This is 2 Thessalonians 1: So here are the eight pieces. Here are the eight steps of sanctification in that verse. I will just tick them off here. The resolve for good, every work of faith are according to the grace of our God. Now that is future grace. So this afternoon I am supposed to resolve some good, do some work of faith. There is going to be grace there to help me make it happen.
God fulfills every resolve for good, every work of faith by his power. So this grace is experienced as a power from God. This God-fulfilled activity is a work of faith. That is the phrase in the Bible. So the way God by his grace and his power is going to bring about the good work, the obedience, the holiness is by faith in that grace which is his power to do it. May God fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith.
This means that there is an inner motion of the soul to embrace the good that is about to be done. It is an act of the will.
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I am resolving something. This is a human act. But God is the one who by his grace, by his power, through our faith is bringing it to pass.
Those are the dynamics that keep it from being legalism. May God fulfill every good resolve, every resolve for good and work of faith by his power. So this is our work in the sense that our mind, our will, our hands are the actors of the deed.
On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. The resolve is fulfilled. The work is done.
May God fulfill every good resolve and work of faith. So when the work is done we know God has done it. He awakened my resolve. He gave the gift of faith. His grace and his power carried the work. And so when it is done, he fulfilled it, which is what it says in Philippians 2: He is the one that is bringing it to completion through the resolving and the willing and the working and the faith and the power and the grace.
So it is your acting and his decisive doing. May God fulfill every resolve for good, every work of faith by his power so that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you. So it is all going to glorify Jesus, because he is the one who bought all of this grace for us. So by his grace and for his glory and in the middle, human resolve, human work and the link between this blood bought power and grace that carries all this human action, is my faith, my trust in him so that in the end, the work of holiness is a work of faith and a work of grace.
Find other recent and popular Ask Pastor John episodes. John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod. He is author of more than 50 books , including Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist , and most recently Expository Exultation: God promises that if we will obey Him, blessings will follow. While God loves and shows favor to all of His children, Scripture is clear that there is an inherent blessing that comes as a result of obedience.
But God is not a tyrant. He does not force His will on us. He always gives us the choice of whether to follow Him or not. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool. If you will only obey me, you will have plenty to eat.
Reason No. 2: When you are obedient, you can obey God’s voice.
But if you turn away and refuse to listen, you will be devoured by the sword of your enemies. We may choose to blatantly disobey the Lord by rebelling against Him and His Word. This is the case when we turn our backs on the Word, follow our own ways and knowingly sin.
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However, not all obedience is active; some is passive. Passive disobedience is much subtler. It may be allowing old ways of thinking i. Disobedience can even include holding on to misinformation or remaining ignorant of the things of God. We can be because He has already given us His manual for living—His Word. We have the responsibility to open that Word, read it, meditate on it and allow it to shape our thinking.
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That is what obedience allows us—and requires us—to do. It means trusting having faith that He will be true to His Word. Instead, we focus on the Lord by keeping Him and His Word before our eyes and allowing Him to have His way and trusting that He will fulfill His promises. We cannot claim to love God without obeying Him and His Word. We serve a big, magnificent, awe-inspiring God. Aka Kenneth Copeland Ministries. Blog Home FaithBuilders Wallpapers. Disaster Relief Evangelism Reaction Tour.
Anyone who wants to know God—to walk closely with Him—must obey Him. Here are five reasons why obedience will draw you closer to the Lord: