Famous Obedience

For your obedience is come abroad unto all men.  I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.

In the first part of this verse, Paul commends the Roman Christians with these words that resound through history: “For your obedience is come abroad unto all men.”  Paul recognized these Roman Christians as being obedient.  He let them know that other Christians, even those in distant places, could see their obedience.

Obedience is one of the keys to being a good Christian.  This obedience is not blindly obeying some religious leader.  It is not blindly obeying anything.  It means being obedient to the Bible.

Many people say that they believe the Bible.  Many people say that they are obedient to the teachings of God’s Word.  But many of those very same people don’t even read the Bible.  Many of those same people wouldn’t know what the Bible told them to do if their life depended on it.  In order to be the obedient Christians that we ought to be, we need to not only believe the Bible, but we need to know what it says.  We need to search the Scriptures and we need to study the Scriptures.  We need to know what the Bible says and we need to obey it.

What a great testimony it would be if we were so obedient to the Bible that other Christians could recognize this obedience!  What a great testimony it would be if we were so obedient to the Bible that even non-Christians could recognize this obedience!  How are we doing?  Are we obedient to the Scriptures?  Do we even know the Scriptures?

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