Faith Leads to Obedience

If ye love me, keep my commandments. —John 14:15

Another thing which clearly hinders believers from enjoying the power of the Holy Spirit…is the habit of instructing seekers to “take it by faith” when they become concerned with their need of the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

Now, it is a fact written all over the New Testament that the benefits of atonement are to be received by faith. This is basic in redemptive theology, and any departure from it is fatal to true Christian experience. Paul teaches emphatically that the Spirit is received through faith, and rebukes anyone who would teach otherwise. So it would seem, on the surface of it, to be sound procedure to instruct a seeker to “take it by faith.”…

The trouble seems to be with our conception of faith. Faith, as Paul saw it, was a living, flaming thing leading to surrender and obedience to the commandments of Christ….Many persons, convinced of their need of power, but unwilling to go through the painful struggle of death to the old life, turn with relief to this “take it by faith” doctrine as a way out of their difficulty. PTP055-057

[T]o live in the Spirit is to live with Godhearing Him, and knowing Him, and loving Him, and delighting to do His will. JAS134

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