Saved People Obey The Lord
Reading in my daily personal devotions this morning I walked right into Acts 5:32 where we read that Peter said, "And we are witnesses of these things; and so also is the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him." He had just been told to stop preaching the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and he had replied, "We ought to obey God rather than men." He then preached the Gospel right there to the ones who had just told him not to! What boldness he had in the Lord.
It really affected me that he said that the Holy Ghost hath been given by God to them that obey him. We know that only saved people have the Holy Ghost. This is another verse that declares plainly that an indisputable and undeniable mark of the saved is that we obey God. This fits perfectly with Romans 6:17. Ephesians 2:8-10, Hebrews 9:14; and so many other verses and passages that plainly declare this truth.
Saved people are those who have heard the Gospel and have obeyed the Gospel with repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The fruit or product of that initial obedience to the Gospel is a LIFE-STYLE of obeying the Lord, a life of "keeping His commandments." Praise God, anyone who repents and believes on Jesus, is given the Holy Ghost, the Comforter--given by God. The Comforter then is working in and through us so that we can obey God.
Lost people don't obey the Lord. For instance, see 2 Thessalonians 1:8, 1 Peter 4:17, and Titus 1:16.
If you, as a manner of life, obey the Lord, then praise God! Give Him all the glory and keep obeying Him by His power out of a grateful heart. If you, as a manner of life, do not obey the Lord, then be warned! Your claim of His Name is not consistent with His Word. If you have friends and loved ones that claim Christ as Lord and Saviour but they do not obey Him, then pray for them and show them these truths. They need to know this. They need to know that saved people obey the Lord so their life-style of disobedience reveals they must have nothing more than a verbal "Lord, Lord." They do not a true and vital relationship with Jesus Christ.
Here are several places to see this truth that I've touched briefly on here--that saved people serve the Lord BY HIS GRACE. Look at them for yourself and grow in knowing this truth. You can rejoice in this and help others with it.
1 Thessalonians 1:9,10
God bless you!
Pastor Bobby Mitchell