Obey the Gospel

QUESTION: “I’ve heard you say that a person must ‘obey the gospel’ in order to be saved. Could you please explain what you mean by this? How does a person go about obeying the Gospel?”
ANSWER: I appreciate this thoughtful, Bible question. Please study the following:
1. The gospel is defined as the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. “Moreover, brethren, I declare to 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 which 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” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
2. Those who fail to obey the gospel will be eternally lost. “And to give you who are troubled rest with us 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. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Romans 10:16; 1 Peter 4:17; cf. Matthew 7:21-23; Hebrews 5:8,9).
3. An individual obeys the gospel when he obeys a FORM of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. “But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became the slaves of righteousness” (Romans 6:17,18). Baptism is a form of the death, burial, and resurrection. “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized 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” (Romans 6:3,4).
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