Obedience

To obey in the biblical sense means "to hear," "to hearken," to "be persuaded," to "be subject to" (Hastings' Bible Dictionary). In its highest sense it means to be at one with the will, purpose, and law of God; to be receptive to God, to respond to His wisdom, truth, and love.

Both the Old and New Testaments make obedience "the cause and condition of salvation." It is "the disobedience was as certainly the cause and explanation of all her misfortunes. In the New Testament it is made the supreme test of Christian loyalty and Christian love (John, 14:15, 23). Indeed, to be a Christian, according to the New Testament standard and requirements, is to be obedient to God, Christ, and the right, and disobedient to all that is ungodly, unchristian, and wrong.

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