COLUMN: Believe and obey the gospel

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By George Smith

 A preacher once said, “My people believe the Gospel, but many of them don’t behave the Gospel.”

Admiring truth is not enough. Doctrine and duty ought to go side by side. Belief and behavior should never be separated. Our lives must match our profession if we are to make an impression upon a lost world in our day.

Every great doctrine of the Bible makes a practical demand upon our lives. If we say we believe the doctrines, then we need to obey them. Consider a few doctrines and the demands they bring with them.

The Bible is the word of God. Men come and go, but the word of God goes on forever. It is eternal. Heaven and earth may pass but not his word. Every true believer knows the Bible is the word of God.

Christ is God in the flesh. At Bethlehem the infinite became incarnate. The word was made flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus said, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.”

Christ died for sinners. He died not only for me, but he died as me. The crown of thorns should have been on my head. He did for us what we could not do for ourselves.

Men are to be born again. A man can no more save himself than a flat tire can fix itself. A flat tire can be fixed but someone must fix it. A man can be saved but someone else must do it for him. Man is born again through faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

Christ is coming again. We know he has not returned. When he comes again the first thing on the agenda is that the dead in Christ are going to rise first.

Every great doctrine makes a demand upon our lives as Christians. If the Bible is the word of God, read it. If Christ is God, make him lord of your life. If Christ died for our sins, then we are to take up our cross and follow him. If men must be born again, then live like God's children. If Christ is coming again, then let's rescue the perishing. Let’s believe and obey the gospel and make the doctrines of God so attractive than men will desire them.