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Test of Obedience

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There are many who want Jesus as their savior but not Lord. The difference between having Jesus as savior vs Lord is that those have Jesus as Savior and Lord are obedient to Him.

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Mark 11:1–11 NIV84
1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ tell him, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’ ” 4 They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, 5 some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 6 They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. 7 When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. 8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” 10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest!” 11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

OBEDIENCE Act or instance of submitting to the restraint or command of an authority; compliance with the demands or requests of someone over us. The general words for obedience in both Hebrew and Greek refer to hearing or hearkening to a superior authority

1. The problem with disobedience

a. Lack of faith leads to disobedience

b. Several causes of faithlessness

i. Fear

ii. Worry

2. Jesus left a legacy of Obedience

a. Obedience meant personal cost

b. Obedience was required by Jesus

c. Jesus was obedient to his parents ()

Luke 2:51–52 NIV84
51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

d. Jesus was obedient to human authorities (, )

Matthew 22:17 NIV84
17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
Matthew 22:21 NIV84
21 “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
Matthew 22:21 NIV84
21 “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
Matthew 22:17 NIV84
17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

3. Believers should follow Jesus’ example of obedience

a. Live a life of obedience to Jesus ()

John 14:15 NIV84
15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command.

b. Believers must be obedient to human authorities

i. Parents ()

Ephesians 6:1–3 NIV84
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

ii. Rulers/Governing authorities (give to Caesar what is his, and to God what is God’s) ()

Romans 13:1–3 NIV84
1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you.

iii. Church leaders ()

Hebrews 13:17 NIV84
17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.

iv. If a conflict exists between obeying God or human authorities—obey God ()

Acts 5:29 NIV84
29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than men!
Acts 5:29 NIV84
29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than men!

4. Is Jesus Lord and Savior or just savior?

a. The difference is evident in our life of obedience or disobedience

i. We want a savior to get us out of trouble

ii. We will not obey a savior when told how to stay out of trouble

b. When Jesus entered Jerusalem everyone shouted

c. We must learn to remain after the shout

d. We learn obedience when:

i. We obey even when we don’t completely understand

ii. We obey even though we feel there is a better way

iii. We forfeit ourselves for the sake of our superior

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