Have you ____ since you believed..
Acts 19:1-6 KJV “And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. “(Acts 19:1-6 KJV)
This reveals that it doesn’t stop with believing.. Many of today’s churches don’t realize this.. The book of Acts was the start of church after Jesus ascended. Today, we are a continuation of THE church!
There is a distinct difference in believing & obeying the gospel. (Revealed in the next scripture below)
“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.” (John 7:38-39 KJV)
By definition, to OBEY the gospel means to carry it out. What is the Gospel then.. The death, burial & resurrection of Jesus Christ. How do I carry it out? When I repent, I die out to myself. When I’m baptized, I’m buried with him. When I receive the Holy Ghost, I resurrect with The Lord! Here I’ve CARRIED OUT (obeyed) the gospel according to scripture!
Ephesians 2:8 says.. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (Ephesians 2:8 KJV)
We are saved by God’s grace through Faith & Faith without works is dead!