In 1535 John Rogers translated the first full Bible into the English language. Subsequently, he was the first martyr of the reformation, burned at the stake by Queen “Bloody” Mary. As he was guided to the stake, history describes his own children walking at his side “encouraging him” while he smiled with joy.
Is your faith so profound its noticeable? Would Queen Mary have hunted you down? Would you walk to the stake with joy? Are you set apart? Have you experienced a clear break from old ways? Are your deeds, words, and thoughts holy?
Sadly, I meet with too many people who believe they’re saved but bear absolutely no fruit of it! They feel limited confidence in their salvation and often I can’t give them confidence in it either…
“Obedience” isn’t a word we hear much in modern church. We hear a lot about relevance, experience, material blessing, and decisions, but incredibly little about obedience. But, the Bible has a ton to say about obedience. In fact, you can determine if you’re truly saved by simply looking at the evidences of obedience in your life. To be clear, you are saved by the work of the Spirit creating in you a real-time, present, ongoing, current, entire dependence on Christ, called justification by faith, but the Bible teaches that this new dependence will always result in a desire to please Christ.
- You’ll want to obey because you love Jesus (Jn 14:15)
- You’ll want to keep a clear conscience (Rom 13:5, 1 Tim 1:5, 2 Tim 1:3)
- You’ll want to be a vessel for noble use (2 Tim 2:20-21)
- You’ll want your life to be a testimony for unbelievers (1 Peter 3:1-2, 15-16)
- You’ll hope for God’s present blessings (1 Peter 3:9-12)
- You’ll want to avoid God’s displeasure and discipline (2 Cor 5:11, Eph 4:30)
- You’ll want heavenly rewards (Matt 6:19-21, 1 Cor 3:12-15, 2 Cor 5:9-10)
- You’ll want a deeper walk with God (Matt 5:8, John 14:21, 1 John 1:6)
- You’ll want peace and joy (Phil 4:9, Heb 12:1-2)
- You’ll want what is right (Phil 4:8, Ps 40:8)
If you read these items and recognize growing desires, new victories, and progressive out-workings in your life than you ARE experiencing the sanctifying work of God and can be assured of your salvation! Conversely, if you felt tempted to delete this post the moment you saw the title, felt the urge to argue with the subject of “obedience” as evidence of salvation, or were taught that your salvation was secure simply because you “raised your hand” or “walked the aisle” then cry out to God and search the Scriptures.
Jesus Christ must be Lord!