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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible


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OBEDIENCE . Occasionally this word occurs in Scripture to express the duty of one person to another, as in Deuteronomy 21:18-19 , 2 Samuel 22:45 , 2 Thessalonians 3:14 , Philippians 2:12 , Ephesians 6:1; Ephesians 6:5 , 1 Peter 3:6 . Much more frequently it expresses the duty of man to God ( 1 Samuel 15:22 , Jeremiah 11:7 , John 14:15; John 14:23 ). The spirit of obedience is the primal and indispensable requirement for acceptance by the Father. The Son of God Himself was made perfect through obedience ( Hebrews 5:8 ), and only thus. It was the motto of His earthly life, ‘I am come to do thy will, O God’ ( Hebrews 10:7 ). The one lesson of the life of Jesus is the one lesson of the word of God from first to last God must be obeyed. Absolute obedience was essential to the fulfilment of His mission. Absolute obedience is essential to our own salvation. Having learned obedience, He became a Saviour to those who obey ( Hebrews 5:9 ). Obedience is as necessary with us as it was with Him. Obedience is as possible with us as it was with Him. For He is able to work in us now the very same mind that was in Him, the same disposition and spirit He had upon earth. D. A. Hayes.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Obedience'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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