The Obedience of Faith
What did the Lord command
Abraham to do?
The Lord said to Abraham,
Leave your country, your people and
your fathers household and go to the
land I will show you. Genesis 12:1.
How did Abraham respond
to this command?
So Abram left, as the
Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram
was seventy five years old when he set out from
Haran. Verse 4.
Of what was Abrahams
fruit of obedience?
By faith Abraham,
when he was called to go to a place he would
later receive as his inheritance, obey and went,
even though he did not know where he was going.
Abrahams Supreme Test
What command did the Lord
give later to Abraham?
Then God said, Take
your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love,
and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice
him there as a burnt offering on one of the
mountains I will tell you about. Genesis
Upon what ground were the
previous promises then renewed to Abraham?
The angel of the Lord called
to Abraham from heaven the second time and said,
I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because
you have done this and have not withheld your
son, your only son, I will surely bless you
and make your descendants as numerous as the
stars and as the sand on the seashore. Your
descendants will take possession of the cities of
your enemies, and through your offspring all
nations on earth will be blessed because you
have obeyed me. Verse 16-18.
What enabled Abraham to endure
Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a
sacrifice. He who had received the promises was
about to sacrifice his one and only son.
Of what were the works of
Abraham an evidence?
Was not our ancestor
Abraham considered righteous for what he
did when he offered up his son Isaac on the
altar? James 2:21.
By his works what was shown to
You see that his faith
and his actions were working together, and his
faith was made more complete by what
he did. Verse 22.
What kind faith avails with
For in Christ Jesus
neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any
value. The only thing that counts is faith
expressing itself through love.
Note The faith that
justifies is the faith that works. Those who say,
and do not, are not men of faith. The obedience
that is pleasing to God is the fruit of that
faith that takes God at His word and submits to
the working of His power, being fully assured
that what He has promised He is able also to
perform. This is the faith that is reckoned for
righteousness. (See Romans 4:21,22.)
For what purpose is the
grace of Christ received?
Through him and for
his names sake, we received grace and
apostleship to call people from among the
Gentiles to the obedience that comes from
faith. Romans 1:5.
What effect did the preaching
of the apostles have upon their hearers?
So the word of the
Lord spread. The number of disciples in
Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large
number of priests became obedient to the faith.
How highly does God regard
obedience in the lives of men?
But Samuel replied: Does
the Lord delight in burnt offerings and
sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the
Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to
heed is better than the fat of rams.
1 Samuel 15:22.
The Example Of Jesus
What example of obedience
to the will of the Father has Christ set for us?
And being found in the
appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became
obedient to death even death on the
cross! Philippians 2:8.
At what cost did even He learn
the lesson of obedience?
Although he was a son,
he learned obedience from what he suffered.
To whom did Christ become
the author of salvation?
And once made perfect,
he became the source of eternal salvation for
all who obey him. Verse 9.
How complete should this
We demolish arguments
and every pretension that sets itself up against
the knowledge of God, and we take captive
every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5.
What charge did Jesus bring
against the Pharisees?
And he said unto them: You
have a fine way of setting aside the
commands of God in order to
observe your own traditions!
tradition is simply the voice of man preserved in
the church. To follow the tradition of men
instead of obeying the commandments of God is to
repeat the sin of Saul.
Fate And Destiny
What will be the fate of those
who do not obey the gospel of Christ?
And give relief to
you who are troubled, and to us as well. This
will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from
heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He
will punish those who do not know God and who do
not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
2 Thessalonians 1:7,8.
What condition is attained in
obeying the truth?
Now that you have
purified yourselves by obeying the truth so
that you have sincere love for your brothers,
love one another deeply, from the heart. 1
What promise is made to the
If you are willing and obedient, you
will eat the best from the land. Isaiah