Called to Obedience
A Sermon on Acts 6:7
And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith. (ESV)
What is the message of the church? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones boldly proclaims, it is the message of salvation in Christ to all who repent and believe in His name. It is a message of regeneration and new life as a new creature. This is not simply moral transformation, nor is it educational, but it is new life in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is redemption by His blood. And this new life generates obedience to God and His Word, it calls for holiness and purity. For genuine conversion will always manifest itself in one’s actions and attitudes. The idea of a Christian who is saved, but never repents of his sin and seeks holiness is an oxymoron. On the other hand, just because someone has an ethical transformation, or lives a life of charity and good works, these do not make a person saved. Because the Christian life is a life of both good deeds and saving faith. There is a Spirit empowered desire for righteousness and good works that only comes with salvation. So, we must avoid the error of seeing all good deeds as the result of regeneration and a new heart. But we should also not fall into the trap of thinking that one can know God truly, and yet never desire holiness.