TCH MINI-STUDY: 18
LOVE AND OBEDIENCE GO TOGETHER
God not only hopes we will be obedient to Him and His commandments
and statutes, but He expects it. The scriptures clearly teach that our obedience to Christ and the Father is [or should be] the result
of our love for God. We do what God wants and commands not from fear, but willingly from love, because we want to please Him.
And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and
to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his
statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good? (Deuteronomy 10:12-13).
Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and
keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, always (Deuteronomy 11:1).
See, I have set before
thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and
to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless
thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it (Deuteronomy 30:15-16).
I call heaven and earth to record this day against
you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life,
and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to
Jacob, to give them (Deuteronomy 30:19-20).
But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it (Luke
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 you for ever; 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: I will come to you (John 14:15-18).
that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will
love him, and will manifest myself to him (John 14:21).
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words:
and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings:
and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me (John 14:23-24).
But that the world may know that I love
the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence (John 14:31).
Ye are my friends, if ye
do whatsoever I command you (John 15:14).
Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according
to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name (Romans 1:3-5).
whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: Among whom are ye also the
called of Jesus Christ (Romans 1:5-6).
Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou
judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is
according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and
doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering;
not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself
wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious,
and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth
evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and
also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God (Romans 2:1-11).
What then? shall we sin, because we are not
under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to
whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience [attentive hearkening, compliance, subordinate] unto righteousness? But God
be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you (Romans
Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience [attentive hearkening, compliance, subordinate] by the things which
he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Called of God an high
priest after the order of Melchisedec (Hebrews 5:8-10).
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end
for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according
to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (1 Peter
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer
of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed (James 1:25).
And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This
is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it (2 John 1:6).
Christ displayed the greatest
obedience of all: Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery
to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of
men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even [specifically] the death of
the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name (Philippians 2:5-9).