For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? I Peter 4:17 (NASB)
In Scripture, there are many biblical commands or imperatives to be obeyed yet they are not direct ‘gospel commands’.
Mark 1:1 declares the beginning of Jesus’ gospel, and in Mark 1:15, Jesus said,
“”The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
Regeneration and saving faith both being gifts from God, only the elect unto salvation will believe, of course, yet the imperative to believe in the Gospel is there.
Again, through the Apostle Peter, specifically in the quoted passage above, there is only one ‘Gospel imperative’, that is, one Gospel command specifically regarding the Gospel, and it is not for Christians to preach the Gospel to ourselves everyday. It is simply to believe its good news. The Gospel is good news to be believed, not good news to be therapeutically repeated daily.
In the latter portion of I Peter 4:17, the Apostle asked the question:
“what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?”
What does he mean by ‘obey the Gospel? The answer lies in the text itself. The Greek word for obey here is ἀπειθούντων—note the present active tense of this participle (derived from ἀπειθέω (I refuse to believe and obey)).
Peter is asking in essence “If judgment begins with the house of God, what will become of those who are willfully, intentionally disbelieving and refuse to comply with the command to believe the Gospel?”
It is that simple my brethren. To obey the Gospel is to believe it.
The Scriptures, that is, the whole counsel of God, teaches us how to make progress in holiness and press on to maturity in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, Who is our Helper!
Let us be biblical by sticking to the Bible and not the latest fads of ‘spiritual disciplines’ and the error of so-called ‘gospel-sanctification.’