The Obedience of Faith

5 … through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake … (Romans 1).

Faith without obedience is merely ascent to truth without submission to it.  It is an empty faith that still allows for eating forbidden fruit.  But real faith is a reversal of that which occurred in Eden, so that it does not even desire to tinker with sin any longer.  From the beginning, man’s greatest problem has always been disobedience to God’s commands, and the only remedy is the kind of faith the gospel works in our lives.  And the gospel can work this obedience of faith in us because its Author lived it out for us (Hebrews 5:7-10).

What a privilege to be even a part of bringing about such faith in the lives of people around us!  But this is only because grace has first been at work in our own lives; it is only then that we can be used to work it in others.  God works grace in our lives so that He might send us out (apostleship) to be a part of working that same grace out in others — and all for His name’s sake — for the glory of God.

Lord, thank you for the obedience of faith you have worked in us — and are continuing to work out each day.  Thank you for the continued grace and mercy and forgiveness you lavish upon us in those times when (and in those areas where) we are yet disobedient.  Keep us all This Day from presumptuous sins (Psalm 19:13) — for your glory.  Amen.