Obedience is faith in action and
God wanted Abraham to live in such a way that he would be looked
upon as a positive example by future generations. We are all being
trained for life in heaven with God; the spiritual growth takes
place on earth and it is here that our future heavenly character is
being developed. This was the case with Abraham when he failed the
first three tests, but God knew Abraham's heart and waited
twenty-five years until He administered the final test involving the
sacrifice of Isaac. Abraham obeyed the Lord's command and emerged a
changed man, whom the Lord knew He could trust.
You too will be tested, and failing this earthly spiritual education
will not affect your salvation, but it will cost you future rewards
in heaven. God's creation is based upon law and order, and while He
may allow you to rebel on earth, there will be no rebellion in
heaven. Therefore, every believer will be tested and failing your
spiritual education will mean a loss of position in heaven someday.
As a believer in Christ, it is important to note that obedience is
not works but faith in action.