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Rom 5:19-21  NKJV

For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.  20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Gal 3:1-3 NKJV

O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? 2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?  


Today I was considering the many passages of scripture about not having faith in following the law, but rather having faith in Jesus Who makes us righteous.  For some reason, many people apply the law, faith and grace scriptures against various holiness doctrines within church culture.  They use these scriptures as a weapon against the religious spirit.  Using these scriptures does not make sense to me for two reasons:


1)  The law spoken in the NT was always referring to the OT laws and ordinances.  2)  The NT teaches obedience and the word is mentioned 46 times in the NT.



What IS the Law?

Who do we know in our churches who are practicing the OT laws in order to be saved, justified or declared righteous?  I can’t think of anyone I know.  In the places in the New Testament, when it is speaking about following the law, they were speaking to those raised in Judaism who literally did follow the law and ordinances of the Old Testament and were unable to place their faith in only the works of Jesus Christ to save them from their sins and make them righteous.  In the places where the NT mentions the law, it is not talking about someone being justified by following the Christian culture of holiness. 



What Does the NT Scripture Say About Obedience?

As I pondered this, I looked up the words obey, obedience and obedient in the NT.  In these scriptures, it tells us:


  • That Jesus, Who is our standard for righteous living was obedient to God even unto death.


  • That we are to be obedient in our thoughts through obedience to Christ Jesus.


  • That we are to be obedient against sin, lust & unrighteousness


  • That we are to be obedient to the rhema Word of God, like the disciples who obeyed the angel’s command


  • That we are to be obedient to leaders


  • That we are to be obedient to the gospel


  • That we are to be obedient in all things


  • That we are to be obedient in our confession of the gospel





Phil 2:8-9 NKJV

And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.


Heb 5:7-11 NKJV

Who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, 8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. 9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, 10 called by God as High Priest "according to the order of Melchizedek," 






2 Cor 10:5-6 NKJV

...bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.






1 Peter 1:16 NKJV

Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy."  


Rom 2:5-11 NKJV

But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6 who "will render to each one according to his deeds":   7 eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; 8 but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness — indignation and wrath, 9 tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; 10 but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11 For there is no partiality with God.


Rom 6:12-14  NKJV

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.


James 1:12-15 NKJV

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.






Acts 5:19-20 NKJV

But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20 "Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life."


Acts 5:27-32 NKJV

And the high priest asked them, 28 saying,"Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man's blood on us!"  29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said:"We ought to obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. 31 Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him."






2 Thess 3:13-15 NKJV

But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good. 14 And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.


Heb 13:17 NKJV

Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.


1 Peter 3:1-2 NKJV

Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear.






1 Peter 4:17-18 NKJV

For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?






2 Cor 2:5-11 NKJV

But if anyone has caused grief, he has not grieved me, but all of you to some extent — not to be too severe. 6 This punishment which was inflicted by the majority is sufficient for such a man, 7 so that, on the contrary, you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with too much sorrow. 8 Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love to him. 9 For to this end I also wrote, that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things. 10 Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, 11 lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.






2 Cor 9:13-14 NKJV

...while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men...




Words from the The Quickened Word are excerpts from the journals of Sandy Warner.  To better understand how God speaks, read Sandy’s book, “101+ Ways God Speaks, And How to Hear Him.”  Website:    Email:  







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