Does Faith Cancel Obedience?
we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the
law. Rom. 3:31.
is not an opiate, but a stimulant. Looking to Calvary will not quiet your
soul into nonperformance of duty, but will create faith that will work, purifying
the soul from all selfishness.
The faith in Christ which saves the soul is not what it is represented to
be by many. “Believe, believe,” is their cry; “only believe
in Christ, and you will be saved. It is all you have to do.” While true
faith trusts wholly in Christ for salvation, it will lead to perfect conformity
to the law of God.
There are two errors against which the children of God—particularly
those who have just come to trust in His grace—especially need to guard.
The first . . . is that of looking to their own works, trusting to anything
they can do, to bring themselves into harmony with God. He who is trying to
become holy by his own works in keeping the law, is attempting an impossibility.
. . . It is the grace of Christ alone, through faith, that can make us holy.
The opposite and no less dangerous error is that belief in Christ releases
men from keeping the law of God; that since by faith alone we become partakers
of the grace of Christ, our works have nothing to do with our redemption.
But notice here that obedience is not a mere outward compliance, but the service
of love. The law of God is an expression of His very nature; it is an embodiment
of the great principle of love, and hence is the foundation of His government
in heaven and earth. . . . Instead of releasing man from obedience, it is
faith, and faith only, that makes us partakers of the grace of Christ, which
enables us to render obedience.
As Jesus was in human nature, so God means His followers to be. In His strength
we are to live the life of purity and nobility which the Saviour lived.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 68, 69.