CHURCH OF CHRIST: How Does a Person Obey the Gospel
Posted by Damon Whitsell
SOURCE: How does a person obey the gospel?
In 1 Corinthians 15 the apostle Paul reminds us of what the gospel or Good News message is- that Jesus Christ came, died on the cross, paid the penalty for our sins, that He was buried, and that God raised Him from the dead-
“Christ died for OUR sins…that He was buried…that He was raised on the third day…this is what we preach…and this is what you believed.” 1 Cor. 15:3-11
This is the gospel.
Here both evangelical Christianity and the Church of Christ believe that the gospel message found in 1 Corinthians 15 is (or at least is part of) the gospel of Jesus Christ.
However biblically speaking, how does a person respond to or ‘obey’ the gospel?
Here the Church of Christ asserts that obeying the gospel means ‘being obedient to all the necessary moral and religious requirements of the New Testament’, or ‘obeying those commands one must do in order to be saved’.
And the difference between the saved and the unsaved according to the Church of Christ is whether or not a person has obeyed ALL OF THE NECESSARY moral and religious requirements of the New Testament.
However, when one looks into the Scripture and looks into the context of 1 Cor. 15 what it means to ‘obey the gospel’, we find that a person obeys the gospel when they believe the gospel message:
“This is what we preached, and this is what you believed” 1 Cor. 15:11
Consider the following passages:
“But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” Romans 10:16 (Note: They have not all obeyed because not all have believed)
“”You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?” Galatians 5:7 (Note: The context of ‘being hindered from obeying the truth’ is that they had believed the lie that works of the law were also a requirment as faith in Christ)
“…Through Him you believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and glorified Him, and so your faith and hope are in God. Now that you HAVE purified yourselves by obeying the truth (i.e. by believing the message) love one another deeply, from the heart.” 1 Peter 1:21-22
“Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient…” 1 Peter 2:27 (Note: The contrast is being made between those who believe and those who are disobedient- i.e. those who refuse to believe)
So while we will see those in the Church of Christ go from one “obey” pretext verse to another to ‘prove’ we obey the gospel by being obedient to the necessary moral and religious requirements of the New Testament-
If we look at the context of theese verses to see what it means to ‘obey the gospel’, we find that we obey the gospel by believing the gospel message.
So what is the gospel?
Jesus Christ came to this earth, died on the cross, paid the FULL penalty for our sin, was buried, and that God raised Him from the dead.
This is the gospel.
God’s promise is that everyone who believes in Jesus Christ, trusting Him as their Savior, WILL NOT PERISH but has everlasting life.
So have you obeyed the gospel?
Have YOU believed God’s promise that Jesus Christ saves you?
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“…If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that He has borne concerning His Son…And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son…Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life…I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1 John 5:9-12
About Damon WhitsellHello, my name is Damon. I have been studying Christian Cults since 1985 and doing Cult Apologetics online since 1998 because I grew up with Mormons, Oneness Pentecostals and Bible Missionaries in my family. All three of these groups (or Cults) think they are the One True Church and the Only True Christians and to be Saved you must join their Church. So as a result I started studying the Bible for myself to try to determine which of these groups had the truth. After much praying, reading and studying I decided the Mormon, Oneness Pentecostal and Bible Missionarie churches are not real Christian Churches at all, rather they are Christian Cults because they do not line up with what the bible really teaches about Salvation and they are not in agreement with other Essential Christian Doctrines. I found that according to what the Word of God teaches, and Historic/Orthodox Christian Teaching, Salvation cannot be earned by any form of human works or efforts I found that Salvation is ALL by the Grace and Work of God and that Salvation and Eternal Life are a Free Gift from God (Ephesians 2:8, Romans 6:23, John 3:16) to all who will Trust in Jesus Christ and the atoning sacrifice He made for us by dying on the Cross for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2). The Word of God is clear and plainly says “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). Because I know what it is like to be targeted by Cult Groups and to suffer from the spirtual confusion and frustration brought on by their false teachings, I have endeavored to help others find True Eternal Life in Jesus Christ and to break free from the clutches of, and to be healed from the damage done by, Cult Groups who claim to be the One True Church. So it is my hope and prayer that the Lord will use my Websites to help those that need help and that some who use my websites will be helped by them to find the Free Gift of God’s Salvation, that is only found in His only begotten son Jesus Christ.
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