Jesus The Author Of Our  Salvation 

Mark 4:35-41

 

 Obedience to something, or to someone a way of life.  Have you ever noticed that everything in creation but the heart of man submits to obedience? If you look right through history, you will find that this is true. From  the very beginning,  as we read   Genesis 1:3, 6, 9

 

3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light…..6And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters…… and it was so….9And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

 

And one of the proofs that Christ is God, is that He spoke to nature, and nature obeyed Him.  & Mark 4:37-41

 

37And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 39Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

 

 Another interesting account is given to us in Matthew chapter Twenty One  beginning verse18

 

18Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. 19And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away. 20And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?”

 

He spoke to the demons and they fled His presence. He spoke to death and it yielded up  its dead at His voice, But when “The Son of God”,  speaks to man , he will not harken.  And that is why man is out of harmony with God, separated and away from close fellowship. SIN—     1 John 2:16-17 states:

 

16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

 

 My subject for this period: is found in  Heb 5:8-9

 

8Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;                    

“The Author Of Salvation to Them That Obey Him”

 

This is a subject I'm afraid, many will not place among my best sermons.   I found out a long time ago,  that the medicine we don't like is normally the best medicine for us.  There isn’t any thing that throws a damper over worship services, like the subject of Obedience  I can talk about love and heaven and peace… we all like these, but obedience has a way of diverting our attention.

 

 I read the story of a man preaching with a great deal of power during the time of slavery….  He himself was a slave, and his master heard of it…His master came to him and said, "I understand that you are preaching to my slaves with great power, and they are listening to you"  YES said the slave…… "Well now" said the master, "I want you to preach on the 10 commandments, and bear down on stealing, for there is a great deal of stealing on the plantation. " The slave's countenance fell, and he replied "there isn't as much warmth in that as there is in Freedom, peace and love,  and they won't hear me."

 

 I have noticed that when you preach on a subject that hits home, people don't like it.  I heard about a young minister who took the place of an older minister and he began to bear down pretty hard upon the sins of the people. An old gentlemen came to him afterwards and said "Look here young man, if you expect to hold this pulpit, you have got to stop that kind of preaching, for this church won't stand for it."

 

There are a good many people who are delighted when we talk about: the sins of the patriarchs or other Bible characters,  but when you touch upon the sins of today,  Some will say, "I don't like his style, or his subject matter"  I trust that won't be so here at this service.

 

 We are told in Hebrews 11:6  that “without faith it is impossible to please God,” and you will find that it is impossible to please God without obedience..  A faith that doesn't lead to obedience doesn’t amount to much…

 

9And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Hebrews 5-9

 

Eternal salvation is to all who Obey Him,  Matthew 7:21

 

21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

 

It isn't a matter of picking and choosing things we like but doing the will of the FatherAdam brought death upon the world by Disobedience  The second Adam gained life by Obedience…

 

19For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.            Romans 5:19

 

Let me call your attention to another portion of scripture.   1Sam. 15:22-23

 

22And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 23For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.

 

Obedience always means to do what is commanded, sacrifice may or may not.  And in Saul's case it was not. God doesn’t want our sacrifices, if it is not accompanied with our obedience.    Do you realize without sin, there would have been no need for sacrifice? 

 

 Many want to give to God some gift.. instead of obeying Him.. What do our gifts amount to, without obedience flowing from our hearts.. The earth and the fullness thereof belongs to Him         

 

 Now just suppose a father sends his boy to school, but he plays hooky from his classes:  The boy doesn't want to go to school, what he really wants is to go fishing.  Well he knows his father is very fond of fresh trout.  He thinks to himself, I know dad told me to go to school, and I went fishing… I have me a nice catch of fish. that I can sell at the market for $10.00 or so. but I will make a great sacrifice and give them to my father…

 

 Do you suppose that the father will be pleased with the catch of trout? certainly not!  - What any parent wants is obedience from his son, and until the son obeys, his sacrifice will not be  appreciated .

 The sacrifices of the wicked are an abomination to God and to man.   No man  should deceive himself into thinking he is pleasing God, by giving something and living in DISOBEDIENCE.

 

I remember hearing about an Indian who wanted to come to God.  He brought his best blanket, but the Lord would not have it, he brought his bow, his horse but God would not accept them… finally he gave himself, and was accepted.

 

Think about the two men named Saul in the Bible, they lived about 1000 years apart.  One started well and ended poorly, the other started poorly and ended well.  The first Saul was called to be a king, but   lost his crown, his kingdom and his life, all through an act of disobedience. All his kingly dignity could not excuse him from obeying God.

 

 Now take the Saul of the New Testament,  when called of God he was not disobedient to that call. This great apostle won the eternal kingdom by his obedience. One act of disobedience, one act of obedience. Disobedience ended in failure, obedience ended in spiritual blessing.

 

 In Luke chapter 5:3-5 we read this account —

 

3Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. 4When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”

 

Peter demonstrated respect for the words of Christ.  Peter was an experienced fisherman, realizing that fishing is better that night, this leads Peter to say:

 

5“.....”Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; [watch the faith of Peter in the Lord's word] nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. Human wisdom or human reasoning did not come between Peter and the word of Christ.   He heard  the words of the Lord obeyed, and was greatly blessed for their humble obedience.

         

6And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. 7And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

 

As in those days when our Lord walked among us, SO NOW obedience to Christ brings blessing.   Had Peter acted upon his own wisdom, and refused to launch out and let down his nets, he would not have received the great blessing or witnessed the great POWER of the Lord. 

 

 All those who will not humbly submit to the will of Christ are classified as the disobedient.  Someday Christ will return taking vengeance on all WHO DO NOT OBEY HIS WORD.   Turn with me to Matthew 7:24-27

 

24“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25“and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27“and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

 

The people in Palestine in Jesus' day were aware of the wisdom of building on rock and the foolishness of building on sand. The principle is so simple our children understand it. Thus Jesus uses this illustration at the close of the Sermon on the Mount

 

He had just stated that on the day of Judgment  many would lay claim to many deeds done in His name, and yet they would be rejected.  WHY…. Matthew 7:21

 

21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

 

 Many today are building their hopes of eternal salvation upon the foundation of sand.  There are many today building their hope of eternal salvation upon the idea of faith alone.   Faith is absolutely necessary,  In Hebrews 11:6

 

6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

 

 But the doctrine of faith only is building upon the sands of time.     Let us turn and read  what James says:   & James 2:14-26

         

14What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? 21Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. 24You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. 25Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? 26For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

 

Three times James tells us in these short verse faith that does not exhibit itself in works is dead.   The doctrine of salvation by faith only is a dead faith and is false, and is therefore building upon the sand   

 

27And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

 

There are many foundations of sand in the religious thought of today….  Upon what are you building?  Have you taken the time to examine the foundation of your hope?

 

24“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25“and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.  

 

The foundation that stands the test of time is the Word Of God. Both sure and steadfast…

 

Jesus Is  The Author Of Salvation To Those That Obey

 

8Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Hebrews 5:8-9

 

The sure foundation of rock is the word of God. Jesus is the way unto eternal life.  John 14:6

 

If you would like to read further regarding what God requires man to do in order to obtain forgiveness and remission of sins

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Ron Cope Minister churches of Christ

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