Faith – Grace and obeying?

faith aloneDoes John 3:36 indicate we must believe and obey in order to have eternal life?

“He who believes in the Son has eternal life: but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” – John 3:36

Is John suggesting that everyone who commits any act of disobedience is lost?  If so, everyone is lost. Disobeying in the context of John 3:36 is refusing to believe in the Son.  In other words, Faith is obeying. 

The obedience called for in Heb. 5:9 is the same obedience called for in Jn 3:36 and Rom. 10:16

“He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation.”

Here’s a verse about Christian obedience.

“So then my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;” – Philippians 2:12

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“It is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” – Philippians 2:13

The obedient life isn’t about promises, commitments, dedication and rededications to be obedient.  It’s about living in newness.  Notice Phil 2:12 (above).  Work out your own salvation.  First, don’t work for your salvation.  Second, work from the inside out what God has worked in.  In other words, obedience doesn’t change me.  I’m already changed (made new).  Third, the desire and ability to obey are also a work of God’s grace (Phil. 2:13).

From beginning to end its by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

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Dan Rockwell

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6 Comments on “Faith – Grace and obeying?”

  1. Chuck Gonzalez Says:

    Most interesting NKJV John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice,and I know them,and they follow Me”When Christ becomes our Shepard don’t we naturaly follow Him?

  2. Dan Rockwell Says:

    Chuck,

    God’s grace implants a new set of “wants” in us (Phil 2:13). A set of wants that want to follow the shepherd.

    The problem is, we still have wants to run our own life or to follow our own path.

    Regards

    Dan

  3. Chuck Gonzalez Says:

    When we stray off we have the promise that He will leave the 99 to get the one.now it does not say the one wants to come back or not.We fall on our butts and cry for help or He promises to use the Rod of correction it’s all done in love.When we hear his voice we obey those who are not Not His voice do not obey.When Jesus was baptized The father spoke people heard what he said and the others only heard thunder.

  4. Dan Rockwell Says:

    I’m counting on the fact that Jesus in his grace chases us for relationship. thanks Chuck


  5. Another great post. I love the emphasis on grace. Everything we do afterward is (or should be) a response to that grace, not a requirement for it.

    -Marshall Jones Jr.

  6. Michelle Says:

    Hello,
    This is an interesting conversation.

    It seems to me that grace precedes work, and work depends on grace…if we work without first accepting God’s grace, it is us working–not Him 🙂

    This makes grace the more significant thing to consider in our relationship with God.

    You cannot really know what love is, or love others until you have recieved it and experienced it yourself. We recieve love and grace from God…this in turn enables us to do good works. The love and grace given to us overflows–it flows from us because we recieve it, get filled, and pour it out to others…that’s how it works!

    Those who truly need, want, and recieve God’s grace would never cheapen such a precious gift by intentionally abusing it.

    Grace and peace to you,
    ~Michelle


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