What does “Obey the Gospel” mean?

We received the above question on our website

The gospel is the good news that Christ died for our sins and that we may be saved in eternity. There are facts of the gospel that must be understood and believed. Jesus preached that men must repent and “believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). Paul tells us that the gospel he preached was that Christ died for our sins, was buried and resurrected (I Corinthians 15:1-4). These facts must be understood and believed. These are the foundation blocks of Christianity.

There are commands of the gospel which must be obeyed. Those who do not obey the gospel will suffer eternal destruction (II Thessalonians 1:8).

The commands of the gospel are faith, repentance and baptism. When the Jews of Jerusalem heard Peter’s gospel message, they cried out, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” He told them to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus (Acts 2:38). Paul told the Athenians, “God commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30). Peter commanded Cornelius, the Roman soldier, to be baptized in the name of Jesus (Acts 10:47-48).

There are promises of the gospel to be received. Those who obey the gospel are promised that they will receive the remission of their sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). In addition they are promised a home with Christ in eternity (John 14:1-3).

While praying, going to church, being good, are all commendable, none of those things alone will save us. To be saved we must “obey from the heart that form of doctrine….” Only then will we be made free from sin (Rom. 6:17-18).

We would be honored to assist you in obeying the gospel of Jesus.

The above article was written by John Waddey

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