Berean Lamp Memory Verse - JOHN 3:36 - (Mar 22-29)
The Berean Lamp Memory Verse for this week is:
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him” (John 3:36).
A lot of people say they "believe" in God or they have "faith". What they mean to say is that they accept that God exists. This is not the meaning of the word "believe" in Scripture. The Greek word for Believe is to be persuaded of, have confidence in, and trust in. It means to absolutely trust that God or Jesus are who they say they are and are capable of doing what they say they will do. It is to take God at His Word, and to be persuaded that everything He said is true. Jesus connected the word "believe" to "obedience" in John 3:36. You cannot "believe" in God and live a life of disobedience to Him. How could you trust in God if you disregard Him? You cannot have faith in the Lord Jesus and disregard Jesus as lord of your life. Over and over, Paul speaks of the "obedience of faith." Obedience is to submit to someone's authority. When we Believe in Jesus, we obey Him - and when we obey Him, we submit to His Lordship in our lives. This is personal in each Believer's life.
Jesus said, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about Me” (John 5:39). Jesus is "the Word" (John 1:1). If we submit to Jesus, we must submit to the authority of His Word - the Word of God. Are we submitting as slaves, against our will? No. We submit to God's authority as our Father because we are His adopted children - it is good and right for children to obey their parents. And we submit to Jesus' authority as our Husband because we are His betrothed Bride. This week, let's look at what God's Word says about the obedience of Faith.
May we long to grow ever more deeply in our relationship with our Lord, Savior, and Bridegroom Jesus Christ. May we Believe Him, obey Him, and submit fully to Him and His Word, for He is perfect, and good, and Holy - He loves us and has joined us to Himself. May we live our lives in light of Who He is, and may we not doubt His Word that He has given us as His bond. Even so, Amen.
Other verses to consider:
SIN IS REBELLION
“For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot” (Romans 8:7).
“For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness” (Romans 10:3).
OBEDIENCE OF FAITH
“For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed” (Romans 15:18).
“Because of the proof given by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all” (2 Corinthians 9:13).
“Now to Him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith” (Romans 16:25-26).
“And being made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:9).
“Through Whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake” (Romans 1:5 NASB).
SLAVERY OF SIN
“Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin’” (John 8:34).
“Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?” (Romans 6:16)
“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
“But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations” (Romans 6:17-19).
CHILDREN OF GOD THE FATHER
“I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father” (Galatians 4:1-2).
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God” (Galatians 4:4-7).
“And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him” (Acts 5:32).
“As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance” (1 Peter 1:14).
“Consider Him who endured from sinners such hostility against Himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? ‘My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by Him. For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives.’ It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed” (Hebrews 12:3-13).
THE BRIDE OF JESUS CHRIST
“Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands” (Ephesians 5:24).
“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her, that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that He might present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of His body. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband” (Ephesians 5:25-33).
“For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening” (1 Peter 3:5-6).