Love and Obedience
Love leads to obedience, and obedience leads to the filling of the Holy Spirit. Luke affirmed this truth, “And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him” (Acts 5:32). The Lord explained that love moves the person to obey God’s law then God, in turn, fills the person with His Spirit. Eternal salvation, offered by grace and received by faith (Ephesians 2:5, 8), is available to those who are willing to obey, who are submissive to the will of God (Hebrews 5:9).
The spiritual gifts of the Spirit cannot be demonstrated in the life of a person who is breaking God’s law. Jesus said, “If ye love me keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever” (John 14:15, 16).
The obedience of the creature to the Creator is the foundation and essence of right relations with God. The angels obey God (Psalms 103:20, 21), but in love, not in cold, legal formality. Likewise, people are to obey God (Psalms 103:17, 18; Ecclesiastes 12:13), but in love (John 14:15) and by His enabling power. To God, obedience is better than any sacrifice that people may offer (1 Samuel 15:22). A true relationship with God is revealed by a loving obedience to His commandments (1 John 5:3).
The most basic fact about the Spirit is that He leads into all truth and convicts of sin. “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26). Therefore, a person could not be filled with the Holy Spirit without being reproved of breaking the law. Lying, stealing, adultery, Sabbath-breaking, coveting (Exodus 20) and so on, will not not be found in a Spirit-filled life.
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