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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Obedience is About a Personal Relationship

Edward F. Lundwall Jr.

Obedience of Faith - Part II

The Greek word for "obedience" is composed of two words: upo meaning “under" and akohn meaning “hearing.” Upo (under) speaks of agency or the means which governs akohn (hearing.) It speaks of a faith relationship to Lord Jesus. Jesus described this in John 10:27: "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:" Hebrews 11 describes this lifestyle his listing of heroes of faith:
"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he rewards of them that diligently seek him." (Heb 11:6). Another great illustration of this in Old Testament history is the example of Samuel when he was called by the Lord to be a prophet. He said: "Speak; for thy servant hears." (1 Sam 3:10)

Obedience of faith was not a legalistic term, but describes the dynamic of personal relationship. The nature of eternal life as Jesus defined it in the words:

"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." (John 17:3). This is supported by the meaning of the Greek word "know" (ginwskw) which is defined as knowledge centered in personal experience.

The etymological meaning of faith is being persuaded to trust. The Greek word for faith (pistis) comes from the Greek word for persuasion.

According to Genesis, Abraham's faith developed through his successive experiences with God as God gave him promise after promise each of which were realized. These caused him to be obedient even to the sacrifice of his son Isaac. His had developed trust in God through practicing faith produced by his obedience. He developed the character summarized in the words: "obedience of faith." Because of his modeling of “obedience of faith,” Abraham has been called “the father of faith” (Romans 4:11. 12) by Paul. Paul’s inspired writings continually harmonize with ideas of apostleship, grace, and the whole sweep biblical revelation being given to produce in the people of all nations the character of obedience of faith.

Related reading: Obedience of Faith - Part I



    What does the washing of water found in Ephesians 5:26 mean? Should you, as a believer in Christ, look to creed books and Bible commentaries for the answer to that question or should you look to translations of the Bible for truth? Do you want to trust men or do you want to trust God's written word?

    Ephesians 5:25-26...just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, (NKJV)

    How did Christ sanctify and cleanse the church? The church is the body of Christ. The church is comprised of Christians. How did Christ sanctify and cleanse the church?

    Ephesians 5:26 to make her holy and clean, washed by baptism and God's word;(The Living Bible- Paraphrased)

    Ephesians 5:26 that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, (KJV)

    Ephesians 5:26 in order to make her holy, cleaning her with the baptismal water by the Word. (Weymouth New testament)

    Ephesians 5:26 He did this to make her holy by washing her in a bath of water with the word. (Common English Bible)

    Ephesians 5:26 He made the church holy by the power of his word, and he made it pure by washing it with water.(Contemporary English Version)

    Ephesians 5:26 In order that he might sanctify it, purifying [it] by the washing of water by [the] word, (Darby Translation)

    Ephesians 5:26 He died to make the church holy. He used the telling of the Good News to make the church clean by washing it with water. (ERV-Easy-to-Read-Version)

    Ephesians 5:26 He did this to make the church holy by cleaning it, washing it using water along with the spoken words. (God's Word Translation)

    Ephesians 5:26 He did this to dedicate the church to God by his word, after making it clean by washing it in water, (Good News Translation)

    Ephesians 5:26 He did this to make the church holy by cleansing it, washing it using water alone with the spoken words. (Names of God Bible)

    Ephesians 5:26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, (New American Standard Bible)

    Ephesians 5:26 He did that so that he might make the church people holy, when they were washed with water by God's word. (World English N.T.)

    Do you really want leave the interpretation of Ephesians 5:26 to others,why would you not read it and believe what it says?

    Is God smart enough to guide men to accurately translate the Bible?

    Two choices: 1. Trust God's written word, the BIBLE. or 2. Trust preachers, priests, pastors, Bible commentators, the man on the street, your friends and relatives or creed books, for the truth and nothing but the truth.

    Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved....(NKJV)


  2. The historic creeds of the Church are summaries of Biblical faith. There is no conflict between what they assert and the Bible.