The Obedience of Faith

Twice in Romans Paul refers to something he calls the obedience of faith.  The scriptures tell us that Christ became sin for us and died for us. Through His once and for all sacrifice we are justified, righteous, sanctified, holy, saints, pure, dead, resurrected and ascended. In Him we go from glory to glory. Briefly told, that is the content of our faith.

Faith to salvation is quite easy compared to all the other things we hold as true. Faith isn’t easy, that is why Paul talks about this obedience of faith. Daily we are faced by inconsistencies. We lose our temper, our thoughts are a different story and we struggle with a variety of temptations. It seems like we are rendered in the middle of a battle zone, where our faith is challenged from many angles.

In order to understand this more thoroughly we have to investigate our death and compare it with Jesus’ death. Jesus death was an all encompassing death. All three parts of Him saw death. When He was in the grave He completely had given up His life. Since He had emptied Himself of His rights before He entered this temporal realm He couldn’t raise Himself from death. Thus the Spirit raised Jesus from the grave and gave Him back His life (Rom 8:11).

We who are still alive have experienced a spiritual death. We died in Christ and were also raised by the Spirit. However, our soul and body haven’t yet tasted death like the death Jesus experienced. Jesus is thus both perfected and untemptable there He is sitting at the right hand of the Father. We, however, are perfected and temptable. That’s the difference! So we are pulled, pushed and tempted in this evil world. But, why?

Where do you go when you are sick? You go to the doctor. He is a specialist. He has been trained with the objective of dealing with people’s ailments. Well, this world needs spiritual specialists as well; people who are well trained in the obedience of faith. So, we are educated through those pulls, influences and temptations to become spiritual experts who can aid those who are struggling towards a settled obedience of faith.

We feel fear, we have reactions, there are doubts and there is unbelief. We experience rejection, hurt, anger and a variety of feelings. Through them we discover our humanity. Our job isn’t to purify all those things. What we do, however, is refusing to accept any condemnation on account of our humanity. Obedience of faith means that despite any appearances we stand grounded in the truth which often seems to contradict the actual realities. We are hence equipped to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of His name among all the nations (Rom 1:5).

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6 Responses to The Obedience of Faith

  1. Patty Musick says:

    Oh my, Ole! What a blessing this is! It is no wonder (for we have a God who is full of wonder) that this is exactly what I needed to hear at this time. My thoughts have been asking some of the questions that you have answered right here in this blog. I just want to cry! I’m so thankful.

  2. Ole Henrik says:

    Wow! Thank you for such a wonderful confirmation, Patty! God is indeed full of wonder!

  3. John says:

    Hi Ole,
    I like the “Mystery Revealed” emails alot, I’ve being receiving from you! your material is very clear and easy to follow, you are surely bringing great light to very difficult topics….
    Kind Regards John….

  4. wempy david saudale says:

    Wow..This has provided an excellent drive, learn to rest in Him and live a life of obedience to the Faith .. Thank you Ole. God bless

  5. Kristin Smith says:

    I love this line: “Our job isn’t to purify all those things.” Again your blog is confirming things God has been teaching me over time. In the past I believed the fear, the emotions etc. were the sin themselves and that God was asking me to change my feelings and emotions. I believed then that obedience was me changing my feelings. God has shown me that I cannot stop my skin from tearing and bleeding when I fall. So too in life when I bump into life situations that make me hurt/mad/sad/angry etc. I am not supposed to eradicate those feelings. Not my job! And I could never do it anyway…I tried! I cannot change the feeling but I can change my response to those feelings. And I can know who I am and who I am not anymore and there is a lot of freedom in knowing I am not what I feel. “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ…” 2 Corinthians 10:5
    The old thoughts have no power, they are there but they are powerless. They are destroyed when I rest in what He says to be true and not my reasoning.

    For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh,for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 2 cor 10:3 & 4

    Christ in me is my hope of glory on a daily basis.

  6. Ole Henrik says:

    Wonderful, Kristin! Thanks for sharing your insights on this! Very encouraging to know who we are!

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