THE WAY OF OBEDIENCE
BY: RAY PRINZING
“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one, shall many be made righteous.”
While we have our word ‘obedience’ in this verse, we also have it in its negative form, as ‘disobedience’, so that rather than having a SUBMISSIVE HEARKENING, the negative is A HEARING AMISS, or, a wrong hearing. Since obedience is a right hearing and then correct action thereto, disobedience is simply a wrong hearing, or a hearing amiss, and then acting in kind. But disobedience can also include listening to a wrong voice, the voice of a stranger, so that the action, or obedience then rendered is to the wrong source. This Paul explained when he wrote,
For by one man’s disobedience, by his listening to the voice of a stranger, many were made sinners. Adam and Eve listened to the voice of the bestial system of this world, as represented by the serpent, and found that sin was at the door, and death by sin.
But, by the obedience of One, our Lord Jesus Christ, shall many be made righteous. Yet, not as by one that sinned, so the gift – for there is a MUCH MORE quality and quantity in the obedience unto life.
Every time we hear amiss we will propagate disobedience. But every time we hear the True Voice we will increase the fruits of obedience. Such is the challenge before us, until all of self that would respond to the world is brought to an end, and then we become a part of HIS OBEDIENCE which brings us into a daily, experimental participation of His resurrection life.
Perfect in obedience, sealing up the sum,
They are the true expression of His kingdom come.