Acts 5:29 – Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
When you are searching for a definition, the best resource to which you can go is the originator of the term. In the case of Biblical terms, the best resource for absolutely correct definitions is the Bible itself. The world, and especially the religious mind will give you all sorts of definitions for Biblical terms. Ask any religious minded individual to define faith, joy, grace, or love, and you’ll hear more variations of definition than you can remember, and most of them will not be Biblical. They will be secular, humanistic, emotion-based, or covered with intellectual trappings that sound intelligent, but in reality, just don’t stand up under scrutiny; constantly changing as feelings, emotions, or circumstances change. But if you would know the absolute, unchanging, unalterable definition, go to the Word of God.
Look at our Text for Today. The disciples made an unchanging doctrinal statement that should be applied to every believer’s life. “We ought to obey God rather than men.” Yet in today’s world, people who call themselves Christian are declaring that anything that sounds good, or that is soothing to the mind and flesh, or that suits their political or social agenda is acceptable as Christian behavior. Such teaching and thinking is absolutely ungodly, and should not be accepted in any manner by the Church of the Lord Jesus.
Since faith works by love, and since that one cannot please God without faith, it seems to me that for the believer to walk in the love of God is of paramount importance. Take a moment and read our Manna for Today. As you read it, one thing should become imminently clear, and it is definitively stated in 1 John 5:3. “This is the love of God, that you keep His commandments.” My friend, regardless of any circum- stance, situation, feeling, or emotion, to walk in the love of God, you MUST KEEP HIS COMMAND-MENTS.
Now the question rises to the front in our world today. Will the church obey man (society, religion, humanism, political correctness), or will the church obey God? I ask this question simply. After all, it is a simple question. Will the church go social or spiritual? Will the church go religious or righteous? Will the church go humanistic or holy? Will the church go politically correct or power centered (based on the Word of God)? Think on this. Blood (sacrifice) is required for remission of sin. If obedience is better than sacrifice that is absolutely required, what does that say of obedience?
Manna for Today – Acts 5:17-42; 1 Samuel 15:22 ; 2 Corinthians 10:3-6; 1 John 5:3; John 14:15-17