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  • Writer's pictureEli Schnell

Thinking about Two Sons

Updated: Jan 16, 2023

How important is obedience to the commands of God? The answer you receive when asking this question varies based on the individual and the church they attend. The Scriptures are clear on the subject, however, and Jesus had this to say in Matthew 21:28-32:

"But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘“Son, go work today in the vineyard.’ And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterward he regretted it and went. The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, ‘I will, sir’; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.”

John, the relative of Jesus, came baptizing and teaching the people to repent (Matt. 3:2). Many religious people rejected him and his message (Matt. 3:7-9). Those who were unwilling to repent at the preaching of John were also unwilling to receive Jesus’ teaching, and He reprimanded them for their cold-heartedness. Their disobedience to the messages of John and Jesus revealed their rebellion against the Father, God.

How important is obedience to the commands of God? If you want to be a citizen of the kingdom of God, obedience to His commands is critical! Rebellion against God’s commands keeps a person from entering His kingdom, while obedience allows entry.

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