"Obey the Gospel" “16: But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?” (Rom. 10: 16.) Notice that “obey” and “belief” are equivalent terms and concepts.
"Obey the Gospel" “But they have not all obeyed the gospel.” ‘All the Jews have not, all the Gentiles have not; far the greater part of both remain in unbelief and disobedience. Observe, The gospel is given us not only to be known and believed, but to be obeyed. It is not a system of notions, but a rule of practice’” (Matthew Henry, Complete Commentary on the Bible).
"Obey the Gospel" The opposite of “obey.” “8: In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power” (2 Thes. 1).
"Obey the Gospel" The opposite of “obey.” “17: For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” (I Pet. 4.)
"Obey the Gospel" “The word gospel is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word which meant 'the story concerning God.' In the New Testament the Greek word euaggelion, means 'good news.' It proclaims tidings of deliverance. The word sometimes stands for the record of the life of our Lord (Mark 1: 11), embracing all His teachings, as in Acts 20: 24)” (International Bible Encyclopedia). (It must be remembered that Paul "taught the commandments of the Lord," hence, the epistles also constitute, in a comprehensive sense, the gospel, dm.)
"Obey the Gospel" Some view the "good news of the Kingdom" as only consisting of the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of the Lord. Indeed, such do constitute the "facts" of the gospel, but when fully viewed, there is much more involved in the gospel (I Cor. 15: 1ff.). For instance, there are resident in the gospel promises to be obtained and commands to be obeyed (Acts 2: 38, 39, I Jn. 5: 3). Another matter that is reflective of the functionality of the gospel is the fact of the design of the gospel to produce and regulate conduct.
"Obey the Gospel" "11: But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. 12: For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. 13: And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. 14: But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?" (Gal. 2).
"Obey the Gospel" The gospel and the family The gospel teaches husbands to love their wives, leave all others, be the head, and render "due benevolence" (Eph. 5: 25, 28, 29; 31; 23; I Cor. 7: 2-4). Wives are to love their husbands, submit to headship, and render their due (Tit. 2: 4; Eph. 5: 22-24; I Cor. 7: 3, 4). Children are also addressed and told to obey their parents in the Lord (Eph. 6: 1). Hence, the gospel regulates and controls the family unity and renders it a smoothly functioning relationship that is characterized by order and harmony.
"Obey the Gospel" The gospel and public worship The gospel regulates public worship in that it teaches orderly and structured worship, modest dress, and intelligible teaching performed by qualified males (I Cor. 14: 33, 40; I Tim. 2: 8-12). The gospel even addresses such detail as vocal music, the type and how it is to be rendered (Eph. 5: 19, Col. 3: 16).
"Obey the Gospel" The gospel and controversy: Contrary to popular opinion, the gospel is aggressive and militant in its essential nature (Jude 3, Phili. 1: 7, 17). The gospel, though, regulates and controls this aggression. For instance, there is to be no biting and devouring (Gal. 5: 15). Issues rather than personalities are to be the focus (cp. Acts 15).
"Obey the Gospel" Behavior at work While Paul enunciated teaching specifically pertaining to the servant/master relationship, the teaching in general is applicable to the secular job situation. Consider the teaching of the gospel: "22: Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: 23: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24: Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ" (Col. 3).
"Obey the Gospel" Way we act toward others The gospel teaches a certain decorum on the part of Christians towards other Christians. There is to be lowliness, meekness, longsuffering, and forbearing one another in love (Eph. 4: 2). Reciprocal forgiveness is plainly required (Eph. 4: 32). Jesus' "Golden Rule" sums it up thus: "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them" (Matt. 7: 12).
"Obey the Gospel" The core design of the gospel is indicative of the fact that it is of the nature to control behavior. Yes, it contains and declares the fact of Jesus' death and offers promises to be received, but it also enjoins numerous matters of responsibility. The same gospel that tells us of Jesus and his Kingdom also informs us how to live and "…walk uprightly according to the truth of the gospel" (Gal. 2: 14).
"Obey the Gospel" What does “obey” mean? “To listen, attend…, and so, to submit” (W.E. Vine, Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words).
"Obey the Gospel" Those whom we are to obey (“to listen, attend…, and so, to submit”): Obey God – Acts 5: 29
"Obey the Gospel" Those whom we are to obey (“to listen, attend…, and so, to submit”): Obey Jesus – Heb. 5: 8, 9.
"Obey the Gospel" Those whom we are to obey (“to listen, attend…, and so, to submit”): Obey elders – Heb. 13: 17.
"Obey the Gospel" Those whom we are to obey (“to listen, attend…, and so, to submit”): Obey parents – Eph. 6: 1.
"Obey the Gospel" Those whom we are to obey (“to listen, attend…, and so, to submit”): Obey magistrates – Tit. 3: 1.
"Obey the Gospel" Those whom we are to obey (“to listen, attend…, and so, to submit”): Obey the gospel – Rom. 10: 16.
"Obey the Gospel" Equivalent terms: Obey not the truth – Rom. 2: 8; Gal. 5: 7. Obey not the word – 2 Thes. 3: 14, I Pet. 3: 1. Obedient to the faith – Acts 6: 7.
"Obey the Gospel" Obey from the heart that form of doctrine: “17: But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 18: Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness” (Rom. 6, see vs. 1, 2, 3, 4.
"Obey the Gospel" Have you obeyed or believed the gospel and been set free of the bondage of sin?