Creflo Dollar — Obedience
Know ye not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey, whether of sin unto death or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked that you were the servants of sin, but you have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. (Romans 6:16-17)
Alright now, ladies and gentlemen, you just read that, and it seemed to me that in the New Testament, in the covenant of grace, it said something, go back to verse 16. It seems to me that we read this and it's pretty clear, "Know you not that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey."
So that's like, "Well, wait a minute, Pastor, you're talking about, it's talking about I need to obey. I need to obey and whoever I obey". Okay, now notice, it was real clear to whom you obey, so that seems like it cancels out everything I just started with. There's only one problem, the word here that says obey is not defined as to comply with or follow.
To obey means you're gonna comply with something or you're gonna follow it. This word is a Greek word which means to hearken, to pay attention to, to listen to, to hearken, to pay attention to, to listen to. Now, look at what he's saying here. "Know you not that to whom you yield yourselves servants," to hearken, to pay attention, or to listen to, "His servants you are," to whom you listen to, whether you're listening to sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness.
Now, 17 gonna add to it, look what he says here, what are you talking about? "But God be thanked that you were the servants of sin, but you have obeyed," or you have listened to, or paid attention to from your heart, "That form of doctrine which was delivered unto you."
Doctrine is teaching, so what he is saying is which teaching are you listening to? Are you listening and paying attention to the doctrine of sin unto death that comes from the law, or are you listening and paying attention to righteousness, the righteousness of God, obedience unto righteousness, that doctrine, or sin unto death? Which doctrine are you listening to? Which doctrine are you paying attention to? Which doctrine are you hearkening to?
Oh my goodness, now that changes the whole thing, 'cause what he is saying is what you listening to? And he is saying if you take the time to keep listening to the doctrine of sin unto death, you're listening to the law, you're listening to an old covenant, then if you pay attention to that and give your attention to that, then that's what you gonna serve.
Now notice he's talking about obedience unto righteousness, he said if you listen to that, then that's what you gonna serve. So, basically what he is saying, whatever you listening to, that's gonna determine what you gonna end up serving. And he's talking about not the devil or God, but he's talking about the doctrine that you listen to. I wish somebody would have told that to me.
So now, all of a sudden, to obey here doesn't mean to comply or to follow, right, as if following the rule. Obey here means to listen, and pay attention to, and the question is, which one of these doctrines are you listening to? Now, if you're going to a church that doesn't teach grace, you're listening to the doctrine of sin unto death, what is that gonna produce?
That's gonna produce self-performance, self-effort people who say I got to do something in order to get God to do something for me. But if you're listening to obedience unto righteousness, then you're gonna continue to hear this gospel of grace, and you're gonna say no, it's not what I do that's gonna make it happen, but it's what Jesus has already done that's gonna make it happen.
He says it all starts with what doctrine are you listening to? That's strong, now, Romans chapter 1 and 5 now will tell us what type of obedience is acceptable under the covenant of grace, what is acceptable under the covenant of grace, and then you will understand why you ain't been seeing nothing happening. I'm so tired of Christians not seeing nothing happen and ain't got a clue on what to do to get it to happen. That changes tonight.
Verse 5, "By whom we have received grace and apostleship," watch this phrase, "For the obedience to the faith among all nations for his name." Say this, "Obedience to the faith." Not obedience to the law, not obedience to the commandment, now you're gonna realize that eventually you're gonna be keeping all of that, but not in the way of self-effort, but obedience to the faith. Under the covenant of grace, the requirement and the agreement for you to be blessed is to walk in the obedience to the faith.
Go to Acts chapter 6 and verse 7, obedience to the faith. Now, I know you're wondering, "Well, what is that?" I'll tell you in a minute, obedience to the faith. Now, Acts says, "And the Word of God increased, and the number of disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly, and a great company of the priests," now, as a result of the word going forth, they were obedient to the faith, they were obedient to the faith.
There were even some priests that got a hold of it, and they became obedient to the faith. You don't see this term in the Old Covenant at all, 'cause it was clear if you are willing and obedient, it never said anything about obedience to the faith.
Alright, now, I'm gonna say this statement first, and then we're gonna get into Scripture and prove it out. This is awesome, obedience to the faith says I will be obedient to believe what Jesus has already done. Obedience to the faith says I will be obedient to believe the finished works of Jesus.