Day 123/260: Read 2 Thessalonians 1
Faith demands obedience.
There has long been a popular false doctrine that God saves by faith only. That concept is found nowhere in the Scriptures; in fact, it contradicts clear New Testament teaching. Using the example of Abraham, James 2:24 explicitly states, “You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.”
Faith that does not cause one to obey the will of God is not a Biblical faith. Read through the eleventh chapter of Hebrews. See how faith motivated those saints of old to act. Their works were demanded by their faith in what the Lord had said to them.
Our faith demands action today as well. When Jesus says, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned,” and our initial response is not, “Let’s get down to the water right now!”, there is a problem. If we look for loopholes, or ignore the first part of the verse and focus on what He didn’t say in the second part, where is our faith?
Paul shows the importance of obedience in the first chapter of 2 Thessalonians. When Christ returns, He will come “in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Have you obeyed?
Memory (Fill in the blanks)
1 Thessalonians 5:21. “Test all _____________; hold fast what is _____________.”
Pray for opportunities to faithfully obey God’s will.