Romans 1:5 – Obedience of Faith

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


What is the goal of the gospel? Does putting our trust in Christ simply mean that we will be saved or is there more to it? There are many today who try to make a distinction between faith and obedience. They say that is possible to have Christ as your Savior without surrendering to him as Lord. But Paul makes it clear here that the goal of the gospel is the obedience of faith. James puts it another way: faith without works is dead.

The fact of the matter is when we truly receive the grace of God the effect of that grace, the result of that grace, the response to that grace, the fruit of that grace in our lives will be obedience to Christ as Lord. Our faith and His Lordship over our lives our inseparable; you can’t have the one without the other. But the grace we receive in salvation does not simply demand our obedience, instead it causes us to desire, to long, to love to be obedient, but grace does not just leave us there on our own, grace does not require us to be obedient on our own, instead it supplies all we need for our obedience through faith.

By grace through faith are we saved and by grace through faith are we obedient to our Lord and Master Jesus Christ.


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