THE PRINCIPLE OF COMMAND AND PROMISE
May 22, 1991
INTRODUCTION: We are going to look at the principle of command
and promise as it relates to holiness and faith. In the pursuit
of holiness, Christians are often called on to perform duties
that appear unreasonable and even absurb to an unbelieving
world. Abraham, for instance, left his shelter and security
because God commanded him to do so and gave him a promise.
Though we often think of holiness in a more narrow sense of
separation from impurity and moral evil, in its broader sense,
holiness is obedience to the will of God in whatever God
directs. No one can pursue holiness who is not prepared to obey
God in every area of his life. The holiness described in the
Bible calls us to do more than separate ourselves from the moral
pollution of the world around us. It calls us to obey God -
even when that obedience is costly, when it requires deliberate
sacrifice, and even exposure to danger.
One of the intriguing thoughts from the Bible is the way the
writers appear to use obedience and faith interchangeably.
EXAMPLE: The O.T. Hebrews would never enter God's rest because
they disobeyed. Hebrews 3:l8, "And to whom swore he that they
should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?"
Yet, they were not able to enter because of their unbelief.
Hebrews 3:l9, "So we see that they could not enter in because of
We see the same thing in Hebrews 4:2, 6.
The element of obedience - responding to the will of God - is
just as prominent in the life of a believer as claiming the
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