2nd May 2014

Whom Shall We Obey? 

“To God’s elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctification of the work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood.”
1 Peter 1:1 (NIV UK)

Peter begins his first letter by outlining his key thoughts: that we were chosen by the Father, that the Spirit sanctifies us, and that we respond to those points by obeying Christ who sacrificed himself for us. 

Having grown up in the Jewish faith, Peter was well schooled in the concept of obedience. For the Jewish Christian, however, a shift in emphasis had occurred, a change of focus. Although the Law of Moses and the rest of the Old Testament provided ideas for spirituality, obedience was now to Jesus: as Peter indicates above, believers have been chosen “for obedience to Jesus Christ”. 

Peter would have heard Christ discuss the significance of Christ’s own teachings. For example, Jesus explained in Matthew 7:24, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house upon the rock”. Also, in John 14:23 Jesus said, “if anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching”. In the book of Hebrews we learn that Jesus submitted himself completely to God’s will in dying for us, and that “he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him” (5:9). 

Whom should the Christian obey? The answer is “Jesus Christ, the Righteous One”, who is “the atoning sacrifice for our sins”. “We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands…if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him” (1 John 2:1-5). 

Let’s accept the grace of Jesus Christ, and obey his every word. 

Heavenly Father, thank you for the Holy Spirit who reminds us of the teachings of Jesus Christ so that, as the Spirit guides and strengthens us, we can obey Jesus in everything. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson


Bible openAbout the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.  You are welcome to attend any of our local congregations.  For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.

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