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The "obedience" (hupakoe) of Christ is directly mentioned but 3 times in the New Testament, although many other passages describe or allude to it: "Through the obedience of the one shall the many be made righteous" (Romans 5:19); "He humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death, yea, the death of the cross" (Philippians 2:8); "Though he was a Son, yet learned obedience by the things which he suffered" (Hebrews 5:8). In 2 Corinthians 10:5, the phrase signifies an attitude toward Christ: "every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ."

1. As an Element of Conduct and Character:

His subjection to His parents (Luke 2:51) was a necessary manifestation of His loving and sinless character, and of His disposition and power to do the right in any situation. His obedience to the moral law in every particular is asserted by the New Testament writers: "without sin" (Hebrews 4:15); "who knew no sin" (2 Corinthians 5:21); "holy, guileless, undefiled, separated from sinners" (Hebrews 7:26), etc.; and is affirmed by Himself: "Which of you convicteth me of sin?" (John 8:46); and implicitly conceded by His enemies, since no shadow of accusation against His character appears. Of His ready, loving, joyful, exact and eager obedience to the Father, mention will be made later, but it was His central and most outstanding characteristic, the filial at its highest reach, limitless, "unto death." His usually submissive and law-abiding attitude toward the authorities and the great movements and religious requirements of His day was a part of His loyalty to God, and of the strategy of His campaign, the action of the one who would set an example and wield an influence, as at His baptism: "Thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness" (Matthew 3:15); the synagogue worship (Luke 4:16, "as his custom was"); the incident of the tribute money: "Therefore the sons are free. But, lest we cause them to stumble," etc. (Matthew 17:24-27). Early, however, the necessities of His mission as Son of God and institutor of the new dispensation obliged Him frequently to display a judicial antagonism to current prescription and an authoritative superiority to the rulers; and even to important details of the Law, that would in most eyes mark Him as insurgent, and did culminate in the cross, but was the sublimest obedience to the Father, whose authority alone He, as full-grown man, and Son of man, could recognize.

2. Its Christological Bearing:

Two Scriptural statements raise an important question as to the inner experience of Jesus. Hebrews 5:8 states that "though he was a Son, yet learned (he) obedience by the things which he suffered" (emathen aph' hon epathen ten hupakoen); Philippians 2:6, 8 Existing in the form of God.... he humbled himself, becoming obedient, even unto death." As Son of God, His will was never out of accord with the Father's will. How then was it necessary to, or could He, learn obedience, or become obedient? The same question in another form arises from another part of the passage in Hebrews 5:9: "And having been made perfect, he became unto all them that obey him the author (cause) of eternal salvation"; also Hebrews 2:10: "It became him (God).... to make the author (captain) of their salvation perfect through sufferings." How and why should the perfect be made perfect? Gethsemane, with which, indeed, Hebrews 5:8 is directly related, presents the same problem. It finds its solution in the conditions of the Redeemer's work and life on earth in the light of His true humanity. Both in His eternal essence and in His human existence, obedience to His Father was His dominant principle, so declared through the prophet-psalmist before His birth: Hebrews 10:7 (Psalm 40:7), "Lo, I am come (in the roll of the book it is written of me) to do thy will, O God." It was His law of life: "I do always the things that are pleasing to him. I do nothing of myself, but as the Father taught me, I speak these things" (John 8:29, 28); "I can of myself do nothing..... I seek not mine own will, but the will of him that sent me" (John 5:30). It was the indispensable process of His activity as the "image of the invisible God," the expression of the Deity in terms of the phenomenal and the human. He could be a perfect revelation only by the perfect correspondence in every detail, of will, word and work with the Father's will (John 5:19). Obedience was also His life nourishment and satisfaction (John 4:34). It was the guiding principle which directed the details of His work: "I have power to lay it (life) down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment received I from my Father" (John 10:18); "The Father that sent me, he hath given me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak" (John 12:49; compare 14:31, etc.). But in the Incarnation this essential and filial obedience must find expression in human forms according to human demands and processes of development. As true man, obedient disposition on His part must meet the test of voluntary choice under all representative conditions, culminating in that which was supremely hard, and at the limit which should reveal its perfection of extent and strength. It must become hardened, as it were, and confirmed, through a definite obedient act, into obedient human character. The patriot must become the veteran. The Son, obedient on the throne, must exercise the practical virtue of obedience on earth. Gethsemane was the culmination of this process, when in full view of the awful, shameful, horrifying meaning of Calvary, the obedient disposition was crowned, and the obedient Divine-human life reached its highest manifestation, in the great ratification: "Nevertheless, not my will, but thine, be done." But just as Jesus' growth in knowledge was not from error to truth, but from partial knowledge to completer, so His "learning obedience" led Him not from disobedience or debate to submission, but from obedience at the present stage to an obedience at ever deeper and deeper cost. The process was necessary for His complete humanity, in which sense He was "made perfect," complete, by suffering. It was also necessary for His perfection as example and sympathetic High Priest. He must fight the human battles under the human conditions. Having translated obedient aspiration and disposition into obedient action in the face of, and in suffering unto, death, even the death of the cross, He is able to lead the procession of obedient sons of God through every possible trial and surrender. Without this testing of His obedience He could have had the sympathy of clear and accurate knowledge, for He "knew what was in man," but He would have lacked the sympathy of a kindred experience. Lacking this, He would have been for us, and perhaps also in Himself, but an imperfect "captain of our salvation," certainly no "file leader" going before us in the very paths we have to tread, and tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin. It may be worth noting that He "learned obedience" and was "made perfect" by suffering, not the results of His own sins, as we do largely, but altogether the results of the sins of others.

3. In Its Soteriological Bearings:

In Romans 5:19, in the series of contrasts between sin and salvation ("Not as the trespass, so also is the free gift"), we are told: "For as through the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the one shall the many be made righteous." Interpreters and theologians, especially the latter, differ as to whether "obedience" here refers to the specific and supreme act of obedience on the cross, or to the sum total of Christ's incarnate obedience through His whole life; and they have made the distinction between His "passive obedience," yielded on the cross, and His "active obedience" in carrying out without a flaw the Father's will at all times. This distinction is hardly tenable, as the whole Scriptural representation, especially His own, is that He was never more intensely active than in His death: "I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished" (Luke 12:50); "I lay down my life, that I may take it again. No one taketh it away from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again" (John 10:17, 18). "Who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish unto God" (Hebrews 9:14), indicates the active obedience of one who was both priest and sacrifice. As to the question whether it was the total obedience of Christ, or His death on the cross, that constituted the atonement, and

the kindred question whether it was not the spirit of obedience in the act of death, rather than the act itself, that furnished the value of His redemptive work, it might conceivably, though improbably, be said that "the one act of righteousness" through which "the free gift came" was His whole life considered as one act. But these ideas are out of line with the unmistakable trend of Scripture, which everywhere lays principal stress on the death of Christ itself; it is the center and soul of the two ordinances, baptism and the Lord's Supper; it holds first place in the Gospels, not as obedience, but as redemptive suffering and death; it is unmistakably put forth in this light by Christ Himself in His few references to His death: "ransom," "my blood," etc. Paul's teaching everywhere emphasizes the death, and in but two places the obedience; Peter indeed speaks of Christ as an ensample, but leaves as his characteristic thought that Christ "suffered for sins once.... put to death in the flesh" (1 Peter 3:18). In Hebrews the center and significance of Christ's whole work is that He "put away sin by the sacrifice of himself"; while John in many places emphasizes the death as atonement: "Unto him that.... loosed us from our sins by his blood" (Revelation 1:5), and elsewhere. The Scripture teaching is that "God set (him) forth to be a propitiation, through faith, in his blood" (Romans 3:25). His lifelong obedience enters in chiefly as making and marking Him the "Lamb without blemish and without spot," who alone could be the atoning sacrifice. If it enters further, it is as the preparation and anticipation of that death, His life so dominated and suffused with the consciousness of the coming sacrifice that it becomes really a part of the death. His obedience at the time of His death could not have been atonement, for it had always existed and had not atoned; but it was the obedience that turned the possibility of atonement into the fact of atonement. He obediently offered up, not His obedience, but Himself. He is set forth as propitiation, not in His obedience, but in His blood, His death, borne as the penalty of sin, in His own body on the tree. The distinction is not one of mere academic theological interest. It involves the whole question of the substitutionary and propitiatory in Christ's redemptive work, which is central, vital and formative, shaping the entire conception of Christianity. The blessed and helpful part which our Lord's complete and loving obedience plays in the working out of Christian character, by His example and inspiration, must not be underestimated, nor its meaning as indicating the quality of the life which is imparted to the soul which accepts for itself His mediatorial death. These bring the consummation and crown of salvation; they are not its channel, or instrument, or price.


DCG, article "Obedience of Christ"; Denney, Death of Christ, especially pp. 231-33; Champion, Living Atonement; Forsythe, Cruciality of the Cross, etc.; works on the Atonement; Commentaries, in the place cited.

Philip Wendell Crannell


o-be'-di-ens, o-ba (shama`; hupakoe):

1. Meaning of Terms:

In its simpler Old Testament meaning the word signifies "to hear," "to listen." It carries with it, however, the ethical significance of hearing with reverence and obedient assent. In the New Testament a different origin is suggestive of "hearing under" or of subordinating one's self to the person or thing heard, hence, "to obey." There is another New Testament usage, however, indicating persuasion from, peithomai.

The relation expressed is twofold: first, human, as between master and servant, and particularly between parents and children. "If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, that, will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and, though they chasten him, will not hearken unto them; then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place" (Deuteronomy 21:18, 19; compare Proverbs 15:20); or between sovereign and subjects, "The foreigners shall submit themselves unto me: as soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me" (2 Samuel 22:45 1 Chronicles 29:23).

2. The Old Testament Conception:

The highest significance of its usage, however, is that of the relation of man to God. Obedience is the supreme test of faith in God and reverence for Him. The Old Testament conception of obedience was vital. It was the one important relationship which must not be broken. While sometimes this relation may have been formal and cold, it nevertheless was the one strong tie which held the people close to God. The significant spiritual relation is expressed by Samuel when he asks the question, "Hath Yahweh as great delight in burnt-offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of Yahweh? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams" (1 Samuel 15:22). It was the condition without which no right relation might be sustained to Yahweh. This is most clearly stated in the relation between Abraham and Yahweh when he is assured "In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice" (Genesis 22:18).

In prophetic utterances, future blessing and prosperity were conditioned upon obedience: "If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land" (Isaiah 1:19). After surveying the glories of the Messianic kingdom, the prophet assures the people that "this shall come to pass, if ye will diligently obey the voice of Yahweh your God" (Zechariah 6:15). On the other hand misfortune, calamity, distress and famine are due to their disobedience and distrust of Yahweh.


This obedience or disobedience was usually related to the specific commands of Yahweh as contained in the law, yet they conceived of God as giving commands by other means. Note especially the rebuke of Samuel to Saul: "Because thou obeyedst not the voice of Yahweh,.... therefore hath Yahweh done this thing unto thee this day" (1 Samuel 28:18).

3. The New Testament Conception:

In the New Testament a higher spiritual and moral relation is sustained than in the Old Testament. The importance of obedience is just as greatly emphasized. Christ Himself is its one great illustration of obedience. He "humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death, yea, the death of the cross" (Philippians 2:8). By obedience to Him we are through Him made partakers of His salvation (Hebrews 5:9). This act is a supreme test of faith in Christ. Indeed, it is so vitally related that they are in some cases almost synonymous. "Obedience of faith" is a combination used by Paul to express this idea (Romans 1:5). Peter designates believers in Christ as "children of obedience" (1 Peter 1:14). Thus it is seen that the test of fellowship with Yahweh in the Old Testament is obedience. The bond of union with Christ in the New Testament is obedience through faith, by which they become identified and the believer becomes a disciple.

Walter G. Clippinger

5218. hupakoe -- obedience
... obedience. Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: hupakoe Phonetic Spelling:
(hoop-ak-o-ay') Short Definition: obedience Definition: obedience ...
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5292. hupotage -- subjection
... Feminine Transliteration: hupotage Phonetic Spelling: (hoop-ot-ag-ay') Short Definition:
subjection, submission Definition: subjection, submission, obedience. ...
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1150. damazo -- to tame
... Verb Transliteration: damazo Phonetic Spelling: (dam-ad'-zo) Short Definition: I
tame, subdue Definition: I tame, subdue, involving obedience and restraint. ...
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5426. phroneo -- to have understanding, to think
... to be (mentally) disposed (more or less earnestly in a certain direction); intensively,
to interest oneself in (with concern or obedience) -- set the affection ...
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378. anapleroo -- to fill up
... From ana and pleroo; to complete; by implication, to occupy, supply; figuratively,
to accomplish (by coincidence ot obedience) -- fill up, fulfill, occupy ...
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5293. hupotasso -- to place or rank under, to subject, mid. to ...
... From hupo and tasso; to subordinate; reflexively, to obey -- be under obedience
(obedient), put under, subdue unto, (be, make) subject (to, unto), be (put) in ...
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417. anemos -- wind
... particular direction (cf. Eph 4:14; Rev 7:1). (Mk 6:48) Ironically, obedience
to the Lord sometimes does bring us ! Here God meets ...
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Strong's Hebrew
3349. yiqhah -- obedience
... 3348, 3349. yiqhah. 3350 . obedience. Transliteration: yiqhah Phonetic
Spelling: (yik-kaw-haw') Short Definition: obedience. Word ...
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3584. kachash -- to disappoint, deceive, fail, grow lean
... Word Usage cringe (1), deceive (1), deceived (1), deceives (1), deception (1), denied
(2), deny (3), denying (1), fail (2), give feigned obedience (1), grown ...
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8085. shama -- to hear
... A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience,
etc.; causatively, to tell, etc.) -- X attentively, call (gather ...
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8445. Tovqhath -- father-in-law of Huldah
... borders, goings forth out, issues, outgoings. From the same as yiqqahah; obedience;
Tokahath, an Israelite -- Tikvath (by correction for Tiqvah). ...
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851. Eshtemoa -- a man of Judah, also a city in Judah
... Or beshtmowam {esh-tem-o'-ah}; or seshtmoh {esh-tem-o'}; from shama' (in the sense
of obedience); Eshtemoa or Eshtemoh, a place in Palestine -- Eshtemoa ...
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3354. Yequthiel -- a man of Judah
... Jekuthiel. From the same as Yaqeh and 'el; obedience of God; Jekuthiel, an Israelite --
Jekuthiel. see HEBREW Yaqeh. see HEBREW 'el. 3353, 3354. ...
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The School of Obedience
The School of Obedience. <. The School of Obedience Andrew Murray. Table of
Contents. Title Page. PREFACE. I. Obedience: Its place In Holy Scripture. ...
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Love and Obedience
... LOVE AND OBEDIENCE. 'If ye love Me, keep My commandments.'"John 14, 15. As
we ... God. That kindles love, and prompts to obedience. There ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture i/love and obedience.htm

The Obedience of Faith
... The Obedience of Faith. A Sermon (No.2195). ... Perfect obedience to God would mean
love among men, justice to all classes, and peace in every land. ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 37 1891/the obedience of faith.htm

The Liberty of Obedience
... THE LIBERTY OF OBEDIENCE. I know it would seem strange if I told you that every
boy and girl has to be tied to something in order that he may be free. ...
/.../chidley/fifty-two story talks to boys and girls/the liberty of obedience.htm

The Servant's Obedience
... THE SERVANT'S OBEDIENCE. 'I was not rebellious, neither turned away back'"Isaiah
50:5. I. The secret of Christ's life, filial obedience. ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture h/the servants obedience.htm

Prayer and Obedience
... IX. PRAYER AND OBEDIENCE. "An obedience discovered itself in Fletcher of Madeley,
which I wish I could describe or imitate. It produced ...
/.../bounds/the necessity of prayer/ix prayer and obedience.htm

Prayer and Obedience (Continued)
... X. PRAYER AND OBEDIENCE (Continued). "Many ... prayer. And He had this free and full
access because of His unquestioning obedience to His Father. ...
/.../bounds/the necessity of prayer/x prayer and obedience continued.htm

Whether the Vow of Obedience is the Chief of the Three Religious ...
the vow of obedience is the chief of the three religious vows? ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether the vow of obedience.htm

Of Holy Obedience
/.../the little flowers of st francis of assisi/chapter xvii of holy obedience.htm

Of Obedience
... OF OBEDIENCE. From this humility there springs obedience, for none can
be inwardly obedient save the humble man. Obedience means ...
/.../john/the adornment of the spritual marriage/chapter xiii of obedience.htm

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) The act of obeying, or the state of being obedient; compliance with that which is required by authority; subjection to rightful restraint or control.

2. (n.) Words or actions denoting submission to authority; dutifulness.

3. (n.) A following; a body of adherents; as, the Roman Catholic obedience, or the whole body of persons who submit to the authority of the pope.

4. (n.) A cell (or offshoot of a larger monastery) governed by a prior.

5. (n.) One of the three monastic vows.

6. (n.) The written precept of a superior in a religious order or congregation to a subject.

Obedience (61 Occurrences)
... 3. (n.) A following; a body of adherents; as, the Roman Catholic obedience, or the
whole body of persons who submit to the authority of the pope. ...
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Feign (11 Occurrences)
... shall submit themselves," is rendered the margin (the King James Version and the
Revised Version (British and American)), "yield feigned obedience, Hebrew lie ...
/f/feign.htm - 12k

Obedient (39 Occurrences)
... Romans 6:16 have ye not known that to whom ye present yourselves servants for obedience,
servants ye are to him to whom ye obey, whether of sin to death, or of ...
/o/obedient.htm - 18k

Obeisance (45 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary. 1. (n.) Obedience. 2. (n.) A manifestation of obedience;
an expression of difference or respect; homage; a bow; a courtesy. Int. ...
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Obey (219 Occurrences)
... 3. (vt) To yield to the impulse, power, or operation of; as, a ship obeys her helm.
4. (vi) To give obedience. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. OBEDIENCE; OBEY ...
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Win (27 Occurrences)
... Romans 1:5 through whom we have received grace and Apostleship in His service in
order to win men to obedience to the faith, among all Gentile peoples, (WEY). ...
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Resulting (7 Occurrences)
... Romans 6:16 have ye not known that to whom ye present yourselves servants for obedience,
servants ye are to him to whom ye obey, whether of sin to death, or of ...
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Discipline (63 Occurrences)
... 1. (n.) Training for obedience, whether physical, mental, or moral. ... 3. (n.) Subjection
to rule; submissiveness to order and control; habit of obedience. ...
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Commandments (181 Occurrences)
... laws, are applications of these "Words" to transient circumstances, and, for the
time for which they were enacted, demanded perfect and unconditional obedience...
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Atonement (112 Occurrences)
... Christ's work consisted of suffering and obedience, and these were vicarious, ie,
were not merely for our benefit, but were in our stead, as the suffering and ...
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Bible Concordance
Obedience (61 Occurrences)

Luke 23:56 Then they returned, and prepared spices and perfumes. On the Sabbath they rested in obedience to the Commandment.

John 14:31 but it is in order that the world may know that I love the Father, and that it is in obedience to the command which the Father gave me that I thus act. Rise, let us be going."

Acts 14:2 But the Jews who had refused obedience stirred up the Gentiles and embittered their minds against the brethren.

Acts 21:24 Take them, and purify yourself with them, and pay their expenses for them, that they may shave their heads. Then all will know that there is no truth in the things that they have been informed about you, but that you yourself also walk keeping the law.
(See NIV)

Acts 23:31 So, in obedience to their orders, the soldiers took Paul and brought him by night as far as Antipatris.

Acts 26:18 that they may turn from darkness to light and from the obedience to Satan to God, in order to receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified through faith in Me.'

Romans 1:5 through whom we received grace and apostleship, for obedience of faith among all the nations, for his name's sake;

Romans 3:20 For on the ground of obedience to Law no man living will be declared righteous before Him. Law simply brings a sure knowledge of sin.

Romans 3:28 For we maintain that it is as the result of faith that a man is held to be righteous, apart from actions done in obedience to Law.

Romans 5:19 For as through the one man's disobedience many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the one, many will be made righteous.

Romans 6:16 Don't you know that to whom you present yourselves as servants to obedience, his servants you are whom you obey; whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness?

Romans 6:17 But thanks be to God that though you were once in thraldom to Sin, you have now yielded a hearty obedience to that system of truth in which you have been instructed.

Romans 13:10 Love avoids doing any wrong to one's fellow man, and is therefore complete obedience to Law.

Romans 14:23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because it isn't of faith; and whatever is not of faith is sin. (24) Now to him who is able to establish you according to my Good News and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret through long ages, (25) but now is revealed, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, is made known for obedience of faith to all the nations; (26) to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen.

Romans 15:18 For I will not dare to speak of any things except those which Christ worked through me, for the obedience of the Gentiles, by word and deed,

Romans 16:19 For your obedience has become known to all. I rejoice therefore over you. But I desire to have you wise in that which is good, but innocent in that which is evil.

Romans 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

1 Corinthians 7:19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing: obedience to God's commandments is everything.

1 Corinthians 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.

2 Corinthians 7:15 His affection is more abundantly toward you, while he remembers all of your obedience, how with fear and trembling you received him.

2 Corinthians 8:5 They not only did this, as we had expected, but first of all in obedience to God's will they gave their own selves to the Lord and to us.

2 Corinthians 9:13 seeing that through the proof given by this service, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the Good News of Christ, and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all;

2 Corinthians 10:5 throwing down imaginations and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ;

2 Corinthians 10:6 and being in readiness to avenge all disobedience, when your obedience will be made full.

Galatians 2:2 I went up in obedience to a revelation of God's will; and I explained to them the Good News which I proclaim among the Gentiles. To the leaders of the Church this explanation was made in private, lest by any means I should be running, or should already have run, in vain.

Galatians 2:16 know that it is not through obedience to Law that a man can be declared free from guilt, but only through faith in Jesus Christ. We have therefore believed in Christ Jesus, for the purpose of being declared free from guilt, through faith in Christ and not through obedience to Law. For through obedience to Law no human being shall be declared free from guilt.

Galatians 3:2 Answer me this one question, "Is it on the ground of your obedience to the Law that you received the Spirit, or is it because, when you heard, you believed?"

Galatians 3:5 He who gives you His Spirit and works miracles among you--does He do so on the ground of your obedience to the Law, or is it the result of your having heard and believed:

Galatians 3:10 All who are depending upon their own obedience to the Law are under a curse, for it is written, "Cursed is every one who does not remain faithful to all the precepts of the Law, and practise them."

Galatians 3:18 For if the inheritance comes through obedience to Law, it no longer comes because of a promise. But, as a matter of fact, God has granted it to Abraham in fulfilment of a promise.

Galatians 5:8 the obedience 'is' not of him who is calling you!

Colossians 2:22 referring to things which are all intended to be used up and perish--in obedience to mere human injunctions and teachings?

Philemon 1:21 Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even beyond what I say.

Hebrews 5:8 though he was a Son, yet learned obedience by the things which he suffered.

Hebrews 7:16 and hold His office not in obedience to any temporary Law, but by virtue of an indestructible Life.

Hebrews 8:4 If then He were still on earth, He would not be a priest at all, since here there are already those who present the offerings in obedience to the Law,

Hebrews 9:22 Indeed we may almost say that in obedience to the Law everything is sprinkled with blood, and that apart from the outpouring of blood there is no remission of sins.

Hebrews 10:8 After saying the words I have just quoted, "Sacrifices and offerings or whole burnt-offerings and sin-offerings Thou hast not desired or taken pleasure in" --all such being offered in obedience to the Law--

James 1:25 But he who looks closely into the perfect Law--the Law of freedom--and continues looking, he, being not a hearer who forgets, but an obedient doer, will as the result of his obedience be blessed.

James 2:8 If, however, you are keeping the Law as supreme, in obedience to the Commandment which says "You are to love your fellow man just as you love yourself," you are acting rightly.

James 2:17 So also faith, if it is unaccompanied by obedience, has no life in it--so long as it stands alone.

James 2:20 But, idle boaster, are you willing to be taught how it is that faith apart from obedience is worthless? Take the case of Abraham our forefather.

James 2:26 For just as a human body without a spirit is lifeless, so also faith is lifeless if it is unaccompanied by obedience.

1 Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

1 Peter 1:14 as children of obedience, not conforming yourselves according to your former lusts as in your ignorance,

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing you have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth through the Spirit in sincere brotherly affection, love one another from the heart fervently:

1 John 5:3 Love for God means obedience to His commands; and His commands are not irksome.

2 John 1:4 It is an intense joy to me to have found some of your children living true Christian lives, in obedience to the command which we have received from the Father.

2 John 1:6 The love of which I am speaking consists in our living in obedience to God's commands. God's command is that you should live in obedience to what you all heard from the very beginning.

3 John 1:3 For it is an intense joy to me when brethren come and bear witness to your fidelity to the truth--that you live in obedience to the truth.

3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are living in obedience to the truth.

Genesis 49:10 The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs. To him will the obedience of the peoples be.

Judges 2:17 And yet they hearkened not unto their judges, for they went astray after other gods, and worshipped them; they turned aside quickly out of the way wherein their fathers walked, obeying the commandments of the LORD; they did not so.
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1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Has Jehovah delight in burnt-offerings and sacrifices, As in hearkening to the voice of Jehovah? Behold, obedience is better than sacrifice, Attention than the fat of rams.

2 Samuel 22:45 Sons of a stranger feign obedience to me, At the hearing of the ear they hearken to me.

1 Chronicles 21:19 David went up at the saying of Gad, which he spoke in the name of Yahweh.
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2 Chronicles 31:21 In every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.
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Psalms 18:44 At the hearing of the ear they hearken to me, Sons of a stranger feign obedience to me,

Psalms 66:3 Say to God, 'How fearful 'are' Thy works, By the abundance of Thy strength, Thine enemies feign obedience to Thee.

Psalms 81:15 Those hating Jehovah feign obedience to Him, But their time is -- to the age.

Proverbs 30:17 "The eye that mocks at his father, and scorns obedience to his mother: the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, the young eagles shall eat it.



Obedience of Christ

Obedience to God

Obedience to God without Faith, is Impossible

Obedience to God: A Characteristic of Saints

Obedience to God: Abram

Obedience to God: Angels Engaged In

Obedience to God: Asa

Obedience to God: Better than Sacrifice

Obedience to God: Blessedness of

Obedience to God: Caleb

Obedience to God: Christ, an Example of

Obedience to God: Commanded

Obedience to God: Confess Your Failure In

Obedience to God: David

Obedience to God: Elijah

Obedience to God: Exhortations To

Obedience to God: Hezekiah

Obedience to God: Includes: Keeping his Commandments

Obedience to God: Includes: Obeying Christ

Obedience to God: Includes: Obeying his Law

Obedience to God: Includes: Obeying his Voice

Obedience to God: Includes: Obeying the Gospel

Obedience to God: Includes: Submission to Higher Powers

Obedience to God: Israelites

Obedience to God: Joseph

Obedience to God: Josiah

Obedience to God: Justification Obtained by That of Christ

Obedience to God: Noah

Obedience to God: Obligations To

Obedience to God: Paul

Obedience to God: Pray to be Taught

Obedience to God: Prepare the Heart For

Obedience to God: Promises To

Obedience to God: Punishment of Refusing

Obedience to God: Resolve Upon

Obedience to God: Saints Elected To

Obedience to God: Saints of Rome

Obedience to God: should be Constant

Obedience to God: should be from the Heart

Obedience to God: should be Undeviating

Obedience to God: should be Unreserved

Obedience to God: should Be with Willingness

Obedience to God: The Wicked Refuse

Obedience to God: To be Universal in the Latter Days

Obedience to God: Wise Men

Obedience to God: Zacharias

Obedience to God: Zerubbabel

Obedience: Abraham

Obedience: Asa

Obedience: Bethuel and Laban

Obedience: Caleb

Obedience: Cornelius

Obedience: Cyrus

Obedience: Daniel

Obedience: David

Obedience: Elisha

Obedience: Enjoined

Obedience: Exemplified

Obedience: Ezra

Obedience: General Scriptures Concerning

Obedience: Gideon

Obedience: Hanani

Obedience: Hezekiah

Obedience: Jacob

Obedience: Jehoiada

Obedience: Jehoshaphat

Obedience: Jesus

Obedience: Job

Obedience: John and James

Obedience: John the Baptist

Obedience: Jonah

Obedience: Joseph

Obedience: Joshua

Obedience: Josiah

Obedience: Jotham

Obedience: Levi

Obedience: Levites

Obedience: Mary

Obedience: Matthew

Obedience: Moses

Obedience: Moses and Aaron

Obedience: Nathanael

Obedience: Ninevites

Obedience: Noah

Obedience: Paul

Obedience: Reubenites

Obedience: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego

Obedience: Simeon

Obedience: Simon and Andrew

Obedience: The Disciples

Obedience: The Israelites

Obedience: The Rich Young Man

Obedience: Under the Preaching of Haggai

Obedience: Uzziah

Obedience: Zacharias

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Obedient (39 Occurrences)

Obeisance (45 Occurrences)

Obey (219 Occurrences)

Win (27 Occurrences)

Resulting (7 Occurrences)

Discipline (63 Occurrences)

Commandments (181 Occurrences)

Atonement (112 Occurrences)

Commands (216 Occurrences)

Child (355 Occurrences)

Commandment (209 Occurrences)


Result (73 Occurrences)

Unaccompanied (2 Occurrences)

Leads (64 Occurrences)

Works (379 Occurrences)

Intense (13 Occurrences)

Foreskin (12 Occurrences)

Disobedience (49 Occurrences)

Mediator (7 Occurrences)

Consists (7 Occurrences)


Declared (261 Occurrences)

Manifested (48 Occurrences)

Bondmen (117 Occurrences)

Behalf (140 Occurrences)

Justification (6 Occurrences)

Scriptures (25 Occurrences)

Guilt (180 Occurrences)

Either (152 Occurrences)

Slaves (119 Occurrences)

Peoples (305 Occurrences)

Brotherly (8 Occurrences)

Service (317 Occurrences)

Righteous (407 Occurrences)

Leading (101 Occurrences)

Act (204 Occurrences)

Affection (30 Occurrences)

Whether (239 Occurrences)

Someone (153 Occurrences)

Ages (114 Occurrences)

Purpose (448 Occurrences)

Fully (153 Occurrences)

Love (703 Occurrences)


Deuteronomy (1 Occurrence)


Ground (538 Occurrences)

Gentiles (150 Occurrences)

Yours (226 Occurrences)

Life (6001 Occurrences)

Sanctification (13 Occurrences)

Adam (29 Occurrences)

Slavery (31 Occurrences)

Eternal (166 Occurrences)

Slave (148 Occurrences)

Foreknow (1 Occurrence)

Present (577 Occurrences)

Foreknowledge (2 Occurrences)

Nations (683 Occurrences)

Yourselves (530 Occurrences)

Yielded (28 Occurrences)

Quoted (2 Occurrences)

Venture (10 Occurrences)

Kenites (8 Occurrences)

Kingly (7 Occurrences)

Kidron (11 Occurrences)

Kindness (295 Occurrences)

Person (807 Occurrences)

Command (442 Occurrences)

Yield (78 Occurrences)

Nun (31 Occurrences)

Nervous (1 Occurrence)

Name's (31 Occurrences)

Ungodly (41 Occurrences)

Ucal (1 Occurrence)

Outpouring (3 Occurrences)

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