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The Scriptures have much to say concerning obedience. Without obedience a military campaign cannot be successful and a Revolution entails a continual need to campaign. (As Paul suggests, “a marathon” verses a short sprint; see 1 Corinthians 9:24; 2 Timothy 4:7; and Hebrews 12:1) The Ministry Manifesto has the following to teach us concerning obedience:

    1. We will abide (constantly remain) in the love of Christ if we obey His commands: If you keep my commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. (John 15:10)
    2. We prove we are the friends of Jesus if we obey Him: You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. (John 15:14)
    3. When we obey our Master we are just doing what slaves are told to do: Does he (the master) thank his slave because he did what was commanded? (The answer is meant in the Greek construction to be answered with a no). In the same way, when you have done all that you were commanded, you should say, “we are good-for-nothing slaves; we have only done our duty.” (Luke 17:9-10, HCSB)
    4. Love is to walk (to order the manner by which we live) in obedience to His commandments: This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.  (2 John 1:6)
    5. We show our love for Christ when we are obedient: If you love Me, keep My commandments. He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him. (John 14:15, 21)
    6. Obedience to God’s commands is what matters: Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters.  (1 Corinthians 7:19)
    7. We can know that we know God if we obey Him: Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1 John 2:3-4)
    8. Answered prayer comes to those who are obedient: And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. (1 John 3:22)
    9. His commandment is love: And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.  (1 John 3:23)
    10. By being obedient we can know that God abides in us: Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us. (1 John 3:24)
    11. We can know that we love the children of God by obedience: By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.  (1 John 5:2)
    12. The love of God is in obedience to His commandments: For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.  (1 John 5:3)
    13. We will be rewarded (Revelation 22:12) in the end for obedience: Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. (Revelation 22:14)
    14. Paul commended obedience and was glad for those who were obedient in the church in Rome: For your obedience has been come known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil. (Romans 16:19)
    15. God’s revelation to man is for the purpose of obedience to the faith: Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for the obedience of the faith, to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen. (Romans 16:25-27, emphasis added)
    16. Titus affectionately remembered the obedience of the church in Corinth: And his (Titus) affections are greater for you as he remembers the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling you received him. (2 Corinthians 7:15)
    17. The Church glorified God for the Corinth church’s obedience: While, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men. (2 Corinthians 9:13)
    18. Paul had confidence in Philemon’s obedience: Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.  (Philemon 1:21)
    19. Peter writes to the Church of the Dispersion and mentions they were elected to sanctification in obedience: Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: grace to you and peace be multiplied.  (1 Peter 1:1-2)
    20. Peter expresses to obey God is the only option: But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29)
    21. The Holy Spirit is given to those who obey God: And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him. (Acts 5:32)
    22. We can choose who to be slaves to, and whom we obey: Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?  (Romans 6:16)
    23. Christ has become the author of eternal salvation to those who obey Him: And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him. (Hebrews 5:9)
    24. The disciples were obedient to Jesus: So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. (Matthew 21:6)
    25. Paul had confidence that the church in Thessalonica will be obedient to his commands: And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we command you. (2 Thessalonians 3:4)
    26. Obedience proves life in God: So He (Jesus) said to him (the rich young ruler), “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” (Matthew 19:17)
    27. What Paul wrote was considered the commands of God:  (1 Corinthians 14:37)For you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus.  (1 Thessalonians 4:2); If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the LordAnd we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we commanded you. (2 Thessalonians 3:4)
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