Chaplain’s Column: Living Obediently - John 14:23-26
God gave Adam and Eve just two commands. First, they were to fill the earth and rule over it, and then not to eat from a certain tree in the Garden (Gen. 1:28; 2:17). Because they chose to disobey, their relationship with God was broken, and they had to leave Eden.
This rebellion not only impacted Adam and Eve’s lives, but all future generations have suffered as well. In Romans 5:12-19, the apostle Paul explained the reason. Through the disobedience of Adam and Eve, sin made its entrance into the world, and death resulted for all mankind. Because Adam was head of the human race, his actions affected everyone born after him. His disobedience resulted in each of us being separated from the Lord and having a desire for self-rule.
By contrast, Jesus made conformity to the Lord’s will a priority of His life. He obeyed the Father in both word and deed (John 8:28-29). Having lived a perfect life entirely without sin—He qualified to be our Savior (2 Cor. 5:21). Through the death of one man, Jesus, payment was made for the transgressions of all mankind. God’s acceptance of the Son’s sacrifice brought us forgiveness and freedom from sin’s power.
Whereas Adam’s disobedience brought judgment and death to all of us, Jesus’ obedience resulted in new life for all who believe in Him (Rom. 6:4). Jesus calls us to deny our selfish desires, live sacrificially, and follow Him (Matt. 16:24). You see, as we live a godly life, this will bring Jesus honor as we influence others for Him.
Please pray for the following:
1. Jeff Potts - health problems
2. Cecil Williamson of Selma
3. Larry Spears’s father and mother, James & Ann Spears
4. Our former Quartermaster Lewis “Pete” Holmes - recovering from heart surgery
5. Bobby Carter and wife Merrill
6. James Little’s wife Nita who has been diagnosed with COPD
7. David Brantley’s wife
8. Allen Herrod has been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma
Yours In Christ,