Romans 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for OBEDIENCE TO THE FAITH among all nations, for his name:
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:
The success of the new creation was how God could restore man to being righteous and holy before Him according to His own standards of righteousness and holiness without man keeping the law and without God violating His own standards in the process (i.e., ignoring sin, pretending it didn’t exist or acting like sin doesn’t matter (Rom. 3:19-28). He would do it by Jesus’ work, His doing the law and dying for us so that He could redeem us by grace. This was the main reason for His grace which accomplished what we could never do on our own. Our righteousness by faith holds up Jesus’ doing and dying before God.

I appreciate all the teachings on the true grace of God which is grace that is defined within the parameters of the Word of God and truths of Scripture. We cannot get enough of that, for sure. It is without a doubt that the Apostle Paul was given a revelation of grace and he made it clear that we are justified by faith without the deeds of the law. The law cannot save anyone and it is only by faith in His grace that we are saved and justified before God. This does not mean there is no obedience required on the part of the believer or that salvation by grace means we do nothing now that we are saved. Our believing is to translate into behavior and an empowered obedience. That obedience is not legalism but belief in action.

The Apostle Paul is often championed or mentioned by some today as the Apostle of grace by those who are teaching grace that goes beyond what is written in the Word. I find it very interesting that Paul, the Apostle of grace, never intended the theology of grace and justification by faith presented in Romans to be viewed in a way that requires no obedience. He framed his theology of grace and justification by faith by beginning with talking about “OBEDIENCE TO THE FAITH,” in Romans 1:5 and ending with, “OBEDIENCE OF FAITH,” in Romans 16:26. Grace working in a believer makes an obedient believer not a disobedient one. Being under grace is never a cover for disobedience. The message is that true grace empowers obedience; an obedience that the Law of Moses could only demand but not supply the power to fulfill.


Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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