Have you obeyed the Gospel of Jesus? I would imagine for most who have professed to be Christians, that’s not a question they’ve ever heard. Instead, they were probably asked, have you received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? It was a question I was asked myself, and funny enough even though I prayed that little “sinner’s prayer”, I’d find myself praying it again from time to time. Almost as if I instinctively knew I wasn’t really saved yet. But it would take me a few more years before I would finally discover the truth. And now here I am trying to help others discover the truth, as I do my part in advancing the cause of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
So you probably want to ask me, or at least you should ask, where in Scripture does it talk about obeying the Gospel? You should also probably ask where in the world it states that we merely say some made up prayer that you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord Savior. Well the second question can be answered quickly. The answer is nowhere. As to the first question, let’s first start off in Hebrews 5:9 in order to effectively see how the Scripture shows we need to obey the Gospel in order to be saved. Hebrews 5:9 states, “And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,”
So let’s read this carefully, as we always should with all the verses we read. Christ having been made perfect, became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation. He doesn’t become the source of eternal salvation to all those who pray to him, or to all those who “accept” Him, but to all those obey Him. That’s what the verse says, and that’s how we have to understand things. So with that said the next question that should reasonably come to our minds is what do we have to obey of Christ in order for Him to be the source of our salvation?
For that answer, let’s turn to 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9. It states, “dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,” So who are those that will pay the penalty of eternal destruction away from the presence of the Lord and the glory of His power? People who don’t know God, and people who don’t obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus. So Jesus becomes the source of eternal salvation to those obey Him, and what must be obeyed of Him is His Gospel.
Now the last question that should come to our minds is what is the Gospel that must be obeyed? We find that answer through carefully reading Mark 16:15-16. It states, “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” So, if we’re following this carefully, in verse 15, Jesus is instructing the Apostles to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. So what is stated as the Gospel to be preached in the very next verse? That those who believe and are baptized shall be saved, and those who disbelieve (the Gospel to be preached) will be condemned.
So I ask you this final question, which I sincerely hope you honestly ask yourself, and if the answer is no, I truly pray you’ll take the necessary action instructed by the Word of God. Have you obeyed the Gospel of Jesus?
Acts 2:41 “So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.”