Obeying God is good, but why is it good?

Sunrise / “moon-set” over the Lodge at Nebraska City_______________

“The good news is that the Bible is a big, diverse, wise book, and in it you can find a variety of prescriptions to encourage obedience to God’s commands.

For example, the Heidelberg Catechism gives four reasons for doing good:

1. to show we are thankful for what God has done,
2. so he may be praised through us,
3. so we may be assured of our faith by its fruits,
4. and so that by our godly living our neighbors may be won over to Christ (Q/A 86).

Likewise, John Owen mentions several gospel grounds for our obedience:

1. good works are necessary because God has appointed them;
2. our holiness is one special end of God’s love which is meant to redound to God’s glory;
3. our obedience brings God glory and honor;
4. It brings us honor and peace and makes us useful to God;
5. it benefits the world by convicting sinners, converting others, benefiting society;
6. it testifies that we are justified and is a pledge of our adoption;
7. it is a means of our thankfulness

(Communion with the Triune God, ed. Kelly M. Kapic and Justin Taylor [Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2007[…]”

Excerpt From
Hole in our Holiness

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