Reformed Baptist Fellowship

What is the Gospel?

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on March 10, 2011 at 9:31 am
  1. Back to basic. The video tells what’s really important.

  2. Thanks! Does anyone know how Horton deals with the following texts?:

    2 Thessalonians 1:8 8 in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

    1 Peter 4:17 17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

    How does one “not obey” an indicative-only message?

  3. This one too:

    Romans 10:16 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?”

    Seems from this text that the one “who has believed” has “obeyed the gospel.”

  4. Kai~
    Romans 6:16 (New King James Version)
    16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?

  5. Tom,

    2 Thessalonians 1:8 in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey [ὑπακούω “hear”] the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    1 Peter 4:17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey [ἀπειθέω “disbelieve”] the gospel of God?

  6. I think what he tried to state but didn’t quite do so well, is that the Gospel enables us (after regeneration) to desire after God’s law. It’s true that the law isn’t the Gospel but rather that the law itself damned all of mankind and as a result drove us to the Gospel. The Law initially acted as a handmaid to the Gospel, driving men toward Christ to save them from the sins which the Law exposed. But for those that are regenerated, it acts as a guideline for continual sanctification. We are not saved because of the Law; it is the Gospel that saves us since Christ fully paid the penal requirements of the Law for those whom God the Father, had chosen since the beginning of time. But we are sanctified by it through its continual ministry in our lives by continually convicting us of indwelling sins and continually driving us closer to the heart of God.

    We’re planning to study Horton’s “The Christian Faith” book soon in our Bible study. It’ll be interesting to see what he has to say on the matter.

  7. I can’t answer for Dr. Horton, but there is nothing he said that is inconsistent with the texts mentioned in this comments section. Sometimes in Scripture, belief and obedience are used synonymously. The general thrust of the NT is to believe the gospel, though there are those times sinners are called to obey the gospel. (There is also an occasion where sinners are told to eat the flesh of Christ and drink His blood, though we understand this to mean, “believe in Him.”) The weight of Scripture would indicate that “obey” the gospel is the same as “believe” the gospel. The texts mentioned here indicate that.

    For those who offer up these texts, are you implying that sinners need to “obey” something additional to the message in order to be saved?

    Jim Butler

  8. Jim Butler said “For those who offer up these texts, are you implying that sinners need to ‘obey’ something additional to the message in order to be saved?”

    I’m not certain it’s a question of obeying something *other* than the Gospel. I wonder if people would have an easier time with what Horton said if he’d included the truth that the faith that saves is not a dead faith (Galatians 5-6, Hebrews 11, Romans 8, James 2).

  9. What this video proves is that it is not possible to say everything about anything at one time. But, what he does say is beyond dispute or debate. The Gospel is a message that is to be believed – PERIOD. Full stop! This was (and is) the debate that we already had (and won) with Rome.

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