Thursday, November 06, 2008

The result of faith

Paul opens his Roman letter by stating that obedience is the result of true saving faith. In other words, obedience is the evidence of faith; it is the fruit of faith; it is the necessary outcome of a faith that saves. Therefore, lack of obedience indicates a faith that is broken or possibly all-together dead (James 2). If our lives are characterized by ongoing and perpetual disobedience (especially willful disobedience), then we must go back to the cross, back to repentance, and back to Jesus. 

Through him and for his name's sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. - Romans 1:5

1 comment:

Spherical said...

Nailed it!