Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes fromfaith for his name’s sake. (Romans 1 v 5)
“…the obedience of faith…” (NASB)
What comes first? Faith then obedience? If obedience is the outworking of faith then as we fail consistently in this area what does that actually say about our faith? Do we not have believe enough?
However, if faith is more important and obedience is hidden within it as a lesser component then what does that say about the necessity of the Lordship of Christ in our lives?
The task is to hold both obedience and faith side by side, distinct, but not separate, two sides of the same coin. For me, it is this thought that causes me to pause this Sunday morning as I continue to submit to the transformation of my life by the Spirit. It is powerfully thought-provoking and one that the Apostle will continue with throughout his letter.