Have You Obeyed The Gospel? Presented by Steven Schiller
The gospel contains glad tidings concerning Jesus and His salvation that we must believe...
Jesus died for our sins
Jesus was buried and rose from the dead
Jesus is now Lord and King
Jesus is coming again to judge the world
But it is imperative that we not only believe the gospel but also obey the gospel...
Eternal salvation is for those who obey Christ - He 5:9
What the apostle Paul calls "the obedience to the faith" - Ro 1:5; 16:26
An obedience that must come "from the heart" - cf. Ro 6:17
Otherwise, eternal destruction awaits us! - 2Th 1:7-9
[What are the gospel's "commands to obey"? First and foremost...]
WE MUST BELIEVE
BELIEVE THE GOSPEL...
We must believe the gospel Jesus wants us to hear - Mk 16:15-16
The gospel has the power to save, but only for those who believe it - Ro 1:16-17
-- Do you believe the glad tidings concerning the salvation in Christ Jesus?
BELIEVE IN JESUS...
We must believe (trust) in Jesus, that He died for our sins - Jn 1:29; 3:16,36
Otherwise, we will die in our sins! - Jn 8:24
-- Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, who died for your sins?
[The importance of faith cannot overemphasized. But obedience to the gospel requires that we acknowledge such faith; therefore...]
WE MUST CONFESS
CONFESS JESUS AS LORD...
To confess means to acknowledge, normally done with the mouth
To confess Jesus as Lord is necessary for our salvation - Ro 10:9-10; Mt 10:32-33
-- Is your faith in Jesus sufficient to confess Him before others?
THE GOOD CONFESSION...
Confessing Jesus before others is called the "good confession" - 1Ti 6:12-13
An example of such a confession is that made by the Ethiopian eunuch - Ac 8:37
-- Have you made the good confession before others?
[When we believe and confess our faith, we are obeying the gospel of Christ! But our obedience does not stop there...]
WE MUST REPENT
Jesus wanted repentance proclaimed in His name to all nations - Lk 24:46-47
His apostles did this faithfully - Ac 2:38; 3:19; 17:30
-- Have you repented?
WHAT IT MEANS...
Repentance means "a change of mind", to make a decision
In particular, making the decision to turn from sin and turn to God
A decision prompted by godly sorrow, leading to salvation - 2Co 7:9-11
-- Has godly sorrow for your sins moved you to repentance?
[Once faith in Jesus and godly sorrow moves us to make the decision to turn from our sins and turn toward God, we are ready for the command that culminates our obedience to the gospel...]
WE MUST BE BAPTIZED
IMMERSION IN WATER AND SPIRIT...
Jesus made baptism integral to His gospel - Mt 28:19-20; Mk 16:15-16
It is intended for penitent believers - Ac 2:37-38; 8:36-37
Baptism (baptizo = immerse) is an immersion in water - Ac 8:36; 10:47-48
Thus it was described as involving a burial - Ro 6:3-4; Col 2:12-13
Baptism also involves the Holy Spirit - Tit 3:5; 1Co 12:13
Thus it involves two elements: water and Spirit - Jn 3:5
-- Have you been born again of water and the Spirit?
FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS...
Forgiveness of sins is made possible by the blood of Christ - Ep 1:7
In baptism we are buried with Christ into His death - Ro 6:3-4
Through God's working, we are raised with Christ, forgiven of sin - Col 2:12-13
Thus baptism was done for (eis = into, to, for) the remission of sin - Ac 2:38; cf. Mt 26:28
Thus it was said that baptism "washes away sins" - cf. Ac 22:16
-- Have you been scripturally baptized for the remission of your sins?
[When the penitent believer in Christ rises from the watery grave, by the grace and mercy of God the blood of Christ has cleansed them from their sins! But obedience to the gospel does not end there...]
WE MUST REMAIN FAITHFUL
BAPTISM IS THE BEGINNING...
There are things Jesus wants us to know and do - Mt 28:19-20
Such as the importance of assembling with other Christians - He 10:24-25; e.g., Ac 20:7
We must remain faithful to Christ if we want to receive the crown of life - Re 2:10
-- Are you willing to be faithful to Jesus?
THE DANGER OF APOSTASY...
If it were not possible to fall away, why the warnings? - 2Pe 3:17
It is possible to become hardened by sin, thus the need to be steadfast - He 3:12-14
-- Are you willing to remain faithful to Jesus?
These are the commands of the gospel proclaimed by Jesus and His apostles...
We must hear the gospel
We must believe the gospel, in GOD the father, JESUS the son, and the Holy spirit
We must confess JESUS the son of GOD.
We must repent of all sins
We must be baptized (fully buried in water)
We must remain faithful unto death.
Have you obeyed the gospel proclaimed by Jesus and His apostles...?
Not a gospel altered by man that eliminates some of the commands
But the pure and simple gospel of Christ as revealed in the Bible
Only those willing to obey the commands of the gospel can have the assurance of receiving the promises of the gospel. These promises we shall examine more closely in our next lesson...
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