Obedience To The Gospel
After Jesus had died for our sins, was resurrected and
just before he ascended into heaven, he commanded his apostles in Mark
16:15-16, "And he said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel
to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he
who does not believe will be condemned." Our Lord wanted the gospel
preached to everyone. The word "gospel" literally
means good news or good tidings.
In Romans 1:16 the apostle Paul says, "For I am
not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God
unto salvation for everyone who believes; for the Jew first, and also
for the Greek." So we see that the gospel of Christ is God's only power
unto salvation. It is by the gospel or good news that God saves us.
What does the Bible say that the gospel is that saves
us? In I Corinthians 15:1-4, Paul is reminding the church at Corinth about
the gospel when he says, "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you
the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received,
and in which you stand; by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that
word I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to
you first of all that which I also received; that Christ died
for our sins according to the scriptures, and that He was buried,
and that He rose again the third day according to the
scriptures." Here we see that Paul was reminding them of the gospel
in which Christ died, and was buried, and was raised again
on the third day. Also notice, they were saved by the gospel. So the good
news of the gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection
of our Lord, as the following chart illustrates.
Illustration by Robert Swain
Why then is the death of Christ good news? The
good news of the death of Christ is that Christ has died for us, taking
our punishment, and now God can be just in saving us. Without his death we
would all be doomed for eternal punishment and no one could be saved. Even
though the death of Christ is a terrible thing to have to happen, it is
good news to us. We read in I John 4:10, "In this is love, not that
we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent his Son to be the
propitiation for our sins."
Christ had to be buried since he died. Then
after three days, Christ was raised up from the dead. We read in I
Corinthians 6:14, "And God both raised up the Lord, and will also
raise up us by His own power." So why is the resurrection of Christ,
the gospel or good news? The good news of the resurrection of Christ is
that since God was able to raise up Christ, He will also raise us up from
the dead. Jesus says in John 11:25, "I am the resurrection, and the
life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live." So
the gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of
Jesus Christ. This is certainly good news.
In II Thessalonians 1:7-9 we read that, "When the
Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire
taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who
do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of
the Lord, and from the glory of his power." Here we see that
vengeance will be taken on those who obey not the gospel of Christ.
The gospel as we have seen is the death, burial, and, resurrection
of our Lord. How do we obey the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord
so that vengeance will not be taken on us?
We are given the answer of how to obey the gospel in
Romans 6:3-5 which says, "Or do you not know, that as many of us as
were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism
into death: that
just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even
so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been
united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall
be in the likeness of His resurrection." So here we see that
we are baptized into His death, we are
buried with Him
through baptism, and then just as Christ was raised up from the dead, we
also are raised to walk in newness of life after baptism.
There must be a death, burial, and resurrection before this new life is
possible. Only in
baptism does our old sinful person die and our new person rises free from sin.
are transformed from death to life. We become a new creation.
Illustration by Robert Swain
The chart above illustrates how that in baptism we obey
the gospel. That is we obey a form of His death,
burial, and resurrection
when we are baptized, so that vengeance will not be taken on us.
Continuing in this sixth chapter of Romans we read in verses 17-18 (KJV),
"But God be thanked, that you were the servants of sin, but you have obeyed
from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
Being then made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness."
So, we see that when people obey that form of doctrine that is a
form of the Lord's death, burial, and resurrection when they are
baptized, they are at that point then made free from the sin and become
the servants of righteousness.
Have you obeyed the gospel by being baptized into His death,
being buried in baptism with him and then being raised with
Him up out of the watery grave of baptism to walk in newness of life? If
your baptism was not for the purpose of making you free from sin so that
you can be saved, then you haven't obeyed the gospel of Christ. You
haven't been made free from sin. As we have already seen, the Lord will
take vengeance on all those who obey not the gospel of Christ. If you
haven't why don't you correct your situation and make things right? Don't
put it off. Satan wants you to put off making it right.
The reason that so much time and detail has been spent
on the subject of baptism in this course is because of all the different
perversions and distortions of baptism that men have come up with which
are different from what God has said in the Bible. The tragedy is
that this will cause people to be lost in eternally. The gospel is being
perverted today just as it was perverted in the first century. Paul says
in Galatians 1:6-8, "I marvel that you are turning away so soon from
Him who called you in the grace of Christ to a different gospel: which is
not another; but there be some who trouble you and want to pervert
the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven, preach any
other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed."
People pervert the gospel of Christ today when they attempt to make
changes in God's plan to save man to suit themselves. We have been
discussing these perversions throughout this course. It is a serious
matter with God to have his gospel perverted and it will not go unnoticed.
That person will be accursed by God. The person who perverts the gospel of
Christ will be eternally lost and also cause others to be lost by
believing a perverted gospel.
Questions Lesson 18
Obedience To The Gospel
1) (Mark 16:15-16) Jesus wanted the gospel preached
(click on the button of the answer of your
To only a few people.
To every creature.
To just good people.
gospel means good news.
3) (Romans 1:16) The gospel is
The power God uses to save everyone who believes.
Optional since we can be saved without it.
Something all people like to hear.
Paul was ashamed of the gospel of Christ.
5) (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) The gospel is the good news
That all men are going to be saved.
That no one is going to be saved.
Of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.
saved by the gospel.
7) (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9) Vengeance will be taken on
Those who do not obey the gospel.
On no one.
One will still go to Heaven if he does not obey the gospel.
9) (Romans 6:3-5) We obey the gospel which is the death, burial, and
resurrection of Jesus Christ when we
Say the sinners prayer.
Accept Jesus as our personal saviour.
When we are baptized
we are raised as a new person free from sin.
11) (Romans 6:17-18) When we obey the form of the death, burial,
and resurrection of Christ when we are baptized,
We are not saved.
We are not made free from sin.
We are then made free from sin.
a form of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ when we are
13) (Galatians 1:6-8) If a gospel is preached other than what we
find in the Bible then
It is a perverted gospel.
It is pleasing to God.
It is all right.
are many perverted gospels being taught today.
15) (Galatians 1:6-8) One who preaches a perverted gospel
Is doing God's will.
Will be accursed and lost eternally.
Will be saved if he is sincere.
One who preaches a perverted gospel will cause no one to be lost.