Disobedience

Anyone who has read the Bible will know that Eve was the first ‘person’ to disobey God (Genesis 3:1-6; 1 Timothy 2:14), and Adam also disobeyed Him. They both ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:9, 16, 17), which God forbade them to do. Although present with Eve at the time of temptation (Genesis 3:6), Adam did not intervene and challenge the untruths of the serpent (Genesis 3:4, 5). He went along with his ploy. Instead of rejecting Eve’s invitation to eat of the fruit of the tree (v 6), he voluntarily disobeyed God.

God had warned him that if he ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he would die (Genesis 2:17), and it follows therefore, his offspring would also die (Romans 5:12). They inherited his fallen nature of disobedience, which the Bible calls ‘sin’. The breaking of God’s laws and lawlessness is sin (1 John 3:4).

Sin justly deserves God’s wrath (Romans 4:15) and the punishment of everlasting hell (Matthew 25:31-46). God is righteous (Psalm 116:5), holy (Mark 1:24; Psalm 99:9; Revelation 4:8) and just (Psalm 7:11); therefore He must punish transgressors of His laws (Psalm 89:32). He does this by sending them to hell: https://thebiblicalway.blog/2018/03/30/hell/

All of us deserve to be punished and put to death (Romans 1:32) for we are all guilty of sinning (Romans 3:23). All of us deserve to go to hell. There are no exceptions. It is only through God’s mercy and grace that that He saves anyone from hell (Psalm 103:10-13; Ephesians 2:8, 9). They are saved through the atoning sacrifice (Romans 3:25) of His Son, Jesus, who died on a cross at Calvary (Luke 23:33) and suffered (Hebrews 13:12) the agonies of hell on their behalf (Hebrews 2:9). He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven (Luke 24:51), from where He rules, and ultimately will judge all mankind (1 Corinthians 15:25-28).

He is the Judge of all the earth (Genesis 18:25), and He is merciful (Romans 9:22-24) to those whom He chooses (Romans 9:15, 18). He is the author of both life and death (Deuteronomy 30:19, 20), light and darkness (Genesis 1:1-4).

Those who believe and trust Jesus through the enabling of the Holy Spirit (John 14:26), understand the Spirit-inspired Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16), and the continuity of God’s sovereignty from the time of creation. They observe Him ruling with justice, mercy, forgiveness and love. They acknowledge Him as their sovereign God who will bring fruition to His creation. He will judge all mankind and separate the sheep from the goats (Matthew 25:31-46). His sheep will live with Him forever in the new Jerusalem (Revelation 21:9-27), but the devil’s goats will be cast into the everlasting lake of fire (Revelation 20:15), along with his cohorts (Revelation 20:10).

In the new creation of the New Jerusalem there will be no disobedience, only a perfect state of unified love within the Temple, i.e., the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb (Revelation 21:22).

A random collection of Biblical texts about disobedience

Leviticus 26:14-16 ‘But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments, and you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all my commandments, but break my covenant, I will do this to you: I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume your eyes and cause sorrow of heart. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.’

Deuteronomy 28:15 “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I commanded you today, that all these curses will come upon you: (Verses 16-68 all sorts of curses.)

Ezekiel 5:7, 8 ‘Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Because you have multiplied disobedience more than the nations that are all around you, have not walked in My statutes nor kept My judgments, nor even done according the judgments of the nations that are all around you’ – therefore thus says the Lord God: “Indeed I, even I, am against you and will execute judgments in your midst in the sight of all nations.”

Romans 5:19 ‘For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.’

Romans 10:20, 21 ‘But Isaiah is very bold and says: “I was found by those who did not seek Me; I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me.” But to Israel He says, “All day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”’

Romans 11:32 ‘For God has committed them to all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.’ (Both Jews and Gentiles – all the elect – not everybody.)

Colossians 3:5-7 ‘Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.’

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