The Secret Of Obedience
John 14:15-21; Matthew 12:30
Turn with me to John chapter fourteen and I want us to begin reading tonight in chapter fourteen and we begin reading in verse fifteen. Jesus said if ye love me keep my commandments and I will pray the father and he shall give you another comforter that he may abide with your forever, even the spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive because it seeth him not neither knoweth him, but ye know him, for he dwelleth with you and shall be in you, I will not leave you comfortless.
Tonight I want to speak to you about the secret of obedience, do you have the topic in your mind, the secret of obedience. So many people are looking for the secret of the Christian life where is it found? Well, I believe in the passage that I have before tonight we may be right close to actually one of the most incisive statements to help us to understand how to live victoriously of any passage in all of the bible and so I want to call tonight our message the secret of obedience.
Trust and obey, for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey. Do you want me to tell you what is wrong with the average Christian? He's disobedient. Do you want me to tell you what is wrong with the average church? It is filled with disobedient people. Do you want me to tell you why people are not happy in their faith, they're saved bur they're enduring it rather than enjoying it. They're simply not being obedient.
Now, ladies and gentleman, there is no other way to be happy in Jesus us but to trust and obey. Now, obedience is something we don't hear much about. We preach so much on salvation by grace through faith and we tell people that salvation is a gift of God, that sometimes if we talk about obedience people think we're legalist but I would have to agree with Martin Luther who said we're not saved by faith and works, but we are saved by a faith that works and James said that faith without works is. dead and there are so many things that hinge on our obedience.
Now there are three things I want you to learn tonight in this passage of scripture that we have before us. First of all, I want you to notice the motive for obedience, why do you obey the Lord? Point number one, the love of Christ, a love for Christ is the motive for obedience.
In John chapter fourteen, verse fifteen, Jesus said if you love me, keep my commandments. If you love me keep my commandments. Now, ladies and gentleman, there is no other motive for keeping the word of God that love for t he Lord Jesus Christ. If you love me keep my commandments. Don't tell me that you love the Lord Jesus if you're not obeying him, it's just foolish and empty talk. As a matter of fact, our Lord makes it very clear and very plain that if we love him we will keep his commandments. Look if you will please in verse twenty one, he that hath my commandments and keepeth them he it is that loveth me and he that loveth me shall be l ...
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