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OBEY THE GOSPEL

The Apostle Paul teaches of the significance of obeying the gospel. In 2 Thessalonians 1:8 he writes that the Lord Jesus will return taking vengeance on them that do not obey the gospel. The explicit terms used by Paul made it abundantly clear that obedience to the gospel is very important for man to be saved and to avoid the rejection of the Lord. The necessity of obedience is made evident when we read the words of the apostle, "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."

Since obeying the gospel is necessary, it is imperative that we understand what our responsibility is in such obedience. What is the gospel and how do we obey it?

Paul writes in 1Corinthians 15:1-4, "Moreover, brethren I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you...how that Christ died for our sins ... and that he was buried, and rose again..." Paul declares the gospel to be the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The apostle's recurrent theme was the death, burial and resurrection of Christ as noted in several other passages (1 Corinthians 2:2, Romans 1:4, Galatians 1:1).

How then do we obey the gospel? If the gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, how do we "obey" this? In the Roman letter Paul allows us to know how to obey this gospel. Romans 6:3-6 states, "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in the likeness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection..." We obey the gospel as we are baptized. We obey the likeness of his death, burial and resurrection as we die to sin, are buried in water and arise to walk in a new life.

Paul declared the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) to be the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. He says that we obey that gospel in baptism (Romans 6:1-6). Is it important to obey the gospel? Remember Paul's writing (2 Thessalonians 1:8): "When the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with 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."

It is important. Obey the gospel! Be baptized into Christ (Romans 6:3). Be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). In baptism have your sins washed away (Acts 22:16).

--Bob Hayes

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