Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
05/25/2014, by John Kincaid
Lesson 247: Grace Enables Us To Obey
John 14:15 Jesus said, If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
Obedience is not optional. God’s acceptance of us does not depend on our good works.
But God still requires righteous living; He expects His children to act like His children.
2 Tim.1:9 God saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began
Bible commands are designed to glorify God and protect us from harm. God doesn’t love us because we obey, but we won’t receive all His blessings without obedience.
Resting on God’s grace does not excuse us from obedience; it enables us to obey.
Rom.4:16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace.
John 1:16-17 from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Eph.4:7 to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
We are conformed to the image of Christ as our obedience is oriented toward others.
Our selfish motives (trying to earn points with God) are increasingly replaced by the desire for God’s glory, and for loving others.
About This Series
The goal of this series is to become more useful in serving the Lord Jesus Christ, as an instrument in the Redeemer's hand. The theme verses for the series are Ephesians 4:22-24, Philemon 11, 2 Timothy 2:21
- to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
- and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
- Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.
- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.