“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost” Titus 3:5
LIGHT FOR NOW: Faith in Christ is obedience to the gospel.
It is clear from our previous studies that Jesus fills the believer to completion upon salvation. This is what Paul implied in Ephesians 1:23 which flowed into Ephesians 2:1. Now let’s backtrack to Ephesians 2, paying careful attention to the reading as we examine subsequent verses of this text. “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in time past in the lust of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ (by grace ye are saved)” (Ephesians 2:1-5). Having examined verse one in previous studies, let us proceed to examining verse 2. Paul uses two words in verse 2 that are so vital to our studies presently; they are the words “walked” and “disobedience”. The word “walked” was translated from the Greek word “peripateo” which implies to be occupied with. Paul uses this word again in chapter 2, verse 10 of the same book which reads: “For we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
The word “disobedience” in verse 2 of Ephesians 1 being translated implies unbelief. Thus, the children of disobedience will be those who have not believed. Those who have not believed what? Those who have not believed the gospel of Christ. That is why in context where he talked about us being quickened together with Christ where he implied that we are saved by grace (verse 5), this is going to be a function of faith in the gospel of Christ.
In other words, the day a man believed in the gospel of Christ, that day he was quickened together with Christ. Thus, in contrast, since the children are those who have believed the gospel, then those who have not believed the gospel are the children of obedience. In other words, we can safely say that faith in Christ is obedience to the gospel. Paul echoed this fact in Romans 6:17 which reads “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you”. “Ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine” will thus be faith in the gospel. Thus, faith in Christ can be safely termed as obeying the gospel. And unbelief to the gospel will be safely termed disobedience towards the gospel, no wonder Paul echoed in Romans 10:16 which reads “But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?” Thus, the act of believing the gospel at the point of salvation means obeying the gospel. It is at this point of believing the gospel that regeneration takes place in the heart of the man who has believed the gospel. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: The day you believed Christ, you obeyed the gospel. Think!
PRAYER: I declare that the gospel of Christ floods my entire mind like never before, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Your obedience to the gospel was the regeneration of your spirit.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 5; EVENING: 2THESSALONIANS CHAPTER 1