do not seek obedience to God to earn salvation, or to earn entry into heaven.
Every believer in Jesus as Saviour is assured of salvation from hell and is
eternally secure, since that salvation is based solely upon the once and
for all, finished redeeming work of Jesus Christ.
read in John 10: 28,29: "I give them eternal life, and they shall never
perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to
me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and
the Father are one."
Bible does not teach that we must seek, gain, or keep eternal salvation by
Scriptures, however, do present the fruit of obedience in our daily walk with
God and with his Son.
Gratitude: A powerful motivation for living the obedient Christian life,
is gratitude to God for saving us by his grace. We read in 2 Cor. 5:14,15: “Christ's
love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore
all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for
themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again”.
God blesses obedience.
Christians should also be motivated by the knowledge that their heavenly Father
both blesses obedience and disciplines disobedience in his children.
read in Heb. 12 :3 - 6: “Consider him (Jesus) who endured such opposition
from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. In your
struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your
blood. And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as
sons: My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart
when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he
punishes everyone he accepts as a son”.
God holds us accountable for our choices – particularly when we know
that we have been redeemed and are saved.
Christian must on the Day of the Lord stand before the judgment seat of Christ,
not to determine his destiny in heaven or hell, but to assess the quality of
his Christian life on earth and his grateful obedience to God.
read in 2 Cor. 5:10: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of
Christ, that each one may receive what is due to him for the things done while
in the body, whether good or bad”.
either reward or loss of reward at the judgment seat should motivate believers
to perseverance and to faithfulness to God's revealed will. We seek obedience
because we desire the godly fruit of obedience in our lives.
our faithfully seeking God’s will in everything we do, because we show grateful
love as people saved only by grace through faith, produce righteous,
fruitful lives that are filled with the peace of God and motivated by our
expectation of eternal joy.