"The crucial point for biblical theology is the realization that disobedience to God flows from failure to trust God. All obedience flows from trusting God, and conversely, whatever does not proceed from faith is sin." - Thomas Schreiner (The Commands of God - essay), Central Themes in Biblical Theology
Romans 1:5 "the obedience that comes from faith"
Romans 16:26 "that Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith"
Romans 14:23 "everything that does not come fr...om faith is sin"
It would seem that the Apostle Paul has most definitely affirmed Mr. Schreiner's line of thought.
So, may we grow in obedience to God, not because we must, or because we are fearful of His punishment, but may we obey God's Word because we trust Him. May our faith lead us into greater trust, and our trust into greater obedience, and our obedience into greater love for our Lord. Amen.
From Tim Keller's teaching on the Fruit of the Spirit:
"Want to know if you are growing in the fruit of the Spirit? Ask those who live with you."
Join us this coming Sunday at River Oaks as we teach to 'The Mark of the Spirit's Empowering' (Unit 11 of We Are), or better yet, "How are we doing in this measure of a healthy church?"