Greek for works: ergōn
Greek for obey or keep: peitharcheó, hupakouó, phulassó, etc.
Greek for do, i.e., ‘be a doer’: poiétés
(These lists are not complete, but will give you an idea).
God’s commands are not burdensome. When we love someone as a Father it is not a task to obey at all. When many people think of the word “obey” they think bad thoughts. But don’t you want your children to obey you? When children obey us, they show by their listening and doing that they love us. Did you know that “obey” and “works” are two entirely different Greek words with different meanings? See the links for the meanings. God loves us and sent His son for us. He gave us the gift of salvation (not by our works; cannot be earned). Should we not love Him as our Father and show it by obeying His commands? His commands are not grievous. God says we are “not saved by works” but by His grace through faith (a gift), but does that mean we don’t need to obey Christ’s teachings and live accordingly? Much misunderstanding on this today! Many today say that Christians need not obey God because the price has been paid. However, this is not true nor Biblical.
“For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Cor. 6:20
“And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him”. Hebrews 5:9
“And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to them that obey him.” Acts 5:32
How important is obedience to God and Christ’s teachings? Many claim Jesus as savior but live in disobedience (just like I did for most of my life!). I was a hypocrite. God warns of this in Matthew 7:23. God had a lot of mercy on me.
“It is not to save those who live in sin. Only those who “obey” him have any evidence that they will be saved; see the note, John 14:15″ (Barnes’ Notes on the Bible).
True Christians will turn away from things God hates. I wish someone would have told me the truth instead of a watered down, false message just to avoid hurting my feelings (eternity is a long time to be wrong). I was deceived into thinking that because I said I loved Jesus, surely God wouldn’t mind if I lived however I wanted, in complete sin and rebellion! Boy was I wrong. God cannot be mocked. The Bible says that Jesus will tell “many” who call Him “Lord” to “depart from Him”!! (Matt. 7:23). Psalm 97:10, “Ye that love the LORD, hate evil”. Psalm 101:3 says, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes”. Being truly “born-again” (Jn. 3:3) means you hate darkness and wickedness. Jesus asks why many call Him “Lord, Lord” and do not do what He says (Luke 6:46).
“Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind…” 1 Corinthians 6:9
“Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows them that are his. And, Let every one that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” 2 Tim. 2:19
“But he shall say, I tell you, I know not where you come from; depart from me, all you workers of iniquity.” Luke 13:27
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21
“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not burdensome.” 1 John 5:3
“…that they should repent and turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.” Acts 26:20
“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.” Luke 6
“But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22
“He replied, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.'” Luke 11:28
“Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29
“For outside are dogs, and sorcerers, and fornicators, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie.” Revelation 22:15
“And such ***WERE*** some of you: but you *ARE* washed, but you ARE sanctified, but you ARE justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Cor. 6:11
“Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.” Ezekiel 18:27
“He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whosoever confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.” Proverbs 28:13
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 Jn. 1:9
Many say that we are trying to be justified by works if we obey God. The Apostle Paul never said to stop obeying God. As I have shown you, these two different words are different meaning. Faith, walking by the Spirit and obedience to God go hand-in-hand. Galatians 5 warns of being under the Law (of Moses) but at the same time Paul was telling the people to “obey” the Truth, walk by faith and by the Spirit of Truth. Paul never said to stop obeying God or His Word! But, if we seek to be under the Law of Moses to be justified then we are cursed. Obedience to God does not curse us, but brings blessing!
“You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love. You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?”