Acts: Life In The Spirit
The Necessity of Obedience
If you know the story of the first man and woman in the Bible, you know that God gave them only one restriction: Don’t eat from one certain tree or you will certainly die.
I. Obedience Is a Moral Obligation
God’s commands were never designed to be kept outside of a right relationship with Him.
II. Obedience Produces Authority
In our lives, there is also a sense in which obedience fosters boldness or authority.
Nevertheless, there are times when we need to use the authority God has given us, and it may come out loud and strong.
III. Obedience Demonstrates Our Faith
The apostles and the early believers had faith in Jesus, and they demonstrated that faith by obeying what He had told them to do.
IV. Obedience Welcomes the Holy Spirit into Our Lives
So, when Peter said that the Holy Spirit was a witness of these things, whom God gives to those who obey Him, he was emphasizing that the Messiah had indeed come in the person of Jesus, whom the Sanhedrin had put to death.
If we will obey Him in repentance and walk close to Him, the HOLY SPIRIT will live within us and give us the power we need to do what God has called us to do- that is to reach those who do not yet know Jesus as their forgiver and leader.