Wayne Grudem is talking to UCCF’s Mike Reeves about the Doctrine of Scripture and points out some things that speak very strongly to me.
Grudem points to “a tendency among Christians today to think that obedience to God’s commands in Scripture is not very important”.
He adds that “certainly we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, Ephesians 2:8-9, but once we have trusted in Christ as Saviour and received God’s declaration that we are just, morally right in his sight… the righteousness of Christ has been imputed to us – then we go on living the Christan life!”
“Obedience is absolutely crucial to the Christian life” says Grudem after citing the following passages of Scripture:
Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. (Heb 12:14 ESV)
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. (1Jo 5:1 ESV)
And Jesus said:
If you love me, you will keep my commandments. (Joh 14:15 ESV)
The pressure of secular culture can make Christians careless on the importance of obedience, and Grudem gives some examples such as not being truthful (e.g. exaggerating, not keeping one’s word), sexual immorality (e.g. sex outside of marriage).
Regular daily reading of Scripture will bring to our minds passages where God calls us to faithful obedience to him.
This obedience will not increase our justification (which is once and for all) but it significantly impacts our ongoing day-to-day fellowship with God and the favor of God on our life and our ministry, says Grudem.
The issue of obedience is deep and fundamental – we are to become like Jesus about whom is says:
And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Phi 2:8 ESV)
A life of discipleship and sanctification in obedience is not an optional extra.
This is not a heavy truth – God’s commandments are not burdensome, they are for our own good. We instinctively react against any obedience however because of our fallen nature.
It is my own personal experience that obedience to God “significantly impacts” my day-to-day fellowship with God and his favor on my life and ministry.