFT THE TEMPLE (church) but stayed there DAY AND NIGHT,WORSHIPPING GOD WITH FASTING & PRAYER. She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began PRAISING GOD.SHE TALKED ABOUT THE CHILD (JESUS) to EVERYONE who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem."

  • Acts 8:4 "The Believers who were scattered PREACHED THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT JESUS WHEREEVER THEY WENT."

If they had not been OBEDIENT to Jesus we would not have the Bible like it is today. They instead produced much "Fruit" for Jesus by spending hours, and hours, and hours with Jesus by: Boldly Preaching, Teaching, and Proclaiming Jesus to the World, Writing Letters about Jesus (which is now New Testament Scriptures), Reading God's Word, Suffering for Jesus, living a life of Integrity & Holiness, and Singing about Jesus in Prison Cells while being Persecuted & Tortured for His Name sake, and the list goes on. These days we see MANY who call themselves "Christians", and go to Church on Sunday's (if that), but then they live like the World (devil) the rest of the week.

  • Mark 7:6 Jesus says, “These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me.”

These Disciples and early Christians Obeyed God's Word; that is how they showed their Honor and Love for Jesus and God the Father.

  • John 14:15 Jesus says, “If you love Me, OBEY MY COMMANDMENTS."

  • Rom 16:19 “But everyone knows that you are OBEDIENT TO THE LORD. This makes me very happy. I want you to see clearly what is right and to stay innocent of any wrong.”

So we Prove that we belong to Jesus and show our love for Him by OBEYING GOD'S WORD, AND HIS COMMANDMENTS.

If we DON'T OBEY Him, we show that we do NOT love Him.

And on the Day of Judgment Jesus says that He will say to those who did NOT OBEY HIM, but who "Broke His Laws" that He never knew these people.

  • Matt 7:21-23 Jesus says, "Not everyone who calls out to Me, 'Lord! Lord!' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually DO THE WILL OF MY FATHER IN HEAVEN will enter. On Judgment Day MANY will say to Me 'Lord! Lord! We Prophesied, Cast out demons, & Performed many Miracles in Your Name.' But I will reply, 'I never knew you. Get away from Me, you who BREAK GOD'S LAWS."

By not Obeying God's Commandments we show we are NOT a Child of God destined for Heaven, but we prove that we are a Child of the Devil who is a Liar, and will Perish in Hell.

  • 1 John 3:6-10 "Anyone who continues to live in him will NOT SIN. But anyone who KEEPS ON SINNING does NOTKNOW HIM (GOD) or understand who he is. Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people DOWHAT IS RIGHT, it SHOWS(PROVES) that they are RIGHTEOUS, even as Christ is righteous. But when people KEEP ON SINNING, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. Those who have been born into God’s family do NOT MAKE A PRACTICE OF SINNING, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does NOT LIVE RIGHTEOUSLY and does NOT LOVE OTHER BELIEVERS does NOT belong to God."

As a True Believer in Jesus we might Stumble and Fall along the way...but the difference between a True Christian vs the Lukewarm "Christian" is that the True Christian does NOT PRACTICE SIN.

And if we do Sin, we have a merciful Savior, Jesus Christ, who will plead our case before the Father—

  • 1 John 2:1 "My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will NOT SIN. But IF ANYONE DOES SIN, we have an Advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly Righteous."

God's will for our lives is that we REPENT, and STOP PRACTICING SIN, and Start Obeying God's Word and His Commandments.

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5 - Obedience to Jesus & God's Word Scriptures

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Now let's look at some more Obedience Scriptures— What God's Word says about being: Obedient To Jesus, God's Word, and God's Commandments. These Scriptures below reveal to us that we need to make sure we are living a Holy and Obedient Life.

  • 1 John 2:3-6 "We can be sure that we know HimIF we OBEY HIS COMMANDMENTS. If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn't’t OBEY GOD’S COMMANDMENTS, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who OBEY GOD’S WORD truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did."

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6 - Being Obedient to Jesus is an Expression of Our Love for Him

King David loved the Lord, and he loved God's Word & His Commandments. When you read ALL of Psalms 119, which by the way is the longest chapter in the Bible and contains 176 verses, you will notice that nearly every single verse talks about David's love for: God, God's Laws and his Obedience of: God's Commandments, Decrees, Promises, Commands, Word, Instructions, Regulations, Statutes, Ordinances, Testimonies, etc.!

One thing for sure, according to Scripture, God is going to be giving His Kingdom to a Holy People who will show their love to Him NOW, when it's NOT Popular to be an "SO4J" No Compromise Christian (Matt 10:37-39). God is giving His Kingdom to a People who have Listened to His Word, and who have SUBMITTED to Jesus by OBEYING GOD'S WORD (Matt 7:24-29) and by Preaching on: Sin, God's Righteousness, and warning of His Coming Judgment — like Jesus, Noah, John the Baptist, Peter, and Paul, etc.

  • John 16:8 Jesus says, "When He (the Holy Spirit) comes, HE will CONVICT THE WORLD of its SIN, and of GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS, and of the COMING JUDGMENT."

God is going to have a HOLY PEOPLE who are Humble and who have a HEART OF OBEDIENCE— and not with the impure motives for: Selfish Gain— for the Material Wealth of this Temporal Earth, and not obeying because they "have too", but because they love Jesus, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit.

  • Dan 7:18 "In the end, the HOLY PEOPLE of the Most High will be given the Kingdom, and they will RULE FOREVER AND EVER."

  • Dan 7:27 "Then the Sovereignty, Power, and Greatness of all the Kingdoms under Heaven will be given to the HOLYPEOPLE of the Most High (Jesus). His Kingdom will last FOREVER, and all RULERS will SERVE and OBEY HIM."

Jesus did NOT say to us: If you love me than just SAY how much you love me— or merely SING SONGS of how much you love Me.

No. Jesus told us that IF we LOVE HIM we are to OBEY HIS COMMANDMENTS— there is ACTION.

Scriptures on Obedience & Love—

Love is Expressed to Jesus by being Obedient to God's Word

  • John 14:15 Jesus says, “If you LOVE ME,OBEY MY COMMANDMENTS."

  • John 14:21 Jesus says, "Those who ACCEPT MY COMMANDMENTS and OBEY THEM are the ones who love Me. And because they love Me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal Myself to each of them."

  • John 14:23 Jesus says, “All who LOVE ME will DO WHAT I SAY. My Father will love them, and WE will come and make OUR home with each of them. Anyone who does NOT LOVE ME will NOT OBEYME."

  • 1 John 2:5-6 "But those who OBEY GOD's WORDTRULY SHOW how COMPLETELY THEY LOVE HIM. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should LIVE THEIR LIVES AS JESUS DID."

  • John 15:14 Jesus says, "You are My Friends IF you DO what I COMMAND."

  • John 15:10 Jesus says "When you OBEY MY COMMANDMENTS, you remain in my love, just as I OBEY MY FATHER’S COMMANDMENTS and remain in His love."

  • John 8:31 Jesus says, "If you CONTINUE (ABIDE) IN MY WORD, then you are TRULY MY DISCIPLES.”

  • Deut 11:1 “You must LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD and OBEY ALL HIS REQUIREMENTS, DECREES, REGULATIONS, and COMMANDS."

  • Deut 11:22 “Be careful to OBEY ALL THESE COMMANDS I am giving you. Show LOVE TO THE LORD YOUR GOD by WALKING IN HIS WAYS and HOLDING TIGHTLY TO HIM."

  • Deut 13:3-4; 18 "Do not listen to them (False Teachers or Visionaries who say things contrary to God's Word) .The Lord your God is TESTING you to see if you truly LOVE HIM WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND SOUL. Serve only the Lord your God and Fear him alone. OBEY HIS COMMANDS,LISTEN TO (OBEY) his voice, and Cling to him." (18) The Lord your God will be merciful only if you LISTEN TO HIS VOICE and KEEP (OBEY) ALL OF HIS COMMANDS that I am giving you today, doing what PLEASES HIM."

  • Matt 12:50 Jesus says, "Anyone who DOES THE WILL of my Father in heaven is My Brother and Sister and Mother!”

  • Mark 3:35 Jesus says, "Anyone who DOES GOD’s WILL is My Brother and Sister and Mother.”

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7 - How Can We be Sure We Belong to Jesus? (1 John 2:3-6)

We can be sure that we know Him by Obeying His Commandments:

  • 1 John 2:3-6 "We can be SURE that we KNOW HIM if we OBEY HIS COMMANDMENTS. If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t OBEY GOD’S COMMANDMENTS, that person is a liar and is not living in the Truth. But those who OBEY GOD’S WORD truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did."

  • Luke 6:46-49 Jesus says, “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t DO (OBEY) what I say? I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to Me, LISTENS TO MY TEACHING, AND THEN FOLLOWS IT. It is like a person building a house who DIGS DEEP AND LAYS THE FOUNDATION ON SOLID ROCK. When the floodwaters rise and break against the house, it STANDS FIRM because it is WELL BUILT. But anyone who HEARS and does NOT OBEY is like a person who builds a house WITHOUT A FOUNDATION. When the floods sweep down against that house, it WILL COLLAPSE INTO A HEAP OF RUINS.”

  • Matt 7:24-27 (NKJV) Jesus warns, "Therefore whoever HEARS these SAYINGS of Mine, and DOES them, I will liken him to a WISE MAN who BUILT his HOUSE on the ROCK: and the RAIN Descended, the FLOODS came, and the WINDS BLEW & BEAT on that House; and it did NOTFALL, for it was FOUNDED on the ROCK. But EVERYONE who HEARS these SAYINGS of Mine, and does NOT DO THEM, will be like a FOOLISH MAN who BUILT his House on the SAND; and the RAIN DESCENDED, the FLOODS came, and the WINDS BLEW and BEAT on that House; and
    it FELL. And GREAT was its FALL."

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8 - How Much Obedience Does God Require?

God wants COMPLETE OBEDIENCE to all that He COMMANDS us to do, and He wants COMPLETE INTEGRITY as well.

Here's One Example Of Complete Obedience to make a Point—

If NOAH hadn't OBEYED God's seemingly foolish Plan & Instruction to build an Ark (when there never had been rain on the earth yet), there would never have been an Ark to save the Human Race or the Animals from total extinction. God's Instructions: Gen 6:9-22 More About Noah: Gen 7:9; Heb 11:7; 2 Pet 2:5; 1 Pet 3:20

If NOAH hadn't had COMPLETEOBEDIENCE to God's Instructions for him, the Ark would have sunk with the 8 people in it, along with all of the Animals. Now we know that that wouldn't have happened according to God's Sovereign Plan, but it's gives us an idea of the kind of COMPLETE OBEDIENCE that God is requiring out of His People.

Like Noah, the Lord wants us to FOLLOW God’s Word in EVERY DETAIL, to the best of HIS ability working in us. People might Mock Us, and Laugh at us, but that does not matter, we are here to Serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and Obey the Truth.

Once again— We are NOT Saved by "Works" (Eph 2:8-9), but we PROVE that we are Saved "BY OUR WORKS" (James 2:14-20, Matt 3:8, Luke 3:8).

We are to OBEY Jesus and God's Word NOT in our own Strength,

but with HISMighty Power, and with His Strength working in us (Phil 2:13)

  • Zech 4:6 The Lord says,"Not by MIGHT, nor by POWER, but by MY SPIRIT says the Lord"

  • Phil 4:13 Paul says, "I can do ALL things THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME."

  • John 15:5 Jesus says, "Apart from Me you can do NOTHING."

  • Phil 2:13 "For GOD IS WORKING IN YOU, giving you the DESIRE AND THE POWER to DO what pleases Him."

When we feel WEAK (as Paul did in the below Scripture), and we feel like giving up, we are to remember to "GO TO JESUS". Remember this: When we are WEAK, then HE can become STRONG in us! And the Lord says that He works BEST in our WEAKNESSES! That is such good news for all of us.

Sometimes Believers in Jesus can feel that in order to be used by God they have to have all the latest and greatest Equipment and Gear to OBEY God's Instructions— but that is NOT the way the Lord operates at all. When God called David to kill Goliath, David used his slingshot, and 5 smooth stones vs. the latest and greatest: Gear, Equipment, and Armour of King Saul. (1 Sam 17:32- 50).

  • Isaiah 55:9 The Lord says, "My ways are HIGHER than your ways, and my thoughts HIGHER than your thoughts."

  • Zech 4:10 says, "Do NOT despise these SMALL BEGINNINGS, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin"

  • 2 Cor 12:7-10 Paul wrote, "Even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a Thorn in my Flesh, a messenger from Satan to TORMENT ME and keep me from becoming PROUD. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time the Lord (JESUS) said, “MY GRACE IS ALL YOU NEED. MY POWER WORKS BEST IN WEAKNESS.” So now I am glad to BOAST ABOUT MY WEAKNESSES, so that the POWER OF CHRIST can work THROUGH me. That’s why I take PLEASURE IN MY WEAKNESSES, and in the INSULTS, HARDSHIPS, PERSECUTIONS, and TROUBLES THAT I SUFFER FOR CHRIST. FOR WHEN I AM WEAK, THEN I AM STRONG."

All the Chosen People that were "Approved of" by God and written about in God's Word in: Heb 11:1-39, were people who Humbly OBEYED GOD'S WORD without seeing instant results that is FAITH. Their love for God was followed by ACTION, by being OBEDIENT to God's Calling on their lives. They were not perfect people, and MOST ALL were NOTRICH. In fact almost all were POOR, or were of the Middle Class. Those who had been Rich earlier in their life, were TESTED, or were HUNTED DOWN, and/ or PERSECUTED.

FYI - Jesus says it VERY HARD for a Rich Person to enter the Kingdom of God - Mark 10:23-31.

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9 - Who In The Bible Obeyed God Completely? Examples of Those Who Obeyed

Now let's look at a a Few of those Godly People WHO Obeyed the Lord Completely, and also look at How Much Obedience Did God Require of them at that time?

Examples of Obedience

  • Deut 5:32 “You must OBEY all the COMMANDS of the Lord your God, following his instructions in EVERY DETAIL.”

  • Gen 6:22 "Noah did EVERYTHING EXACTLY as God had COMMANDED him."

  • Gen 6:9 "Noah was a RIGHTEOUS MAN, the ONLY BLAMELESS PERSON living on earth at the time, and he walked in CLOSE FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD."
  • Gen 7:9 "They entered the boat in pairs, male and female, JUST AS GOD HAD COMMANDED NOAH."

  • Job 1:1 “There once was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was BLAMELESS—a man of COMPLETE INTEGRITY. He Feared God and Stayed away from Evil.”

  • Job 2:3 Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is BLAMELESS—a man of COMPLETE INTEGRITY. He Fears God and Stays away from Evil. And he has MAINTAINED HIS INTEGRITY, even though you urged me to harm him without cause.”

  • John 1:47 Jesus praised the futureApostle Nathanael (aka Bartholomew) by saying, “Now here is a genuine Son of Israel—a man of COMPLETE INTEGRITY." (i.e. He was the kind of man that God had intended His Chosen People to be)

  • Exod 12:28 "The people of Israel did just as the Lord had COMMANDED through Moses and Aaron."

  • Heb 11:7-10 "It was by Faith that Abraham OBEYED."

  • 1 Kings 8:58-61 “May HE give us the desire to do HIS WILL in EVERYTHING and to OBEY ALL THE COMMANDS, DECREES, AND REGULATIONS that He gave our Ancestors……and may YOU be COMPLETELY FAITHFUL TO THE LORD OUR GOD. May you ALWAYS OBEY HIS DECREES AND COMMANDS, just as you are doing today.”

  • John 8:31-32 Jesus says, “You are Truly My Disciples if you remain Faithful to My Teachings (continue in My Word). And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you Free.”

  • Deut 10:12-13 “What does the Lord your God require of you? He requires only that you Fear the Lord your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your Heart and Soul. And you must ALWAYS OBEY THE LORD'S COMMANDS & DECREES that I am giving you today for your own good."

  • Deut 11:8 “Therefore, be CAREFUL TO OBEY EVERY COMMAND I am giving you today, so you may have strength to go in and take over the land you are about to enter."

  • Deut 11:13 “If you CAREFULLY OBEY ALL THE COMMANDS I am giving you today, and if you love the Lord your God and serve him with all your heart and soul"

  • Deut 11:18-21 “So COMMIT YOURSELVES WHOLEHEARTEDLY TO THESE WORDS OF MINE. Tie them (GOD'S COMMANDMENTS) to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.“

  • Deut 11:22 “Be CAREFUL TO OBEY ALL THESE COMMANDS I am giving you. Show LOVE TO THE LORD YOUR GOD by WALKING IN HIS WAYS and HOLDING TIGHTLY TO HIM."

  • Deut 11:32 "You must be CAREFUL TO OBEY ALL THE DECREES AND REGULATIONS I am giving you today."

  • Deut 13:3-18 "The Lord your God will be merciful only if you LISTEN TO HIS VOICE and KEEP (OBEY) ALL OF HIS COMMANDS that I am giving you today, doing what PLEASES HIM."

  • Romans 6:17-18 "Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you WHOLEHEARTEDLY OBEY THIS TEACHING we have given you. Now you are FREE from your SLAVERY TO SIN, and you have become slaves to righteous living."

  • 2 Peter 3:14 "And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are PURE AND BLAMELESS in His sight."

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10 - Being Obedient to Jesus & God's Word can be Hard & Difficult

Scriptures on—Obedience to God's Word can be Hard & Difficult

  • Phil 2:12 "WORK HARD to show the results of your Salvation, OBEYING GOD with deep Reverence and Fear (work out your salvation with fear and trembling)."

  • Acts 14:21-22 Paul and Barnabas— "Strengthened the Believers. They ENCOURAGED them to continue in the Faith, reminding them that we MUSTSUFFER MANY HARDSHIPS TO ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD."

  • Luke 13:23-30 "Someone asked Jesus, 'Lord, will only a Few be Saved?' He replied, “WORK HARD (STRIVE—NKJV) to enter the Narrow Door (Gate) to God’s Kingdom, for MANY will try to enter but will FAIL. When the Master of the House has locked the door, it will be too late. You will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Lord, open the door for us!’ But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’ Then you will say, ‘But we ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ And he will reply, ‘I tell you, I don’t know you or where you come from. Get away from me, all you who DO evil.’ “There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, for you will see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God, but you will be thrown out. And people will come from all over the world—from east and west, north and south—to take their places in the Kingdom of God. And note this: Some who seem least important now will be the greatest then, and some who are the greatest now will be least important then.”

  • Matt 7:13-14 Jesus says, "You can enter God's Kingdom only through the Narrow Gate. The Highway to Hell is Broad, and it's Gate is Wide for the MANY who CHOOSE THE EASY WAY. But the Gateway to Life is very Narrow and the road is DIFFICULT, and only a FEW EVER find it."

  • Matt 3:8 & Luke 3:8 "PROVE by the way you live that you have Repented of your Sins and Turned to God."

Jesus says that it's VERY HARD for the Rich to Enter the Kingdom of God— as we are to be willing to GIVE UP EVERYTHING for HIM if He Asks.

  • Mark 10:23-30 Jesus said to his Disciples, “How HARD it is for the Rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “...it is VERY HARD TO ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD. In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a Rich Person Rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” The Disciples were astounded. “THEN WHO IN THE WORLD CAN BE SAVED?” they asked. Jesus looked at them intently and said, “HUMANLY SPEAKING, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE. But not with God. EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE WITH GOD.” Then Peter began to speak up. “WE'VE GIVEN UP EVERYTHING TO FOLLOW YOU,” he said. “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that EVERYONE WHO HAS GIVEN UP HOUSE OR BROTHERS OR SISTERS OR MOTHER OR FATHER OR CHILDREN OR PROPERTY, FOR MY SAKE AND FOR THE GOOD NEWS, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the World to come that person will have Eternal Life."

  • Matt 10:37-39 Jesus says, “If you love your Father or Mother MORE than you love Me, you are NOT WORTHY OF BEING MINE; or if you love your Son or Daughter more than Me, you are NOT WORTHY OF BEING MINE. If you refuse to take up your Cross and Follow Me, you are NOT WORTHY OF BEING MINE. If you Cling to your Life, you will LOSE IT; but if you give up your life for Me, you will FIND IT."

  • Luke 14:33 Jesus says,"So you cannot become my Disciple without giving up EVERYTHING you own." (forsaking all)

  • Gal 2:20 "I have been CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST; it is NO LONGER I WHO LIVE, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."

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11 - Jesus was our Example of Humble Obedience -
He Learned Obedience from the Things He Suffered - And so will We

Scriptures on—Jesus being our Example of a Humble Obedient Servant

  • Phil 2:5-13 "Though He was God, He did not demand and cling to His rights as God—He OBEDIENTLY HUMBLED HIMSELF. Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the Humble position of a Slave and was Born as a Human Being. When He appeared in Human Form, He HUMBLED HIMSELF IN OBEDIENCE TO GOD AND DIED A CRRIMINAL'S DEATH ON A CROSS."
  • Heb 5:7-9 "While Jesus was here on earth, He offered Prayers and Pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue Him from death. And God heard His prayers because of His deep reverence for God. Even though Jesus was God’s Son, HE LEARNED OBEDIENCE FROM THE THINGS HE SUFFERED. In this way, God qualified Him as a perfect High Priest, and He became the source of Eternal Salvation for all those who OBEY HIM."

  • 2 Tim 3:12 "All who desire to live GODLY in CHRIST JESUS will SUFFER PERSECUTION."

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12 - As Obedient Children We are to Be Holy as Jesus is Holy

Scriptures on— How Believer's are to Be Holy as Jesus is Holy

  • 1 Pet 1:14-16 "So you must live as GOD’S OBEDIENT children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must BE HOLY IN EVERYTHING YOU DO, just as God who chose you is HOLY. For the Scriptures say, “YOU MUST BE HOLY BECAUSE I AM HOLY.”

  • Heb 12:14 "Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be Holy; WITHOUT HOLINESS (Sanctification) NO ONE WILL SEE THE LORD."

  • Psalms 119:9 "How can a young person stay Pure? By OBEYING YOUR WORD."

  • Dan 7:27 "Then the Sovereignty, Power, and Greatness of all the Kingdoms under Heaven will be given to the HOLYPEOPLE of the Most High (Jesus). His Kingdom will last FOREVER, and all RULERS will SERVE and OBEY HIM."

  • Dan 7:18 "In the end, the HOLY PEOPLE of the Most High will be given the Kingdom, and they will RULE FOREVER AND EVER."

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13 - In What Ways are We to Obey Him? Here are a Few Examples:

Obey The Government— It Has Been Placed Here By God(see #12)

  • Titus 3:1 "Remind the Believers to SUBMIT to the GOVERNMENT & IT'S OFFICERS. They should be OBEDIENT, always ready to do what is Good."

  • Rom 13:1- 5 "Everyone must SUBMIT to GOVERNING AUTHORITIES. For all Authority comes from God, and those in positions of Authority have been PLACED THERE BY GOD. So anyone who Rebels against Authority is REBELLING AGAINST WHAT GOD HAS INSTITUTED, and they will be punished. For the Authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the Authorities? Do what is right, and they will Honor you. The Authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. So you must SUBMIT to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience." (That of course means Obeying the Speed Limit, Traffic Laws, Taxes, etc.)

  • Exod 12:28 "The People of IsraelDID just as the Lord had COMMANDEDthrough Moses and Aaron."

OBEY YOUR SPIRITUAL LEADERS - As Long As They Are Not False Teachers

  • Heb 13:17 "OBEY YOUR SPIRITUAL LEADERS and DO what they say (unless of course it's False Teaching or goes Contrary to God's Word - Rom 16:17-20). Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God."

PAY YOUR TAXES

  • Romans 13:6-7 "PAY YOUR TAXES, too, for these same reasons. For Government workers need to be paid. They are serving God in what they do. Give to everyone what you owe them: PAY YOUR TAXES AND GOVERNMENT FEES to those who collect them, and give Respect and Honor to those who are in Authority."
  • OBEY EARTHLY MASTERS (EMPLOYERS) - Eph 6:5-8
  • CHILDREN OBEY YOUR PARENTS - Eph 6:1
  • SUBMIT TO ONE ANOTHER OUT OF LOVE - Eph 5:21
  • HUSBANDS LOVE YOUR WIVES / WIVES SUBMIT TO YOUR HUSBAND - Eph 5:21-33
  • Eph 6:1-3 "CHILDREN, OBEY YOUR PARENTS because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do...."
  • Eph 6:5-8 "Slaves (EMPLOYEES), OBEY YOUR EARTHLY MASTERS (EMPLOYERS; your Bosses at Work) with DEEP RESPECT AND FEAR. SERVE THEM SINCERELYas you would SERVE CHRIST. Try to please them ALL the time, NOT JUST WHEN THEY ARE WATCHING YOU. As slaves (Servants) of Christ, DO THE WILL OF GOD with ALL your Heart. WORK WITH ENTHUSIASM, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the LORD WILL REWARD EACH OF US FOR THE GOOD WE DO, whether we are slaves or free."
  • Eph 6:9 "MASTERS (EMPLOYERS), treat your slaves (EMPLOYEES) in the same way (as above) . Don’t threaten them; remember, you both have the same Master in Heaven (Jesus), and he has NO favorites."
  • Eph 5:21-33 "SUBMIT TO ONE ANOTHER out of Reverence for Christ... WIVES, SUBMIT TO YOUR HUSBANDS AS TO THE LORD...As the CHURCHSUBMITS TO CHRIST..HUSBANDS...LOVE YOUR WIVES, just as Christ loved the Church...In the same way, HUSBANDSOUGHT TOLOVE THEIR WIVES as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the Church..."

These are just a FEW Examples of Way we are to be OBEDIENT to God & His Word — for more Examples read an SO4J Teaching called: Rewards in Heaven for Obeying God's Commandments— and you will also see the long list of 1,050 Commandments found in the New Testament.

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14 - Obedience to God Supersedes Worldly Authorities & False Teachers

Scriptures on— Obedience to God Supercedes Worldly Authorities

  • Exod 1:17 "Because the midwives feared God, they REFUSED TO OBEY the King and allowed the boys to live, too."

  • Acts 4:19-20 Peter and John replied, “Do you think God wants us to OBEY YOU RATHER THAN HIM? We cannot stop telling about the wonderful things we have seen and heard.”

  • Acts 5:29 Peter and the Apostles replied, “We must OBEY GODrather than HUMAN AUTHORITY.

  • Rom 16:17-20MARK THEM (False Teachers) which cause divisions and offences CONTRARY TO THE DOCTRINE which you have learned; & AVOID THEM (False Teachers)" (MORE)

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15 - What are the Rewards of Obedience?

Scriptures on— Rewards of Obedience

God is Faithful to All Those Who Obey Him

  • Daniel 9:4 Daniel prayed, “O Lord, you are a great and awesome God! You always FULFILL YOUR COVENANT and KEEP YOUR PROMISES OF UNFAILING LOVE to those who LOVE YOU and OBEY YOUR COMMANDS."

  • Exod 19:5 "Now if you will OBEY ME AND KEEP MY COVENANT, you will be my own special treasure from among all the nations of the earth; for all the earth belongs to me."

  • Deut 7:9 "He is the FAITHFUL God who keeps his Covenant for a Thousand Generations and constantly loves those who love him and OBEY HIS COMMANDS."

  • Jer 7:23 "OBEY ME, and I will be your God, and you will be My people. DO EVERYTHING AS I SAY, and all will be well!"

  • 1 John 3:21-24 "Dear friends, if we don’t feel Guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence. And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we OBEY HIM AND DO THE THINGS THAT PLEASE HIM. And this is His Commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He Commanded us. Those who OBEY GOD'S COMMANDMENTS (not coveting, not lying, stealing...) remain in fellowship with Him, and he with them. And we know He lives in us because the Spirit He gave us lives in us."

  • Deut 6:1-25; 11:26-28; 28:1-68 "Do what is RIGHT & GOOD in the Lord’s sight, so all will go well with you."

  • Deut 11:26-27 The Lord says,“Look, today I am giving you the choice between a BLESSING and a curse! You will be blessed if you OBEY THE COMMANDS of the Lord your God that I am giving you today."

  • Deut 11:9 "If you OBEY, you will enjoy a long life in the land the Lord swore to give to your ancestors and to you, their descendants—a land flowing with milk and honey!"

  • Deut 11:13-15 “If you CAREFULLY OBEY ALL THE COMMANDS I am giving you today, and if you love the Lord your God and serve him with all your heart and soul, then he will send the rains in their proper seasons—the early and late rains—so you can bring in your harvests of grain, new wine, and olive oil. He will give you lush pastureland for your livestock, and you yourselves will have all you want to eat..."

  • Matt 5:19 Jesus says, “So if you IGNORE THE LEAST COMMANDMENT and TEACH OTHERS to do the same, you will be called the LEAST in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who OBEY’S GOD’S LAWS & TEACHES THEM will be called GREAT in the Kingdom of Heaven.”

  • Matt 7:24-27 Jesus says, “Anyone who listens to My teaching and FOLLOWS (OBEYS & ACTS UPON THEM) is Wise, like a person who builds a house on Solid Rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, IT WON'T COLLAPSE BECAUSE IT IS BUILT ON BEDROCK. But anyone who hears My Teaching and IGNORES IT is Foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

  • Jer 7:23 "OBEY ME, and I will be your God—Only DO AS I SAY, and all will be well."

  • Psalm 84:11 "No good thing will the Lord withhold from those who DO WHAT IS RIGHT."

  • James 1:25 "If you keep looking steadily into God’s PERFECT LAW-the law that sets you free-and if you DO WHAT IT SAYS and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it."

Scriptures on— Obeying God & Ignoring Evil Advice brings—

Lasting Joy & Freedom From Sin

  • Luke 11:28 Jesus replied, “But even more BLESSED are all who hear the Word of God and KEEP IT (OBEY IT).

    Rom 6:17-18 "Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you WHOLEHEARTEDLY OBEY THIS TEACHING we have given you. Now you are FREE from your SLAVERY TO SIN, and you have become slaves to righteous living."

  • 1 Peter 1:22-23 "You were cleansed from your sins when you OBEYED THE TRUTH, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart. For you have been BORN AGAIN, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will LAST FOREVER because it comes from the Eternal, Living Word of God."

  • Psalm 1:1 "Oh, the joys of those WHO DO NOT FOLLOW the advice of the wicked."

  • Psalm 119:2 "Happy are those who OBEY HIS DECREES & SEARCH FOR HIMwith all their hearts."

Scriptures on— Obedience to Jesus Brings Eternal Rewards & Eternal Life

  • Heb 5:9 "God qualified him (Jesus) as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of ETERNAL SALVATION for all those who OBEY HIM."

    Rev 26-28 Jesus says "To all who are victorious, who OBEY ME TO THE VERY END, To them I will give authority over all the nations. They will rule the nations with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots. They will have the same authority I received from my Father, and I will also give them the Morning Star!"

  • Matt 7:21-23 Jesus says, “Only those who actually DO THE WILL OF MY FATHER in Heaven will enter (the Kingdom of Heaven)."

  • 1 John 2:17 "This World is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who DOES WHAT PLEASES GOD will live FOREVER."

  • Rom 2:7 "He (Jesus) will give ETERNAL LIFE to those who KEEP DOING GOOD, seeking after the Glory and Honor and Immortality that God offers."

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16 - Rewards for Teaching Others to Obey God's Commandments & Overcoming Sin

  • Matt 5:19 Jesus says, “So if you IGNORE THE LEAST COMMANDMENT and TEACH OTHERS to do the same, you will be called the LEAST in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who OBEY’S GOD’S LAWS & TEACHES THEM will be called GREAT in the Kingdom of Heaven.”

The Punishment For a True Believer for minimizing (ignoring) God's Commandments & Teaching Others To Do The Same— is a Loss Eternal Rewards by being what Jesus called "Least in the Kingdom of God."

For More Info on this Topic check out these SO4J Bible Studies:

  1. Rewards in Heaven - Who Will Be the Greatest in the Kingdom of God?

  2. Five Crowns & Rewards in Heaven

  3. God's Commandments in the New Testament - (1,050 Commands)

We need to make sure we are very careful to be Building our life on the Eternal lasting Foundation of OBEDIENCE TO JESUS CHRIST & GOD'S WORD.

  • 1 Cor 3:10-15 "Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the Foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this Foundation MUST BE VERY CAREFUL. For NO ONE can lay any Foundation (lasting foundation) other than the one we already have—JESUS CHRIST. Anyone who Builds on that Foundation may use (has a choice) a variety of Materials—Gold, Silver, Jewels, Wood, Hay, or Straw. But on the Judgment Day, fire will reveal what kind of WORK each Builder has DONE. The Fire will show if a person’s WORK has any value. IF the WORK survives, that Builder will receive a Reward. But if the WORK is burned up, the BUILDER WILL SUFFER GREAT LOSS.THE BUILDER WILL BE SAVED, but like someone BARELY ESCAPING THROUGH A WALL OF FLAMES."

 

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Rewards from Jesus for Overcomers & those Victorious over Sin

8 SCRIPTURES FOR BEING AN OVERCOMER - REWARDS FOR OVERCOMERS & THE VICTORIOUS

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8 Scripture Promises from Jesus in Revelation for those Believers who Overcome Sin, Trials, & Tests through Christ: Rev 2:7, Rev 2:11, Rev 2:17, Rev 2:26, Rev 3:5, Rev 3:12, Rev 3:21, Rev 21:7 MORE: 1 John 5:4-5, John 16:33

1 - Revelation 2:7 (NASB) Jesus says, "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches. To him who OVERCOMES, I will give to eat from the TREE OF LIFE which is in the the Paradise of God."

2 - Revelation 2:11 (NASB) Jesus says, "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches. He who OVERCOMES will NOT be hurt by the SECOND DEATH." 

3 - Revelation 2:17 (NASB) Jesus says, "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches. To him who OVERCOMES, to him I will give some of the HIDDEN MANNA,  and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it."

4 - Revelation 2:26 (NASB) Jesus says, "He who OVERCOMES, and KEEPS MY DEEDS until the END, to him I will give POWER over the NATIONS." 

5 - Revelation 3:5 (NASB) Jesus says, "He who OVERCOMES will thus be CLOTHED in WHITE GARMENTS, and I will NOT ERASE his Name from the BOOK OF LIFE; and I will CONFESS his name before My Father and before His Angels." (What does Revelation 3:5 mean? Is it Possible for a Person's Name to be Erased from the Book Of Life?)

6 - Revelation 3:12 (NASB) Jesus says, "He who OVERCOMES, I will make him a PILLAR in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the Name of My God and the Name of the City of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of Heaven from My God."

7 - Revelation 3:21 (NASB) Jesus says, "He who OVERCOMES, I will grant to SIT with ME on MY THRONE, as I also OVERCAME and sat down with My Father on His Throne." 
He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne."

8 - Revelation 21:7 (NASB) Jesus says, "He who OVERCOMES will INHERIT THESE THINGS, and I will be his God and he shall be My son."

- 1 John 5:4-5 (NASB) "For whatever is BORN OF GOD (Born Again) OVERCOMES the WORLD; and this is the VICTORY that has OVERCOME the WORLD— our FAITH. Who is he who OVERCOMES the WORLD, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?" For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

- John 16:33 (NASB) Jesus says, "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have Peace. In the WORLD you will have TRIBULATION, but take courage; I have OVERCOME the WORLD."

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17 - What are the Consequences of Disobedience to God's Word?

Scriptures on—Consequences of Disobedience to God's Word

  • Eph 5:6 "Because of these things the WRATH OF GOD comes upon the SONS OF DISOBEDIENCE."

  • John 3:36 Jesus says, "He who Believes in the Son (Jesus) has Eternal Life; but he who does NOT OBEY THE SON will not see (Eternal) Life, but the WRATH OF GOD ABIDES ON HIM."

  • 1 Peter 4:17 "For the time has come for Judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. And if Judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have NEVER OBEYED GOD's GOOD NEWS?"

  • Daniel 9:5-14 Daniel prayed, "But we have SINNED AND DONE WRONG. We have REBELLED AGAINST YOU and SCORNED your COMMANDS AND REGULATIONS. We have REFUSED TO LISTEN to your Servants the Prophets...(10) We have not OBEYED THE LORD OUR GOD, for we have NOT FOLLOWED THE INSTRUCTIONS HE GAVE US....(11) All Israel has DISOBEYED YOUR INSTRUCTION and TURNED AWAY, refusing to LISTEN TO YOUR VOICE. “So now the SOLEMN CURSES AND JUDGMENTS written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured down on us because of our SIN. You have KEPT YOUR WORD and done to us and our rulers exactly as YOU WARNED. Never has there been such a DISASTER as happened in Jerusalem. Every CURSE written against us in the Law of Moses has come true. Yet we have refused to seek mercy from the Lord our God by TURNING FROM OUR SINS and recognizing HIS TRUTH. Therefore, THE LORD has brought upon us the DISASTER HE PREPARED. The LORD OUR GOD was right to do all of THESE THINGS, for we did NOT OBEY HIM."

  • Titus 1:16 "Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and DISOBEDIENT, worthless for doing anything good."

  • 2 Thess 1:7-9 "And God will provide rest for you who are being persecuted and also for us when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, bringing Judgment on those who don’t know God and on those who REFUSE TO OBEY THE GOOD NEWS OF OUR LORD JESUS. They will be punished with eternal destruction, forever separated from the Lord and from his glorious power.”

  • Rom 2:6-10 "He (Jesus) will Judge everyone according to what they have done. He will give Eternal Life to those who keep on DOING GOOD, seeking after the Glory and Honor and Immortality that God offers. But he will POUR OUT HIS ANGER AND WRATH on those who live for themselves, who REFUSE to OBEY THE TRUTH and instead live lives of wickedness. There will be trouble and calamity for everyone who keeps on DOING what is evil—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. But there will be Glory and Honor and Peace from God for all who DO GOOD— for the Jew first and also for the Gentile."

  • Num 20:1-13 God says to Moses, “Because you did NOT TRUST ME ENOUGH— you will not lead them into the land.”

  • Eccl 12:13-14 "Fear God and OBEY HIS COMMANDS, for this is everyone’s duty. God will Judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad."

  • Deut 11:28 "You will be CURSED if you REJECT THE COMMANDS of the Lord your God and turn away from him and Worship gods you have not known before."

  • Deut 11:16-17 “But be careful. Don’t let your heart be deceived so that you turn away from the Lord (by rejecting His COMMANDS) and serve and worship other gods. If you do, the LORD'S ANGER WILL BURN AGAINST YOU. He will shut up the sky and hold back the rain, and the ground will fail to produce its harvests. Then you will quickly die in that good land the Lord is giving you."

  • 1 Peter 4:17 "For the time has come for Judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. And if Judgment begins with us (True Believers in Jesus), what TERRIBLE FATE awaits those who have never OBEYED THE GOOD NEWS?"

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18 - What Does God's Word say about Doing Good Deeds & Good Works?

Scriptures on—Obedience and Doing Good Deeds & Good Works

  • OBEDIENCE = GOOD DEEDS & GOOD WORKS
  • DISOBEDIENCE = NO DEEDS & BAD DEEDS

(we are not saved by "Works" - it is showing evidence however of our Salvation)

  • James 2:19 "You say you have Faith, for you BELIEVE that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons BELIEVETHIS, and they tremble in terror."

  • James 2:17-18 "So you see, FAITH BY ITSELF ISN'T ENOUGH.Unless it PRODUCED GOOD DEEDS, it is DEAD and useless. Now someone may argue, “Some people have Faith; others have Good Deeds.” But I say, “How can you SHOW ME YOUR FAITH if you don’t have GOOD DEEDS? I will show you my FAITH by my GOOD DEEDS.

  • James 1:22 "Be DOERS of the word, and not Hearers only, deceiving your own selves."

  • James 2:12 "So whatever you SAY or DO, remember that you will be Judged by the law that sets you free."

  • 1 Cor 15:58 "So, my dear Brothers and Sisters, be strong and immovable. ALWAYS WORK ENTHUSIASTICALLY FOR THE LORD, for you know that nothing you DO for the Lord is ever useless."

  • Heb 6:10 "The Lord will not forget how HARD YOU HAVE WORKED FOR HIM and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other Believers, as you still do."

  • James 2:20 "Fool! When will you ever learn that faith that does not result in GOOD DEEDS is useless?"

  • James 2:26 "Faith is dead without GOOD DEEDS."

  • John 5:28-29 Jesus says, "Don’t be so surprised! Indeed, the time is coming when all the dead in their graves will hear the voice of God’s Son (Jesus), and they will rise again. Those who have DONE GOOD will rise to experience ETERNAL LIFE, and those who have CONTINUED IN EVIL will rise to experience JUDGMENT."

  • 1 Pet 1:17 "And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will Judge or Reward you according to what you DO. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time as “foreigners in the land.”

  • Rev 22:12 Jesus says, “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my Reward with Me to repay all people ACCORDING TO THEIR DEEDS."

  • Rev 2:23 Jesus says, "Then all the Churches shall know that I am He who searches the MINDS and HEARTS; and I will give to each one of you according to your DEEDS."

  • Matt 16:27 Jesus says, "For the Son of Man will come with His Angels in the Glory of His Father and will Judge all people according to their DEEDS."

  • Matt 25:21 Jesus says, “The Master (Jesus) was full of praise. ‘Well DONE, My Good and Faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!"

  • Matt 24:46-51 Jesus says, "If the Master returns and finds that the servant has done a GOOD JOB, there will be a reward. I tell you the truth, the Master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. But what if the servant is evil and thinks, ‘My Master won’t be back for a while,’ and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth."

  • John 5:28-29 "Don’t be so surprised! Indeed, the time is coming when all the dead in their graves will hear the voice of God’s Son, and they will rise again. Those who have DONE GOOD will rise to experience eternal life, and those who have continued in evil will rise to experience Judgment."

  • Rev 3:15 Jesus says, “I know all the things you DO, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other!"

  • Rev 2:2-6 Jesus says, “I know all the things you DO. I have seen your HARD WORK and your PATIENT ENDURANCE. I know you don’t TOLERATE EVIL PEOPLE. You have EXAMINED THE CLAIMS of those who say they are apostles but are not. You have DISCOVERED they are liars. You have PATIENTLY SUFFERED FOR ME without quitting. But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! 5 Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and DO THE WORKS you did at first. If you don’t REPENT, I will come and remove your lampstand from its place among the churches. But this is in your favor: You HATE THE EVIL DEEDS of the Nicolaitans, just as I do.“

  • Rev 2:19 Jesus says, "I know all the things you DO. I have seen your LOVE, FAITH, YOUR SERVICE, and YOUR PATIENT ENDURANCE. And I can see your CONSTANT IMPROVEMENTS in all these things."

  • Matt 7:21-23 Jesus says, “Only those who actually DO THE WILL OF MY FATHER in Heaven will enter (the Kingdom of Heaven)."

  • 1 John 2:17 "This World is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who DOES WHAT PLEASES GOD will live FOREVER."

  • Romans 2:7 "He (Jesus) will give ETERNAL LIFE to those who KEEP DOING GOOD, seeking after the Glory and Honor and Immortality that God offers."

  • Acts 10:34-35 Peter replied, "In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every Nation whoever FEARS HIM and WORKS RIGHTEOUSNESS is ACCEPTED by Him."

SHEEP & GOAT - Matt 25:31-46

RIGHTEOUS VS UNRIGHTEOUS

  • Matt 25:31-33 Jesus says, “When the Son of Man (Jesus) comes in his Glory, and all the Angels with him, then he will sit upon his Glorious Throne. All the Nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the Sheep from the Goats. He will place the Sheep at his right hand and the Goats at his left..(cont)

SHEEP - RIGHTEOUS - GOOD DEEDS = ETERNAL LIFE

  • Matt 25:34-44 ..."Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are BLESSED by my Father, INHERIT THE KINGDOM PREPARED FOR YOU from the Creation of the World. For I was Hungry, and you Fed me. I was Thirsty, and you gave me a Drink. I was a Stranger, and you invited me into your Home. I was Naked, and you gave me Clothing. I was Sick, and you cared for me. I was in Prison, and you visited me.’ “Then these RIGHTEOUS ONES will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you Hungry and Feed you? Or Thirsty and give you something to Drink? Or a Stranger and show you Hospitality? Or Naked and give you Clothing? When did we ever see you Sick or in Prison and Visit you?’ “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you DID it to one of the least of these my Brothers and Sisters, you were DOINGIT TO ME! ..." (cont.)...

GOAT - UNRIGHTEOUS - BAD/NO DEEDS = ETERNAL PUNISHMENT

  • Matt 25:41-46 ...“Then the King (Jesus) will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you CURSED ONES, into the ETERNAL FIRE prepared for the DEVIL AND HIS DEMONS. For I was Hungry, and you didn’t Feed me. I was Thirsty, and you didn’t give me a Drink. I was a Stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your Home. I was Naked, and you didn’t give me Clothing. I was Sick and in Prison, and you didn’t visit me.’ “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you Hungry or Thirsty or a Stranger or Naked or Sick or in Prison, and not HELP YOU?’“And he (Jesus) will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you REFUSED TO HELP the least of these my Brothers and Sisters, you were REFUSING TO HELP ME. And they will go away into ETERNAL PUNISHMENT..." (cont.) ...

RIGHTEOUS DEEDS = ETERNAL LIFE

  • Matt 25:46 ... "but the RIGHTEOUS (who do Righteous Deeds) will GO INTO ETERNAL LIFE.”

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19 - Random Obedience & Commandment Scriptures

  • Matt 15:9 Jesus says, "Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as COMMANDS from God.”

  • Rom 1:5 "Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as Apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will Believe and OBEY HIM, bringing Glory to his Name."

  • Lev 9:5-6 "So the people presented all these things at the entrance of the Tabernacle, just as Moses had commanded. Then the whole community came forward and stood before the Lord. And Moses said, “This is what the Lord has COMMANDED you to do so that the glory of the Lord may appear to you.”

  • Acts 5:32 "We are witnesses of these things and so is the Holy Spirit, who is given by God to those who OBEY HIM.”

  • Heb 8:10 "On that day—I will put my LAWS IN THEIR MINDS so they will understand them, and I will WRITE THEM IN THEIR HEARTS so they will OBEY THEM."

OBEDIENCE to God’s Word is far better than Sacrifice.

  • 1 Sam 15:22 Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your OBEDIENCE TO HIS VOICE?OBEDIENCE is far better than Sacrifice. Listening to him is much better than offering the fat of rams.”

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