Obedience to His active, supernatural will is the work of faith (James 2:18) and the Sabbath (Rest) from our own labors. Faith is the noun; believe is the verb; obedience is the fruit. Hebrews 5:9 clearly states salvation is for those who obey, no matter which Bible you read.
What would be the outcome if Acts 5:1-11 (the death of Ananias and Sapphira) occurred today? Here is a prediction:
Numbers 16:41 The next day the whole of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. “You have killed the people of the Lord,” they said.
Abel symbolized Christ; Seth, the ecclesia.
In Luke 15:11-32, the prodigal son represents Gentiles; the older brother, natural Israel
Fasting and Sabbath observance foreshadowed Christ’s command to deny self. Think of it as practice for other areas we need to let go of in life.
Man has this insatiable urge to add practices, rules, and instructions beyond what the Creator Lord requires. Why is the simplicity of the Evangel not enough? Is it because many have trouble transitioning from the physical and human logic to operating on the spiritual tip? If true, then few believe in the Holy Guide and Comforter Jesus sent.
It amazes me when two or more believers, who do not know each other, come from different positions in Scripture and hit on the same conclusion. How brilliant is Our Lord!
I would rather suffer and do His truth than prosper and live in deception. Any prospering in the natural and/or spiritual is for the edification of His Body.
Jesus fellowshipped with sinners who desired change. He did not hang with those who saw nothing wrong with their sin. Three examples: the tax collector who repented (Luke 19:1-10); the prostitute who anointed Him (Luke 7:36-50); only one person was healed at the pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-15).
A kingdom is a nation; Israel was a nation loved by God, therefore Israel (natural, now spiritual) is the Kingdom of God. During the Babylonian Captivity, the monikers of YHWH were deemed by the Sanhedrin to be too holy for mere man to use. This is why Matthew used the phrase Kingdom of Heaven. Kingdom of Heaven = Kingdom of God.
Sacrificing my life daily by His direction is my reminder of what He did on the cross.
Never get comfortable. Pray often to avoid deception, distraction, and complacency.
Believers think the world does not influence them. I still fight its seduction every day.