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Because God Said So

If you remember being a child, you may also remember asking your parents, “Why do I have to do this or that”? And they said, “Because I told you so.” It is no different in the family of God. Many are constantly asking God the same type of questions concerning the Gospel of Christ. Here are some of the questions many ask God:

Why Must We Obey The Gospel?

This is the question every sinner needs to know, and always seems to ask: Why must I obey the gospel of Christ. The answer is a simple one. One must obey the gospel in order to be saved. Jesus said, “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believes not shall be condemned.” Mk 16:16

You may ask, why must one believe? The Hebrew writer tells us that without faith it’s impossible to please God. Heb 11:6 Jesus said, “If you believe that I am not he, you shall die in your sins.” Jn 8:24

You may ask, why must one repent of their sins? Luke wrote, “Except we repent we shall perish” Lk 13:3 And again he said, “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man (Jesus Christ) whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” Acts 17:30-31

You may ask, why must one confess Jesus is the Christ? Jesus said, “”Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” Matt 10:32-33

You may ask, why must one be baptized? Paul wrote, “ Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” Rom 6:3-6

You may ask, why must one remain faithful until death? David wrote that God tries the righteous, but will punish the wicked with fire and brimstone. Ps 11:5 Jeremiah wrote, “I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.” Jer 17:10 James wrote, “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience.” James 1:3 And again he said, “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12 . Only when we are faithful until death shall we receive our crown of life and be saved. Rev 2:10f; Mt 24:13

Why Must We Suffer For The Cause Of Christ?

Why must all Christians suffer for the cause of Christ? One might logically think that if one obeyed the gospel that God would not make us suffer. Peter wrote, “The God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” 1 Peter 5:10 However, Paul wrote that all who will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 2 Tim 3:12 Why? Peter wrote, “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:” 1 Peter 2:21

Why Must We Learn of God’s Word?

We must learn of God for several reasons. Initially one must learn of God in order to obey God. Jesus said, “Do you not therefore err because you know not the scriptures, neither the power of God.” Mk 12:24 Secondly, one must learn of God in order to be approved of God. Paul said, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.” 2 Tim 2:15 One must learn of God in order to contend, and defend the faith. Peter wrote, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;” 1 Peter 3:15f; Jude 3 One also must learn of God in order to instruct others. Paul wrote, “Holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort, and convict those who contradict.” Titus 1:9

Conclusion: The bible gives us not only the commandments needed for our salvation, but also answers the nagging question of why we must do what God has commanded us to do. As parents have authority over their own children, even so God has authority over us. Paul wrote, “But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” 1 Cor 11:3 Jesus had all power in heaven and in earth given to him by the Father. Mt 11:28 The final reason which exceeds all reasons why we must do what God has commanded us to do is: Because God Said So! And we ought to obey God rather than man. Acts 5:29 Children who obey their parents must learn this, and so must every child of God! God has the final say, and we can’t go beyond His written Word. 1 Cor 4:6f; 1 Cor 2:13; 2 Cor 4:13

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