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1. This morning, we considered the important relationship between sowing and
a. If you sow in your life the things that are good \u2013 the things of the Spirit \u2013
2. When we realize just how important it is that we are spiritually strong, then we
can see how important it is that we listen to this.
a. Our whole future in this life and in the life to come depends on this very
c. But we can\u2019t live the life He calls us to live, unless we are spiritually strong;
and we will only be spiritual strong if we sow to the Spirit and not the flesh.
d. This is what is meant by the fact that though regeneration is the sovereign act
of God alone (monergistic), sanctification is the combined work of God and
(i) As Paul writes, \u201cSo then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed,
not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out
your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you,
both to will and to work forHi s good pleasure\u201d (Phil. 2:12-13).
(iii) But by the same token, we cannot be saved apart from works \u2013 they
must be there, sanctification must be there, we must be growing in grace,
or we are not saved.
(i) When you call Jesus Lord, doesn\u2019t that mean that you have submitted
yourself to Him? That you have set yourself aside as the captain of your
life and have Jesus at your helm? Doesn\u2019t it mean that we recognize His
authority over us to call the shots?
(ii) The Anti-Lordship Salvationists want to tell us that we can have Jesus as
our Savior without a change of ownership in our lives; that we can still
steer our ship towards hell and in the end, arrive in heaven.
(iii) But Jesus tells us that those who do this, who don\u2019t submit to His will, are building on a foundation of sand and will end up shipwrecked in the end \u2013 by this He means hell.
(iv) It\u2019s only those who hear and do what He says that build a foundation
that will endure the storms of this life and the judgment to come.
(v) He\u2019s telling us that sowing to the Spirit is more than merely using the
(vi) Think of it this way:
(a) Every time we obey Christ, we are sowing to the Spirit.
(b) But every time we disobey Him, we are sowing to the flesh.
2. This evening, let\u2019s continue the theme of sowing and reaping, this time with
obedience in view. We\u2019ll look at four things briefly:
a. First, that this is not legalism \u2013 Jesus is not teaching us salvation by works.
b. Second, that the obedience that sows to the Spirit is full obedience to God\u2019s
c. Third, that the obedience that sows to the Spirit must flow from the heart.
d. Finally, that the obedience that sows to the Spirit is a submission to what is in
A. First, when Jesus challenges us to surrender to His Lordship and obey Him or we
will be shipwrecked, He is not teaching us legalism \u2013 a salvation by works.
1. Works are the evidence, not the basis of our salvation.
b. George Swinnock writes, \u201cAs the saint is described sometimes by a \u2018clean heart,\u2019 so [he is] also sometimes by \u2018clean hands,\u2019 because he has both; the holiness of his heart is seen at his fingers\u2019 ends.\u201d
c. Sure, a person can appear beautiful on the outside and still be corrupt inside, as Jesus said of the Pharisees that they were white-washed sepulchers (Matt. 23:25-28).
b. Paul writes, \u201cFor as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse;
for it is written, \u2018Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written
in the book of the law, to perform them\u2019\u201d (Gal. 3:10).
B. Second, the obedience that Christ requires \u2013 the obedience that sows to the Spirit \u2013
is full obedience to all of God\u2019s commands.
1. The Lord has given us a complete rule of practice in the Ten Commandments
a. Is partial obedience enough?
(i) Will Christ accept eight or nine of the ten?
(ii) If I don\u2019t allow myself to murder, but I do allow myself to lie, will that
(vi) What would you think of a woman who honors and submits to her
husband 364 days out of the year, but one day per year commits adultery?
Husbands, would that be acceptable to you? Of if the situation were
reversed, ladies, would that be enough proof of his love?
(i) Thomas Watson writes, \u201cSome will obey partially, obey some
commandments, not others, like a plough which, when it comes to a still
piece of earth makes a balk. But God that spoke all the words of the moral
law, will have all obeyed.\u201d
(ii) This doesn\u2019t mean that we can give full obedience to the Lord \u2013 the only
person who ever could was the Lord Jesus Christ \u2013 we aren\u2019t capable of
doing this, which is why we need His grace and forgiveness.
(iii) But this also doesn\u2019t mean the standard is less than perfection \u2013 the rule
remains the same, and though we can\u2019t keep it, we must try to do so,
because this is what He commands.
2. Another question is, does Jesus only require submission to His lordship when
it\u2019s easy to do so?
a. No, He requires it in all circumstances at all times.
b. It\u2019s easy to obey when there are no obstacles, just as just anything is easy
C. Third, the obedience that Christ requires, that sows to the Spirit, must flow from
the heart \u2013 from a heart of love to Christ and His Law.
1. Those who really don\u2019t love Christ and His commandments try to change them,
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