The bible teaches us that in order to be saved, we must obey the gospel through faith. When one comes to complete obedience of the gospel, they will no longer live in sin. For Jesus told us in order to follow him, we must take up our cross and deny the flesh. When we deny the flesh, we deny sin. For sin dwells in the flesh, according to the scripture. The book of James also tells us faith without works is dead. Those who live in sin do not know God. A tree is know by his fruit.
There are many, today, who have no fear of God before their eyes. They refuse to obey the gospel of Jesus Christ. So how do we obey the gospel of Jesus Christ? The bible tells us we must obey the gospel through faith. For we are saved by grace through faith, and not of works. However, the bible also tells us faith without works is dead, being alone. Those who do not obey the gospel of Jesus Christ will be punished with an everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and the glory of his majesty, according to the bible. We must fear God and obey the gospel to escape the pollution of the world through lust.
According to the bible, we either obey the gospel or we obey sin. We are commanded not to let sin reign in our mortal bodies. Who we yield ourselves servants to obey, his servants we are, whether of sin unto death, or obedience to righteousness. The bible tells us faith is counted for righteousness. As David described the blessedness of the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. He said, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. He went on to say, he who worketh not, but believeth upon him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Therefore, we can conclude that obedience to the gospel comes through faith alone.
The bible also tells us of disobedience. When speaking to the Galatians, Paul asked them who hindered them that they should not obey the truth. There were men teaching that one must keep the works of the law for salvation. Paul then told them not to hear such vain words, that obedience came through faith alone. Another scripture tells us because of vain words, the wrath of God revealed against the children of disobedience. He was telling them to avoid adultery, fornication, etc. So we see how faith is wrought by our works. Those who obey the gospel will not follow such things as adultery, fornication, etc., the lusts of the flesh. They who obey the gospel will not walk in adultery, fornication, etc. To obey the gospel, our flesh must be crucified with it's affections and lusts, according to the bible. We are crucified with Christ, nevertheless we live, yet not us, but Christ lives in us who obey the gospel.
We must obey the gospel in order to please God. We must obey through faith and the denial of sin, they go hand in hand. We must walk in love while denying the sins of the flesh. God Bless.
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