Obedient Steps of Faith in the New Covenant
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The “Obedience of Faith” is unique to the New Covenant
Before we can talk about specific “obedient steps of faith” that we need to take in order to move into the experience of playing Anointed, Prophetic, and even Spontaneous music, we need to first talk about what Paul means in Romans 1:5 that he and his team have “received unconditionally-loving-favor-of-grace and/coupled apostleship eis ‘toward & reaching the goal of’ [singular] hupokoe ‘obedient submission to what is akouo heard/listened to know‘ of/belonging to [singular] faith among all the Gentiles on the behalf of the name/person/authority of Jesus Christ.” This is Paul’s thesis statement that he rephrases in Romans 16:25-26 “my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ . . . kata ‘down from or according to [singular] commandment of the Eternal God eis ‘toward & reaching the goal of’ [singular] hupokoe ‘obedient submission to what is akouo heard/listened to know‘ of/belonging to [singular] faith – having been made experientially, relationally gnorizo known to all the Gentiles. This has absolutely nothing to do with gnosis head-knowledge that other rabbis were teaching! To elaborate on this thesis in Romans 1:17 pulls from Habakkuk 2:4 where Paul uses a Greek idiom ek pistewv ein pistin that means “from faith unto faith, or one step of faith to the other step of faith, from beginning to end,” where he then says: “In the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed from one step of faith to another, from beginning to end, just as it is written, ‘The [singular] righteous [person] shall actually zoe genuinely-live by faith.”
Our entire Christian walk is about learning to “trust, rely in, depend on, and lean against” the Lord, which is the definition of the Greek noun pistis or the verb pisteuo. This requires a koinonia personal, even intimate, relationship, and the knowledge we gain from this far exceeds gnosis information because it is yada/ginosko experientially and relationally known, and when you have “the real thing” then it is epignosis/epiginosko genuine! This is NOW how we “obey the Lord” in the New Covenant, which is completely different-in-kind chadash/kainos from the old covenant! We will also discuss more in depth what trusting-relying-faith is in the Only 2 Commandments page, but here we will talk about the “obedience of faith” and the “obedient steps” aspect of it!
Jesus and the New Testament writers define Obedience differently than the Old Testament does:
Obedience in the New Covenant is completely different-in-kind than obedience in the old covenant, just as the definition of chadash/kainos for “New” means: “fresh, completely different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior.” Let’s see how each New Testament writer uses this and how it relates to trusting-relying-faith.
Obedient Steps of Faith: To Jesus, obeying the Messiah or Christ as the Son of God is: being persuaded by Him, having trusting-relying-faith towards Him, and thus complying to His gospel logos message of The Truth about Himself and salvation, and thus is the only way to escape the condemning wrath of God that already is due for all mankind and thus to instead by given everlasting zoe genuine-life. Jesus sends Paul to the Gentiles in Acts 26:18: “to open their eyes, so that they may epistrepho ‘convert by making contact and changing directions’ from darkness to light and from the exousia ‘delegated authority/power’ of Satan to God, that they may lambano ‘grab hold of to receive’ forgiveness of sins and/coupled an inheritance-place among those who are having already been [with ongoing effects] made-holy/sanctified by-the-means-of trusting-relying-faith in Me.’
Obedient Steps of Faith: To Paul, the “obedience of The Faith,” obedience to Christ, obedience to The Truth, or obedience to the gospel logos message of our Lord Jesus is “paying closer attention to what we have heard” or “attentively hearing or listening, hearkening, complying, or submitting” today to “the gospel’s revealed righteousness of God” through sincere, heart-felt trusting-relying-faith in Jesus as one’s Savior/Messiah coupled with public surrendering-confession that “Jesus is Lord (a),” which is the time “to call upon or invoke the Lord” (b). This is obedience to the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of Christ that a person hears through the preached gospel’s logos message of Christ. The Voice (c) of Christ, which is His directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words, is heard, not learned by reading, studying. It’s not even hearing the gospel’s logos message in the New Testament preached by some other than Christ! Are you hearing past your church’s preacher? <Notes> a) Supreme Master who rightly owns you – see Surrender Control b) likely at water-baptism as Acts and early Church history attest to, c) phone Voice is where we get our word “telephone” – something you listen on, not read!
Your preaching, even of the gospel, isn’t good enough! Christ’s actual prophetic rhema words can only be received into a person’s heart by the drawing and teaching of Father-God (a), only by the enabling-power of the Holy Spirit (b) and “absolutely-in-fact-NOT in/by/with logos messages of eloquent wisdom lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its enabling-power” (c). Paul reiterates: “my logos message and/coupled my preaching [were] absolutely-in-fact-NOT in/by/with persuasive logos messages of [human] wisdom but instead in/by/with demonstration of [singular] Spirit and/coupled of [singular] enabling-power (d) that your trusting-relying-faith might not rest in the wisdom of men (Paul) but in the enabling-power of God” (e), that is by the enabling-power of the Holy Spirit through grace-gifts of ministry, signs, and wonders (f). For “these signs will accompany those who have trusting-relying-faith . . . the Lord working with them and confirming the gospel logos message by accompanying signs” (g). <Notes> a) John 6:44-45; 1 Thessalonians 4:9, b) John 16:13; Ephesians 1:17, c) 1 Corinthians 1:17, d) Greek coupled these together, so it’s another way of saying Spirit-power, e) 1 Corinthians 2:3-5, f) Acts 5:12; Romans 15:18-19; Hebrews 2:4; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; 2 Corinthians 12:12, g) Mark 16:17, 20.
We see throughout Paul’s writings no other “enabling-power of God” solution than trusting-relying-faith in Christ to the terrible problem of sin, to escape the certain condemnation of all men for violating the Law of God, to be redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ, to receive His propitiation (a), to experientially, relationally ginosko know God, to mentally eido ‘see’ to perceive/know God, or to wage war against the spiritual cosmic-rulers of darkness. Paul sees no other “enabling-power of God” solution than a sincere and pure devotion to Christ – a complete pistis trusting-relying-faith in Christ, the Righteous One, for Christ’s righteousness by-the-means-of the Holy Spirit’s enabling-power. Absolutely nothing else counts for anything except trusting-relying-faith working/expressing [itself] thru-the-realizing-channel-of unconditional-love – of Christ to others per Galatians 5:6. <Notes> a) divine exchange of Christ’s righteousness for our unrighteousness – see Surrender Control.
The Gospel Message is about One Man’s Obedience – Jesus Christ – and our Obedience to Him and His Message:
Yes, obedience to God is necessary but only under the New Covenant Way: Paul says it was actually “One Man’s obedience that many are made/declared righteous” (a) and so “Christ is the end of the Law eis ‘toward & reaching the goal of’ righteousness” (b). Paul says to Christians who are “no longer under the Law but under the unconditionally-loving-favor-of-grace” of Jesus Christ, that they are NOW to be “obedient to the Righteousness of God”, yielding themselves as voluntary slaves to “the Righteousness of God” – as slaves of God to “the Righteousness of God that is revealed in/by/with the gospel, manifested apart from the Law, the Righteousness of God that is through trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ” (c). Like so many other words that changed meaning from the old covenant to the New Covenant, “righteousness” no longer means “being made or justified as ‘right’ through obedience to commandments of the Law” but “by the blood of Jesus Christ, the Righteous and Holy One of God.” Therefore NOW “righteousness” is “lambano ‘grabbed hold of to receive’ as a free grace-gift by-the-means-of trusting-relying-faith in Christ” (d). <Notes> a) Roman 5:19, b) Romans 10:4, c) Romans 1:17, 3:5, 21-22, 10:3, d) Jeremiah 23:5-6, 33:16; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:9; Romans 5:17.
Obedient Steps of Faith: To Barnabas or Paul (a) throughout the Book of Hebrews, obedience means “we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it” (b), because “Jesus became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” (c). And disobedience is being “careless or inattentive in listening, resulting in a lack of submission” to “so great a salvation” (d) being presented to the Jews, first by Jesus, then by His apostolic witnesses and those they trained to do the same, and then confirmed by miraculous signs, wonders, and healing and the ministry grace-gifts of the Holy Spirit. Disobedience is NOW simply NOT having trusting-relying-faith in Christ’s ‘Great News’ gospel logos message and that this kind of “evil heart will keep them from entering into God’s Sabbath Rest from their own works [of the Law] as God rested from His (e). The “Sabbath” is no longer a day, Saturday or Sunday! <Notes> a) or more likely Barnabas because the Classical Greek style is definitely not Paul’s Koine Greek style, b) Hebrews 2:1, c) Hebrews 5:9, d) Hebrews 2:3, e)Hebrew 4:6-11.
Obedient Steps of Faith: To Peter “obedience to Jesus Christ” (a) or “obedience to The Truth” (b) or “obeying the gospel of God” (c) is “trusting-relying-faith and/coupled hope are in God (the Father)” who “raised Christ and gave Him glory” (d). This is the only way for “sanctification of/belonging-to the Holy Spirit” (e) and “purified-sprinkling of the blood of Jesus” (f), thus “ransomed with the precious blood of Christ” (g) and to “be born again to a living hope” (h), that is for an “inheritance in heaven revealed at their [completed] salvation (i).” However, meanwhile we will be “guarded by God’s enabling-power” (j) and “filled with glory” (k) and “be carried away [by the result of] their trusting-relying-faith to the salvation of your souls” (l) – their deliverance, healing, and wholeness (i). They are also experiencing “inexpressible joy in rejoicing” (m), likely a reference to the “baptizo immersion or pleroo filling of the Holy Spirit” that supernaturally results in “unconditional-love for Christ” (n) and “sincere brotherly-love” (o), “even routinely having fervent unconditional-love among yourselves because unconditional-love presently/ongoingly kalupto ‘keeps hidden’ over a multitude of sins” (p) – certainly the “singular fruit/essence of the Holy Spirit” (q), the result of a trusting-relying-faith relationship with Christ. In Acts 5:32, Peter says their witnessing from the proclamation of the gospel” of Christ is the result of the “the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those obey God,” but in context it’s clear only given to those obeying Christ’s gospel, just as Christ ‘witnessed’ His gospel by signs, wonders, and healings, that we find in the Church is the product of trusting-relying-faith (r), which most often results in the same thing – more people coming to trusting-relying-faith in Christ (s). <Notes> a) 1 Peter 1:2, b) 1 Peter 1:22, c) 1 Peter 4:17, d) 1 Peter 1:21, e) 1 Peter 1:2, f) 1 Peter 1:2, 22, g) 1 Peter 1:2, 19, h) 1 Peter 1:3, i) soteria: deliverance and restoration to wholeness, j) 1 Peter 1:5, k) 1 Peter 1:8, l) 1 Peter 1:9, m) 1 Peter 1:8, n) 1 Peter 1:8, o) 1 Peter 1:22, 2:17, 3:8, p) 1 Peter 4:8, q) Galatians 5:22, r) Mark 16:17, s) John 2:11, 23, 4:48, 7:31; Acts 2:22, 38, 41, 43, 47, 5:12, 9:32-35, 9:36-42; 14:3, 15:12; Hebrews 2:4, 1 Corinthians 14:22.
New Covenant Obedience is NOW only to 2 Commandments – Faith and Love:
Obedient Steps of Faith: To John “obeying the commandments of God” (a) is equated to “watching-carefully-to-keep Christ’s commandments” (b) and “keeping Christ’s logos message” of the gospel (c). This is vital for for “truly the unconditional-love of God to be perfected/completed” (d) and “By-the-means-of-this to presently/ongoingly experientially, relationally ginosko know that we are in God/Jesus . . . that we ought to walk/live in the same way in which He walked/lived” (e). The whole book make it crystal clear that Jesus “walked/lived” by unconditionally-loving others, and thus should we: “Let us unconditionally-love one another, for unconditional-love is out-from God, and whoever unconditionally-loves has been born of God and presently/ongoingly knows God. Anyone who does in-possibility-NOT unconditionally-love does absolutely-in-fact-NOT experientially, relationally ginosko know God, because God is unconditional-love. . . . Beloved, if God so unconditionally-loved us, we also ought to unconditionally-love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we unconditionally-love one another, God meno abides/lives in us and His unconditional-love is perfected/completed in us. . . So we have already come [with ongoing results] to experientially, relationally ginosko know and/coupled to having trusting-relying-faith-in the unconditional-love that God has for us. God is unconditional-love, and whoever meno abides/lives in unconditional-love meno abides/lives in God, and God meno abides/lives in him. . . . And this commandment we have from Him (God): whoever unconditionally-love God must also unconditionally-love his brethren. . . Everyone who has trusting-relying-faith that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who unconditionally-love the Father unconditionally-love whoever has been born of him. . . By this we know that we unconditionally-love the children of God, when we unconditionally-love God and obey His commandments. For this is the unconditional-love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (f). This is a direct jab at the 613 Old Testament commandments and all those the rabbis had added that were “very burdensome” (g). Furthermore, it’s obvious the emphasis here in John’s letter – unconditional-love. <Notes> a) 1 John 3:22, 24, 5:2-3, b) 1 John 2:3-4, c) 1 John 2:5, d) 1 John 2:5, e) 1 John 2:5-6, f) cf. Matthew 11:30; Acts 15:28, g) Matthew 23:4; Luke 11:46.
However, John isn’t referring to any of the Old Testament commandments! He clearly defines “God’s commandments” as the only 2 commandments (a) Christ preached in His gospel logos message we are to “carefully watch to keep” (b). That’s all that is given under the completely different-in-kind New (c) Covenant: 1) “definitively/wholly having trusting-relying-faith in the God’s Son Jesus Christ and/coupled 2) presently/ongoingly unconditionally-loving one another, just as Christ gave [singular] entole commandment to us” – what we saw above was the emphasis of John, making it crystal clear that these alone act as the only ONE integrated commandment of the Triune God under the completely different-in-kind New (b) Covenant, central to the completely different-in-kind gospel logos message of The Truth they had “heard from the beginning” (d) of their Christian walk. It really is that simple – simple enough for a child to enter the kingdom of God, exactly what Jesus said we had to become to even see the kingdom (e). Now let’s dive into the details! <Notes> a) entole: official decrees of a king, b) 1 John 2:5, c) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, d) 1 John 1:1, 2:7, 24, 3:11; 2 John 1:6, e) Matthew 18:3; Mark 10:15; Luke 18:17.
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