“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” -Romans 5:19
Jesus Christ was obedient… EVEN unto DEATH! Praise God for that, for without His obedience we would be DOOMED to DAMNATION! SO, How obedient are you? Are you conforming your life to Christ by your obedience to authority?
Who are we to obey? How do we obey? How do we DISobedient? What are the consequences? Well let’s check it out!
“Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29
First and foremost, We should obey the Lord God! Even above our earthly authorities. In other words… If some one in authority commands you to do something against God’s law, don’t do it. BUT! a WARNING: You had better be ABSOLUTLEY sure that it is a sin before you decide to disobey. If you disobey God by there will be serious consequences… even when you disobey your earthly authorities (which God tells you to obey! There goes the excuse “well your not God!” HA! HA!)
“If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.” Job 36:11-12
“A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.” -Deuteronomy 11:27-28
A few verses describing the cost of disobedience in comparison with the reward for obedience.
“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” Romans 6:16
Don’t you know that if you do whatever your flesh lusts after in sin, you are sin’s slave?? If you obey the Lord you are a servant of righteousness. Which are you? Don’t say righteousness some of the time… “ye cannot serve two masters…” Just something to consider.
Next we have parents that we are commanded to obey NO MATTER WHAT! (with only that rare exception to the rule of a parent telling you to bow down to an idol or the like.)
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.” -Ephesians 6:1
“Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.” -Colossians 3:20
There are subsequent penalties for the disobedient froward child:
“Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” Romans 1:29-32
“The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.” Proverbs 30:17
only a few… there are more… just picture it! and there is a glorious promise for the obedient, honouring, child:
“That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” Ephesians 6:3
There are husbands:
“To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” -Titus 2:5
And master (employers):
“Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;” -Titus 2:9
“Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:” Colossians 3:22
then there is the government: (YES, God even commands us to obey ungodly government. Think of Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar, Joseph and Potiphar or Pharaoh.)
“Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,” -Titus 3:1
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.” -Romans 13:1-7
So there are 5 authority “spheres” that we are COMMANDED to obey: God, Parents, Husbands, Employers and Government. How well do you obey each of these authorities?
“In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:” -2Theselonians 1:8
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” -Philippians 2:5-8
* this does not seem very well written, sorry for any confusing phrases… Feel free to ask what I meant in the comments! THANK YOU!*