“The mystery kept secret since the world began but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations … for obedience to the faith.” Romans 16:25-26
The obedience of faith here spoken of, is the same thing as believing the report of the gospel (Romans 10:16) — a hearty submission to the righteousness of God, even to Christ, who is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. This is the obedience of faith, strictly speaking — by which we give glory to God, take full shame to ourselves, renounce all that nature is proud of, and are brought to rest, for our justification and acceptance with God, on that alone which has satisfied His law and justice.
However slightly we may be disposed to pass over this, it is a high point of obedience. God alone effectually teaches this practical lesson — and he who would learn it must seek it by much prayer continually — for in vain shall we strive to obey God in other things, until we learn to obey Him in this.
Careless reader! See to it that you learn your need of Christ.
Awakened and distressed sinner! Seek not to heal yourself by a forced obedience. Learn the obedience of faith, that you may be purged in your conscience from dead works, to serve God.
Self-despairing sinner! Embrace the merciful invitation of the gospel and live.
Believer! Let your fruit be unto holiness; so shall the end be everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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