The “Obedience of Faith” is unique to the New Covenant
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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 talk about what Paul means in Romans 1:17 where he uses a Greek idiom ek pistewv ein pistin that means “from faith unto faith, or one step of trusting-relying-faith to the other step of trusting-relying-faith, from beginning to end,” where he says: “The righteousness of God is revealed from one step of trusting-relying-faith to another, from beginning to end, just as it is written, ‘The righteous ones shall actually live by trusting-relying-faith.” Our entire Christian walk is about learning to “trust, rely in, and depend on” the Lord, which is the definition of the Greek noun pistis or the verb pisteuo, and this requires a personal relationship of intimate koinonia fellowship. This is how we “obey the Lord” in the NT, which is completely different-in-kind from the OT! We will discuss more in depth what trusting-relying-faith is in the Only 2 Commandments page, but here we will talk about the “obedient steps” aspect!
Obedience in the New (a) Covenant is completely different-in-kind than obedience in the old covenant, just as the definition of chadash/kainos New is: “fresh, completely different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior.” Let’s see how each NT writer uses this and how it relates to trusting-relying-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 logos gospel 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 all mankind and to have everlasting zoe genuine-life.
To Paul, the “obedience of faith,” obedience to Christ, obedience to The Truth, or obedience to the logos gospel 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 confession that “Jesus is Lord (a),” which is a 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 logos gospel message of Christ. The Voice (c) of Christ that is His directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words, aren’t heard by reading, studying, or even hearing the logos gospel message of the NT preached. They can only come into a person’s heart by the drawing of the Father (d), only by the enabling-power of the Holy Spirit (e), “not with words of eloquent wisdom lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its enabling-power” (f), but “in demonstration of the [Holy] Spirit and/coupled of enabling-power, so that your trusting-relying-faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the enabling-power of God” (g), that is by the enabling-power of the Holy Spirit through grace-gifts of ministry, signs, and wonders (h). For “these signs will accompany those who have trusting-relying-faith . . . the Lord working with them and confirming the logos gospel message by accompanying signs” (i). <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, d) John 6:44, e) John 16:13; Ephesians 1:17, f) 1 Corinthians 1:17, g) 1 Corinthians 2:3-5, h) Acts 5:12; Hebrews 2:4; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40, i) Mark 16:17, 20.
Paul sees no other “enabling-power of God” solution 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/understand God, or to wage war against the spiritual enabling-powers 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 His righteousness and the Holy Spirit’s enabling-power of His righteousness in our lives. Absolutely nothing else counts for anything except trusting-relying-faith working/expressing through unconditional-love – of Christ to others. <Notes> a) divine exchange of Christ’s righteousness for our unrighteousness – see Surrender Control.
Yes, obedience to the Law of 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 unto righteousness.” Paul says to Christians who are “no longer under the Law but under the unconditional-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 logos gospel message, manifested apart from the Law, the Righteousness of God that is through trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ” (b). 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 received as a grace-gift by trusting-relying-faith” (c). <Notes> a) Roman 5:19, b) Romans 1:17, 3:5, 21-22, 10:3, c) Jeremiah 23:5-6, 33:16; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:9.
To Paul (a) in the Book of Hebrews, obedience means “we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.” And disobedience is being “careless or inattentive in listening, resulting in a lack of submission” to “so great a salvation” being presented to the Jews, first by Jesus, then by His apostolic witnesses, and then confirmed by signs, wonders, and healing, and grace-gifts of the Holy Spirit. Disobedience is not having trusting-relying-faith in Christ’s “Great News” logos gospel message and that this evil heart will keep them from entering into God’s Sabbath Rest from their own works [of the Law] as God rested from His. <Notes> a) or more likely Barnabas because the Classical Greek style is definitely not Paul’s Koine Greek style.
To Peter “obedience to Jesus Christ” or “obedience to The Truth” or “obedience to the gospel of God” is “trusting-relying-faith in God (the Father)” who “raised Christ and gave Him glory,” and thus the only way to be “set apart/sanctified by the Holy Spirit and purified by the blood of Jesus,” thus “ransomed with the precious blood of Christ,” and to “be born again to a living hope,” that is for an “inheritance in heaven revealed at their [completed] salvation (a),” but to meanwhile be “guarded by God’s enabling-power” and “filled with glory” and “be carried away by the result of their trusting-relying-faith” – deliverance, healing, wholeness of “their salvation.” They are also experiencing “inexpressible joy in rejoicing,” likely a reference to the “immersion (b) or filling (c) of the Holy Spirit” as well as “unconditional-love for Christ” and “unconditionally-loving one another” – certainly the key “fruit of the Holy Spirit” (d), the result of trusting-relying-faith fellowship with Christ. In Acts, Peter says “obeying God” was their “witnessing” (e) but that the Holy Spirit, only given to those obeying Christ, was also witnessing the gospel by signs, wonders, and healings, which resulted in even more people coming to trusting-relying-faith in Christ. <Notes> a) soteria: deliverance and restoration to wholeness, b) baptizo, c) pleroo, d) Galatians 5:22, e) proclamation of the logos gospel message of The Truth.
To John “obeying the commandments of God” is vital for confidently knowing you are unconditionally-loved by God and confidently knowing that you unconditionally-love God and His children. However, he clearly defines “God’s commandments” as the only NT 2 commandments (a) Christ gave under the completely different-in-kind New (b) Covenant: “having trusting-relying-faith in the God’s Son Jesus Christ and unconditionally-loving one another,” making it crystal clear that these alone act as the only integrated commandment of God under the completely different-in-kind New (b) Covenant, central to the completely different-in-kind logos gospel message of The Truth they had heard from the beginning. 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 (c). Now let’s dive into the details! <Notes> a) entole: official decrees of a king, b) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, c) Matthew 18:3; Mark 10:15; Luke 18:17.
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