The Freedom of Obedience (1st) – Gospel in Life
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The Freedom of Obedience (1st)

Tim Keller |  April 10, 1994

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Topics:
  • The Ten Commandments
  • Christian Living and Obedience
Duration:
46:19
Scripture:
1 John 2:1-8
SKU:
RS 48-01

1 John 2:1–6

When we dig deep into the Ten Commandments, we see how vital it is for Christians to obey God’s laws. Obedience isn’t just about following rules. It’s how we truly get to know God and feel His love. It’s also what fulfills us as humans. The famous writer Eugene O’Neill reminds us that even the best things in life can’t satisfy our souls like obedience to God can.

1. What does God say about obedience?

Obedience means accepting that sometimes we don’t get our way. In physical training, it’s easy to understand this concept. But when it comes to moral decisions, people often miss the point. Today’s popular beliefs, like scientific atheism and New Age thinking, encourage us to do what we want, without considering higher moral standards. But real freedom and spiritual satisfaction come when we let God guide us, even when His ways seem tough to follow.

2. Why should we obey God?

In Christianity, obedience isn’t a way to earn our spot in heaven. Instead, it’s about growing closer to God. It’s a special part of our faith that focuses on love and change, rather than self-pride or resentment. By obeying God, we’re saying “Your will, not mine.” This allows us to experience God’s love fully and to become His treasured children.

3. What does God want us to do?

To have a personal relationship with God, we need to understand and follow His commands as shown in the Bible. We shouldn’t ignore biblical teachings just because they don’t match our personal opinions. This could lead to loose morals and damage our relationship with God. The Bible’s wisdom and Jesus’s teachings show us that obeying God, even when it seems difficult, is crucial to our faith.

4. How does obedience fit into the big picture?

Jesus Christ represents us before God. But He’s not begging for mercy. He’s pointing to His self-sacrifice that paid for our sins. This gives us confidence to obey God, not because we’re scared, but because we’re grateful and love Him. Even when obeying God is hard, we can trust in His promise of eternal life. This gives us a deep sense of fulfillment as we live according to His Word.

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