Learning to obey
That’s what faith in Jesus can do. Not faith in anything other than Him. Not our growth in the Spirit nor our knowledge of the Bible, but only our faith in the person of Jesus, who can do anything according to His will. Our job is to learn God’s will, as demonstrated in the life of His Son. And just like Jesus we are to learn obedience.
“Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation, being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 5:8-10)
God had mankind’s good in mind when making a rule. “Everything, but”, is what He told Adam. In hindsight we can see it was for their own good, but man had to learn obedience, choosing the right way, God’s way, for our own good. “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.” (Isaiah 1:16-17 NASB)
How can we wash ourselves and make ourselves clean? Through confession to Jesus, God’s high priest. Some would say, “Confession is not necessary after being saved,” but the apostle John gives the reason for confession and its results.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 NASB) Then in the Book of Revelation he records the results of confession. “I said to him, ‘My lord, you know.’ And he said to me, ‘These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.'” (Revelation 7:14 NASB)