The Grace To Obey From The Heart

The Lord Jesus Christ is our peace, and it is through Him that we have obtained mercy. Through His mercy He has offered us His grace in Christ. Because of His grace, we can be saved from sin, eternal damnation in hell, and our slavery to sin – we are no longer slaves to sin but are now salves to righteousness:
 
Romans 6:16–18 (NKJV/NAS)
 

16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were committed. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.

 
God’s grace gives us the ability to choose to obey and the power to obey Him. Through the power and help of God’s Holy Spirit, we willing obey “from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were committed.” (Greek: we were committed to the doctrines of grace in such a way that we were “constituted in salvation”* to obey them from our hearts.) Thank you Jesus!
 
Our loving God has committed us to being obedient to Him from our hearts. We are obedient to Him from our hearts because this is the work of transformation that He performs within us. This is how we are slaves to righteousness.
 
We must remain mindful of what He has done in our hearts. We must believe the facts: He has transformed our hearts by faith in the Gospel of Christ. Our transformation consists of being given His desires and His power to live for Christ making us a slave to righteousness – what a revelation and a joy this is!
 
The problem for all of us is whether or not we will believe His truth about us in Christ: that we ARE transformed by His grace, and we ARE given His desires and His power in order to obey His Word from our hearts. When we believe the truth of God’s doctrines, we will live in the power the truth of His teachings provide. We will actually live our daily lives operating in the power of His truth – how exciting and glorious!
 
All of God’s gracious work in our lives begins when we repent of our sins and believe the Gospel: Christ Jesus died on the cross for our sins according to the Scriptures, He was buried, He rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures, He ascended into heaven, and He is going to return to earth.
 
God bless you.
 
*Weust’s Word Studies in the Greek New Testament
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Paul In Athens. Part I

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Here is a PDF of the entire message taught on Sunday at Vision Calvary Chapel:

Paul in Athens– part I. Acts 17.15-18

Paul came to Athens from Berea; it was a journey of approximately 222 miles! Paul was committed to preaching and teaching Jesus Christ and Him crucified every where he traveled. He was a true apostle. Athens was a pagan, corrupt, idolatrous college town of about 50,000 people. Philosophers, scholars, students, and citizenry claimed to be tolerant, open minded, and educated. They lived to hear something “new”, yet ironically, when the new Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ was declared to them, the majority rejected it. May we be encouraged by Paul’s commitment to live, obey, and share the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May this message encourage you to serve our Lord Jesus and love Him more and more. God bless you.